Snow Removal and Gritting
In towns, property owners are obliged to remove snow from pavements, footpaths and staircases within 3 m of their property along the entire property between 6 am and 10 pm. Icy surfaces must be gritted.
If there is no pavement (footpath), snow-removal and gritting is obligatory within 1 m of the roadside. In pedestrian areas and residential streets without pavements a 1 m wide strip of the road surface alongside the house fronts must be removed from snow and gritted.
Owners of undeveloped agricultural and forestry property are exempt.
Property owners and owners of market stalls are obliged to remove snow cornices and ice from the roofs of all houses that are situated by a road.
Other road users must not be put at risk or constrained by the removal of snow or roof avalanches. Road sections where there is risk must be secured by barriers or signalised appropriately if necessary.
The obligation of removing snow and roof avalanches can be transferred to, for example, a snow removal company. Consequently, the obligation then applies to this company.
Property owners must also remove heaps of snow that have been pushed onto a pavement by road administration snow ploughs. A permit is required for the deposition of snow from houses or real estate on the road.
In times of constant heavy snowfall the obligation of snow-removal and gritting still applies unless it is totally ineffective.
Outside towns the abovementioned obligation to remove snow or grit according to the Straßenverkehrsordnung does not apply. However, people who sustain a road are liable for intentionally or grossly negligently violating their obligation to safeguard the road against hazards.
Federal Chancellery – HELP Editorial Staff