Property owners are liable for any violations of applicable health and safety regulations relating to their building. During the winter months (November to April), this includes snow clearance and gritting. From the exact times and conditions under which these regulations apply to the list of legally permitted gritting agents, there are plenty of specific details to remember. Let us look after your snow clearance and gritting needs, and you won’t have to worry about getting them right.
All your questions around snow and ice clearance in Berlin answered
Liability for snow clearance and gritting of footpaths adjacent to the building lies with the owner(s), leaseholder(s), usufructuaries’ and/or holders of a registered right-of-way.
In Berlin, liability for snow clearance and gritting applies to any footpaths adjacent to the building to the required width. If there are no footpaths near the building, a part of the road must be gritted and cleared for pedestrians. Bus stops and the areas around them are exempt from this regulation – it’s the BSR’s job to keep them clear of snow and ice.
Footpaths must be cleared to a width of 1.00 metre (3ft) on smaller roads or 1.50 metres (5ft) on main arteries and many shopping streets. There are special regulations in place for roads such as Kurfürstendamm, where footpaths have to be cleared to a width of 3 metres (10ft).
Obligations relating to snow and ice clearance may be transferred to third parties. Property owners who are unwilling or unable to keep footpaths adjacent to their buildings free of snow and ice are legally obliged to commission an appropriate individual or company to do so.
When clearing roads and footpaths, it’s illegal to pile up snow next to pedestrian crossings, intersections and T-junctions high enough to obstruct the view of drivers and pedestrians. It’s also against the law to pile snow in the gutter, on top of drain covers, in front of exits and entrances, on cycle paths and around bus stops.
Failure to comply with snow clearance and gritting regulations constitutes an administrative offence and can result in a third-party provider being commissioned at the owner’s expense, in addition to a fine of up to 10,000 euros. Property owners who fail to comply with applicable regulations are also liable for any accidents that cause damage to life and limb and may be subject to criminal proceedings for causing bodily harm.
We will be happy to take care of your obligations relating to snow clearance and gritting for your building(s). You can always trust us to do everything we can to clear and grit footpaths as quickly as possible, so you won’t need to worry about slips and trips outside your property.
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Whether it’s stairways, arcades, basements, attics or any other parts of your property that need cleaning – our cleaning team will take care of every nook and cranny of your building.