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Can I push snow on neighbor's property? (CT)

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by L&TScaping, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. L&TScaping

    L&TScaping Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1

    I started plowing this year and was wondering if I'm breaking any laws by pushing snow out of a customer's driveway, across the street, and on to the neighbor across the street's lawn. I don't like to do that, but in certain situations there's nowhere else to put the snow. Sometimes leaving it on the road would prevent the mailman from pulling up to mailboxes.

    Am I within my rights to push snow on other peoples' property? What are possible fines if I'm violating something?

    Thanks folks...by the way, I'm in Fairfield County.
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Normally its not a good idea and yes, illegal in certain areas.
  3. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,063

    Check state and town regulations, if there is no law forbidding I'd approach the neighbor to make sure they have no problem with it.
    If it's against the law or the neighbor won't go for it sounds like you'll be selling pile relocation or pushbacks with a loader.
  4. TPCLandscaping

    TPCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    i believe its illegal to push snow across a street in the first place

    BOSS LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    My neighbor does not like me, so I pushed the next door neighbor to him into his yard Thumbs Up

    That'll do, he was not too happy :drinkup:

  6. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Plow from the street IN. The snow belongs to the property on which it fell. It's illegal to push snow into or across public roads. It's jerks that trail snow into the road that make it hard for those of us that do it right.
  7. camp61

    camp61 Member
    Messages: 41

    Push it forward out to just short of the street, then turn around and push it into customers front yard. As said, it belongs on your customers property.
  8. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    So i guess you wouldn't have a problem with a neighbor pushing snow onto your property then.

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    Glad I live in the country ,,

    But I try and keep it all on the property of I can, of anyone ask the snow across the road is what the town plow put in mine to begin with I'm just giving it back.

    I time it just right so he comes along and cleans up my mess anyway lol
  10. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    I can see his reasoning...
  11. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    I do believe it's technically illegal. Although depending on how far you push it in it might be on public property. Usually the city/town owns typically 9' from the gutter or curb line in. It varies. What I will do is push it out into road a little and then quickly (no witnesses) blend it in with what was plowed by the city trucks by plowing up the street as I leave. Won't work though if there's other drives close, or you'll bury there aprons. Push it in as others suggest.
  12. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 726

    Yes it illegal in CT to plow snow off private property. All snow must remain on the property of the where the snow can from. If the owner files a report with the PD you will cover ALL the costs associated with removel of snow from their property(theY don't have to allow you to do it). It is also illegal to push snow into a public roadway Fines range from 250 to 500 per event push out two drivways it's 250 per driveway along with all costs associated with removel of the snow.

    On another note quietly ask in the town you plow in about snow piled along curb lines or driveway entrances some have regs about how high and close. They can knockdown the piles and send you a bill if if deterimed to be a public safety hazard. After last years blizzard the PD's seem to like to give out lots of tickets for it this year
  13. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Are you shitting me !?
  14. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    Just had a brainstorm! If the neighbors have kids maybe you would be doing them a favor by providing a large pile of snow for their enjoyment !For a small fee though .Thumbs Up
  15. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,220

    I cannot speak for you state but in MN it is illegal to push snow across a public street.
    As stated above the city/county/state what ever has easment from the curb. If they come by to push back and something such as a wing breaks, the property owner of the snow(the house you plow) will be liable to pay for the repairs. I will bet they will pin you with that bill.
  16. gmcdan

    gmcdan Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    However if the neighbor has a snowblower and his snow blows into your yard it usually gets layered nice and even ontop of your existing snow and you cant really tell or prove where it came from hell probably get away with it. a plow leaves more evidence.:)
  17. zexed99gt

    zexed99gt Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    there is nothing wrong with it another stupid law, but don't stack the snow 20 feet high on their lawn im in Litchfield county and I don't have a problem with anyone complaining about pushing out into the street or them pushing onto my side ... bottom line talk to them if you think it will be a problem
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2014
  18. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    It's against the law here, but then again it's also illegal to fart in public places as well.

    Can't tell you how many times I see a plow contractor take his snow piles, push them across two lanes of 50 MPH highway, smash the pile up against the cement barrier in the middle, and think it's perfectly acceptable to do so...

    The snow police are only on duty here when the doughnut shops are closed

  19. blueline38

    blueline38 Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    Here in NY it is illegal to plow snow into the roadway. You also shouldn't be plowing onto someone else's property. With that said, my parents have no place to put snow. When I plow, I plow it across the road but no further than the existing snow bank. I then push the snow down the road, with the plow angled, and spread it along the existing bank. I do not put it on the neighbors lawn and no one has ever said anything. Obviously, the road needs to be cleared just as it was when you started. It's all about using your head and not being an *ss. As for laws, the police have discretion and if your sensible, so are they!

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    It is illegal to push snow into or across a public roadway in CT. Plenty of people still do it bit you could wind up with a ticket if you got caught