Don’t Push Snow Into Your Neighbors Yard, It Could Cost You!
Earlier this fall when we had our 17 inch snowfall event, my neighbor across the street decided to push some of his driveway snow into my ditch. I didn't think much about at the time. To be honest I've never had a neighbor do this before, but it got me thinking if this is even legal?
Now, I'm a pretty easy going guy. If he would've asked me, I would've said, "no problem". Well, after that snow melted I couldn't help but notice a huge pile of dirt and rocks he also pushed into my yard. Another concern is adding to the water table, which is already off the charts this fall. (More chances for that water to end up in my basement.)
So I decided to do some research to see if it's even legal to do this. Push or shovel snow into your neighbors yard? Here's what the city of Bismarck website had to say. "Contractors, businesses and residents are reminded that they shall not push snow into the street or across the street onto the boulevard when clearing parking lots and/or driveways. According to City Ordinance a person may not move, dump or deposit by any means any snow or ice accumulated on private property onto any public street, alley, or public right-of-way. The fine for this violation is up to $1,000."
So, there you go. Don't be that guy or girl. Don't blow snow into your neighbors yard or into a street. It could cost you. I recently had a talk with my neighbor and he won't be doing that again.