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Clearing ice and snow from footways

There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the footway outside your home or from public spaces. If you clear snow and ice carefully you are unlikely to be held liable. You can also report an issue with ice or snow to TransportNI.

Reporting an issue with ice or snow

You can report an ice/ snow issue or request a salt-bin or pile with TransportNI by using the map at the link below. Once the map has opened, you should:

  • enter street name into search window and/or pan/zoom the map to the relevant part of the road
  • click the road section to report a fault, then follow the instructions to add further information and contact details
  • if the fault has already been reported, you can still add your name to the list of those reporting it by choosing ‘add’

This is a beta service. To find out what beta means, see the following page:

You can also report an ice or snow fault by email or by telephone (for emergencies only).

Tracking the progress of a fault

You are able to check the progress of a fault you have reported using the link below:

Tips on clearing ice and snow

  • clear ice/snow early in the day: Loose snow is easier removed than hard snow which has packed together from people walking on it
  • use salt or sand – not water: If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice which is invisible and very slippery
  • take care where you move the snow: When you are shovelling snow, take care where you put it so it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains
  • prevent slips: Pay extra attention to clear ice and snow from steps and steep pathways – you might need to use more salt on these areas

Clearing ice and snow from footways

TransportNI does not normally salt footways but where resources permit will work with Councils during prolonged periods of snow and ice to clear footways in busy town centres.

People often ask if legally they can clear snow and ice. The fact is there’s no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces.

In 2010, the Attorney General for Northern Ireland advised if you clear snow/ice carefully you are unlikely to be held liable.

Commercial property owners in particular should make sure that they have adequate supplies of salt in place to ensure the safety of employees and visitors.

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