Whose responsibility is this?
Granted, snow removal usually isn't something to write The Ethicist about, but like any outdoor activity that impacts the public and your neighbors, there are legitimate questions of etiquette and propriety at stake. Not surprisingly, there also might be some laws that can make these decisions for you. The basics of snow removal apply pretty much equally whether you're moving snow with a cheap plastic shovel or a two-stage snow blower, but if you're in the latter group, there are a few additional matters of conduct to consider in this timeless annual ritual.
Snow blowing Etiquette
Model conduct with a snow blower is pretty commonsense stuff: Don't throw your snow onto your neighbors' property (especially the driveway or walkways), try not to fire up the noisy beast at the crack of dawn or late at night (although this can't be avoided sometimes) and, if your neighbors aren't as able-bodied as you, it might be nice to offer to clear their driveway (or at least their sidewalk)Read More »from Snow Removal Etiquette