Plot owner has the duty to keep a portion of the street clean

During summer, street structures and surfacing must be kept in a satisfactory condition as required by the traffic needs. The Act on the maintenance, cleaning and clearing of public areas divides the responsibilities of maintaining and cleaning public streets and other public areas between the municipality and plot owner.    

Cleaning duties of the plot owner include

  • The cleaning of a street in public use from the plot boundary to the centre line of the street, however, at maximum to a distance of 15 m. Cleaning comprises the removal of any dirt, leaves, litter and loose items gathered on the street area.
  • Maintaining ditches and unbuilt green strips bordering the plot and located within three (3) metres of its boundary.
  • If the green strip is wider than 3 meters, the street area must be kept clean up to a distance of 24 m from the plot boundary. In this case, the plot owner’s duties do not include the maintenance of the green strip.

Responsibility of the plot owner

  • The plot owner is responsible for the maintenance of the access road (plot access).
  •  Any damage to surfacing, pits and other such defects endangering traffic in the street area that is to be maintained by the plot owner, must be reported without delay to the customer service or police.

Maintenance and cleaning duties of the city

  • The city is responsible for the maintenance of street structures, replacing worn surfacing and repairing damage.
  • The city carries out the necessary ditching and culverting to ensure drainage.
  • The city ensures the surface levelling and dust suppression of gravel roads and the maintenance of plants, street furniture, traffic islands, safety rails, traffic signs and road markings and other similar equipment in the street area.
  • The city ensures the maintenance of plants, street furniture, traffic islands, safety rails, traffic signs and road markings and other similar equipment that it has placed in the street area.