City of Boston: Move that snow or be fined

City of Boston rules say you'll be fined if you don't clear sidewalks in front of your home or business — and don't even think about putting that snow in the street!

Bostonians watch out: Failure to remove snow and ice from Boston sidewalks after a storm — any storm — will cost you.

The City of Boston mandates that snow, slush and ice be removed from all sidewalks and curb ramps within three hours of snowfall ending, or three hours from sunrise if the snow stops overnight.

Violators will be fined, the city says.

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Failure to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk will result in a $50 fine for residential properties of 16 units or less, $100 for residential properties of more than 16 units and $200 for commercial properties. 

Here are some more snow removal tips from the city:

  • Remove snow, slush and ice from the full paved width of the sidewalk and curb ramp or a minimum path of 42 inches wide. Narrow paths encumber carriages and wheelchairs, and properly cleared pathways ensure flow and safety of pedestrian traffic.
  • Remove ice to bare pavement or make as level as possible and treat with sand, sawdust or similar material.
  • Clear any snow that may be blocking a handicapped ramp, fire hydrant or catch basin.

What not to do:

  • Shovel or plow snow into the street: Violators caught shoveling snow from private property into the street will be fined.
  • Overexert while shoveling: Excessive strain from the cold and hard labor may cause heart attacks. Please help out elderly or vulnerable neighbors.
  • Leave snow or ice on stairways or fire escapes. All common means of egress must be clear.

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