Throwing Snow on Beacon Hill? Watch Out for Fines

Boston requires property owners to clear walkways within three hours of the snowfall ending and to keep snow out of public roadways.

With the snow just starting to pile up outside, Beacon Hill residents may not be thinking about what happens after the storm. But city officials are.

City of Boston regulations require 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, according to the city website. Those found in violation will face fines every day until the situation is resolved.

Failure to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk after a storm 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. 

But you can't put the snow just anywhere. 

Fines are also set for anyone who places snow or ice directly onto public streets or sidewalks—$50-$150 for one cubic yard or less and $100-$200 for more than one cubic yard.

"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," according to a statement on the city website.

Property owners are reminded to remove ice down to the bare pavement or to make the walkway as level as possible and to treat the area with sand, sawdust or similar materials. And owners should make sure snow is not blocking a handicapped ramp, fire hydrant or catch basin.

Along with not shoveling or plowing snow into the street, property owners are asked not to leave snow or ice on stairways or fire escapes.

"All common means of egress must be clear," according to the city.

For updates and other information about the Feb. 8-9 winter storm, see Beacon Hill Patch's storm center. 



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