Snow Removal

It's the responsibility of the property owner to remove snow, slush and ice from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting their property. Violators will be fined each day the sidewalk is not shoveled.

Service Requests

When you shovel, make sure to:

  • Clear sidewalks within three hours of snowfall ending or three hours after sunrise if it snows overnight.

  • Remove ice to bare pavement or make as level as possible.

  • Clear at least a 42 inch wide path for wheelchairs and strollers.

Don't shovel or plow snow into the street: Violators caught shoveling snow from private property into the street will be fined.


Each day that a violation exists is considered a separate and distinct violation.

Failure to Remove Snow/Ice From Sidewalk

Residential With More Than 16 Units$100*
Residential With 16 or Fewer Units$50*

Removal of Snow/Ice From Private Property to Street or Sidewalk


Fine for More Than
One Cubic Yard of Snow

Fine for One Cubic Yard
or Less of Snow

Residential With More Than 16 Units$150*$100*
Residential With 16 or Fewer Units$100*$50*

The Law

Boston Code of Ordinances, 16-12.16

Shoveling Safety Tips

Don’t overexert yourself when you shovel. Cold weather can exacerbate underlying respiratory illness, and overexertion can bring on a heart attack – a major cause of death in the winter. Avoid shoveling if you are elderly or have a heart condition.

Shoveling Snow off of your Roof

Consider hiring a professional to remove snow and icicles from your roof. The combination of heights plus ice makes can make this important task a dangerous one. Unless approved by a registered professional engineer, don’t add your weight or the weight of equipment to the roof.

More tips from FEMA

Good to Know

  • Important Phone Numbers

    For emergencies (police, fire, EMS) call 911 or 617-343-4911 on a cell phone.

    Elderly Commission: 617-635-4366
    Tow Lot: 617-635-3900
    Fuel Assistance: 617-357-6012

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