In General

G.L. c.40, s.21D

City or town ordinances or bylaws

Fine or Other Penalty

Fine up to $300, depending on the ordinance or by-law

Procedure

Within 21 days, you must return the ticket with payment to the city or town clerk, or to the clerk-magistrate of the District Court or Boston Municipal Court with your request for a civil hearing. The hearing may be held by a clerk or judge.

What happens if I don’t pay?

If you ignore the citation, the city or town may file an application for criminal complaint, which is then scheduled for a court hearing.

For Cities and Towns which have adopted G.L. 40U

G.L. c.40U

G.L. c.40U allows cities and towns more control over enforcing penalties, particularly for violations of ordinances or bylaws about sanitation, housing, and snow and ice removal.

Fine or Other Penalty

Depends on the ordinance or bylaw.

Procedure

Within 21 days, you may either pay the ticket to the city or town clerk, or request review by mail or a hearing by the municipal hearing officer.  If you have a hearing before the municipal officer and are unhappy with the result, you may appeal within 10 days for review by a clerk-magistrate of the District Court or Boston Municipal Court.  

What happens if I don’t pay?

If you fail to pay the fine or request a hearing, the citation may be prosecuted criminally.  Further, for municipal violations of housing, sanitary, or snow and ice requirements, the city or town may notify the property owner and manager by mail. After 30 days, the unpaid fine becomes a lien on the property.