G.L. c.140, s.173A

City or town by-laws

Fine or Other Penalty

The city or town may set its own fines. If the city or town does not list a fine, then the following fines apply to violations within a calendar year:

First offense: Case is dismissed with no fine.
Second offense: $50
Third offense: $60
Fourth or subsequent offense: $100


A clerk of the District Court or Boston Municipal Court will send you a written notice that gives you 21 days to go to court and “confess the offense" and pay the fine, or pay the fine by mail. This process is not criminal.

What happens if I don’t pay?

If you don’t appear in court and “confess the offense” or pay the fine in 21 days,  the court clerk will issue a criminal complaint and the procedure established for criminal cases will be followed. If you don’t appear in court when the summons requires you to, the clerk will mail you a notice that the complaint is pending and that, if you don’t appear in court within 21 days from the sending of the notice, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.