Pay a building code or fire code infraction ticket

Did you receive a ticket for a building or fire code infraction? Find out how to respond to it.
You must pay the ticket or request a hearing within 21 days.

District, Housing, and Boston Municipal Courts

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What you need for Pay a building code or fire code infraction ticket

If you receive a building or fire code infraction ticket, you have 21 days to pay it. Otherwise, you need to request a hearing within 21 days. 

  • If the citation is from a city or town — Request a hearing from the city or town.
  • If the citation is from the state — Request a hearing from the Housing Court clerk-magistrate.

How to pay Pay a building code or fire code infraction ticket

If you request a hearing, you'll need to attend it in person. The hearing by the municipal hearing officer or clerk-magistrate is informal, and the formal rules of evidence don't apply.

Next steps for Pay a building code or fire code infraction ticket

If you want to appeal a decision

If you request a hearing and are unhappy with the result, you can appeal the decision within 10 days.

  • If the citation was from a city or town — Appeal to the Housing Court clerk-magistrate.  
  • If the citation was from the state — Appeal to a single justice of the court.

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If you don’t pay the fine or attend a hearing, the agency that issued the ticket will file a criminal complaint application, and the clerk-magistrate will conduct a show cause hearing. The fact that you didn’t pay the fine or attend a hearing will be considered prima facie evidence of your guilt.

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