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Respond to an environmental violation ticket

Did you receive a ticket for an environmental violation? Find out how to respond to it.
You must pay the ticket within 21 days.

District, Housing, and Boston Municipal Courts

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If you receive an environmental violation ticket, you have 21 days to pay it. Fines vary based on the violation. 

There are 2 ways to pay the fine.

How to respond

As an alternative to criminal proceedings, an officer may give you a non-criminal citation with notice to appear before a clerk-magistrate of the District Court or Boston Municipal Court. To pay the fine in person, you can appear in the court you received the ticket from, confess the offense, and pay your ticket. 

Pay the fine by mail by sending the correct amount to the address specified on the written notice.

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If you don't pay the fine, the clerk will notify the officer, who will make an application for a criminal complaint. If the court clerk grants the application for a criminal complaint after hearing, a complaint and summons for you to appear in court will be issued.  If you don't respond to the summons, the clerk will mail you notice that an arrest warrant will be issued in 21 days.

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