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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT INCREASING CERTAIN SNOW REMOVAL PENALTIES IN THE CITY OF BOSTON

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
     
SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the city of Boston may, by ordinance, impose a fine of up to $1,500 on a person who, in the conduct of commercial snow removal, removes snow, slush or ice from any property, public or private, and places it upon a public way.  For the purposes of this section, “commercial snow removal” shall mean snow plowing or shoveling conducted by or on behalf of the owner of a parking lot or a building containing commercial or institutional uses or more than 6 dwelling units.
     SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the city of Boston may, by ordinance, impose a fine of up to $1,500 on an owner of a building, estate or land abutting a sidewalk or curb ramp who fails to remove snow, slush or ice from abutting sidewalks and curb ramps in accordance with city ordinances.  This section shall not apply to owners of buildings containing not more than 6 residential units.
     SECTION 3.  Notwithstanding section 5 of chapter 40U of the General Laws, fines imposed under ordinances enacted pursuant to this act may be governed by the provisions of said chapter 40U or by section 21D of chapter 40 of the General Laws.
     SECTION 4.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, December 30, 2016