In the week after the Blizzard of 2013, city officials in Boston issued $141,150 in fines to property owners who failed to adequately clear sidewalks or who put snow on city streets and sidewalks, according to city records released this week.
Between Feb. 8 and 9, a storm covered Boston in 24.9 inches of snow the fifth-highest snowfall the city has seen since 1935.
Just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 as the storm was starting to wind down the first ticket was issued: a $200 fine for removing more than one cubic yard snow of from a commercial property onto a sidewalk or street, records show.
Only 18 fines were issued that day. One day later, 224 tickets were issued.
The Monday after the storm 108 more fines were handed out, records show. Another 321 were issued Tuesday; 354 more on Wednesday; 124 on Thursday; 113 on Friday; and 162 on Saturday.
Altogether, 1,423 tickets were issued that week, before about five more inches of snow fell in Boston on Sunday, Feb. 17.
During the 10 days that followed, from Feb. 17 through Feb. 27, another 990 tickets, worth $72,725 in fines, were issued, city records show.
The records were released Tuesday to the website MuckRock.com, which helps others file, and files its own, requests for public records.
MuckRock filed its request based on a story published to Boston.com on Feb. 12 about the number of snow removal-related citations that had been issued in the five days since the start of the snowstorm.
The city has been scrutinized for its snow removal efforts after the storm. Some public roads remained unplowed for several days, prompting apologies from city officials, including Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
In Boston, putting snow, slush or ice onto city streets or sidewalks whether by shoveling, plowing, throwing, or any other means is banned by law and can lead to fines.
Property and business owners are also required to clear paths that are at least 42 inches wide along any adjacent sidewalk or handicap ramp within three hours after a snowstorm ends. If a storm ends overnight, paths must be cleared within three hours from sunrise.
Snow removal-related citations cost between $25 and $300 each depending on the violation, according to records from the citys Inspectional Services Department, which oversees Bostons snow removal rules.
For more information about the rules, click here.
Below is a list, sorted by city ward, of fines issued for uncleared sidewalks and improper snow removal. Some wards include multiple neighborhoods and some neighborhoods split by multiple wards. To see a map of the citys wards, click here.
The first number is how many fines were issued between Feb. 9 and 16. The second number is how many fines were issued between Feb. 17 and 27:
Ward 1 East Boston 52 / 94
Ward 2 Charlestown 29 / 34
Ward 3 North End, West End, Financial District, Chinatown 58 / 108
Ward 4 Fenway, South End, Back Bay 22 / 22
Ward 5 Back Bay, Beacon Hill 76 / 99
Ward 6 South Boston 57 / 90
Ward 7 South Boston, Dorchester 53 / 81
Ward 8 South End, Roxbury 95 / 113
Ward 9 South End, Roxbury 23 / 34
Ward 10 Mission Hill 100 / 133
Ward 11 Roxbury, Jamaica Plain 44 / 87
Ward 12 Roxbury 32 / 91
Ward 13 Dorchester (Savin Hill) 48 / 93
Ward 14 North Dorchester, Mattapan 51 / 95
Ward 15 Dorchester (Meeting House Hill) 42 / 85
Ward 16 Dorchester (Neponset, Cedar Grove) 48 / 71
Ward 17 Dorchester (Lower Mills) 58 / 101
Ward 18 Hyde Park, Mattapan 165 / 337
Ward 19 Jamaica Plain, Roslindale 70 / 129
Ward 20 West Roxbury, Roslindale 111 / 182
Ward 21 Allston-Brighton 80 / 158
Ward 22 Allston-Brighton 109 / 176