Boston issued 2,400 tickets for not shoveling, dumping snow in street, after Feb. blizzard

The Blizzard of 2013 still is hitting some Boston folks hard — in the wallet.

The city issued more than 2,400 tickets for not shoveling sidewalks or for dumping snow into the street, following the storm that struck in early February and dropped more than two feet of snow, according to records.

Fines, which mostly ranged from $25 to $300, totaled more than $200,000, according to the city’s Inspectional Services Department. The National Weather Service reported 24.9 inches fell between Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9.

One contractor was fined $3,000 for dumping snow on the grounds of Boston Latin School. The snow was later removed by the contractor.


Dorchester, the city’s largest neighborhood, also got the most tickets, at 477. Roxbury (227) and Hyde Park (176) followed on the list, city records showed.

Some addresses received multiple tickets. One spot on Corey Street in West Roxbury received 10 tickets. More than 15 addresses received five or more tickets.

The city began ticketing during the storm and didn’t stop issuing tickets until Feb. 27 — more than two weeks after the storm ended.

Tickets are issued by the Inspectional Services Department’s 15 code enforcement officers.

Officers either get tips about unplowed sidewalks or find them while walking around, said a department spokeswoman. Tickets can be appealed.

The data was obtained from the city by and analyzed by the Globe.

Neighborhoods that got most tickets; bar chart

Map of tickets

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