Snow Removal Policy

Before, During and After the Snow Emergency Declaration here in the City of Quincy

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City of Quincy Ordinance Law of Snow Removal Policy:


10.20.130: Vehicles interfering with snow removal -- Removal -- Authority -- Recovery Fees:

Any vehicle which is left on any street or roadway so that it obstructs the plowing or removal of snow from that street or roadway may be removed from that street or roadway by direction of the Chief of Police or Commissioner of Public Works, provided temporary signs are erected.


Any vehicle which is left on any street or roadway under any of the following conditions shall be subject to established fines for blocking snow removal and may be removed from that street or roadway by direction of the Chief of Police or Commissioner of Public Works.


A)  Parking overnight without a resident parking permit authorizing a vehicle to park in excess of two hours between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. of any day. Vehicle must bear a distinctive permit issued by the Quincy Police Department. Said permits shall be valid for one year from date of issue and shall cost $10.00 dollars. Said permit may be revoked for cause at any time. Such permit does not allow parking of any vehicle in violation of any other rule or regulation including restrictive parking for street sweeping.


B) Parking on the following emergency arteries during a declared snow emergency, provided signs are posted: Adams, Atlantic, Beach, Beale, Bellevue, Billings, Brooks Street, Brooks Road, Burgin Parkway, Centre, Chestnut, Clay, Cliveden, Coddington, Commander Shea Boulevard, Common, Copeland, Cottage, DesMoines, Dimmock, Dorchester, East Howard, Elm Street & Avenue, East Squantum, Faxon Park, Fenno, Foster, Franklin Street & Avenue, Garfield, Greenwood, Granite, Hancock, Hall, Harvard, High, Holbrook, Huckins, Independence, Kendrick, Liberty, Maple, McGrath, Mechanic, Newbury, Newport, Palmer, Parkingway, Penn, Quarry, Rawson, Revere, Robertson, Russell, School, Sea, South, Southern Artery, Standish, Stedman, Sumner, Temple, Washington, Water, West, West Elm, West Squantum, Whitwell, Willard and Wilson.


C) Parking during a declared "snow emergency" on any street or roadway where parking is ordinarily prohibited in accordance with Sections 10.20.030 through 10.20.070 of this chapter.


D) Parking during a declared "snow emergency" on the odd numbered side of the street in an even numbered winter year.*


E) Parking during a declared "snow emergency" on the even numbered side of the street in an odd numbered winter year.

* = A winter year is the year in which the winter season begins (i.e. the winter year for the snow season beginning on October 1, 1993 and ending in the spring of 1994 is 1993). Thus, parking is not allowed on the even numbered side of the street during a declared snow emergency for the 1993-1994 winter.


The owner of any vehicle found in violation of any of these provisions shall be liable to the city in the sum of fines and penalties authorized in Section 10.20.240 of this chapter and to the city's authorized towing company for removal and storage of the vehicle in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 40 Sec 22D (Ter. Ed).


10.20.240: Parking violations -- Fines -- Penalties:

Pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 9, Sect. 20A, the following schedule of fines is enacted:

C) $15.00 Fines. A vehicle which blocks snow removal shall be subject to a fine of $15.00 if paid within 21 days of issue, $20.00 if paid thereafter but before the Parking Clerk reports said violation to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, and $20.00 if paid after notification to said Registrar.


10.08.140: Snow Removal from Sidewalks -- Responsibility for -- Time Limits:

The tenant, occupant, and, in case there shall be no tenant, the owner of any store bordering on any sidewalk, shall, after the ceasing to fall of any snow, if in the daytime within 5 hours, and if in the nighttime before 1:00 p.m. of the succeeding day, cause the same to be removed there from.


10.08.150: Snow Removal from Overhanging Roofs -- Responsibility for -- Time Limits:

The owner or person having the care of any building so located, abutting upon or near to any public street or way, that snow or ice may fall from the roof thereof into or upon such street or way, or upon the sidewalks thereof, shall cause all snow and ice to be removed from such roof within 24 hours after the same shall cease falling or forming.


10.08.160: Removing Snow Into Streets -- Requirements:

Any person who shall throw or put, or cause to be thrown or put, any snow or ice into any street in the city, except that removed from the sidewalks, shall cause the same to be broken up and spread evenly over the surface of the street.


12.20.020: Motor Vehicles -- Towed When -- Authority:

Motor vehicles and/or other conveyances shall be towed at any time from the grounds under the control of the school committee if they are deemed to be a hazard to the public or student safety, or if they damage school property, or if they impede the normal operations of the school committee, or if they parked in areas designated for school personnel and/or students or if they impede snow removal on school grounds. The towing of the vehicles shall be ordered by the Chief of Police, or the Chief of the Fire Department, or the Superintendent of Schools, the Director of Safety, Security & Transportation, or the Director of Plant facility.


10.20.180: Vehicle towing -- Tow away zones -- Generally:

No person shall stand or park or allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in his or her name to stand or park in any of the following places:


A) Upon any way in such a manner as to impede the removal or plowing of snow or ice;


B) Upon any sidewalk;


C) Upon any crosswalk;


D) Upon any way within twenty feet of an intersecting ways, except alleys;


E) Upon a way within ten feet of a fire hydrant;


F) On a roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of the way;


G) In front of a public or private driveway;


H) Upon any way where the parking of a vehicle will not leave a clear and unobstructed lane at least ten feet wide for passing traffic.


Vehicles found in violation of the provisions of this section, except those specifically exempted by law, shall be removed to a convenient place under the direction of an officer of the Quincy Police Department as specified in Section 10.20.140 and the owner of the vehicle so removed or towed away shall be liable to the cost of such removal and storage, if any, as set forth in Section 10.20.150. The owner of any vehicle removed or towed away under the provisions of this section shall also be subject to the penalties provided in M.G.L. Ch. 90, Sec. 20A (Ter. Ed.).


10.08.040 - Vehicles -- Restrictions -- Cargo weight limits:

No person shall carry or cause to be carried upon any public streets on any two-wheeled vehicle a load the weight whereof exceeds one ton, unless the tires of the wheels of such vehicle are four inches or more in width; nor any four-wheeled vehicle unless the tires of the front wheels of such vehicle are three inches or more in width and the tires on the rear wheels thereof are four inches or more in width; provided, however, that at such seasons of the year when the ground is frozen and covered with snow, heavy loads on runners may be allowed on the streets.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact City Solicitor Jim Timmins can be reached at (617) 376-1511 or e-mail: on the Snow Removal Ordinance Law.