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Table: Sidewalk snow shoveling rules across Massachusetts

Sidewalk snow shoveling rules across Massachusetts
This table lists town and city names alphabetically. The data are current as of Feb. 3, 2016. If you see the name of a town with no other information, that community either does not have sidewalks, does not have regulations, or have not provided information to the state officials who compiled this data. For more detailed information on the rules within a specific community, state officials recommend visiting that town or city’s official website. To see this data displayed on maps, click here.
Municipality Homeowner responsible When must homeowners shovel? Fine for homeowners Businesses responsible When must businesses shovel? Fine for businesses Municipality responsible When does municipality shovel? Other information
Abington No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum
Acton Yes N/A N/A Yes N/A N/A No N/A
Acushnet No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Sometimes N/A The town plows the main sidewalks and town lots, including schools, the town hall, and the police station.
Adams Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50.00 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50.00 Sometimes N/A The town plows the sidewalks that have no buildings around them.
Agawam Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 for every 24 hours past the maximum time to clear Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No N/A
Alford
Amesbury Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town clears 8 miles of sidewalk.
Amherst Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $10 for every 24 hours past the maximum time to clear Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No N/A
Andover Sometimes By 10 a.m. following a snowstorm, except on Sundays or holidays No fine Sometimes By 10:00 a.m., except on Sundays or holidays following a storm No fine Sometimes After snowfall or precipitation stops during regular work hours
Arlington Yes 8 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset--3 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset for apartment building owners $25–50 per day Yes Within the first 3 hours of snowfall between sunrise and sunset $50 per day No N/A
Ashburnham Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No N/A
Ashby
Ashfield
Ashland Yes Yes No N/A The town clears sidewalks near schools, downtown, and along the main roads.
Athol Yes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Yes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No N/A
Attleboro No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum
Auburn No N/A N/A Yes No maximum No fine Yes N/A The town is responsible for plowing most sidewalks. It takes approximately 2 hours to sand and 5 hours to plow the entire town.
Avon
Ayer Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No N/A
Barnstable No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops
Barre Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town is responsible for clearing all public sidewalks, including those around schools, the town hall, and the police and fire stations.
Becket Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town is responsible for removing snow on town sidewalk property.
Bedford
Belchertown Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town is responsible for sidewalks on public streets and town building sidewalks.
Bellingham No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The town clears sidewalks as staff and equipment allow.  They do not clear sidewalks in subdivisions or secondary roads.
Belmont Yes By 8 p.m. the day after the end of the storm A written warning for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, and $100 for the third and successive offenses, to a maximum of $350 per winter season (October 1 to April 30) Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Selectmen may charge an unspecified amount No N/A
Berkley Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum The town removes snow from public sidewalks.
Berlin No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Bernardston Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Sometimes No maximum The town removes snow on sidewalks around town buildings and municipal streets.
Beverly Sometimes As soon as possible No fine Sometimes As soon as possible No fine Sometimes No maximum Generally, the city clears downtown and business district sidewalks, but it depends on the location.
Billerica Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops, after the street is cleared by the town $10 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops, after the street is cleared by the town $10 Sometimes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops The town clears about 21 miles of sidewalk. Sidewalks are plowed when the accumulation of snow is more than 2 inches.
Blackstone No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A
Blandford No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A
Bolton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The town clears sidewalks in the center of town only.
Boston Yes 3 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops--3 hours after sunrise if it snows overnight $50 if the building is 16 or fewer units, $100 if the building is more than 16 units Yes 3 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops--3 hours after sunrise if it snows overnight $200 No N/A Each authority that is within the boundaries of Boston must follow the same regulations or be subject to the same ordinances.
Bourne No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes As soon as possible (usually within 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops)
Boxborough No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears sidewalks near schools.
Boxford Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine No N/A
Boylston
Braintree Yes No maximum $10 Yes No maximum $10 Sometimes Once the roads are clear The town clears 80 miles of sidewalk in priority areas, such as on the main roads, near schools, and near the commuter rail.
Brewster No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes Once the roads are clear
Bridgewater No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears private property sidewalks to the best of its ability. The town also clears some centrally located sidewalks in the center of town.
Brimfield No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Brockton Yes 8 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 Yes 8 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 No N/A Property owners must keep sidewalks in front of their properties clear of snow, whether it falls from the roofs of adjacent buildings or by any other cause.
Brookfield No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows and sands all sidewalks in the village district of town. However, they do not plow the sidewalks in the outlying areas.
Brookline Yes 3 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset for multi-family dwellings--30 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops for all other private property No more than $100 for multi-family dwellings--For all others, a warning first, then no more than $25 for each subsequent offense Yes 3 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset No more than $100 No N/A Sidewalk pathways must be cleared to at least 36 inches in width.
Buckland
Burlington Sometimes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum The town takes care of about 50 miles of sidewalks, including residential ones, on the main roadways. Sidewalks in other neighborhoods must be taken care of by the residents.
Cambridge Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops if it stops during the day, before 1 p.m. if it stops overnight--6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops for ice removal $50 per day Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day, before 1 p.m. if it stops overnight--6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops for ice removal $50 per day No N/A The paths cleared on the sidewalks must be wide enough for someone using a wheelchair, walker, or stroller (at least 3 feet, preferably 4 feet wide). Corner properties must clear sidewalks surrounding the property and clear ramps at crosswalks.
Canton
Carlisle
Carver No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum There are no privately owned sidewalks in the town and no sidewalks run by a business. All sidewalks are owned and maintained by the town.
Charlemont
Charlton Yes No
Chatham
Chelmsford No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Chelsea Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Warning for the first offense/day, $50 for the second offense/day, $150 for the third offense/day, and $300 for subsequent offenses/days Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Warning for the first offense/day, $50 for the second offense/day, $150 for the third offense/day, and $300 for subsequent offenses/days No N/A
Cheshire No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A
Chester
Chesterfield
Chicopee Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 for the first offense Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 for the first offense No N/A Property owners are also responsible for removing ice (or placing sand on the ice) from sidewalks.
Chilmark N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town does not have sidewalks.
Clarksburg N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No N/A The only sidewalks in the town are along the state highway, which the town does not clear.
Clinton Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town clears sidewalks on main roads and near schools.
Cohasset
Colrain N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town has no sidewalks.
Concord No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes The town has sidewalk plows, and generally removes snow from business areas and sidewalks within walking distance from the schools. Most outlying sidewalks are not plowed by the town.
Conway Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes After the streets have been plowed The town does some sidewalk snow removal as a courtesy. Property owners are still expected to ensure that their sidewalks are clear. Sidewalks are part of the property of the individual or business, so they have liability in case anything happens.
Cummington
Dalton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum
Danvers Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Yes Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Yes Sometimes No maximum
Dartmouth Yes 4 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day, before 11 a.m. the next day if it stops overnight No fine Yes 4 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day, before 11 a.m. the next day if it stops overnight No fine No N/A
Dedham
Deerfield No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes After the streets have been plowed
Dennis
Dighton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The town has less than 10 miles of sidewalk.
Douglas Yes As soon as reasonably possible $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second and all subsequent offenses Yes As soon as reasonably possible $25 for the first offense, $50 dollars for the second and all subsequent offenses No N/A
Dover No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Dracut Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town clears 6–7 miles of sidewalk in the business district and main corridors.
Dudley Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine No N/A
Dunstable No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The town has very few sidewalks.
Duxbury
East Bridgewater No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops The town clears sidewalks near school zones and in the downtown area, but not in subdivisions.
East Brookfield No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes Usually between 12-18 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops The town clears all sidewalks except the ones on the outskirts of town, which the machine won't fit on.
East Longmeadow Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine No N/A
Eastham No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum The town only has two sidewalks: one which is cleared by the town, and the other, which is on Route 6 and belongs to MassDOT, is not cleared.
Easthampton Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Fines start at $50 per offense Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Fines start at $50 per offense No N/A See online City Ordinances, Chapter 8, Sec. 8–41 for more snow removal information.
Easton Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town clears major sidewalks and those within 2 miles of the schools.
Edgartown Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No more than $50 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No more than $50 No N/A
Egremont No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No
Erving Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine No N/A
Essex No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes N/A
Everett Yes In the event of a snow emergency, 12 hours after the emergency has ended In the event of a snow emergency, 2 warnings, then a ticket for $25, then a second ticket for $50 Yes In the event of a snow emergency, 12 hours after the emergency has ended In the event of a snow emergency, 2 warnings, then a ticket for $25, then a second ticket for $50 Sometimes In the event of a snow emergency, 12 hours after the emergency has ended The town has 2 sidewalk plows that clear and salt main sidewalks.
Fairhaven Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Police department may issue a fine Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Police department may issue a fine No N/A
Fall River Yes During and right after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Yes During and right after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine No N/A
Falmouth No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town will remove snow on sidewalks within a 1-mile radius of each school. The town will prioritize other sidewalk snow removal plans.
Fitchburg Yes 4 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset $100 for the first offense and up to $200 for subsequent offenses Yes 4 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset $100 for the first offense and up to $200 for subsequent offenses No N/A
Florida N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town has no sidewalks.
Foxborough No N/A N/A Sometimes A reasonable amount of time No fine Yes No maximum Business owners, except for those in the downtown area, must clear their own walkways.
Framingham No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Franklin No N/A N/A Yes No maximum $25 No N/A
Freetown
Gardner Yes 8 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Yes 8 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Sometimes No maximum The downtown store owners are responsible for the sidewalks in a certain specified district. However, outside the district, the city will remove the snow.
Aquinnah
Georgetown No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Gill
Gloucester Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops if it stops during the daytime, before noon if it stops overnight. No fine Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops if it stops falling during the daytime, before noon if it stops falling overnight. No fine No N/A These laws apply to snow that falls off of buildings as well.
Goshen N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town has no sidewalks.
Gosnold N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No maximum The town has very few sidewalks. The town shovels the sidewalks it does have in front of the townhall, library, and schools.
Grafton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town only clears the sidewalks around schools and on major routes.
Granby Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The state maintains the sidewalks on Rt. 202.The town has few sidewalks, and does not clear any with the exception of some sidewalks on the outskirts of town.
Granville N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town has no sidewalks, only walkways which the town clears.
Great Barrington No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Greenfield Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No more than $10 for the first offense, $25 for the second offense, and $100 for the third and subsequent offenses in a calendar year Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No more than $10 for the first offense, $25 for the second offense, and $100 for the third and subsequent offenses in a calendar year No N/A
Groton
Groveland No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows all public sidewalks, but not the ones in subdivisions.
Hadley No N/A N/A Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town plows all town-owned sidewalks, as well as the sidewalks on Rt. 9. There are very few private sidewalks.
Halifax
Hamilton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum Property owners are liable for any injuries linked to snow and ice on their property. The town clears school sidewalks and downtown sidewalks, and some others depending on the storm.
Hampden Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine No N/A
Hancock
Hanover No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum Hanover has about 35 miles of sidewalks and clears about  5–-6 miles, which are largely on the busy roads and the routes where students may walk to school.
Hanson No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows the sidewalks on Rt. 27 to the T station, but does not plow the sidewalks on Rt. 58 or on any private roads.
Hardwick No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Harvard N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Harvard has no sidewalks other than in the center on town property.
Harwich No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes After the roads, areas around buildings, and parking lots are plowed
Hatfield
Haverhill Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops, unless it stops overnight No fine Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops, unless it stops overnight No fine No N/A
Hawley N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town has no sidewalks.
Heath N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Heath does not have any sidewalks. The only sidewalk is in front of the elementary school and it is cleared by the school custodian.
Hingham No N/A N/A Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum The town clears sidewalks leading to schools and major roads. The town will clear any sidewalk that is not in front of a business.
Hinsdale
Holbrook
Holden No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears about a mile and a half of sidewalk near schools.
Holland N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The only sidewalks in town are in front of the town hall. The town clears these sidewalks.
Holliston Sometimes No maximum The town clears sidewalks in the downtown business area on Washington street and the sidewalks along walking routes to the schools.
Holyoke Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 No N/A On all portions of streets with parking meters, snow and ice should be removed from sidewalks within 8 hours after the snowfall or precipitation stops.
Hopedale
Hopkinton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum
Hubbardston No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes The day after the storm is over. The town has about 1 mile of sidewalk that the town clears either after the storm is over or the next day.
Hudson No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears sidewalks in the commercial & downtown areas, near schools, and in other areas designated by selectmen. The sidewalks are cleared at same time as roads.
Hull No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes As soon as possible. The Town plows approximately 12 miles of sidewalk along all main roads, business districts, and schools. Not all sidewalks are plowed.
Huntington No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes N/A The town clears from Gateway to the center of town, as well as some side streets.
Ipswich No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears some of the downtown sidewalks and the sidewalks near schools.
Kingston No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No minimum The town clears some sidewalks leading to schools and the sidewalks along Rte. 3A from Duxbury to Plymouth.
Lakeville No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The only sidewalks plowed by the town are on the street where the commuter rail station is and Route 105. The only other sidewalks in town are in subdivisions, and the town does not plow them.
Lancaster Sometimes As soon as possible after the storm ends. The town clears all sidewalks on walking routes, especially near schools.
Lanesborough
Lawrence Yes Yes Sometimes The town clears sidewalks in front of public buildings, and the schools clear their own sidewalks.
Lee
Leicester No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Lenox Yes As soon as practical after snowfall or precipitation stops. No fine Yes As soon as practical after snowfall No fine No N/A
Leominster No N/A N/A Sometimes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 for the first offense, $100 for each subsequent offense Yes N/A The list of areas where business owners must clear their sidewalks is on the city web page under City Ordinances, Chapter 20.
Leverett N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Leverett has no sidewalks.
Lexington No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes After the roads have been cleared--Plowing may take 2–3 days. The town clears sidewalks near schools and other selected sidewalks.
Leyden
Lincoln
Littleton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes 3 days after snowfall or precipitation stops Littleton only clears a portion of the sidewalks, mostly the direct routes to schools and the business districts. Not all neighborhood sidewalks are cleared. Littleton clears approximately 14 miles of sidewalk.
Longmeadow Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 No N/A
Lowell Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops--Snow must be cleared by 1 p.m. the next day if it stops after 6 p.m. at night. $100 per offense Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops--Snow must be cleared by 1 p.m. the next day if it stops after 6 p.m. at night. $100 per offense Sometimes No maximum The town only clears sidewalks that are on walking routes to schools or in the downtown area.
Ludlow
Lunenburg
Lynn Yes 10 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops if during the day $50 per day Yes 3 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day $50 per day No N/A Lynn’s Department of Inspectional Services handles snow shoveling tickets. They can be reached at 781-598-4000.
Lynnfield Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Yes N/A The town clears approximately 22 miles of sidewalk.
Malden Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops The cost of snow removal and a fine of up to $200 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops The cost of snow removal and a fine of up to $200 No N/A Sidewalks should be cleared to a maximum of 36 inches wide.
Manchester Sometimes No maximum The town plows many of the sidewalks in town. There are some sidewalks that are outside the downtown area or are too narrow which do not get plowed.
Mansfield Sometimes
Marblehead No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes Once the streets are cleared
Marion No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town typically clears the village first, then expands if time and resources allow.
Marlborough Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops if during the day, before noon the next day if it stops during the night Between $2–10 for each offense Yes 12 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops if during the day, before noon the next day if it stops during the night Between $2–10 for each offense No N/A
Marshfield
Mashpee No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes After the roads have been cleared
Mattapoisett No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A Mattapoisett currently has no snow removal policies for sidewalks.
Maynard Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes As soon as possible after the storm ends. The town only clears sidewalks that are not abutted by private property and main walking routes to school and the Central Business District.
Medfield Sometimes No maximum The town plows walking route sidewalks to schools and the downtown sidewalks.
Medford Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 for the first offense, then $50 per day Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 for the first offense, then $50 per day No N/A Property owners must also clear openings at corners, crosswalks, and curb cuts so pedestrians can cross safely.
Medway Sometimes After snowfall or precipitation stops and street plowing is finished The town will plow sidewalks on walking routes to school, but is not required to sand or salt sidewalks.
Melrose No N/A N/A Yes 6 daylight hours after snowfall or precipitation stops. $50 Sometimes 48 or longer after snowfall or precipitation has stopped. Once the streets are clear, the town clears the sidewalks for school routes and in the business district.--Residents are strongly encouraged to clear off their sidewalks.
Mendon
Merrimac No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No minimum The town takes care of the crosswalks downtown.--Residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to clear off their sidewalks. New bylaws are forthcoming.
Methuen
Middleborough
Middlefield
Middleton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears the sidewalks along the main roads and school routes.
Milford Sometimes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $10 Sometimes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $10 Sometimes No maximum The town clears approximately 20 of the 40 miles of sidewalk.
Millbury Sometimes Once the storm ends and street plowing and salting are complete The town plows sidewalks starting at the high school and moving towards the center of town.
Millis Sometimes No maximum The town only clears sidewalks along routes that the school asks to be plowed.
Millville
Milton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears snow from a predetermined number of sidewalks. These sidewalks are typically located along high-volume streets in areas near schools. Property owners are advised to clear their own sidewalks, but are not required to.
Monroe Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine No N/A
Monson Sometimes 72 hours after snowfall or precipitation has stopped. For a full list of sidewalks maintained by the town, check Monson's snow removal page.
Montague Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $20 for the first offense, $35 for the second offense, and $50 for each subsequent offense (each 24-hour period constitutes a separate offense) Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $20 for the first offense, $35 for the second offense, and $50 for each subsequent offense (each 24-hour period constitutes a separate offense) No N/A
Monterey N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town does not have sidewalks.
Montgomery
Mount Washington N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town does not have sidewalks.
Nahant No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The town only plows public ways.
Nantucket
Natick No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum The town clears snow from about 41 miles of sidewalk (which is roughly 1/3 of the total 135 miles of sidewalk). These sidewalks are within business districts, near schools, and along other key pedestrian routes.
Needham No N/A N/A Yes 5 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset No more than $50 per offense Sometimes Once snow and ice depths reach 4'' The town plows 52 miles of sidewalk on school walking routes and sometimes the downtown business district in the event of an emergency.
New Ashford N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A New Washford has no sidewalks.
New Bedford Yes 4 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day, before 11 a.m. the next day if it stops overnight $50 Yes 4 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day, before 11 a.m. the next day if it stops overnight $50 No N/A
New Braintree N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A New Braintree has no sidewalks.
New Marlborough
New Salem N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A New Salem has no public sidewalks.
Newbury
Newburyport Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day, before noon the next day if it stops overnight $50 Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day, before noon the next day if it stops overnight $50 Sometimes No maximum The town clears sidewalks near schools, in the downtown areas, and on city-owned property.
Newton Yes 30 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Sometimes 30 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops The town clears 54 miles of sidewalk, with a focus on school routes and areas with heavy traffic.--Residents who are unable to clear the sidewalks in front of their homes may apply for an exemption.
Norfolk No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes After the main roads have been cleared. The town focuses on school routes and main streets first, then moves on to what they can.--Residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to help by clearing the sidewalks in front of their buildings.
North Adams
North Andover No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears sidewalks around the schools and the business district.
North Attleborough Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town clears sidewalks on main roads that provide access to schools and in the downtown area.
North Brookfield Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine No N/A
North Reading No N/A N/A Yes N/A Warning for first offense, $50 for the second offense, $100 for the third offense--Each day or part of a day during which an offense continues constitutes a separate offense
Northampton Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 No N/A The city plows only the city-owned sidewalks that abut city buildings, parks, bridges, and bike ways.
Northborough Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine No N/A
Northbridge No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Northfield Sometimes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Sometimes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine No N/A Property owners are required to clear the sidewalks along Main Street, Holton Street, Parker Avenue, Highland Avenue, and-Mt. Hermon Station Road, from W. Northfield Road north to the Vermont line.
Norton Sometimes No maximum The town only clears the sidewalks leading to schools.
Norwell NO N/A N/A NO N/A N/A SOME* No minimum Town plows the sidewalk along Route 53, Grove Street, and High Street.--Residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to clear the sidewalks in front of their buildings.
Norwood No N/A N/A Yes Within 6 hours of daylight once snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Sometimes Once the storm has ended and roads have been plowed The town plows 31 miles of sidewalk, mainly near schools, Norwood Center, and Washington Street through South Norwood.
Oak Bluffs
Oakham N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Oakham has no public sidewalks.
Orange Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 No N/A
Orleans
Otis No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Oxford No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Palmer
Paxton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The town clears a small section of sidewalk from the town center to Paxton Center School on Route 31.
Peabody No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum No fine N/A N/A There is an ordinance that lists certain areas within the downtown Peabody area, part of-Andover Street/Route 114, and part of County Street at Lynn Street where business owners are-required to clear their sidewalks of snow.
Pelham N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town does not have sidewalks.
Pembroke No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town only clears sidewalks near schools and the center of town.
Pepperell No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum The town takes care of the sidewalks. The town plows or snow blows them after the storm and follows up again the next day where needed.
Peru N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Peru has no sidewalks.
Petersham
Phillipston N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town has no sidewalks.
Pittsfield Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Fine determined upon violation Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Fine determined upon violation No N/A Sidewalks should be cleared to a width of 36 inches.
Plainfield N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town has no sidewalks.
Plainville No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes As quickly as weather permits The town removes snow from all town sidewalks but does not remove snow from sidewalks within sub-divisions.
Plymouth SOME* 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops. No N/A Property owners within one mile from the shoreline from Jabez Corner to the Kingston line are required to clear the walks in front of their buildings.
Plympton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum Town clears the dowtown sidewalks after most storms over 2 inches. The town does not plow the sidewalks in residential subdivisions.
Princeton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A There are very few sidewalks in Princeton.
Provincetown
Quincy No N/A N/A Yes Residents are strongly encouraged to shovel in front of their buildings.--The town focuses on the sidewalks leading to schools, business, and MBTA stops.
Randolph Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town clears sidewalks on main roads, but not in industrial parks.
Raynham No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes After all of the roads have been cleared. Following snowplow operations on the streets, sidewalk plowing in the school zones will begin.--Sidewalks in residential subdivisions will not be plowed at all by the town, regardless of the amount of snow on the sidewalk.
Reading No N/A N/A No N/A No Sometimes No maximum The town plows approximately 45 miles of sidewalks, including all areas in the downtown and train/public transportation areas, as well as all school sidewalk areas.
Rehoboth No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes Rehoboth does not have any public sidewalks. The custodians at the schools clear their sidewalks, and the town clears the ones outside of town buildings.
Revere
Richmond N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town has no sidewalks.
Rochester
Rockland No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum Downtown businesses are asked to clear out the sidewalks in front of their buildings.--The town clears out school routes first, then downtown routes.
Rockport Yes As soon as practical $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $300 for the third and subsequent offenses Yes As soon as practical $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $300 for the third and subsequent offenses No N/A
Rowe
Rowley No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows the downtown sidewalks and school routes.
Royalston No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum Royalston has a very limited amount of sidewalks. When the streets are completed, the town will clear and-treat sidewalks, municipal buildings, and parking lots.
Russell
Rutland No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A
Salem Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops or the city's snow emergency lights are turned off, whichever time is later, during the day--If the snow stops falling and the snow emergency lights are turned off during the night, before noon the next day $25 for the first offense, $75 for the second offense, $100 for the third and subsequent offenses Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops or the city's snow emergency lights are turned off, whichever time is later, during the day--If the snow stops falling and the snow emergency lights are turned off during the night, before noon the next day $25 for first offense, $75 for second offense, $100 for the third and subsequent offenses Sometimes After all of the roads have been cleared The city clears designated sidewalks following each storm.
Salisbury No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes After all of the roads have been cleared. The Town plows approximately 3 miles of sidewalk. Main streets, collector streets, and schools receive priority attention.--Residents are strongly encouraged to shovel the walks adjacent to their property to ensure safe pedestrian passage.
Sandisfield
Sandwich No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows 16.5 miles of sidewalk, including all town-owned sidewalk, which includes those in front of businesses.
Saugus No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears out the sidewalks, focusing on the school routes first.
Savoy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Savoy has no sidewalks.--Highway Department Contact Info: -(413) 743-1286
Scituate No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum Most businesses clear their sidewalks on their own and don’t wait for the town.  The town asks that the business owners clear their entrance ways. If they fail to do so they are reminded, but no fine is imposed.
Seekonk No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears most of the sidewalks.
Sharon No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows 44 miles of sidewalk, mainly near schools and in the downtown area, but the town does not clear sidewalks in residential neighborhoods.
Sheffield
Shelburne
Sherborn No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows most of the sidewalks.
Shirley Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine
Shrewsbury No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows approximately 24 miles of sidewalk, which is located within the business area and on key walking routes for schools along the main roads.
Shutesbury N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town does not have sidewalks.
Somerset Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine No N/A
Somerville Yes By 10 p.m. if snow starts falling after sunrise, by 10 a.m. if snow starts falling after sunset $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense, $200 for the third offense Yes By 10 p.m. if snow starts falling after sunrise, by 10 a.m. if snow starts falling after sunset $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense, $200 for the third offense No N/A
South Hadley No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows sidewalks in areas designated by the Selectboard each year.
Southampton Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $10 per day Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $10 per day No N/A
Southborough Sometimes No maximum The town plows most sidewalks.
Southbridge Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, and $100 for the third and subsequent offenses in the same calendar year Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, and $100 for the third and subsequent offenses in the same calendar year No N/A
Southwick Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 per offense Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 per offense No N/A
Spencer No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum The municipality clears all sidewalks.
Springfield Yes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 per offense Yes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 per offense No N/A
Sterling Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum The town clears sidewalks in the immediate downtown area.
Stockbridge No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town plows most of the sidewalks.
Stoneham No N/A N/A Sometimes 5 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops Between $50–200 Sometimes No maximum The town plows about 30 miles of sidewalk along designated routes. Business owners in the downtown area are required to clear the sidewalks in front of their business.
Stoughton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Stow Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine N/A N/A The town does not have many sidewalks.
Sturbridge Yes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No more than $10 Yes 48 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No more than $10 No N/A This law applies to sidewalks that are situated within the limits of the highways or town ways. The town may waive enforcement of this bylaw for sidewalks located within a state highway layout in the event of extraordinary conditions.
Sudbury No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes A few days The town plows the sidewalks around schools, on Route 20, and by businesses.
Sunderland No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Sutton No No Sometimes No maximum The town clears a few sidewalks in the town center.
Swampscott Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine No N/A
Swansea No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes The day after snowfall or precipitation has stopped The town does not have many sidewalks, but it maintains the ones it does have near town buildings and schools.
Taunton
Templeton The Templeton Highway Department distributes a pamphlet titled "A Resident's Guide to Winter Snow Removal Operations and Procedures."
Tewksbury No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The town clears sidewalks that the school department has identified. Other sidewalks have been added to the list on a case-by-case basis, but in general, the town does not clear sidewalks.
Tisbury Yes 4 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day, before 11 a.m. the next day if it stops during the night. $50 for the first offense, $75 for the second offense, $100 for the third and any subsequent offenses Yes 4 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during the day, before 11 a.m. the next day if it stops during the night. $50 for the first offense, $75 for the second offense, $100 for the third and any subsequent offenses No N/A
Tolland N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A The town has no sidewalks.
Topsfield No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum Topsfield generally maintains school routes.
Townsend No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The town clears the sidewalks in the center of town near the schools.
Truro
Tyngsborough No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears a few sidewalks in the center of town, around the schools, and on Lakeview Ave.
Tyringham
Upton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum Upton usually maintains the sidewalks to school busses.
Uxbridge Sometimes
Wakefield Yes No maximum No fine Yes No maximum No fine Sometimes After the roads have been plowed The town will plow sidewalks along central routes near schools.
Wales No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A
Walpole No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum Walpole typically maintains about 50 miles of sidewalks, including routes to schools, buses, and the commuter rail.
Waltham Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum Tenants or occupants of properties located on the streets listed on the website must clear their sidewalks within 24 hours. It is suggested that all other tenants and occupants clear their sidewalks, but they do not have to.
Ware Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No more than $100 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No more than $100 No N/A No one will be prosecuted for any offense against any of these provisions unless a complaint for them is instituted within 3 months of the offense.
Wareham
Warren No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears those sidewalks they can access.
Warwick N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No N/A Warwick has only one public sidewalk, which is not cleared in the winter.
Washington N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Washington does not have sidewalks.
Watertown No N/A N/A Yes 2 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops during business hours or by the beginning of business hours the following day Warning for a first offense, $25 for a second offense, and $50 for the third and consecutive offenses during a calendar year No N/A
Wayland Sometimes After roads have been plowed The town plows selected sidewalks and school zones.
Webster Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine No N/A
Wellesley Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum Wellesley plows roughly 60 miles of sidewalk. The town does not require homeowners to clear snow from these 60 miles.
Wellfleet No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum Wellfleet only has about a mile of sidewalk which is usually cleared by the town after 3 or more inches of snow have fallen.
Wendell N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Town does not have sidewalks.
Wenham The town will only maintain sidewalks after the fire station, police station, school, library, and town office parking areas have been plowed. Sidewalks will be prioritized by usage and the Buker School area.
West Boylston Sometimes No maximum The town clears some sidewalks, mainly around the town center and schools.
West Bridgewater No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
West Brookfield No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears some sidewalks after storms using a small plow.
West Newbury
West Springfield Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 per offense Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 per offense Sometimes No maximum In the business district where the town plows the snow up onto the sidewalks, it will return and clear those areas so people can walk around and park their cars.
West Stockbridge
West Tisbury No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum
Westborough Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No fine No N/A Residents should clear all sidewalks to a width of at least 24 inches.
Westfield Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $25 No N/A
Westford No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A Residents are encouraged to clear sidewalks in front of their property.
Westhampton No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes N/A The only sidewalks are those in front of public buildings. These are cleared by the town.
Westminster No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A
Weston No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum Weston removes snow from a list of sidewalks near where children walk to school or adults walk to the commuter rail stations. Not all town sidewalks are cleared. The town clears sidewalks in front of commercial businesses as soon as possible.
Westport No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A
Westwood Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes After the roads have been plowed The town will clear all sidewalks used to walk to schools, businesses, and public transportation. Property owners must clear sidewalks that are not in the town sidewalk route.
Weymouth No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town clears some sidewalks near schools.
Whately No N/A N/A No N/A N/A No N/A The town has very few sidewalks, and they are not cleared in the winter.
Whitman Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes 3 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset No more than $50 per offense Sometimes After the streets have been plowed The town will plow sidewalks along central routes that are heavily traveled by children on their way to school and in the downtown business areas. The list of these sidewalks can be found on the town website.
Wilbraham Yes No maximum No fine No N/A
Williamsburg Yes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $50 per storm Yes 24 hours after snowfall stops $50 per storm No N/A
Williamstown No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Yes No maximum Williams College plows their own sidewalks and some town sidewalks where their offices are located.
Wilmington Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes 24 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops No more than $50 per offense Sometimes After the roads have been plowed The town will plow sidewalks along central routes that are heavily traveled by children on their way to school. The owner or occupant of any business should keep the sidewalks adjoining their premises clear of snow and ice.
Winchendon No N/A N/A No N/A N/A Sometimes No maximum The town is responsible for removing snow and ice from downtown sidewalks.
Winchester No N/A N/A Yes 5 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset on a business day No more than $10 per offense No N/A
Windsor N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Windsor has no sidewalks.
Winthrop Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset. $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, $100 for the third and subsequent offenses Yes 6 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, $100 for the third and subsequent offenses No N/A
Woburn Yes 2 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset, before 10 a.m. the next day if snow stops falling overnight (check link to see if this applies to your street). No more than $50 (check link to see if this applies to your street). Yes 2 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops between sunrise and sunset, before 10 a.m. the next day if snow stops falling overnight (check link to see if this applies to your street). No more than $50 (check link to see if this applies to your street). No N/A
Worcester Yes 10 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $75 per day Yes 10 hours after snowfall or precipitation stops $75 per day No N/A See link for additional regulations.
Worthington N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Worthington has no sidewalks.
Wrentham
Yarmouth Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes No maximum No fine Sometimes After the roads have been plowed The town plows sidewalks on town or state roads. The town does not plow sidewalks in private developments or condominiums. The town clears high-priority sidewalks first, including the sidewalks on Route 28 and those near the schools on Station Ave.
SOURCE: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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