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What is the law in Massachusetts on parking near a fire hydrant? How many feet away must one park?


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It is a violation of 350 CMR (Code of Massachusetts Regulations) 5.00 to park within ten feet of a fire hydrant.

Chapter 90: Section 20A.5 of the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) also discusses fire hydrants and fines associated with parking within 10 feet of one. It states in the sixth paragraph that:

The traffic and parking commission of the city of Boston, the traffic commission or traffic director of any other city or town having such a commission or director with authority to promulgate traffic rules, the city council of any other city, and the board of selectmen of any other town, shall, from time to time, establish by rule or regulation a schedule of fines for violations subject to this section committed within such city or town; provided, however, that all such fines shall be uniform for the same offense committed in the same zone or district, if any; and provided, further, that the fine for the violation of the parking of motor vehicles within ten feet of a fire hydrant shall not be more than one hundred dollars, and provided, further, that the fine for the violation of parking a motor vehicle within a posted bus stop shall be $100; and provided further, that any fine established under the provisions of this section for all other parking violations shall not exceed $50, if paid within 21 days, nor shall it exceed $55, if paid thereafter, but before the parking clerk reports to the registrar, as provided below and shall not exceed $75 if paid thereafter.

There may be other sections of the CMR and MGL that discuss the penalties for parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, which this is illegal, so a lawyer familiar with MA law or the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) should be able to give you more information on the fire hydrant laws.

The penalty for parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant tends to vary in Massachusetts depending upon the jurisdiction you were ticketed in. We have seen fines range from $10 to $55 though it looks like in Boston and some other cities they can charge up to $100.

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