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Good Neighbor Guide to Springfield Quality of Life Ordinances

Land Maintenance

Front Yards

(ZO III--ZO IV)

Seventy-five percent of front yards in Residence A-1, A, and B zones and fifty percent of front yards in Residence C zones shall be planted with grass or landscaped and shall not be parked upon.

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6031

$50 Ticket $100 per day court fine

Swimming Pools

(ZO XV; 1514)

In-ground swimming pools shall be enclosed by a fence at least four feet high. Above-ground swimming pools shall be enclosed by a fence at least four feet high or shall have a ladder which is removed when the pool is not in use.

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6031

$50 Ticket $100 per day court fine

Fences

(ZO XV; 1506)

Fences in residential zones cannot be higher than 6ft. Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6031

$50 Ticket $100 per day court fine

Front yard fences in residential zones cannot by higher than three feet if they are more than twenty-five percent solid.

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6031

$50 Ticket $100 per day court fine

For corner lots in residential zones, no planting or fencing higher than two and one-half feet shall be maintained along either property line within twenty-five feet of the intersection so as to cause a visual ob-struction.

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6031

$50 Ticket $100 per day court fine

Signs

(ZO XVIII; 1803)

Signs for professional and home occupation in residential zones shall not exceed one square foot.

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6031

$50 Ticket $100 per day court fine

Signs may not be placed in the public way without a permit from Code Enforcement

Overgrowth

(7.16.120 V)

Property must be kept free of grass, grass clippings, weeds, leaves, branches, or yard waste more than six inches high.

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 311

$100 Ticket

Refrigerators and Stoves

(7.16.120)

No refrigerator or stove should be stored or discarded outside.

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6030

$50 Ticket

Commercial Vehicles

(ZO III; 301; 7f)

Commercial vehicles over one and a half tons cannot be kept on residentially-zoned land.

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6031

$50 Ticket $100 per day court fine

Commercial vehicles exceeding 12,000 lbs. or 24 ft. (excluding recreational vehicles) may not park on city streets for more than one hour.

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6030

$50 Ticket

Unattached trailers cannot be parked on city streets

Enforcement: Code Enforcement Department 787-6030

$50 Ticket

Significant Trees

368

No tree which is 75 years old and over or which is three feet in diameter and over can be trimmed or cut without written approval of the City Forester.

Enforcement: Police Department 787-6302

$50 Ticket

Information: Parks Department 311

Conservation Land

These city owned parcels under the stewardship of the Conservation Commission protect and preserve our natural resources and open space. Only passive recreation is allowed: hiking, fishing, cross country skiing, picnicking, wildlife observation, and nature study, etc.

Not allowed: motorized vehicles including: snowmobiles, dirt-bikes, and other types of all-terrain vehicles; fires; tree cutting; hunting; trapping; harassing wildlife; removing or damaging plant life; and drinking of alcoholic beverages.

Information: Conservation Commission 787-6234

Dumping

(Massachusetts General Law) MGL 270-16

It is illegal to "dump" on any public or private property. If a vehicle is used, it may be seized. If convicted, the operator may have his/her license suspended. To enforce, file a criminal complaint.

Enforcement: Police Department 787-6302

First Offense: $5,500 Subsequent Offenses: $15,000

Page last updated:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017 03:03 pm