The Department of Public works is in charge of enforcing all sanitation/ recycling regulations for the Town of Brookline. Education and enforcement are the tools that the Solid Waste Enforcement Program inspectors use to work with residents and businesses to keep the town clean and sanitary.
Warnings are given as an education tool and are issued to residents and businesses for violations against the town bylaws. Fines are issued for repeat violations with the possibility of a court hearing before the Clerk Magistrate.
If you have any questions on enforcement please call (617-879-4908) or email Ed Gilbert.
If you have any complaints/requests, please visit BrookOnline.
Snow and Ice removal is one of the key responsibilities of Brookline's Department of Public Works. There are many elements to take into account during the winter, especially when it comes to complying with town policies regarding winter protocol. Below you will find information on how to properly understand winter policies:
The Department of Public Works clears snow and ice from approximately 250 lane miles of roadway and 40 miles of sidewalk. In addition, the Department is responsible for the clearing of snow from ten public schools, twenty municipal parking lots and all of the public parks and paths. Snow plowing operations remain underway until all roadways are cleared adequately for the safety of the traveling public. Immediately after a storm, snow banks are pushed back to the curb line in order to provide for adequate storage space for future storms. Please consider this timetable when you open your driveways or clear your front walkways and sidewalks so that you may not be disappointed when a snowplow passes by after the snow has stopped falling.
Snow and Ice - Removal from Sidewalks:
The by-law requires property owners to “maintain sidewalks contiguous to their property in a non-slippery condition suitable for pedestrian travel by clearing all snow and ice from a pathway at least thirty-six (36) inches in width”. The Town of Brookline will continue to enforce this by-law to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians within the Town. Single family and residential buildings occupied by fewer than five families must comply with this by-law within 30 hours of a storm’s end. Multi-family property owners and businesses must comply within 3 hours. If you fail to comply with the Town’s sidewalk by-law, you could be issued fines ranging from $25.00-$100.00 per day.
Have you Shoveled?
If you own a property or business please remember to do the following:
- Maintain all sidewalks abutting your property or business in a non-slippery condition free of ice and snow.
- If you are out of town, or unable to clear ice and snow because of physical limitations, please be sure to have someone else prepared to maintain the sidewalk for you.
- Clear openings at intersections and crosswalks so pedestrians can cross safely.
- Always have a supply of ice-melt (CaCl2 or KCL) on hand and apply frequently after a storm and during the winter season to prevent snow from packing down and forming ice.
- Whenever possible, please help to assist your Public Safety Departments by clearing catch basins and snow covered fire hydrants adjacent to your property. Remember, every second counts during an emergency.
Snow Emergency Line: 617-730-2610
Parking Ban - Snow Emergency
During a declared snow emergency/parking ban, there is NO on street parking in the Town of Brookline. This includes all parking meters regardless of overnight parking permits. Residents with permits to park overnight in Town-owned lots are not required to move their vehicles until 9am after the parking ban is lifted. Reporting Snow Issues (Unplowed/Icy Streets or Sidewalks)
- Call the Snow Emergency Line: 617-730-2610
- Visit our homepage and select Report a Concern to report the snow issue.
- Use your Smartphone. Download the BrookONline App.
Recycling During Snow Season
To keep your trash and recycling service running smoothly during the snow season, follow these simple rules:
- Shovel a path for your recycling cart and trash barrel.
- Keep these containers off patches of ice for safety.
- Make sure recycling carts and trash barrels are clear of snow.
- Put your recycling cart and trash barrel as close to the street as possible – not behind snow banks. Recycling carts will not be picked up behind snow banks!
- Leave a 4’ space on either side of your barrel and recycling cart allowing easy access by trucks with automated arms.
Snow and Ice - Removal from Sidewalk The by-law requires property owners to “maintain sidewalks contiguous to their property in a non-slippery condition suitable for pedestrian travel by clearing all snow and ice from a pathway at least thirty-six (36) inches in width”. The Town of Brookline will continue to enforce this by-law to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians. Single family and residential buildings occupied by fewer than five families must comply with this by-law within 30 hours of a storm’s end. Multi-family property owners and businesses must comply within 3 hours. If you fail to comply with the Town’s sidewalk by-law, you could be issued fines ranging from $25.00-$100.00 per day.
Homeowners, management companies, and businesses are responsible for informing their snow contractors not to put snow in the street or sidewalk. Fines will be issued! Snow should be placed on your property.
It’s a COURTESY! It’s the LAW!