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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Parking near a fire hydrant - in Massachusetts

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

Wonder why I post this, because I have a fire hydrant in front of my home - and people park in front EVERYDAY.   
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:

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 theMassachusetts 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. Fines range from $10 to $55 though it looks like in Boston and some other cities they can charge up to $100.


  1. I live in an apartment complex. Two long buildings face each other, with a large parking lot in between. There is a working fire hydrant. People park next to it. Is there a law about parking next to a working fire hydrants inside a private parking lot?

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