2003-05-16 / Community

Sanitation Fines Increase On June 1

Sanitation Fines Increase On June 1

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty has reminded all residents and business owners that the fines for several Sanitation code violations will double to $100 each, effective June 1.

Recently, the Department received approval from the Environmental Control Board (ECB) to increase the minimum base fine from $50 to $100 for the affected sanitation codes.

"Upon returning to the Department, I requested a review of our enforcement policies and penalty schedules, We found that the Department had not increased the minimum base fines for more than ten years, during which time our operational costs and the additional responsibility for training and expansion of the enforcement division had dramatically increased," noted Commissioner Doherty.

The changes do not require City Council approval because the increased amounts requested were within the statutory range for each violation.

Listed are the specific sanitation fines that will be increased from $50 to $100: removal of commercial waste, posting of sign/permit waste removal, sweep out, dirty sidewalk, sidewalk obstruction, dust or substances flying, spilling from truck or receptacle, noxious liquids, interfering with Dept. of Sanitation employees, scavenging prohibited, maintaining receptacles, separation and weight, storage of recyclables, loose rubbish, use of city litter baskets, snow/ice/dirt on sidewalks, earth/rocks/rubbish, failure to sweep 18 inches from curb, and improper disposal of regulated household waste.

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