City of Northampton, MA
Hampshire County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Northampton 8-17-1989 (Ch. 25 of the 1977 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, § 1-17.
A violation of any ordinance of the City of Northampton, including zoning ordinances, may be enforced by a criminal complaint brought in the District Court. The penalty shall be that fixed by the specific ordinance violated, provided that, if no penalty is attached to a particular ordinance, the penalty shall be as set out in § 1-17 of the Code of Ordinances. Each day a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
A violation of any ordinance of the City of Northampton, including zoning ordinances, may be enforced by a civil action filed in such court as is appropriate for the relief sought or as designated by statute.
Anyone who violates any ordinance of the City of Northampton, including zoning ordinances, which is subject to a specific penalty, or violates any rule or regulation of any municipal officer, board, or department which is subject to a specific penalty, may be penalized through a noncriminal disposition as authorized by Chapter 40, § 21D, of the Massachusetts General Laws. Each day a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
A. 
The enforcing officer may give to a violator a written notice to appear before the Clerk/Magistrate of the Northampton District Court at any time during office hours, not later than 21 days after the date of said notice. Any person so notified may confess the offense charged by either: (1) appearing personally or through a duly authorized agent before the City Clerk and paying the fine penalty specified for the City ordinance violation, or (2) mailing to the City Clerk the notice of violation together with payment of the fine. In either case, the City Clerk must receive payment within 21 days of the date of the notice. Such payment shall, if mailed, be made only by postal note, money order or check. Upon payment of the fine penalty, the City Clerk shall forthwith notify the District Court Clerk/Magistrate of such payment, and the receipt by the District Court Clerk/Magistrate of such notification shall operate as a final disposition of the case.
[Amended 6-7-2007]
B. 
The notice of violation shall be in triplicate and shall contain the name and address, if known, of the violator, the specific offense charged, and the time and place for the required appearance.
C. 
The enforcing officer shall, if possible, deliver a copy of the notice to the violator at the time and place of the violation. If it is not possible to so deliver, said copy shall be mailed or delivered by an authorized agent of the City to the violator's last known address within 15 days after said violation.
D. 
At or before the completion of each tour of duty or at the beginning of the first subsequent tour of duty, the enforcing officer shall give to his commanding officer or department head those copies of each notice of violation issued which have not already been delivered or mailed. Said commanding officer or department head shall retain one copy and shall, at a time not later than the next court day after such delivery or mailing, deliver the other copy to the Clerk/Magistrate of the Northampton District Court.
[Last amended 12-4-2014]
A. 
Every ordinance of the City of Northampton may be enforced through the noncriminal disposition procedure set out in this chapter. Any police officer of the City of Northampton shall be considered the enforcing officer for any noncriminal disposition of any ordinance violations, whether or not "police officer" is listed below in this section as the enforcing officer for any particular ordinance. The term "police officer" shall include all ranks of the Northampton Police Department. In addition to any police officer, the municipal personnel listed below shall be the enforcing officer for the specific ordinances, rules or regulations as indicated.
B. 
The penalty for violation of specific City ordinances, rules or regulations shall be as listed below. The penalty for all other ordinances not specifically mentioned in this section shall be $20 for the first offense, $50 for the second and subsequent offenses.
Chapter/Section
Enforcing Officer
Fine
Ch. 116, Art. I
Police
First false alarm within a calendar year
No charge
Second false alarm within a calendar year
$25
Third false alarm within a calendar year
$50
Fourth and subsequent false alarms within a calendar year
$100
Ch. 116, Art. II
Fire Chief or designee
$50
§§ 128-2, 128-3
Health Agent
$50
§ 128-5
Animal Control Officer
$10
§ 128-6
Animal Control Officer
First offense: $100
Second offense: $200
Third or subsequent offense: $300
§ 128-7
Animal Control Officer
$25
Animal Control Officer
$50
§ 128-13
Animal Control Officer
$20
§ 128-14
Animal Control Officer, Agent of Board of Health and Animal Inspector
$50
Animal Control Officer
$50
§ 128-20
Northampton police officers, agents of the Board of Health, Environmental Police Officers and other enforcement officers of the Office of Fisheries and Wildlife Law Enforcement, and Environmental Police Officers
First offense: $100
Second offense: $200
Third or subsequent offense: $300
§§ 145-13, 145-14, 145-16, 145-17
Building Commissioner, Assistant Building Commissioner
$50
§§ 145-20, 145-21
Building Commissioner, Assistant Building Commissioner, Plumbing Inspector
$50
§§ 149-1 through 149-4
Director of Public Works or his/her designee
$20
§§ 149-5 through 149-7 
Director of Public Works or his/her designee
$10
Ch. 156
Director of Planning and Development or his/her designee
First violation: $100
Second and subsequent violations: $200
Ch. 161
Director of Planning and Development or his/her designee
First offense: $100
Second offense: $200
Each additional offense: $300
Ch. 168
Building Commissioner
First offense: $100
Second offense: $200
Third and any subsequent offense: $300
Ch. 183
Fire Chief or designee
$50
§ 183-11
Fire Chief or designee
Emergency medical alarm: $50/alarm
Fire alarms:
4 to 6: $100/alarm
7 to 10: $200/alarm
11 or more: $300/alarm
Ch. 195
Building Inspector and/or Chair of the Historic District Commission
$100 per day
§§ 256-9, 259-11, 256-12
Director of Public Works or his/her designee
$50
Ch. 264, Art. I
Building Commissioner, Assistant Building Commissioner
$50
§ 272-2
Director of Public Works or his/her designee
$50
§ 272-3
$100
Special Conservancy (SC) District
$250
§ 272-8 
Residential:
First 5 loads, each: $10
For each subsequent offense: $25
Commercial:
First offense: $25
Second offense: $50
Third offense: $75
Fourth offense: See § 272-8.
§ 272-15
Health Agent; Solid Waste Coordinator
First offense: $10
Second offense: $25
§ 272-17
Board of Health Director, Public Works Director, Northampton Police, and/or their designees
First offense: $25 (each occurrence)
Second offense: $50 (each occurrence)
Third and subsequent offenses: $100 (each occurrence)
§ 272-18
[Added 5-21-2015]
Health Department or Mayor's designee
First offense: $50
Second and subsequent offenses: $100 (each occurrence)
Ch. 278
Director of Department of Public Works and his/her designee
First violation: $100
Second violation: $200
Third and subsequent violations: $300
Ch. 281
Director of Department of Public Works and his/her designee
First violation: $100
Second violation: $200
Third and subsequent violations: $300
§§ 285-4 (excluding Subsection C) to 285-6, 285-9, 285-13, 285-16, 285-19, 285-21, 285-22, 285-29, 285-30
Director of Public Works or his/her designee
$50
§ 285-4C
Police Department
First offense: $50
Second offense: $100
Third offense: $250
§ 285-12
[Added 11-3-2016 by Ord. No. 16.172]
Police
$20
§ 285-17
[Added 4-2-2015]
Department of Public Works Director or his/her designee, Chief of Police or his/her designee, or Parking Enforcement Officers
$50
§ 312-26
Police Department
First offense: $50
Second offense within a twelve-month period: $100
Further offense within a twelve-month period: $200
Police officer, parking enforcement officer
$50/violation
§ 316-17
Police officer
$300
§§ 316-18, 316-19
Police officer
First offense: $100
Second and subsequent offenses: $200
Ch. 325, Art. I
Director of Public Works or his/her designee
$50
Ch. 325, Art. II
Director of Public Works or his/her designee
First offense: $100
Second and subsequent offenses: $200
Ch. 337
Director of Planning and Development or his/her designee
First offense: $100
Second offense: $200
Each additional offense: $300
Ch. 350
Building Commissioner, Assistant Building Commissioner
$100
Regulations of the Conservation Commission
Chairman, Conservation Commission
$50
Regulations of the Board of Health: Regulations Affecting Smoking in Certain Places and Youth Access to Tobacco
Health Agent, Tobacco Control Coordinator, Sanitary Inspector
Each violation of smoking in public places (§ 8.A.1)
$200
Person who smokes in public area (§ 8.A.2)
$50
Interference with tobacco enforcement officer's performance of duty (§ 8.A.3.f)
$200
Second violation of tobacco sale (§ 8.B.1)
$200
Failure to remove tobacco products on display when license is suspended (§ 8.B.4)
$300
§ VIII-B, 1:
$200/violation
§ IX-E:
Second violation: $100
Third violation: $200
Fourth and subsequent violations: $300
Any other provision of Sections III, V, VI, or IX
First violation: $20
Second violation: $50