Frequently Requested Bylaws

Winter Parking Ban

It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than one acting in an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street for a period of time, longer than one hour between the hours of 1am and 6am of any day between December 1 of one year and March 31 of the succeeding year.

Unregistered Motor Vehicles

No person shall maintain more than one (1) unregistered motor vehicle, excluding farm vehicles, on any premises which are not in a building or under cover.

Public Consumption Of Marihuana

No person shall smoke, ingest, or otherwise use or consume marihuana or tetrahydrocannabinol (as defined in G.L. c. 94C, Sec 1, as amended) while in or upon any street, sidewalk, public way, footway, passageway, stairs, bridge, park, playground, beach, recreation area, boat landing, public building, schoolhouse, school grounds, cemetery, parking lot, or any area owned by or under the control of the town; or in or upon any bus or other passenger conveyance operated by a common carrier; or in any place accessible to the public.

This by-law may be enforced by non-criminal disposition pursuant to G.L. c. 40, Sec 21D, by the Board of Selectmen or any police officer.  The fine for violation of this by-law shall be three hundred dollars ($300) for each offense.  Any penalty imposed under this by-law shall be in addition to any civil penalty imposed under G.L. c. 94c Sec. 32L.

Putting Debris into the Street

No person shall place or cause to be placed in any public way, in any place in Town any obstruction, ashes, tin cans, garbage, filth, carrion, offal or any kind of rubbish, or any other equipment deemed by the Selectmen to be unsightly or unhealthy, including junk machinery or vehicles.

Construction Hours

Construction hours are: Monday - Friday: 7am to 7pm, and Saturday: 7am to 5pm.

The time for any construction activities within the Town shall be limited to the times as may be set forth in a condition of an approval or permit issued by a Town board or commission, in a Building Permit, or in other permits as duly issued by the Town, provided in any event, that there shall be no construction activities on Sundays and legal holidays except in the circumstance of a bona fide emergency for which the Police Department, Building Inspector, Fire Department or Highway Department may issue an emergency exemption to the provisions of this By-Law; if such an exemption is granted by one of the foregoing departments, it is the responsibility of the requester to notify the Police Department of such an exemption. Any and all other construction activities which are not limited to the hours of operation as set forth in conditions issued by a Town board or commission or through some other permit shall be limited as follows: the hours of operation shall be limited to Monday through Friday, 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. and Saturday 7:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. For the purpose of this By-law, the term "construction activities" shall be deemed to include any work relating to preparatory to, or incidental to, the mobilization of or implementation of construction activities and shall not include interior work of a building, provided such interior work does not cause a disturbance of the peace and tranquility of the surrounding neighborhood.

Any person, company or property owner may seek a limited waiver from the time limitations for construction activity set forth herein by filing a written request for such a waiver with the Building Inspector. Any request for waiver must be filed with the office of the Building Inspector at least five (5) business days prior to the proposed construction activity. Upon receipt of such a request, the Building Inspector may, in his sole discretion, grant or deny a limited waiver from the time limitations for the construction activity. The Building Inspector may grant a limited waiver, however, only upon a determination that either (i) there is no particular means or method for the requester to comply with the time limitations and, compliance with the same will result in an unreasonable, significant financial hardship to the requester, or (ii) a waiver from the time limitations will have no detrimental impact upon the surrounding properties or neighborhood, due to the nature of the proposed construction activity or the character of the neighborhood. Any waiver from the time limitations issued by the Building Inspector pursuant to this paragraph shall list the name of the requester, identify the property affected, define the proposed construction activity to take place, and include a date of expiration of the waiver. A copy of any waiver issued under this paragraph shall be filed with the office of the Town Clerk, with a copy to the Board of Selectmen and the Police Department.

Construction activities to be performed by the legal homeowner on their place of residence are exempt from the provisions of this By-law.

The Building Inspector and the Police Department are empowered to enforce the provisions of this By-law and may seek enforcement actions in accordance with Section 18 herein. Any person who directly or indirectly engages in or allows construction activities in violation of this By-law shall be subject to a fine of Three Hundred Dollars ($300) for every hour or portion thereof in which there is a violation.