[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of North Haven 9-28-2010 Special Town Meeting. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In recognition of the inefficiency of and potential health and air pollution impacts of outdoor wood-burning or wood-fired furnaces or boilers, this chapter is enacted, in accordance with the policy of the State of Connecticut set forth in the Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-1, to improve and protect our natural resources and environment and to control air, land, and water pollution in order to enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the State of Connecticut, and in accordance with the powers of this municipality under our Charter and Connecticut General Statutes Section 7-148(c), to protect and promote the safety, health, and welfare of the Town of North Haven and the inhabitants of the municipality; to do all things necessary or desirable to protect the municipality from fire; to prohibit and abate within the municipality all nuisances and causes thereof and all things detrimental to the health, safety, convenience, and welfare of the inhabitants of the municipality; to regulate the emission of smoke from any chimney, smokestack, or other source within the limits of the municipality; and to provide for proper heating of buildings within the municipality.
When used in this chapter, the term below shall have the following meaning:
- OUTDOOR WOOD-BURNING OR WOOD-FIRED FURNACE OR BOILER or OWF
- Any accessory structure or appliance designed to be located outside living space ordinarily used for human habitation and designed to transfer or provide heat, via liquid or other means, through the burning of wood or solid waste, for heating spaces other than where such structure or appliance is located, any other structure or appliance on the premises, or for heating domestic, swimming pool, hot tub or jacuzzi water. An outdoor wood-burning or wood-fired furnace or boiler or OWF does not include a fire pit, wood-fired barbecue, or chiminea.
From the effective date hereof, it shall be a violation of this chapter to construct, install, establish, modify, operate, or make use for any reason of an outdoor wood-burning or wood-fired furnace or boiler or OWF.
A fine of $250 shall be imposed for each violation of this chapter.
Each day of operation or use of an outdoor wood-burning or wood-fired furnace or boiler or OWF in violation of this chapter shall be a separate violation.
The Director of the Department of Public Works for the Town of North Haven shall be responsible for enforcing the provisions and carrying out the purpose of this chapter. The Director of Public Works, or his/her designated representative, shall have the authority to issue citations for violations of this chapter.
Notwithstanding § 115A-3 of this chapter, any owner, tenant, or person in possession of any property or premises within the limits of the municipality that has installed an outdoor wood-burning or wood-fired furnace or boiler or OWF prior to the effective date of this chapter for use as the primary or sole source of heating for a residence or other building or the water used by said residence or other building, will not be found in violation of this chapter if said owner, tenant, or person registers the outdoor wood-burning or wood-fired furnace or boiler or OWF with the Department of Public Works for the Town of North Haven within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter.