Town of Barnstable, MA
Barnstable County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Barnstable as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
 Noncriminal disposition, Town Manager regulations —  See Ch. I, Art. I.
Stables — See Ch. 376.
Waterfowl — See Ch. 393.
Dog control — See Ch. 403.
[Adopted 5-7-1992 (Art. XLVI-A of Ch. III of the General Ordinances as updated through 7-7-2003)]

§ 24-1 Statutory authority.

Pursuant to Section 6 of Article 89 of the amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth and § 147A of Chapter 140 of the General Laws, a local system for the licensing, regulation, control and disposition of dogs is hereby authorized.

§ 24-2 Adoption of regulations by Town Manager. [1]

The Town Manager shall adopt reasonable regulations relating to the keeping of dogs within the Town. Such regulations may include reasonable fees for licensing dogs, which fees shall be calculated so as not to exceed the cost of regulating dogs within the Town. No such regulation shall be inconsistent with the provisions of Chapter 140 of the General Laws relating to (a) the turning over or sale of animals to any business or institution licensed or registered as a research facility or animal dealer, as provided in § 151; (b) the minimum confinement period of dogs as provided in § 151A; (c) the methods of execution, as provided in said § 151A; any ordinance of the Town relating to the control or regulation of dogs or other animals.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 403, Dog Control, in Part IV, Town Manager Regulations, of the Code of the Town of Barnstable.

§ 24-3 Disposition of money from licenses and fines.

All money received from licenses or recovered from the fines hereunder shall be paid into the Town treasury and shall not be turned over to the county.
[Adopted 5-5-2011 by Order No. 2011-097]

§ 24-4 Restrictions and enforcement.

Not more than one rooster shall at any time be kept on premises not in agricultural use in the Town of Barnstable except as prohibited under Subsection C. Any person keeping a rooster on premises not in agricultural use shall comply with the following. For purposes of this article, premises shall be deemed to be in agricultural use if the parcel contains five or more acres primarily and directly used in the course of business, individually or in any combination, of farming in all its branches, cultivation and tillage of soil, dairying, the production, cultivation, growing and harvesting of any agricultural, aquacultural, floricultural or horticultural commodities, the growing and harvesting of forest products on forest land, the raising of livestock, including horses, the keeping of horses, the keeping and raising of poultry, swine, cattle and other domesticated animals used for food purposes, bees, and fur-bearing animals; or if the parcel contains between two and five acres, any of the aforesaid activities generates at least a $1,000 per acre based on documented gross sales dollars, regardless of the primary purpose.
A. 
The rooster shall be kept between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. within a fully enclosed structure designed to minimize noise.
B. 
The person shall not allow or permit such rooster at any time to annoy another person's reasonable right to peace or privacy by making loud or continuous noise where such noise is plainly audible between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at a distance of 150 feet from the premises where the rooster is kept, or between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. at a distance of 50 feet from the premises where the rooster is kept, or when such noise is continuous in excess of 10 minutes.
C. 
The provisions of this article may be enforced pursuant to MGL c. 40, § 21D, and Article I, Noncriminal Enforcement of Violations, of Chapter 1, General Provisions, of the Code of the Town of Barnstable for the first three violations; and by prohibiting the further keeping of roosters in lieu of or in addition to enforcement pursuant to MGL c. 40, § 21, for each violation thereafter.