Town of Fairhaven, MA
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Town of Fairhaven 9-25-1979 as Ch. VII of the 1979 Regulations. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 87.
Animal permit fees — See Ch. 422.
Owners or occupants of premises keeping domestic animals shall report to the Board of Health annually before January 1. The term "domestic animals" shall include but not be limited to barnyard animals, horses, cows, goats, sheep, rabbits, swine and poultry.
A. 
The Board of Health may require such owners or occupants to obtain a permit to keep certain classes of domestic animals. Such permit shall be subject to the following conditions:
(1) 
The applicant shall notify all abuttors in writing of the pending permit application at least 15 days prior to issuance of the permit. This condition is waived in areas considered suitable for agricultural use.
(2) 
No barn, stable, yard or other facility for the keeping of barnyard animals shall be located closer than 20 feet to any dwelling. The distance from the property line is to be determined by the Board of Health.
(3) 
Provisions shall be made for the disposal of manure and bedding material in a manner which will prevent the contamination of surface and groundwaters, prevent infestation by rodents and insects and prevent the release of objectionable odors.
(4) 
Provisions shall be made for the storage of feed in a manner which will prevent infestation by rodents and insects and prevent the release of objectionable odors.
(5) 
Drainage facilities shall be provided as necessary to prevent the accumulation of standing water and to prevent contamination of surface water and groundwater.
(6) 
Access of barnyard animals to surface water bodies shall be restricted as necessary to prevent stream bank erosion and contamination of surface water bodies.
(7) 
The keeping of pigs on any premises shall be limited to not more than two pigs and one litter. A litter shall be defined as the offspring of a single sow from the same pregnancy and being not over six weeks of age.
B. 
All permits issued under this section shall expire on the last day of the year in which they are issued and may be revoked by the Board at any time for violation of any of the above conditions.
The owner or other persons having control of any barn, stable, yard or other facility for the keeping of barnyard animals shall maintain such facilities in a clean and sanitary condition. Such facilities may be subject to periodic inspection by the Board of Health or its agent.
All equine animals within the boundaries of the Town of Fairhaven shall be vaccinated against encephalitis on or before June 1 of each year. A valid certification of vaccination shall be made available to the Board of Health. The Board of Health may require any other vaccination to immunize against diseases common to animal and man.
The Board of Health may require that dogs be restrained from entering certain public recreation areas, such as town playgrounds and beaches. Any such restrictions shall be posted at the site and shall be designed to minimize the transmission of parasites.
A permit must be obtained for the keeping and housing of exotics, or animals and birds, commonly held for exhibit. The provisions of §§ 405-1 and 405-2 are applicable.
A permit must be obtained for the keeping of game or wild birds and animals. The provisions of §§ 405-1 and 405-2 are applicable.
A. 
Any person or persons keeping five or more cats within the town in any building or on any premises of which he/she may be the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant shall require a permit for the keeping thereof. This permit shall require the owner to restrain the cats to the premises and shall be granted conditionally and shall be subject to spot inspections by any agent of the Board of Health. A litter of kittens may be kept for a period not to exceed six weeks.
B. 
Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the keeping and/or sale of cats and kittens shall be required to secure a permit authorizing the business. All permits will be issued after an on-site inspection by a designated agent of the Board of Health.