[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Town of Fairhaven 9-26-1979 as part of Ch. IV of the 1979 Regulations. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The owner of any parcel of land, vacant or otherwise, shall be responsible for maintaining such parcel of land in a clean and sanitary condition and free from garbage, rubbish or other refuse. The owner of such parcel of land shall correct any condition caused by or on such parcel or its appurtenance which affects the health or safety or well being of the occupants of any dwelling or of the general public.
The occupant of any dwelling unit shall be responsible for maintaining that part of the dwelling which he/she exclusively occupies or controls in a clean and sanitary condition and free of garbage, rubbish, other filth or causes of sickness.
Household refuse shall be stored in watertight, rodentproof containers. Such containers shall not be stored in the front yard of any dwelling.
No person shall remove or transport garbage, offal, septage or other offensive substances through the streets of Fairhaven without first obtaining a permit from the Board of Health. All such permits shall expire at the end of the calendar year in which they are issued and may be revoked by the Board at any time for cause. All vehicles used to transport offensive materials shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and shall be operated in a manner which prevents the leakage or spillage of offensive materials or odors. Such vehicles shall be subject to periodic inspection by the Board of Health or its agent.
Sanitary sewage, gray water, the effluent from any sewage or waste treatment plant or other polluting water shall not be discharged into or allowed to flow by means of pipes, drains, etc., into any lake, pond, stream, tidal water, watercourse or open or covered drain tributary thereto, unless approved by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (or any other state agency) and the Board of Health.
The Board of Health shall order the owner or occupant of any private premises at his/her own expense to remove any nuisance, source of filth or cause of sickness found thereon within 24 hours or within such other time as is considered reasonable after notice. If the owner or occupant fails to comply with such order, the Board may cause the nuisance, source of filth or cause of sickness to be removed, and all expenses incurred thereby shall constitute a debt due the town upon completion of the removal and the rendering of an account therefor to the owner, his/her authorized agent or the occupant and shall be recoverable from such owner or occupant in an action of contract.