Town of Dover, MA
Norfolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Town of Dover 11-1-1993; amended in its entirety 7-10-2017.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 83.
Groundwater Protection Districts — See Ch. 116.
Water — See Ch. 177.
Sewage disposal systems — See Ch. 217.
Wells — See Ch. 233.
Editor's Note: This enactment provided an effective date of 8-17-2017.
The following definitions apply:
A member or designee of the Board who has knowledge of farm management and/or care of large animals. The agricultural representative serves in this capacity at the discretion of the Board.
The Board of Health of the Town of Dover.
Straw, woodchips, sawdust and other generally accepted material normally used to stabilize manure.
An accumulation of horse manure and bulking agent which has been removed from animal facilities and is being stored for disposal (including eventual spreading or use as compost).
Any natural or man-made stream, pond, lake, river, vegetative wetland, open or subsurface drain or swamp.
All stockpiles, regardless of volume, should be at least 100 feet from any watercourse or well unless first applying for an order of conditions from the Conservation Commission.
No stockpile should be located on any ground with greater than a continuous grade of 10° if the ground slopes in the direction of a watercourse and there is reasonable likelihood that runoff from the stockpile will reach the watercourse.
Stockpiles shall be stored in an encapsulated location which shall consist of the following:
Base shall be of an impervious material and of a suitable thickness to withstand impact of motorized equipment.
Sides and rear shall be of suitable height and material to contain stockpiled manure. Excess manure to be removed from site.
Front edge shall have a minimum two-inch lip to contain liquid runoff from migrating.
Size shall not exceed 20 feet by 30 feet with a maximum storage capacity not to exceed 130 cubic yards without prior approval of the BOH or its agent.
Spreading of manure should only be performed if done in a manner consistent with normal agricultural practice. Deposit of manure by horses in fields or paddocks is not regulated.
Stockpiles, measured from the exterior of the encapsulated location, should not be permitted within 15 feet of any boundary line of an abutting lot on which a residence is located unless there is common ownership.
The Board shall refer any complaints to the Board of Health Agent. The Animal Inspector is charged with inspecting the sites of any complaints, coordinating his/her site inspection with the Board and its agents, and reporting findings and recommendations to the Board.