Town of Belmont, MA
Middlesex County
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The following list includes acts accepted by or directly applicable to the Town of Belmont which are still in effect. Acts that have been repealed or superseded, acts that are generally applicable to towns whether or not accepted and acts that clearly have no present effect on the Town have been omitted. Certain acts accepted before 1920 which have been codified in the Massachusetts General Laws have been included, but with the present statutory reference.
A. 
Special acts.
Year
Chapter
Subject
Date of Acceptance
1859
109
Act incorporating the Town of Belmont
March 28, 1859
1861
11
Fixes Town boundaries
1862
34
Fixes Town boundaries
1885
296
Providing for a public water supply for Belmont
September 23, 1885
1903
141
Establishes Board of Survey
December 17, 1902
1906
246
Watercourses and drainage in Belmont
1925
148
Sewer assessments
March 1, 1926
1926
302
Representative Town Meeting
June 8, 1926
1938
27
Civil service for Chief of Fire Department
March 7, 1938 (acceptance revoked on April 5, 1982)
1938
371
Fixes boundary with Arlington
October 3, 1938
1947
212
Division of Precinct 1 into 2 precincts
March 1, 1948
1951
43
5-day work week for Belmont police officers
March 5, 1951
1955
513
Authorizes Commissioner of Mental Health to sell certain land to Belmont and establishes continuing conditions
October 10, 1955
1956
401
Indemnification for civil defense volunteers
March 10, 1958
1959
42
Authorizes lease of Town land to Waverley Post No. 1272, VFW
March 9, 1959
1966
117
Increase in amount of annual pension for certain retired Police and Fire Department members
March 13, 1967
1968
474
Authorize use of Concord Avenue park land for school purposes
March 11, 1968
1969
710
Modification of procedures for electing Town Meeting Members
March 10, 1969
1972
621
Civil service for Assistant Superintendent of Highways and Highway and Incinerator Foreman in the Highway Department
April 6, 1972 (Repealed by Chapter 370, Acts of 1981, effective September 2, 1981, but incumbents as of that date retain their civil service status. Persons newly employed in the positions after that date are not subject to the civil service laws.)
1974
381
Allows Belmont to establish rates of compensation for its Fire and Police Chiefs
April 7, 1975
1984
136
Increase in fees for dog licenses and payment of dog license fees into Town treasury
April 25, 1984
1986
73 § 4
Allows Board of Assessors to increase exemptions by up to 100% provided that no taxpayer pays less than previous year's taxes
April 23, 2001
1990
291
Enhanced 911
April 22, 1991
1993
71, § 83
Teacher early retirement
April 27, 1994
1994
235
Certain firefighters and police officers, terminated then reinstated, are credited with active service for termination period
April 24, 1995
1995
15
Establishes a Capital Endowment Fund
April 27, 1994
1995
16
Notice of adjourned Town Meetings
April 27, 1994
1995
227
Amends Capital Endowment Fund Act
April 24, 1995
1996
71
Certain Town employees can get retirement credit for U.S. armed service time
October 28, 1996
1997
128
Authorizes Selectmen to grant licenses for the sale of beer and wine in certain restaurants
May 7, 1997
April 6, 1998
1998
194, § 288
Retiree can receive a higher pension if spouse predeceases the retiree
April 26, 1999
1999
126
Establishes a nonprofit housing corporation for the Town of Belmont
May 24, 1999
2000
306
Relative to the exemption from taxation of certain property owned by McLean Hospital Corporation
May 24, 1999
2000
364
Authorizes Selectmen to grant licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises of clubs having an 18-hole regulation golf course
April 24, 2000
November 27, 2000
April 2, 2001
2000
411
Allows noncontributory veteran retirees whose spouses predecease them to change retirement allowance to higher option
April 23, 2001
2001
129
Authorizes Town to establish a Senior Center Furnishings and Accessories and Operations Fund
April 23, 2001
2004
14
Authorizes Selectmen to grant up to 3 licenses for sale of all alcoholic beverages in restaurants having at least 130 and not more than 250 seats
May 5, 2003
April 5, 2004
2004
21
Establishes a consolidated Department of Public Works
April 28, 2003
2004
42
Authorizes tax bills to include a place for voluntary contributions to the Town's general fund
May 5, 2003
2004
106
Agreement relative to the taxation of certain property in the Town
May 28, 2002
2004
195
Authorizing modification of the form of quarterly property tax billing in the Town
April 28, 2003
2005
18
Town Meeting Members at large
April 26, 2004
2005
157, § 2
Additional yearly retirement allowance for certain accidental disability retirees who are veterans, retroactive to the veteran's date of retirement
April 24, 2006
2006
395
Authorizes Selectmen to grant 1 license for sale of all alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on premises
April 24, 2006
April 2, 2007
2006
396
Authorizes Selectmen to grant not more than 2 licenses for sale of wine and malt beverages not to be drunk on premises
April 24, 2006
April 2, 2007
2006
397
Authorizes Selectmen to grant special 1-day licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages
April 24, 2006
2007
97
Authorizes the Town to establish an Other Post-Employment Benefits Trust Fund
April 24, 2006
August 29, 2007
2010
367
Revokes Chapter 195 of the Acts of 2004 (quarterly tax billing)
April 26, 2010
November 2, 2010
2010
376
Police Chief to be appointed by Selectmen
April 26, 2010
November 23, 2010
2010
381
Recall of elected persons holding Town-wide offices
April 26, 2010
December 1, 2010
2010
382
Modifies the Belmont Other Post-Employment Benefits Trust Fund established in Chapter 97 of the Acts of 2007
April 26, 2010
December 1, 2010
2010
388
Allows Selectmen to license sale of all alcoholic beverages
April 26, 2010
December 16, 2010
2012
345
Authorizes delivery of Town Meeting warrant by any method determined by Town
December 12, 2012
2014
11
Authorizes Massachusetts Commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land to Belmont for recreation, public works or other municipal purposes
January 23, 2014
2014
15
Authorizes Selectmen to grant up to 16 licenses for the sale of wines and malt beverages to be drunk on premises
January 30, 2014
2014
16
Authorizes Selectmen to grant up to 4 licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages not to be drunk on premises
January 30, 2014
2014
17
Establishes the position of Town Administrator
January 30, 2014
B. 
Massachusetts General Laws.
Chapter
Section
Subject
Date of Acceptance
164
36
Establishes a municipal lighting plant
August 20, 1896
114
22 to 26
Establishes a Board of Cemetery Commissioners
June 30, 1898
82
37
Establishment of building lines
March 6, 1899
December 4, 1912
82
34
Reserved spaces in public ways
October 16, 1900
39
20
Precinct voting at Town Election
June 9, 1904
31
48
Civil service for police forces
May 18, 1911
32
77(a)
Pensioning certain laborers
November 5, 1912
November 4, 1913
152
68 to 75
Workers' compensation
March 2, 1914
March 19, 1929
48
36
Appointment of call firemen to permanent force
March 2, 1914
31
48
Civil service for Police Chief
March 9, 1914
March 8, 1915
166
32
Appointment of Inspector of Wires by Selectmen
March 9, 1914
41
111
Vacation for certain Town employees
March 9, 1914
31
48
Civil service for police and fire forces
March 8, 1915
32
85
Pensions for members of Police and Fire Departments
March 8, 1915
32
52 to 55
Relative to retirement of certain veterans
June 27, 1916
149
30
8-hour day and 48-hour week for certain employees
March 5, 1917
48
58
Tenure of office for Fire Chief
March 4, 1918
41
70
Establishes a Planning Board
March 27, 1922
48
59
Division of Fire Department into 2 platoons
November 7, 1922
48
42 to 44
Establishes a Fire Department under a Chief appointed by the Selectmen
March 5, 1923
41
45
72
1 to 9, 14, 15, 16, 18
Relative to care and control of public parks and playgrounds (Playground or Recreation Commission established)
March 3, 1924
140
47
Licensing of coffee or tea houses
March 17, 1924
40
42A to 42F
Unpaid water rates a lien on real estate
April 11, 1927
40
6B
Authorizes Town to appropriate money to purchase police and fire uniforms
March 29, 1932
147
13A
Authorizes reserve police force
April 4, 1932
41
55
Authorizes Selectmen to appoint a Town Accountant
March 11, 1935
32
1 to 28
Contributory retirement system for employees
November 3, 1936
147
16B
1 day off in every 6 for members of Police Department
March 11, 1940
48
58A
Hours of duty for Fire Department
March 9, 1942
85
11A
Registration of bicycles
March 8, 1943
129
15
Board of Health appoints Inspector of Animals
March 8, 1943
32
85E
Retirement for certain Police and Fire Department members
March 10, 1947
121B
3
Declaration of need for a Housing Authority
June 28, 1948
41
110A
Authorizes closing of Town offices on all Saturdays
March 21, 1949
31
47
Civil service for labor service
March 5, 1955 (Acceptance revoked on April 6, 1981, but employees as of that date retain all rights under the law. Persons employed after that date are not subject to the law.)
147
17A
Holiday pay for police officers
March 12, 1956
32B
10
Authorizes Town to provide contributory group life and health insurance
March 7, 1966
32B
9A
Town may assume 1/2 of the premium of retired employees for group life and health insurance
March 7, 1966
32B
11B
Extends contributory group life and health insurance to certain elderly retirees
March 7, 1966
90
18A
Selectmen may adopt rules on use of ways by pedestrians
March 14, 1966
40
8C
Establishes Conservation Commission
March 13, 1967
32
85J
Allows certain members of Police and Fire Departments to choose the manner of payment of their pensions
March 11, 1968
40
8D
Establishes Historical Commission
March 11, 1968
32
90A
Increases retirement allowance of former employees retired on account of accidental disability
March 9, 1970
32
90C
Increases retirement allowance of certain superannuated employees
March 9, 1970
40
22D
Permits rules for towing of illegally parked vehicles
March 16, 1970
90
20C
Authorizes police officers to place tags upon illegally parked motor vehicles
March 16, 1970
71
16 to 16I
Establishes Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District
March 1, 1971
41
108L
Career incentive pay program for Police Department
March 15, 1971
40
8E
Establishes Youth Commission
March 20, 1972
59
21A
Additional compensation for Assessors and Assistant Assessors who are awarded certain certificates
March 27, 1972
40C
Establishes Historic District Commission to succeed to powers and duties of Belmont Historical Commission
April 3, 1972
32
95A
Provides annuity to spouse and children of deceased Town employees retired under noncontributory retirement law
March 19, 1972
152
69
Extends workers' compensation to all Town employees except police and fire
March 19, 1972
44
53C
Permits separate fund for payment of off-duty police work
March 19, 1972
32B
9D
Town to pay 1/2 of the premium for health insurance of surviving spouse of employee or retired employee
April 1, 1974
32B
11A
Additional group life and health insurance for employees with no premium contribution by the Town
April 1, 1974
41
100B
Indemnification of retired police officers and firefighters for certain hospital expenses
May 20, 1974
32
99
Advance payment of retirement allowance of certain employees
May 20, 1974
40
8B
Establishes a Council on Aging
April 28, 1975
71
71E
Authorizes revolving fund for moneys received for certain school programs
April 26, 1978
164A
Authorizes Municipal Light Department to participate in New England Power Pool
June 18, 1979
258
13
Indemnification of municipal officers
April 6, 1981
83
16A to 16F
Authorizes lien on real estate for unpaid sewer use charges
October 5, 1981
90
20A 1/2
Authorizes Selectmen to appoint a Parking Clerk and to establish a schedule of fines for parking violations
October 5, 1981
148
26C
Installation of automatic smoke or heat detectors in certain public accommodations
April 28, 1982
40
4G
Advertising for proposals for purchase of equipment, supplies or materials costing $4,000 or more
April 25, 1984
148
26E
Installation of approved smoke detectors in all residential buildings
April 25, 1984
60A
1
POW plates
April 28, 1986
71
71F
Establishes special account for tuition payments and reimbursements received by the School Committee
April 29, 1987
44
53F 1/2
Establishes an enterprise fund for transportation and related purposes
June 17, 1987
32
7(2)(a)(iii)
Increase supplemental dependency allowance for accidental disability retirees
May 2, 1988
59
5(41C)
Real estate tax exemption of $500 for over age eligible taxpayers
May 2, 1988
41
106
Tree Warden to be appointed by the Selectmen
June 13, 1988
148
26H
Requires automatic sprinklers in lodging or boarding houses
April 23, 1990
140
147A
Authorizes the Town to enact bylaws regulating dogs
April 23, 1990
32
22(1)(b 1/2)
Removes restriction of $30,000 on the amount of regular pay used for calculation of retirement allowances
April 22, 1991
40
13A
Insurance fund for workers' compensation claims
April 22, 1991
40
13C
Reserve to pay workers' compensation claims if the Town self-insures
April 22, 1991
32
90G 3/4
Allows Town employees to accrue creditable service after the age of 70 years
April 24, 1991
270
16
Designate Health Director as enforcing officer
April 24, 1991
59
5(17D)
Provides exemption from real estate tax for certain eligible taxpayers
April 27, 1992
59
5(37A)
Provides exemption from real estate tax for certain eligible taxpayers who are blind
April 27, 1992
59
5(41A)
Increases maximum receipts for eligible applicants for tax deferral
April 27, 1992
32
22D
Establishes a retirement system funding schedule
April 26, 1993
40
8J
Establishes a Commission on Disability
April 26, 1993
44
53D
Establishes a recreation program revolving fund
June 7, 1993
41
69B
Establishes water special revenue fund
April 25, 1994
148
26G
Sprinklers in certain nonresidential buildings
April 25, 1994
40
57
Authorization to deny or revoke local licenses or permits for nonpayment of taxes
April 26, 1994
60
3C
Authorizes the Town to provide a checkoff on tax bills for a Town scholarship fund
April 24, 1995
32
20(6)
Stipend for ex officio members of Retirement Board
April 22, 1996
59
21A 1/2
Extra compensation for Assessors who complete certain courses
April 22, 1996
40
8G
Allows mutual aid agreements with other police departments
October 28, 1996
32
103
Continuation of annual cost of living adjustments for eligible retired Town employees
April 27, 1998
32
103(h)
Equalizes cost of living adjustments for noncontributory and contributory retirees
April 26, 1999
32
103(i)
Allows Retirement Board to pay greater cost of living increase
April 24, 2000
40
22F
Allows Town boards or officers to fix reasonable fees and charges
April 24, 2000
41
108P
Provides for $1,000 additional compensation to the Town Treasurer
April 24, 2000
148
261
Requires automatic sprinkler systems in new or substantially rehabilitated structures
April 24, 2000
31
58A
Maximum age for appointment to position of firefighter or police officer
April 28, 2003
44
53F 1/2
Establishes enterprise fund for water service
April 28, 2003
44
53F 1/2
Establishes enterprise fund for sewer and stormwater service
April 28, 2003
59
5(41C)
Adjusts certain property tax exemptions and requirements for eligible senior citizens
April 28, 2003
32B
18
Requires all retirees, their spouses or dependents enrolled or eligible to enroll in Medicare Part A to enroll in a Medicare extension plan offered by the Town
April 26, 2004
59
5K
Raises the reduction of tax liability from $500 to $750 for volunteer services by persons over age 60
April 25, 2005
32
7(2)(e)
Additional yearly retirement allowance for certain accidental disability retirees who are veterans
April 24, 2006
32
9(2)(d)(ii)
Increase in accidental death benefit for surviving children
April 23, 2007
39
23D
Voting by members of a local board who miss a single session of an adjudicatory hearing before their board
April 23, 2007
59
5(56)
Authorizes Assessors to grant abatement to National Guard and reservists on active duty
November 8, 2010
71
37M
Authorizes Selectmen and School Committee to consolidate facility maintenance functions
April 25, 2011
40
4J
Allows Town to create a framework for mutual aid in case of a public safety incident
May 2, 2011 (acceptance by Board of Selectmen, not by Town Meeting)
40
4K
Accepts the provisions of the Statewide Public Works Municipal Mutual Aid Law
May 2, 2011 (acceptance by Board of Selectmen, not by Town Meeting)
48
59A
Accepts the provisions of the Statewide Fire Mutual Aid Agreement
May 2, 2011 (acceptance by Board of Selectmen, not by Town Meeting)
59
5K
Increase to Senior Tax Work Off Program to up to $1,000
May 8, 2013
90
17C
Speed limits
May 1, 2017
32
101, third paragraph
Adjustment of spousal benefits for surviving spouses of retirees
June 4, 2018