Town of Mansfield, MA
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Mansfield 5-19-2015 ATM by Art. 21. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 85.
Animals — See Ch. 89.
Firearms and weapons — See Ch. 110.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 189.

§ 154-1 Discharge of fireworks or firearms.

No person shall at any time fire torpedoes or other explosive articles or discharge any firearms or cannon unless in the exercise of a duty required or justified by law in any street or way, near any vehicle passing thereon or any dwelling house.

§ 154-2 Peddling and soliciting; fee.

No person, unless otherwise empowered by law, shall canvass, distribute or sell papers (other than newspapers), circulars, books, merchandise, or services house to house throughout the Town without a permit from the Board of Selectmen. Said permit shall be issued by the Chief of Police for use on specified dates, during daylight hours, and only after a list of all names and addresses of solicitors has been filed with the Police Department. The fee for said permit shall be $5 for each solicitor.

§ 154-3 Nuisance dogs.

No person shall keep a dog which, by barking, biting, or howling, disturbs the quiet and endangers the safety of the public.

§ 154-4 Blocking public ways prohibited.

A. 
No person shall continue to stand, sit, or loiter in or about any street, sidewalk or any public way so as to deliberately obstruct the free passage of travelers or vehicles thereon, after being directed by a police officer to move on or disperse. It shall be deemed a breach of the peace and it shall be the duty of any police officer to order any person so acting to deliberately obstruct the free passage of travelers or vehicles to move on and disperse; and if the person so warned does not forthwith obey, to remove said person or to arrest and cause such person to be brought before a justice of the District Court of Bristol County, Attleboro, Massachusetts upon a complaint made for a violation of the provision of the preceding subsection.
B. 
The provisions of this section are severable and if any of its provisions shall be held unconstitutional or invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of said court shall not affect or impair any of the remaining sections.

§ 154-5 Peeping prohibited.

No person shall enter upon the premises or property of another with the intention of peeping or spying into the windows of a dwelling house therein, and no person shall peep, spy, or otherwise covertly observe any person or persons in said dwelling house.

§ 154-6 Restrictions on public conduct.

No person shall in any public park (including any boundary road thereof) or other public place (including any parkway) under the control of the Board of Selectmen acting as the Park Commission, hereinafter referred to as the "Park Commission":
A. 
Beg or canvass for alms; or
B. 
Act in an obscene or indecent manner; or
C. 
Drink or be under the influence of intoxicating liquor; or
D. 
Break a bottle or other article of glass; or
E. 
Drop or place and suffer to remain, except in a receptacle provided for the purpose, any bottle, can, paper, or other thing; or
F. 
Enter or remain in any public park between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on any day except for the purpose of going through such park on the walks or malls thereof.

§ 154-7 Violations and penalties.

The penalty for violation of any provision of any section of this bylaw shall be a fine of not more than $300 for each violation, unless otherwise specified in the General Laws of the commonwealth.