Town of Watertown, MA
Middlesex County
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[1982 Code, Ch. IX, § 1]
No person shall burn anything so as to emit noxious odors to the discomfort of the neighborhood.
[1982 Code, Ch. IX, § 2; amended Ord. R-94-28, passed 5-10-1994; amended Ord. 43, passed 7-15-2003]
(A) 
The annual fees to be charged for licenses for the storage of motor vehicles in any building or structure shall be in accordance with the following schedule:
(1) 
At least five motor vehicles but not more than 10 motor vehicles: $55.
(2) 
Eleven motor vehicles but not more than 20 motor vehicles: $110.
(3) 
More than 20 motor vehicles: $220.
(B) 
The annual fees to be charged for permits (pursuant to 527 C.M.R. 14.03 - Storage) for the keeping or storing of hazardous materials, including crude petroleum or any of its products in any building or structure or in any underground or above ground tank for business or commercial purposes, shall be in accordance with the following schedule and issued by the head of the Fire Department:
(1) 
One gallon to 500 gallons: $25.
(2) 
501 gallons to 1,000 gallons: $40.
(3) 
1,001 gallons to 1,500 gallons: $50.
(4) 
1,501 gallons to 5,000 gallons: $75.
(5) 
5,001 gallons to 10,000 gallons: $100.
(C) 
The annual fees to be charged for licenses for the keeping or storing of hazardous materials, including crude petroleum or any of its products in building or structure or in any underground or above ground tank for business or commercial purposes shall be in accordance with the following schedule and granted by the Licensing Board and issued by the Town Clerk:
(1) 
10,001 gallons to 20,000 gallons: $200.
(2) 
20,001 gallons to 30,000 gallons: $250.
(3) 
30,001 gallons to 40,000 gallons: $300.
(4) 
40,001 gallons to 50,000 gallons: $350.
(5) 
50,001 gallons to 60,000 gallons: $400.
(6) 
60,001 gallons to 70,000 gallons: $450.
(7) 
70,001 gallons to 80,000 gallons: $500.
(8) 
80,001 gallons to 90,000 gallons: $550.
(9) 
90,001 gallons to 100,000 gallons: $600.
(10) 
100,001 gallons to 200,000 gallons: $800.
(11) 
200,001 gallons and over: $2,000.
(12) 
Hearing fee: $80.
(13) 
Renewal fee: $25.
[1982 Code, Ch. IX, § 2; amended Ord. R-94-28, passed 5-10-1994; amended Ord. 43, passed 7-15-2003]
(A) 
Permits.
(1) 
Oil burners (all types): $40 per unit.
(2) 
Tanks and containers (installation/removal): $120 per tank.
(3) 
Smoke detector inspections: $40 per dwelling unit.
(4) 
Smoke detector re-inspections: $40 per dwelling unit.
(5) 
Tar kettle and flame or heat producing devices: $55 per unit.
(6) 
Blasting permit: $70 for 30 days.
(7) 
Propane gas heater/construction site: $40 per heater.
(8) 
Propane gas cylinder/100 lbs. or more: $30 per 100 lbs.
(9) 
Gun powder/smokeless/black: $40.
(10) 
Acetylene torch: $35 per unit.
(11) 
Tenting: $45 per job.
(12) 
Welding and cutting: $45 per job.
(13) 
Hoods and ducts: $45 per job.
(14) 
Suppression systems: $45 per job.
(15) 
Modification of storage facility: $70 per job.
(16) 
Display of automobiles in covered building: $40 per job.
(17) 
Fire protection equip-systems/alarms, sprinklers: $45 per job.
(B) 
Inspections.
(1) 
Nursing/convalescent homes (under 25 beds): $45 per inspection.
(2) 
Nursing/convalescent homes (26-100 beds): $70 per inspection.
(3) 
Motels/hotels: $70 per inspection.
(4) 
Master box - commercial, industrial, private buildings: $220 per year.
(5) 
Tank truck: $40 per inspection.
(6) 
Plan review: $25 per 1,000 square feet.
(C) 
Reports.
(1) 
Incident reports (5 page): $5.
(2) 
Additional pages: $0.50 per page.
[1982 Code, Ch. IX, § 4]
An approved smoke detector shall be installed outside the sleeping areas in each dwelling unit. All smoke detectors should be ceiling mounted with additional detectors located on each habitable level, including the basement.
(A) 
In one-, two-, and three-family dwelling homes these smoke detectors may be battery operated and single station type.
(B) 
In four- and five-family dwelling homes the smoke detectors within the dwelling units may be single station type. Upon the sale or transfer of such property, the smoke detectors that are required on all hallway levels or suitable locations and in the basement shall be permanently wired and shall be interconnected, so that when one sounds all sound. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to install and to maintain these systems and they shall be tested annually by a competent person who shall notify the Fire Department in writing of such test. Plans for these systems shall be approved by the Head of the Watertown Inspector of Buildings before installation.
[Ord. 7, passed 9-11-1984]
(A) 
It shall be unlawful to obstruct or block a private way with a motor vehicle or other object so as to prevent access by fire apparatus or equipment to any building.
(B) 
It shall be unlawful to part a motor vehicle under the cantilever of fire escapes or in such a manner as to block exits or passageways to the street or sidewalks, or so as to interfere with the means of egress from buildings.
(C) 
It shall be unlawful to obstruct or park any vehicle in any fire lane, such fire lane to be designated on private property or ways by the Chief of the Fire Department and the Traffic Commission, and marked as such by the owner. The fire lane shall be at a minimum distance of 12 feet from the curbing at a sidewalk for a mall, shopping center, hotel, home for the elderly, hospital, nursing home, theater, school, or bowling alley. Where there are no sidewalks with curbing, said fire land shall be at a minimum distance of 18 feet from the building.
(D) 
The building owner of record shall provide, install and maintain signs and striping as provided in divisions (B) and (C) of this section. Such signage and striping shall meet with the approval of the Traffic Commission.
(E) 
This section shall be enforced by the town in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 90, § 20A-1/2.
(F) 
If, in the opinion of the Chief of the Fire Department, or such person to whom he delegates his authority, a motor vehicle is parked in such a manner as to violate this section, he may notify the Police Department to take necessary steps to remove such motor vehicle at the vehicle owner's expense.
[Ord. 9, passed 11-13-1984]
(A) 
Any person who has lawful control of an underground storage tank, with a capacity of 500 gallons or more, containing gasoline, waste oil, toxic chemicals or any hazardous material defined under regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, shall be required to have periodic testing performed on said tank to determine the fitness and condition for such storage.
(B) 
Excluded from the requirement for such testing will be storage tanks containing non-toxic chemicals, No. 1 oil (kerosene), No. 2 oil, diesel, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 heating oil.
(C) 
The test shall be performed using any U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or Fire Department approved testing process. A representative of the Fire Department may be present at the time the test is conducted.
(D) 
The initial testing period will be from January 1, 1985 through January 1, 1986. All underground storage tanks covered by this section must be tested during that period. After the initial test is completed, the tank must be tested once every five years thereafter.
(E) 
In the event that, after testing, an underground storage tank covered by this section is found to be defective, the Fire Department shall issue an appropriate order pursuant to the authority under Massachusetts General Laws, Massachusetts Fire Prevention Regulations and town Fire Prevention Regulations.
(F) 
If the product stored in the tanks is different than the product for which the inflammable storage permit was issued, then a permit or license covering the existing requirement shall be applied for.
[Ord. 7, passed 9-11-1984; Ord. 9, passed 11-13-1984]
(A) 
The penalty for violation of § 92.06 shall be $15 for the first offense, $25 for the second offense, and $25 for each subsequent offense.
(B) 
The penalty for violation of § 92.07 shall be $200. Each day of such violation shall constitute a separate offense.
(C) 
Violation of any other provisions of this chapter shall be punished according to § 10.99 of this code.