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Town of Falmouth, MA
Barnstable County
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[Adopted STM 5-11-1971, Art. 7]
Under the authority of MGL c. 111, § 155, no person shall erect, occupy or use for a stable any building or land for the housing of horses and/or ponies in the Town of Falmouth unless such use is authorized and licensed by the Board of Health.
The license fee shall be five dollars ($5.) for each horse and/or pony, effective July 1, of each calendar year.
No stable may be constructed within the Town of Falmouth unless a stable license is first obtained from the Board of Health. The construction of stables shall be in conformity with the Falmouth Building Code.[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 95, Building Construction.
Stables will conform to the following:
There shall be at least two (2) windows in every stable.
There shall be adequate ventilation in every stable.
Each stall shall be of adequate size so that any horse and/or pony shall have room to comfortably lie down or stand up.
There shall be adequate drainage, either natural or artificial, for urine or waste matter in every horse or pony stall.
All flooring in any stable shall be acceptable to the Board of Health and meet with the acceptance of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (M.S.P.C.A.) upon inspection by either party.
Land on which horses or ponies are pastured shall be fenced in such a manner so as to prevent any damage to abutting property, trees or shrubbery.
No person, company or corporation shall erect, occupy or use a building for a livery or horse or pony stable for the keeping of horses or ponies unless such stable or building is more than two hundred (200) feet from a church or school building and is more than fifty (50) feet from a building that is used as a dwelling or home.
Owners of stables housing horses or ponies must clean the manure from the stable at least once a day. Commensurate with the area in which horses and/or ponies are pastured, waste matter shall be disposed of periodically at the discretion of the Board of Health.
No horse or pony shall be allowed to be pastured on any land unless said area is fifty (50) feet from a home or dwelling.
Any owner or keeper of a horse or pony must provide stabling facilities for same. No horse or pony shall be allowed to remain out of doors at all times without having access to proper shelter.
Any person, company or corporation engaged in or desiring to engage in the business of slaughtering horses for the purpose of rendering them shall apply to the Board of Health for a license as required by the MGL c. 111, § 154.
The Falmouth Board of Health and the M.S.P.C.A. reserve the right to make any decision on situations or problems that arise in regard to health.
Under MGL c. 111, § 157, anyone who violates the provisions of these regulations shall be punished by a fine of five dollars ($5.) for each day such violation continues. The Falmouth Board of Health also reserves the right to suspend or revoke licenses previously issued if continued violations of these regulations occur.