Town Bylaws

Bylaws of the Town of Shutesbury are adopted/amended at an Annual or Special Town Meeting and approved by the Attorney General's Office.

Current Town Bylaws are listed below.  With older Bylaws, the opening page is a cover sheet, citing the bylaw's date of adoption at Town Meeting and date of approval by the Massachusetts Attorney general.  Where the bylaw is only one or two sentences long, it is written in its entirety on the cover sheet.

In the notation to each bylaw: 
             — [year] is the date of the bylaw's adoption or most recent amendment
            §  indicates the bylaw of a committee, commission, council, or board
 

Annual Report Bylaw
The Town's Annual Report shall be produced prior to November 1 each year to provide information from the previous fiscal year — 2002

Annual Town Meeting Date Bylaw
Annual Town Meeting shall be convened on the last Saturday in April — 2019

Annual Town Meeting Quorum Bylaw
The number of voters to constitute a quorum at Annual Town Meeting shall be nine — 1963

Annual Town Meeting Warrants Bylaw
Articles for the Annual Town Meeting warrant shall be submitted to Select Board forty-five days prior to the Town Meeting date — 1986

Atkins Reservoir Bylaw
Regulations applying to Atkins Reservoir and adjacent watershed — 1983

Building Code Bylaw
Adoption of the 1960 BOCA National Codes and References as building code for the Town of Shutesbury — 1966

Capital Improvement Planning Committee Bylaw §
Establishment of a Capital Improvement Planning Committee citing membership, responsibilities, and reporting — 2000

Community Preservation Committee Bylaw §
Establishment of Community Preservation Committee pursuant to MGL Chapter 44B §5 with outline of duties and operations — 2008

Council on Aging Bylaw  §
Establishment of Council on Aging pursuant to MGL Chapter 40 §8B with designation of members and outline of duties — 1973

Curb Cut Bylaw
Approved 1987, expanded and incorporated as Section 8.6 in Zoning Bylaws — 2018

Dog Licensing and Control Bylaw
Establishment of licensing and control of dogs in the Town of Shutesbury — 2002

Excessive Noise Bylaw
Prohibition of excessive noise stipulating enforcing agents, penalties, and exemptions — 1989

False Alarms Bylaw
Stipulation of the fine for any residence, facility, vehicle, or business equipped with an intrusion/fire alarm system for each second and subsequent falsely-activated alarm in a 12-month period — 1989

Farm & Forest Commission Bylaw §
Establishment of Farm & Forest Commission to represent the Shutesbury farming and forestry community — 2009

Finance Committee Bylaw §
Establishment of the Town's Finance Committee, stipulating membership, matters of interest, authority, and the Committee's charge — 2004

Ground-Mounted Solar Electric Installation Bylaw
Ground-Mounted Solar Electric Installations, inserted in the 2016 Zoning Bylaw as Section 8.9, amended — 2019

House Numbers Bylaw
Stipulation of requirement for clear display of house numbers to assist in emergency services — 1993

Littering and Dumping Bylaw
Prohibition of refuse disposal on public roads and rights of way, private property, or in inland waters pursuant to MGL Chapter 270 §16 and MGL Chapter 131 §1 — 2014

M.N.Spear Memorial Library, Board of Trustees Bylaw
Mission statement, organization, and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees — 2011

Non-Criminal Disposition
Provision for non-criminal disposition of violations of any Town bylaw per MGL Chapter 40 § 21D — 1989

Personal Watercraft on Lake Wyola Bylaw
    [see also Watercraft and Persons Using Lake Wyola Bylaw]
Prohibition on operation of jet skis, surf skis, wet bikes, and other so-called 'personal watercraft' on Lake Wyola, with enforcement and fines for violation —1996

Personnel Bylaw §
Establishment of Personnel Board pursuant to 1991 annual Town Meeting with definitions and policy regarding appointment, advancement, compensation, and general working conditions of non-unionized Town employees (with exception) — 2006

Procurement Bylaw
Stipulation of Select Board or designated Chief Procurement Officer as granted authority to enter into Town contract(s) pursuant to MGL Chapter 30B — 2002

Stripping Land of Soil and Loam
Prohibition of any person, firm, or corporation stripping or removing any soil, loam, sand, or gravel from Town land not in public use unless/until authorized by a permit issued by the Select Board — 1989

Town Beach Bylaw
— 1989

Trash Disposal and Recycling Bylaw §
Establishment of mandatory recycling program with curbside separation of trash and recyclable materials — 1999

Unregistered Vehicles Bylaws
Stipulation of unregistered vehicles, assembled or disassembled, to be kept within a closed building — 1989

Watercraft and Persons Using Lake Wyola Bylaw
    [see also Personal Watercraft on Lake Wyola Bylaw]
Stipulates speed limits and allowed times of operation for speed boats and skiing on Lake Wyola — 2003

Wetlands Protection Bylaw §
Establishes the Conservation Commission's controlling activities to protect the Town's wetlands and related water resources — 1990

Zoning Bylaw  §
Adopted 2008, amended in 2009 & 2010;  sections added in 2012 (Floodplain Overlay District), in 2016 (Ground-Mounted Solar Electric Installations), in 2018 (Common Driveway Regulations), and in 2019 (Adult Use Recreational Marijuana Establishments) — 2019