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A permit is required to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove or demolish a building or structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure, or to install or alter any equipment which is regulated by 780 CMR, Massachusetts State Building Code (780 CMR 105.1). The permit must be granted by the building official prior to performing any work. Please see this list to find out if you need a permit https://easthamptonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6316/work-requiring-a-CSL-and-or-permit
The work must be in compliance with the Easthampton Zoning Ordinance and The Massachusetts State Building Code. Approvals may also be required from the Planning Department, Public Works, City Engineer and Fire Departments.
Building Permits expire after 180 days. In some cases an extension may be granted through communication with the building department.
If the shed is less than 200 square feet, a building permit is not required. However, one must comply with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance section 6.7 for any size shed.
You can find your zone through the city accessor GIS information/Property information by searching your address, clicking on your parcel and viewing the documents attached to your property.
Per the State Adopted Building Code, the Building Department has 30 days from the date all proper documentation is received to approve or deny a permit application. Most permits are issued well before the 30 days, but more in-depth projects may take the whole time to review.
We are happy to help you through the building process but it is not the Building Commissioner's job to design, redesign or supervise any construction project. Please refer to the Ninth Edition Code 780 before contacting the commissioner. The commissioner's main job is to enforce the Massachusetts State Building code. To learn more about the role of the Building commissioner please click here.
These permits are issued to Massachusetts licensed plumbers, gasfitters, or electricians. Permits are issued in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws (MGLs); MGL 143-3L in the case of wiring permits and MGL 142-13 in the case of plumbing and gas permits.
No. This is a private matter and usually handled through your homeowner's insurance.
Massachusetts State Law states that your neighbor will not be legally responsible for a healthy tree that falls. If the tree is decaying that is a different story. In either case consult your homeowner's insurance.
MASSACHUSETTS LAW ABOUT NEIGHBORS AND TREESA quick guide to the thorny issues of neighbors and trees, put out by the State of Massachusetts. Go to: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-law-about-neighbors-and-trees
Many permits can be issued in a matter of days or sometime hours. The time it takes to issue a permit depends on many factors. The complexity of the construction project may require many days or even weeks for Building Department review. A construction project may be subject to local zoning requirements. If a review establishes that building or zoning code provisions are not being met, revised documents may be required. An incomplete or inaccurate permit application can also cause delays. A complete permit application will either be issued or denied within 30 days of the application date in accordance with building code requirements.
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We will have swimming and use of the spray park. Campers being in smaller groups will help reduce close contact.
We are hoping to have access to Easthampton High School (EHS) for bad weather days. If not, heavy rain days will be cancelled.
Email us after registration and we will try to group them together.
Campers will be broken into pods of 20 per pavilion. That pod will be broken into smaller teams. Pods and teams will have limited or no contact with other pods or teams. Camp activities will be structured with safety protocols.
This year we are keeping it close to home for safety and will not have any field trips.
We will be accepting those forms by mail, you can drop them in the drop box at the office call to make an appointment to drop off.
No problem - email Camp Nonotuck and we will get back to you during business hours. We are not on Facebook often to respond to post comments or instant messages, so please email.
If you received a parking ticket, you must respond to the Parking Clerk within 21 days of the violation. Enclose the parking ticket with your payment, or include your license plate and the violation number to assure proper credit. You may also request an appeal. You may mail a check or money order payable to:
Parking Clerk, City of Easthampton50 Payson AvenueEasthampton, MA, 01027.
If not paid within 21 days after date of violation, but thereafter paid before the Parking Clerk reports to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles the non-payment of this ticket, the penalty shall be $10 plus the original fine. If paid after the Registrar has been notified, the penalty shall be $40 plus the original fine.
If you received a non-criminal city ordinance citation, you have options in this matter. Either option will operate as a final disposition, with no resulting criminal record:
If you fail to pay the fine or appear as specified, a criminal complaint may be issued against you.
City bylaws prohibit the parking of motor vehicles on a public way between the hours of 1 am and 6 am from November 1st to April 1st. During a declared parking ban for a winter storm, no on-street parking is allowed. Vehicles parked in violation of the parking ban will be ticketed and may be towed, at the owner's expense, if they interfere with the removal or the plowing of snow. Please make arrangements to park your vehicle off the street during the winter months.
During a declared parking ban when the Department of Public Works is plowing or removing snow, the city prohibits parking in municipal lots between 5 am and 7 am. Not adhering to these parking rules will impede snow removal operations, and owners may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
Citing Easthampton city ordinance section 8-41:
All fines are payable to the City of Easthampton and payable to the City Clerk within 30 days of the date of the citation, unless otherwise stated on the citation. Any owner or agent fined in accordance with the provisions of this section shall have a right of appeals to the City Council Public Safety Committee, said appeal to be taken no later than 60 days after the citation was issued. Appeals may be taken by written request to the City Council Public Safety Committee, addressed to the City Clerk, and sent via first class mail, postage prepaid.
Citing Easthampton city ordinance section 6-1:
Where a motor vehicle collision has resulted in personal injury or property damage over $1,000, a police officer will file a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crash Police Report.
The Easthampton Police Department submits the completed motor vehicle crash reports to LexisNexis. Reports are available 5 to 7 business days after an accident on the LexisNexis website.
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 90 Section 26 requires a person who was operating a motor vehicle involved in a crash in which any person was killed, injured, or in which there was damage in excess of $1,000 to any one vehicle or other property, to complete and file a Crash Operator Report with the Registrar of Motor Vehicles within five days after such crash (unless the person is physically incapable of doing so due to incapacity). The person completing the report must also send a copy of the report to the police department having jurisdiction on the way where the crash occurred.
If the operator is incapacitated but is not the vehicle's owner, the owner is required to file the crash report within the five days based on his/her knowledge and information obtained about the crash. The Registrar may require the owner or operator to supplement the report and he/she can revoke or suspend the license of any person violating any provision of this legal requirement. A police department is required to accept a report filed by an owner or operator whose vehicle has been damaged in a crash in which another person unlawfully left the scene even if damage to the vehicle does not exceed $1,000.
Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report Instructions (PDF)
Yes, the Easthampton Police Department is one of several local police agencies where you can find a Medreturn Box for the disposal of unwanted medications. You can access the box by speaking with the dispatcher at the front window of the safety complex.
Yes, there is a sharps collection drop box located inside the public safety complex. You can access the box by speaking with the dispatcher at the front window of the safety complex.
When a parent voluntarily surrenders a newborn infant 7 days of age or younger with an appropriate person at a hospital, police department or manned fire station and there are no signs of abuse or neglect of the infant.
You may come to the public safety complex with picture identification and complete a request form for this information. The form can also be obtained from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website (PDF). This form will be turned over to the Public Information Officer, who will then gather the information you have requested. You will be notified by phone that the information is ready, and you will be asked to return to the police station with picture identification at which time the information will be provided to you. You will only be notified of sex offenders who are classified as Level 2 or Level 3. There is no fee for this service.
You can come to the public safety complex and request this information as described above, or you can also go to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registration Board's website and obtain this information.
Yes - any sex offender who lives and/or works in Easthampton must register with the Police Department.
Contact our SORB Liaison, Sergeant Chad Alexander via email or at 413-527-1212, ext. 1092. If he is not available, come to the Easthampton Public Safety Complex with a form of identification and an officer will meet with you to go over the necessary forms, take your information and arrange to take your photograph and fingerprints.
Contact the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board at 978-740-6400 and ask them if you are supposed to register.
All sex offenders must re-register on a yearly basis. Those offenders who are homeless or who live in temporary housing, such as a homeless shelter, must reregister every 45 days. Any offender who changes residence or who obtain a new job must come in and notify the Police Department.
No, there are other options. Many outpatient substance abuse treatment programs and private counselors conduct formal interventions. It is important to work with a professional who can help you decide if this process is appropriate for your family or client.
Set your bottom line, examples of bottom lines can be:
We know that people important to the individual abusing substances can have a tremendous impact both positively and negatively on a person's denial of their substance abuse problem.
Individuals who are requesting treatment on their own should be considered for referral to public programs that can provide treatment on a voluntary basis, rather than be referred to a Section 35 petition process.
These adults may request the district court to commitment someone to treatment under Section 35:
They must go to the local court and fill out papers. In legal language, they must file a written petition for an order of commitment.
file a written petition for an order of commitment
Here are the next steps in order:
The court will review medical facts (evidence) from the exam and other evidence that relates to the case.
The court can order commitment only if both of the following are true:
To meet the criteria for civil commitment, likelihood of serious harm must exceed what harm can be reasonably assumed to exist, when any individual abuses alcohol or other drugs. The statute defines likelihood of serious harm as the following:
likelihood of serious harm
The likelihood of serious harm must be directly related to the substance abuse and must be a current threat.
he judge orders her/him to a licensed inpatient substance abuse treatment facility such as, the Women's Addiction Treatment Center (WATC) facility in New Bedford, the Men's Addiction Treatment Center (MATC) in Brockton or another community treatment center. If a bed is not available the commitment could be to:
Once committed to a facility, an assessment will be completed regarding the person's need for detoxification. The length of time in a detoxification unit varies depending on the substance she/he is using, the amount of use, the time since her/his last use, and her/his overall health.
Once detoxification is complete she/he will receive rehabilitation services. This may or may not be in the same facility. Moreover, in the rehabilitation phase, the individual learns more about addiction, how to stay sober, and how to prevent relapse. Counselors then encourage individuals to engage in aftercare treatment services and supports.
Some individuals may have complicated medical conditions that cannot be appropriately treated in a standard detoxification unit. They may require what is called a Level 4 program which would be in a hospital setting, if they have conditions such as the following:
If a client has a psychiatric disorder which needs to be stabilized and/or managed to be able to treat the substance addiction they will have to be referred to a psychiatric hospital. Some examples of these disorders or symptoms are:
The length of the civil commitment will vary with the severity of the client's addiction and the client's response to treatment. The commitment cannot exceed 90 days.
Recovery is a process and detoxification is a start. For some individuals, a civil commitment to treatment begins their recovery. Others do not see a need to stop using alcohol or other drugs. It is helpful for family and friends to learn about addiction and to understand the process of recovery. Self-help organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are resources for families and friends.
Yes, you may file a new petition. However, it is not automatic that she/he will be committed based on a history of having been committed before. The statute (law) addresses individuals whose substance use results in the current likelihood of serious harm. It does not address many individuals whose chronic use of alcohol or other drugs may have dire long term consequences.