Town of Williamstown, MA
Berkshire County
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[HISTORY: Adopted as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 2-18-1946 ATM, Art. 40, as Bylaws 7, 8 and 9]

§ 1-1 Penalties.

[Amended 2-24-1958 ATM, Art. 20]
Any person who violates any provision of the town bylaws shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $20 for each offense unless otherwise provided in a particular bylaw.

§ 1-2 Repeal of existing bylaws.

All bylaws heretofore adopted and now existing shall be and hereby are repealed and annulled upon acceptance by the town of the foregoing bylaws[1] and approval of the same, by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and their publication, as so approved, in a newspaper as required by law.
[1]
Editor's Note: "Foregoing bylaws" refers to Bylaws 1 through 8 adopted 2-18-1946, which are now included as various chapters of Part I of this Code. The Town Meeting voted on 5-19-1998 (Art. 23) to accept and approve the recodification of the bylaws and regulations as presented in the 1998 Code of the Town of Williamstown.

§ 1-3 When effective.

[Amended 1-27-1998 STM, Art. 4]
These bylaws shall go into effect immediately following their posting in accordance with MGL, c. 40, § 32.
[Adopted 5-19-1992 ATM, Art. 24]

§ 1-4 Enforcement.

A. 
Criminal complaint. Whoever violates any provision of the town's bylaws[1] may be penalized by indictment or on complaint brought in the District Court. Except as may be otherwise provided by law and as the District Court may see fit to impose, the maximum penalty for each violation or offense brought in such manner shall be $300.
[1]
Editor's Note: The town's bylaws are included in Part I of this Code.
B. 
Noncriminal disposition.
(1) 
Whoever violates any provision of these bylaws, the violation of which is subject to a specific penalty, may be penalized by a noncriminal disposition as provided in MGL c. 40, § 21D. The noncriminal method of disposition may also be used for violations of any rule or regulation of any municipal officer, board or department which is subject to a specific penalty.
(2) 
Without intending to limit the generality of the foregoing, it is the intention of this provision that the following bylaws and sections of bylaws are to be included within the scope of this subsection, that the specific penalties as listed here shall apply in such cases and that in addition to police officers, who shall in all cases be considered enforcing persons for the purpose of this provision, the municipal personnel listed for each section, if any, shall also be enforcing persons for such sections; each day on which any violations exists shall be deemed to be a separate offense.
BYLAWS
All animal control bylaws and regulations
[Added 5-16-2000 ATM, Art. 21]
First offense
Second offense
Third offense
Fourth and subsequent offenses
Warning
$25
$50
$100
Sign Bylaw (Chapter 53)
First offense
Second and subsequent offense
Warning
$20
Zoning Bylaw (Chapter 70)
First offense
Second offense
Third and subsequent offense
Warning
$50
$100
Junk Car Bylaw (Chapter 64, Article II)
First and subsequent offenses
$20
Demolition Delay Bylaw (Chapter 24)
[Added 5-17-1994 ATM, Art. 27]
First and subsequent offenses
$300
Pushing of snow or ice onto town right-of-way (Chapter 60, Article IV)
[Added 5-17-1994 ATM, Art. 27]
First offense
Second offense
Third and subsequent offenses
$25
$35
$50
Traffic regulations prohibiting bicycles, roller blades and skateboards from Spring Street sidewalks (Chapter 121, Article III)
[Added 7-25-1995 ATM, Art. 6]
First offense
Second offense
Third and subsequent offense
Warning
$10
$20
All Board of Health rules and regulations (Part III of Code)
[Added 5-16-1996 ATM, Art. 31]
First offense
Second offense
Third offense
Fourth and subsequent offenses
Warning
$50
$100
$200
Handicapped Parking Bylaw
[Added 5-20-2014 ATM, Art. 22]
First and subsequent offenses
$100

§ 1-5 Enforcing officers.

[Added 1-27-1998 STM, Art. 5]
Enforcing officers for noncriminal disposition bylaws shall be as follows:
Bylaw
Enforcing Official
Animal Control (Chapter 10, Article II)
[Amended 5-16-2000 ATM, Art. 21]
Animal Control Officer
Sign Bylaw (Chapter 53)
Sign Inspector
Junk Car Bylaw (Chapter 64,) Article III
Police Department
Zoning Bylaw (Chapter 70)
[Amended 5-9-2015 ATM, Art. 36]
Director of Community Development
Hazardous Materials Bylaw (Chapter 29) Board of Health regulations (Part III of Code)
Board of Health and/or Agent Board of Health and/or Agent
Demolition Delay Bylaw (Chapter 24)
[Amended 5-9-2015 ATM, Art. 36]
Director of Community Development
Traffic regulation on Spring Street (Chapter 121, Article III)
Police Department
Pushing of snow or ice on public way (Chapter 60, Article IV)
Police Department
Handicapped Parking Bylaw (Chapter 28)
[Added 5-20-2014 ATM, Art. 22]
Police Department