Town of Vinland, WI
Winnebago County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Vinland as Title 11, Ch. 8, of the 2004 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Citations — See Ch. 28.
Building construction — See Ch. 190.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 217.

§ 231-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SOLID-FUEL-FIRED OUTDOOR HEATING DEVICE
Any equipment, device or apparatus or any part thereof, which is installed, affixed or situated outdoors for the primary purpose of combustion of fuel to produce heat or energy, used as a component of a heating system providing heat for any interior space or water source.
STACKS or CHIMNEYS
Any vertical structure enclosing a flue or flues that carry off smoke or exhaust from a solid-fuel-fired heating device, especially that part of such structure extending above a roof.

§ 231-2 Regulations.

A. 
All solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating devices shall be installed, operated and maintained in strict conformance with the manufacturer's instructions and regulations and all other applicable local, state and federal standards.
B. 
All solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating devices shall be approved by the Department of Safety and Professional Services through an approved testing agency.
C. 
All solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating devices shall be provided with written documentation from the manufacturer that the device is or is in the process of being registered with the Department of Safety and Professional Services Boiler Division.
D. 
All solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating devices shall, in addition, be operated and maintained as follows:
(1) 
Fuel shall be only natural untreated wood or other fuel specifically permitted by the manufacturer, such as corn or other pellets, specifically designed for the solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating device.
E. 
The following fuels are prohibited:
(1) 
Processed wood products other than wood.
(2) 
Petroleum in any form.
(3) 
Rubber.
(4) 
Plastic.
(5) 
Garbage.
(6) 
Painted wood or treated wood.
(7) 
Any other wood items not specifically allowed by the manufacturer.

§ 231-3 Installation.

A solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating device may be installed in the Town of Vinland in accordance with the following provisions:
A. 
All solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating devices shall be prohibited in all subdivisions and clustered developments.
B. 
Placement of solid-fuel fired outdoor heating devices shall be allowed on any rural residential lot of one acre or more.
C. 
The owner of the solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating device shall obtain a zoning permit from the Town of Vinland Zoning Administrator before installing a solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating device.
D. 
All solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating devices must be installed in accordance with all codes and manufacturer's guidelines.

§ 231-4 Nuisance.

Should any solid-fuel-fired outdoor heating device permitted under this chapter become hazardous, harmful, noxious, offensive or a nuisance to the surrounding neighborhood as determined by the Town Board, then the owner shall correct, improve or abate the nuisance using whatever means are necessary in accordance with this section. If the nuisance cannot be abated, then operation of the device shall be discontinued until a solution to the nuisance can be found.

§ 231-5 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm, corporation, business or entity who fails to comply with any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit an amount set forth in Chapter 28, Citations, plus the cost of prosecution for each violation and, in default of payment of such forfeiture and cost, shall be imprisoned in the County Jail until payment thereof, but not exceeding 30 days. Each day of violation shall represent a separate violation of the chapter as described herein.

§ 231-6 Variance.

An individual who cannot comply with the chapter has the right to apply for a variance to the ordinance from the Town of Vinland Board of Appeals. Contact the Town of Vinland Zoning Administrator or the Town office for such an application.