[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Shapleigh as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 89.
Article I Private Sewage Disposal Systems
[Adopted 3-14-1964 ATM by Art. 41]
The purpose of this article is to promote the health, safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants of the Town of Shapleigh by providing for the location and construction of septic tanks and private sewage disposal systems with a view to the maintaining of pollution-free lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and similar watercourses.
[Amended 3-10-1973 ATM by Art. 42]
No septic tank or other system of private sewage disposal shall be located nearer than 100 feet to any well or spring used as a water supply for domestic purposes or any lake or other body of water used as a source of public supply, except a septic tank or any other tank or similar receptacle directly receiving sewage for the purpose of pumping it to a suitable disposal system located over 100 feet from such water supplies; nor shall any such septic tank or other system of private sewage disposal be placed nearer than 100 feet to the normal high-water mark of any lake, pond, river, stream or similar watercourse unless the effluent therefrom is to be pumped at least 100 feet away from such waters in the same manner as indicated above.
No person, firm or corporation shall install, erect, construct, build or locate or in any manner cause to be installed, erected, constructed, built or located any septic tank or private sewage disposal system without first obtaining from the Plumbing Inspector for the Town of Shapleigh a written permit approving the manner of construction and the proposed location of said septic tank or private sewage disposal system and its compliance with this article and with the State of Maine State Plumbing Code.
The Plumbing Inspector may charge a reasonable fee for said permit.
[Amended 3-10-1973 ATM by Art. 42]
Any person, firm or corporation which installs erects, constructs, builds or locates or in any manner causes to be installed, elected, constructed, built or located any septic tank or private sewage disposal system and said system fails to comply with the provisions of this article or with the State of Maine State Plumbing Code shall upon service of an order as provided in Subsection A(1) and (2) below remedy the condition or location of said system which is in violation of this article or the State of Maine State Plumbing Code within 10 days of the service of said order.
Such order shall be addressed to the owner of the premises, setting forth the date, the fact of noncompliance with this article or the State of Maine State Plumbing Code and shall contain a notice to remedy the violating condition or location within 10 days. The order shall be signed by the Plumbing Inspector and may be served in the same manner as in Court process.
A return of service indicating the method used and the person served shall be made by the party serving the notice and filed with the Town Clerk.
In the event the condition or location which fails to comply with this article or the State of Maine State Plumbing Code is not remedied within the ten-day period, the Plumbing Inspector or his agents may enter the premises and cause the condition and/or the location to be remedied. Any expenses incurred by the municipality in the correction of such condition or location may be recovered from the owner by civil action.
[Added 3-10-1973 ATM by Art. 42]
Each person, firm or corporation who shall violate a provision of this article or who fails to comply therewith or with any of the requirements contained therein, or who shall install or permit to be installed any septic disposal system in the Town of Shapleigh without first having obtained a permit therefor, shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof during which any violation of any provision of this article is committed or continued, and upon conviction of such violation each such person shall be punished within the limits and as provided by the laws of the State of Maine.