Town of Ashland, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ashland 5-10-2006 Annual Town Meeting, Art. 15.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Secondhand dealers — See Ch. 230.
Solid waste — See Ch. 245.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 249.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 293.
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Editor's Note: This Art. 15 also repealed former Ch. 265, Vehicles, Abandoned, Junked and Unregistered, adopted at the May 1993 Special Town Meeting.
Except as to vehicles for which other provisions are made under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, no person shall abandon any vehicle at any place within the town and no person shall leave any vehicle at any place within the town for such time under such circumstances as to cause it to reasonably appear that the vehicle has been abandoned.
Except as to vehicles for which other provisions are made under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, no person shall leave any junked vehicle or any unregistered motor vehicle upon any street or other public grounds in the town or upon any property therein without the permission of the owner or lessee of said property.
No person in charge or control of any property in the town, whether as owner, occupant, lessee or otherwise, shall allow more than one (1) unregistered motor vehicle or any junked vehicle to remain on such property longer than ten (10) days, except a vehicle in an enclosed building or in an area unexposed to the view of the public or any abutter, a vehicle on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner, when necessary to the operation of such business enterprise, a vehicle in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained by the town with the consent of the town or a vehicle upon property covered by a Class 3 license duly in effect under M.G.L.A. C. 140, § 58. In no event may an unsightly unregistered vehicle be parked, stored, located, abandoned or otherwise left in the front yard of the premises (as defined in 282-99 of the Ashland Code.
Vehicles which reasonably appear to have been left any place within the town in violation of any provision of this chapter or to be lost, stolen or unclaimed may be removed in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L.A. C. 135 relating to lost, unclaimed or abandoned property, the provisions of M.G.L.A. C. 90, § 22C, or the provisions of Chapter 316 of the Acts of 1962, as the same may be applicable.
[Amended 5-4-2016 ATM, Art. 19]
In any residential district no person or business shall permit more than one commercial vehicle to be parked, stored, located, abandoned or otherwise left un-garaged on any one dwelling lot at any time without a special permit from the Board of Selectmen. In no event may a commercial vehicle be parked, stored, located, abandoned or otherwise left in the front yard of the premises.
In any residential district no person or business shall permit any commercial vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating greater than 10,000 pounds to be parked, stored, located, abandoned, on any one dwelling lot at any time without a special permit from the Board of Selectmen.
A special permit shall be based on a finding that the commercial vehicle(s) shall not be rendered objectionable or detrimental to the character of the residential neighborhood.
Any special permit issued hereunder shall be issued for a specific vehicle at a specific address and shall not be transferrable. Said special permit shall expire after five (5) years from the date issued.
The provisions of this bylaw shall not apply to the temporary parking, storage, locating or otherwise leaving any commercial vehicle on a premises that is being used for construction, reconstruction, or maintenance at the premises, or for moving to or from the premises. This bylaw shall be enforced by the Police Department. Enforcement of this bylaw does not require a complaint filed by a resident. In addition, the Board of Selectmen shall have the authority, after notice and hearing, to issue an order removing any vehicle deemed to be in violation of this bylaw. Any such removal order shall be at the expense of the owner of the premises.
The Board of Selectmen may adopt regulations relative to the implementation of this section 265-5 including an application process and fees associated therewith.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
JUNKED VEHICLE
One which is worn out, cast off or discarded and which is ready for dismantling or destruction or which has been collected or stored for salvage or for stripping in order to make use of parts thereof. Any parts from such vehicle shall be considered a "junked vehicle" under this chapter.
[Amended 11-17-2015 STM, Art. 8]
A. 
Criminal Disposition. Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined In an amount not exceeding one-hundred ($100) dollars. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.
B. 
Non-Criminal Disposition. Violations of any section of this Chapter may be processed pursuant to G.L. c. 40, § 21D and fines for such violations shall be assessed as follows:
First Offense:
$50.00
All Subsequent Offenses:
$100.00
Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense.
The Building Inspector and Police Department shall have the authority to issue notices of violations and citations under this by-law.