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Town of Barnstable, MA
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Owners of stables housing horses or ponies must clean and remove waste from the stable and turnouts at least once each day and dispose of it in accordance with the approved site and management plan.
A. 
Owners of stables must dispose of the solid and liquid waste removed from the stable in accordance with the site and management plan approved by the Board of Health or its designee. Such site and management plan must demonstrate the elimination of health hazards by including, without limitation, the following:
(1) 
A plan that realistically accounts for disposition of all of the waste produced by removal or composting or a combination (the Board may, but need not, consider spreading on a crop or pasture) based on:
(a) 
The number of horses;
(b) 
Waste produced at an assumed rate of 2.5 cubic feet of waste and bedding per day per 1,000 pounds of animal (unless another rate is established);
(c) 
The acreage owned by the licensee, its characteristics and the acreage and characteristics of surrounding properties;
(d) 
The location of storage and composting facilities on the stable owner’s property so as to eliminate health hazards and minimize odors to surrounding properties;
(e) 
A realistic disposition schedule based on Subsection A(1) through (5).
(2) 
Containment or storage of waste material prior to removal or composting in a manner which:
(a) 
Minimizes infiltration of the waste load by precipitation;
(b) 
Minimizes or controls fly breeding conditions;
(c) 
Minimizes odor discharge to surrounding properties; and
(d) 
Minimizes harborage for rodents.
B. 
Waste containment areas must be located at least 50 feet from property lines unless greater distances are necessary to eliminate health hazards and minimize odors outside the stable owner’s property. The Board may require additional measures when, in its opinion, they are required to eliminate health hazards or minimize odors, provided that the Board may not effectively deny a stable license based on the elimination of all impacts from odors alone.