Board of Selectmen

Flammable Fuel Storage

MGL Chapter 148, §13 & 9


A license for the storage of flammable or combustible fluids in quantities in excess of those allowed by regulation is granted by the local licensing authority after approval or disapproval by the Fire Chief, and after a public hearing.  A license is not owned by an individual as a personal privilege.  A license once exercised is a grant which runs with the land. A permanent record of a license is to be recorded and maintained by the Town Clerk.

Procedure for New License

Submit an Application for License to the Selectmen’s Office, as the Local Licensing Authority, for approval/disapproval by the Fire Chief.  Check the “New License” box.

Whether the Fire Chief approves or disapproves the application, a public hearing is scheduled through the Selectmen’s Office. 

• Public Hearing must be advertised in a local newspaper, published in English,  not less than seven days prior to the hearing, at the applicant’s expense.
The Selectmen’s Office will help with this.

• Notice of hearing to be mailed by certified mail, to all abutters and owners of  real estate, abutting on said land or directly opposite said land on any public or private street, not less than seven days prior to the hearing, at the applicant’s  expense. The Selectmen’s Office will help with this.

• The license must be plainly posted on the premises.

Procedure for Amending a License

If the conditions, capacities or restrictions authorized by a license are changed, an amended license must be obtained. 

Submit a new Application for License to the Selectmen’s Office, as the Local Licensing Authority, for approval/disapproval by the Fire Chief.  Check the “Amended License” box.

Whether the Fire Chief approves or disapproves the application, a public hearing is scheduled through the Selectmen’s Office.

• Public Hearing must be advertised in a local newspaper, published in English,  not less than seven days prior to the hearing, at the applicant’s expense. The  Selectmen’s Office will help with this.

• Notice of hearing to be mailed by certified mail, to all abutters and owners of  real estate, not less than seven days prior to the hearing, at the applicant’s  expense. The Selectmen’s Office will help with this.

• If granted, the amended license superseded and replaces the old license. The  license must be plainly posted on the premises.

Certificate of Registration

A Certificate of Registration is the vehicle used by the license holder or occupant of licensed land to notify the Town Clerk annually, before April 30th, that a license is in use and currently being exercised.  If a registration is not applied for and issued, after three weeks, it may be viewed as cessation and cause for review of the license. A registration must be plainly posted on the premises. Please contact the Town Clerk’s Office for more information.

Permit

A permit from the Fire Chief is required in addition to a license for the storage of materials regulated under 527 CRM 14.00 (Flammable or Combustible Liquids, Flammable Solids or Flammable Gases).

Important Phone Numbers

Board of Selectmen’s Office  508-476-4000 ext. 100

Fire Department – Non Emergency 508-476-2267

Town Clerk’s Office    508-476-4000 ext. 355