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Article IV - Private Sewage Disposal
SECTION 1.      Where a public sanitary or combined sewer is not available under the provisions of Article II, Section 4, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this article.

SECTION 2.      Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system the owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the Board of Health or their representative. The application for such permit shall be made on a form furnished by the Town, which the applicant shall supplement by any plans, specifications, and other information as are deemed necessary by the Board of Health. A plot plan shall be submitted to the Building Inspector and shall show the location and size of the tank and field. The Board of Health shall establish a reasonable fee for such permit.

SECTION 3.      A permit for a private sewage disposal system shall not become effective until the installation is completed to the satisfaction of the Board of Health or its authorized representative. He shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction and, in any event, the application for the permit shall notify the Board of Health or its authorized representative when the work is ready for final inspection, and before any underground portions are covered. The inspection shall be made within two working days (excluding Saturdays and Sundays and holidays) of the receipt of notice.

SECTION 4.      The type, capacity, location and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the Department of Public Health of the State of Massachusetts. No permit shall be issued for any private sewage disposal system employing sub-surface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot is less than 30,000 square feet unless such lot was in existence on 21 February 1969 as a separately-owned parcel so recorded in the Berkshire Middle District Registry of Deeds and for which the Board of Health or its representative will grant a permit under Chapter VII, Article IV, Section2.

SECTION 5.      At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system, as provided in Article III, Section 4, a direct connection shall be made to the public sewer in compliance with this regulation within one year and any septic tanks, cesspools, and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be cleaned of sludge and filled with clean bank-run gravel or dirt.

SECTION 6.      The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times, at no expense to the Town.

SECTION 7.      No statement contained in this article shall be construed to interfere with any additional requirements that may be imposed by the Board of Health.

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