General Bylaws

General Bylaws of Holland, Massachusetts

(As Amended Through  October 3, 2017 No changes have occurred since this date.)

The accuracy of this text may be verified by consulting records of various Town Meetings, held between June 1,1955 and the present, and notifications of approval from the office of the Town Clerk



Chapter 1
General Provisions
Section 1. Title
Section 2. Power to License
Section 3. Manner of Repeal and Amendment
Section 4. Penalty
Chapter 2 
Officers, Boards and Committees

Section 1. Board of Selectmen
Section 2. Town Clerk and Treasurer
Section 3. Finance Board
Section 4. Constables
Section 5. Highway Surveyor
Section 6. Tree Warden
Section 7. Building Inspector
Section 8. Sealer of Weights and Measures
Section 9. Recreation Committee
Section 10. Board of Health
Section 11. Planning Board
Section 12. Council on Aging
Section 13. Bylaw Committee
Section 14. Park Commission
Section 15. Capital Planning Committee

Section 16. Lake Oversight Committee

Chapter 3
Town Meetings; Elections
Section 1. Dates of Meetings
Section 2. Notice of Meetings
Section 3. Conduct of Meetings
Section 4. Nominations
Chapter 4
Financial Affairs

Section 1. Audit of Accounts
Section 2. Submission of Bills
Section 3. Town Collector
Section 4. Custody of Certain Documents
Section 5. Disposition of Departmental Receipts
Section 6. Municipal Liens
Section 7. Licenses and Permits of Deliquent Taxpayers

Section 8. Departmental Revolving Fund

Chapter 5
Section 1. Participation of Town Officers
Section 2. Compensation to Town Officers and Employees
Section 3. Contracts in Writing
Chapter 6 
Legal Affairs
Section 1. Power of Selectmen
Section 2. Compromise and Settlement of Certain Claims
Section 3. Appointment of Town Counsel
Section 4. Duties of Town Counsel
Chapter 7
Records and Reports
Section 1. Custody of Records
Section 2. Annual Town Report
Section 3. Publication of Miscellaneous Material
Chapter 8 
Buildings and Wells
Section 1. Building Permits
Section 2. Notification to Assessors
Section 3. Digging of Wells
Section 4. Conversion of Residences
Section 5. Junk
Chapter 9
Motor Vehicles, Trailers and Mobile Homes
Section 1. Restriction of Vehicles on Town Property
Section 2. Parking Regulations
Section 3. Vehicles with Living Accomodations
Sectoin 4. Junked or Abondoned Vehicles
Section 5. Operation on Ice
Chapter 10 
Roads and Driveways
Section 1. Acceptance of Ways as Public Ways
Section 2. Driveways and Access Roads
Section 3. Maintenance of Private Ways
Section 4. Plowing of Private ways

Chapter 11 
Hamilton Reservior Dock Regulations


Section 1. Definitions
Section 2. Use of Waterfront Area
Section 3. Location of Docks
Section 4. Construction of Waterfront Areas
Section 5. Enforcement
Chapter 12 
Recreational Use of Inland Waters

Section 1. Purpose
Section 2. Authority
Section 3. Definitions
Section 4. General Guidelines
Section 5. Regulations
Section 6. Restrictions

Section 7. Exemptions

Section 8. Enforcement

Chapter 13
Police and Fire Regulations
Chapter 14
Control of Dogs
Section 1. Declaration of Policy
Section 2. Enforcement
Section 3. Procedure following Impoundment
Chapter 15 
Conservation Commission
Section 1. Declaration of Policy
Section 2. Jurisdiction
Section 3. Conditional Exceptions
Section 4. Application
Section 5. Applications Requirements
Section 6. General Provisions
Section 7. Violations & Enforcement
Chapter 16
House Number Enforcement

Chapter 17

Public Drinking


Chapter 18

Hawkers, Peddlers and Vendors

Section 1. General Guidelines

Section 2. Definitions

Section 3. Requirements/Prohibitions

Section 4. Registration

Section 5. Certificate of Registration

Section 6. Authorization to Conduct Criminal History Checks

Section 7. Exemptions

Section 8. Fees and Fines