Mass. State Law
limits in state law.
Mass. Tax Reduction Rules
These rules are the definition of agriculture (animals) and Horticulture (plants) for the purpose of reducing property taxes. It is possible that property tax rules are a little different from the rules that exempt you from zoning regulations and that a commercial stable is not an agricultural activity for this purpose. Clear case law has not been located. It appears that most towns allow land for stables and pastures to be part of 61A.
61A section 1 Defines agrigulture, the raising of animals
including horses for sale.
Sherborn Zoning Regulations
2009 IBC (International Building Code)
IRC (International Residential Code)
Mass. Building Code
8th edition building code.
There is a Proposed Amendment to the Building Code from Agriculture Department General Counsel Bob Ritchie that ensures that riding arenas are considered agricultural structures. The change also allows occupancy in agricultural structures that is greater than the 1 person per 300 square foot which would otherwise apply. Riding arenas allow an occupancy of 200. Equine training in any structure allows 100 people twice a week for 2 hours. Education also allows 100 people twice a week for two hours. The Farm Bureau thinks this amendment will be passed soon.
Other code references
Safranek Free Accessibility And Building Code Resources a library of code documents containing IBC, Fire code accessibility codes etc.
State Fire Officials
of Agricultural Exemptions The Cranberry growers have a good
document that discusses the agricultural exemption to wetlands
Drinking Water Rules
Water 310 CMR 22 As an intermittent brook we probably do not
meet the standard. We are not in any of the special zones, even in
zone A 22.20C(2)(g) allows manure in covered contained facilities.
Architectural Access Board
From an Architect friend:
Here are the relevant pages from the Architectural Access Board regulations. Riding facilities are not specifically mentioned but it seems to me that your barn would fall under recreational buildings and would likely be considered a public building, meaning it is open for use by the public. The Mass. Regulations differ from the federal ADA requirements in that they do not pertain to facilities for employees, so it would seem that any shower you provide for staff would not have to be accessible under the Mass regulations.
As to washrooms, there does not seem to be a requirement under the Mass Access Board regulations for separate menís and womenís facilities but I believe that may be governed more by the state plumbing code. The Mass Access Board regulations specifically permit a unisex accessible facility.
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