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Anaerobic digestion is the natural process in which microorganisms break down organic matter in the absence of air (an anaerobic environment). Anaerobic digestion creates usable products such as biogas and digested material.
Anaerobic digesters are built systems (lagoons or tanks) where anaerobic digestion takes place. Anaerobic digesters manage organic wastes, produce gas and digested materials, minimize odors, reduce pathogens, and reduce solid wastes. Anaerobic digesters are also called “anaerobic digestion systems”, “biodigesters” or simply “digesters”.
Co-digestion happens when more than one type of organic material is digested at the same time. Digesters are often built for a single purpose. For example, a farmer may build an anaerobic digester to handle cow manure. If the farmer also takes food waste from a local grocery store and puts the food waste in the digester along with the cow manure, it is called co-digestion.
Biogas is the gas produced when bacteria break down organic matter in the absence of oxygen. It is made up of mainly methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2), with small amounts of water vapor, particulates, and other gasses, such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Biogas can be processed and used for a variety of energy needs, such as the generation of heat, power and fuel.
Inside an anaerobic digester, naturally occurring microorganisms grow in the tank’s oxygen-free environment and break down (digest) the organic matter. As the organic matter decomposes, biogas is created. Once established in a digester, microorganisms will continue to break down organic materials and release biogas in the right conditions. The microorganisms need a steady supply of feedstock and a comfortable environment - warm temperatures, neutral acidity and no oxygen.
Digested material is the solid and liquid material that remains at the end of the anaerobic digestion process. Digested material contains valuable nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and organic carbon. Typically, raw digested material is processed into a wide variety of products like fertilizer, compost, soil amendments or animal bedding. Factors influencing what products are made include the makeup of the initial feedstocks and local markets. These co-products can be sold to agricultural, commercial and residential customers.
Many types of organic material can be used as feedstock to produce biogas. Animal manures, wastewater solids, food scraps, restaurant fats, oils, and greases, and by-products from food and beverage production are some commonly digested materials. An anaerobic digester may be built for a single material or a combination of them. However, the feedstocks must be properly controlled to ensure that the system remains healthy and functioning.
Yes, biogas is a renewable energy source. It is produced from natural resources that are replenished in short periods of time.
Yes, biogas can replace fossil fuels for the production of heat, power and fuel. With additional processing, biogas becomes renewable natural gas that can be used in the same place as fossil fuels.
Biogas is made up of methane and carbon dioxide, which are powerful greenhouse gases. Anaerobic digesters are designed to capture these gases so they do not escape to the atmosphere. In most cases, the feedstocks used in digesters would have released methane directly as they decomposed in lagoons or landfills. In addition, using biogas for heat or electricity means that less energy needs to be produced by power plants. This reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels.
Anaerobic digesters are usually built on sites that have a steady supply of organic materials and need energy or heat. Common examples include farms, water resource recovery facilities, food production facilities, and landfills. Also, stand-alone digesters can be built in a central location to accept organics from multiple businesses.
Landfill gas is a type of biogas. Both can be converted to renewable energy (electricity or fuel).
Biogas and natural gas have essentially the same components. But, the two gasses are obtained in different ways. Biogas is produced when readily available organic materials (e.g., manure or food waste) break down. Natural gas is produced when ancient plants, tiny sea animals, and other organic materials break down in hard to access locations. Usually, natural gas has to be extracted from underground reservoirs. Natural gas can also be derived from petroleum refining.
Biogas contains a small amount of hydrogen sulfide, which has a rotten-egg odor. However, anaerobic digesters are completely enclosed and biogas is not released directly to the air. Digesters are commonly installed at farms to reduce odors. What comes out of a digester after processing is much less odorous than the feedstocks that go into digesters.
A properly designed and operated system is very safe. Anaerobic digesters are designed to meet local and national codes for safety. However, they do produce methane and hydrogen sulfide. These gases both burn easily and are harmful to inhale, so it is essential to use proper gas-handling precautions. It is also important for plant operators to be well trained and follow established operational procedures
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If more than 6 workers per site job are required, fill out a more than 6 worker job application form and submit it to the Building Commissioner. Once received the request will be evaluated and an approval or denial will be sent to the applicant via email.
Any Board of Health Agent, Police Officer, or Code Official can enforce the provisions of Emergency Order No. 8.
Anyone so designated by the company and approved by the Town through the application process.
Under the state Stay at Home order, caretaking is permitted.
Only if the work had started prior to March 20, 2020; otherwise, it is not currently allowed, unless approved by the Building Commissioner for an emergency reason.
The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (www.mass.gov/info-details/employee-unemployment-faq-covid-19#eligibility-) has advised that employees receiving unemployment who seek to self-quarantine due to a “reasonable fear of exposure” or to care for “a child who is at home” need not accept suitable work that becomes available until the reasonable fear or childcare need have resolved. There is no further definition of “reasonable” in terms of fear of exposure, but legal opinion states that it needs to be something more than a generalized, subjective fear of contracting the illness, and must be based on concrete factors present in the workplace or the employee’s health condition that increase his likelihood of getting the disease.
Please also consider that the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has advised that an employee who plans to quit his or her job out of fear of being exposed may be eligible, but must demonstrate, among other things, that such fear was reasonable under the circumstances. The DUA did not define “reasonable” in this guidance either.
What is allowed:
What is NOT allowed:
No, non-essential businesses are not allowed to open per the Governor.
The maximum would be eight workers per lot regardless of the number of structures. This scenario is assuming that an additional two workers were authorized to go above the set limit of six, due a special situation which had the approval of the Building Commissioner in advance. Such requests to add additional workers must be made through a request form found on the PLUS web page.
Because construction sites are limited to six workers, both parties would have to come to an agreement to allow no more than six workers, total, regardless of whether they are construction workers or landscapers. Workers at sites require coordination and communication with the general contractor or property owner to ensure that situations like this do not occur.
Six - including a Covid19 officer; or, in the case of an allowable increase in workers (as approved in advance by the Building Commissioner, eight, including a Covid19 officer.
Single worker registration is no longer required.
One maximum amount per Map and Parcel, or lot.
Increasing the number of workers above six is done through a form found on the PLUS web page. The request may or may not be granted. The request should be related to a matter of safety. Six workers includes a Covid officer.
Any Board of Health Agent, which includes Health Department Inspectors may enforce the Order. For the purposes of this order, the BOH also designated the Nantucket Police Department as an enforcement agent. The penalty, per MGL c. 111 §122, is a fine of up to $1,000. The Board of Health agents as well as the Building Commissioner or Local Inspector have the authority to suspend work performed with or without a building permit.
Under Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 111, Section 6, the Board of Health is authorized to enact an order(s) to address a public health emergency – such as the COVID19 pandemic. This order may be stricter (but not less strict) than a Governor’s Order intended to address a public health emergency. Specifically, while certain types of construction projects and landscaping services are considered “Essential” in the Governor’s current Stay at Home Order, the local Board of Health has the authority to enact its own Order, because locally, the municipality must be satisfied that a project can be conducted safely. If the Town cannot guarantee that construction and landscaping projects are conducted safely, it is able to employ its authority under the local Board of Health to halt these projects.
There are several ways in which the Town of Nantucket cannot guarantee the safety of construction or landscaping projects:
given reliance on ferry and carpools for transportation to and from work sites, workers travel together, work together, eat together, go on errands together (gas station, grocery/convenience store, etc), often live together, share tools and porta-potties and other activities that are not utilizing adequate physical separation needed to contain the virus – the Town does not have the personnel available to track, monitor or enforce the necessary guidelines that should be in place to ensure that the proper guidelines are being maintained; given the limited capacity of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital to handle a Surge of COVID cases, it is critical that the community and Town adhere strictly to Stay at Home Orders, and to attend to Essential Services only – working at construction and/or landscaping services (in the vast majority of instances) is not Essential to the public health and safety of the community.
Nantucket’s state Senator Julian Cyr, Town Counsel, and the Governor’s legal staff have confirmed the Nantucket Board of Health’s authority to issue its own temporary moratorium on construction and landscaping projects because of the reasons noted above (Supplemental Order 3/30/20) – without conflicting with the Governor’s Executive Order.
Yes, essential services will still be operational including, but not limited to:
Yes, restaurants are open at their discretion. To further curb the potential of viral spread, all permitted food service establishments are to limit contact with the public as much as possible.
As Town sees a spread of this outbreak, more and more restrictions may be put into place.
Yes but practice social distancing.
Yes you can fish but practice social distancing.
Work on recreational boats is allowed as is recreational boating all while maintaining social distancing and safety measures recommended by CDC.
Mooring installation does not appeared to be permitted. The Town Pier is closed for repairs and the Town doesn’t have staff to insure the safety of the mariners using the facility. They are staying home obeying the Federal, State and Local “Stay at Home” orders. Cooperation and understanding will go a long way to helping this community get through this major disaster faster.
Yes, the Governor’s Office issued this guidance for boaters and marine activities on April 27, 2020.
No, non-essential businesses are not allowed to open however as of May 4, 2020 the Governor announced additional guidance regarding essential and non-essential work.
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Yes, you still need to follow the same HDC submission procedures.
Submission requirements have not changed with the exception of the following:
All New Business applications must have a 10 Day Waiver and the entire submission, including the checklist and the 10 Day Waiver MUST be scanned to email@example.com.
Please drop off your HDC submission with payment at 2 Fairgrounds Road. There is a temporary drop box located out front. Staff will sign you up for the next available meeting.
If your application item is placed on an upcoming agenda, Cathy Flynn will e-mail directions about Zoom participation to the agent listed on the application form. Contact Cathy Flynn with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-325-7587 extension 7027.
Important reminder: Applications for HDC will be reviewed and placed on an agenda at the discretion of the Chairman based on the complexity of the application. Meaning, more complex applications will not be immediately scheduled due to logistical issues with the current meeting format. In addition, any HDC applications that require review from the Preservation Planner that fall within the Old Historic District (OHD) or the Sconset Old Historic District (SOHD) which are determined to require additional review by either the Historic Structures Advisory Board (HSAB) or Sconset Advisory Board (SAB), will be set aside until the governor as lifted the Stay at Home Order and public meeting can reconvene.
Staff has created an Old Business Checklist: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/283/Historic-District-Commission. Please adhere to the Old Business submission requirements on the checklist. The checklist MUST BE completed, signed and emailed to email@example.com along with all the relative documents requested by the Commission for review. Place your Old Business submission, with the completed checklist, in the drop box at 2 Fairgrounds Road. Staff will sign you up.
Staff has created a Staff Approval Checklist: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/283/Historic-District-Commission. Please follow the Staff Approval submission requirements on the checklist. The checklist MUST BE completed, signed and emailed firstname.lastname@example.org along with all the relative documents requested by the Commission for approval. Place your Staff Approval submission, with the completed checklist, in the drop box at 2 Fairgrounds Road.
Click here to locate checklists: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/283/Historic-District-CommissionThe General Checklist is also printed on the back of the application. Paper copies available at 2 Fairgrounds Road. NEW Scope of Work Checklists available on the HDC web page. Paper copies are available at 2 Fairgrounds Road.
All supporting documents and pictures MUST be included with your HDC submission. Please refrain from sending any additional documents after the deadline date.
Due to the nature of scheduling the regulatory boards with the Zoom format, meetings are being schedule on a month to month basis: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/283/Historic-District-CommissionHDC meetings will be comprised of both New and Old Business applications, until further notice.
It is strongly recommended to sign up for alerts on the Town of Nantucket website: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/list.aspx?Mode=Subscribe#newsFlash.
Sign applications are available at 2 Fairgrounds Road. The Sign Checklist is available online and in paper form at 2 Fairgrounds. Please follow the procedure for submitting a New Business Application (refer #2 on this document). Please call 508-325-7587 for further information.
All Advisory Boards meetings, including the Sign Advisory Council, are suspended until Governor Baker lifts the Stay at Home order and public meeting are allowed to reconvene. Until further notice, HDC Signs applications will be reviewed at the Historic District Commission. Your participation is required.
It is the applicants’ responsibility to follow the meeting schedule. Minutes are usually available within 24-48 hours. Please check the Town of Nantucket website, Historic District Commission page:
Once the minutes have been posted on the Town of Nantucket, please allow staff 3-5 days to process your COA. COA’s are filed by the meeting date so pay close attention to which meeting you are signing up for.Please call 508-325-7587 to arrange pickup.
For updated information on Covid testing and cases on Nantucket please visit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Coronavirus Updates page nantuckethospital.org/home/coronavirus-news-and-information/.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 3 feet away from a person who is sick.
As there is currently no vaccine or specific medication to treat COVID-19 the only way to flatten the curve is through collective action. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that all citizens wash their hands frequently, self-isolate when they’re sick or suspect they might be, and start "social distancing" (essentially, avoiding other people whenever possible) right away.
It means that you make a conscious effort to reduce close contact between you and someone else or a group of people and hopefully prevent community transmission of the virus.Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone whenever possible, specially people that are coughing or sneezing.Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
In the state of Massachusetts it is required to wear a face mask/covering in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Help to stop the spread! If you are outdoors and social distancing yourself from others is not possible, wear a face covering or mask. For more information visit: https://nantucket-ma.gov/1677/Face-Covering
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.Visit Nantucket Cottage Hospital for additional information on Testing. The Town of Nantucket does not perform Testing for Covid-19.
People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.
To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners.
It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
What is allowed:
Currently Short Term Rentals are prohibited per the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. The Town is waiting for additional guidance. The current restrictions on Short Term Rentals can be found here (https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-31-2020-hotel-motel-guidance/download).
Due to the limit capacity of our hospital and limited resources of the island, we recommend that all seasonal residents remain at their permanent homes until it is safer to return. See the Town, Hospital and Chamber’s joint letter to seasonal residents here.
The 14-day self-quarantine is advisory only, it is not required; however, there is a current Massachusetts state advisory that those travelling into Massachusetts from out-of-state are “instructed” to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Yes, the ferry services are operating on limited services. Please check their websites for updated information. The Town encourages all residents to avoid any travel unless absolutely necessary either to or from the island to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The Stay at Home Order contains a Travel Ban allowing only Essential Travel - effective March 23, 2020.
The Town does not regulate ferry services and does not have the authority to cancel service or close the port. To see the ferry services most recent press releases and information check SSA and Hy-line Cruises websites.
No, at this time the Nantucket Memorial Airport does not intend to close operations. However, the Town’s Travel Restriction has been posted at the Airport and we certainly hope that people will adhere to it.
As of March 21, 2020, NRTA continues to operate with riders needing to practice social distancing. Visit NRTA website for more information on bus service and measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Transportation over waters of the United States and through United States airspace is exclusively regulated by the United States through the Department of Home Land Security and its subsidiary agencies, including the Federation Aviation Authority and the Transportation Security Agency or TSA. The jurisdiction of the United States is exclusive meaning that there is no authority for a local jurisdiction such as the Town to restrict the ability of individuals or cargo from accessing the Island by ferry or airplane.
Although the Commonwealth, through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Administration (MEMA) and the MassDOT, Aeronautics Division, has some authority to regulate the transportation field, that authority is also subject to the preeminent authority of the United States to regulation travel in US airspace and within the territorial waters of the United States.
It is unlikely that federal or state authorities would consider a grant of delegation of authority that would allow the Town to place restrictions on the transportation of people to and from the Island. From an operational standpoint, the coordination of measures to address the pandemic must remain on the state or federal level in order for an effective response to happen. Under existing laws, TSA has the exclusive jurisdiction and the sole authority to issue and enforce transportation restrictions. The only possible way that a travel restriction could be put in effect is if the appropriate federal and state authorities deemed such determination necessary. Meanwhile, the Town has requested that the boat lines make adjustments to their passenger capacity in accordance with guidelines issued by the CDC.
While Town offices are open to provide services to the public, they are not currently open for the public to enter the offices. Current state guidance is that offices use alternative measures for now to serve the public (such as email, telephone, video conferencing, on-line applications, drop-boxes, curbside delivery). Until the town is able to have the appropriate safety measures in place for its employees and the public, and state guidance relaxes, the offices will remain physically closed. We urge the public to call the office you need, directly, for service.
Please be advised that the Collector’s Office is not currently accepting in-person payments of tax bills, excise or other bills which may normally be dropped off at the office. During this time, please either mail them to the Finance Department at 37 Washington Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 or make payments online for real estate tax bills and motor vehicle excise bills at www.nantucket-ma.gov/224/Tax-Collector.
If you must drop payments off, please use the drop box located in the front vestibule of the Public Safety Building at 4 Fairgrounds Road. The Town is currently working on installing a lockbox at 37 Washington Street. Stay tuned for an update on this on the Town website.
Thank you for your patience during this time. We are sensitive to the fact that within a short amount of time, people whose businesses are severely impacted by COVID19 may have difficulty paying their bills. We are working on determining and/or learning from the State what relief the Town is legally allowed to provide for these situations.
Yes, you can still order takeout or delivery from restaurants or go grocery shopping. Please, remember to practice social distancing and use a face covering when you do your grocery shopping. Meal-delivery, drive through, and take-out options will still be available. See here a list of restaurants open.
The Town has suspended all permits while the State of Emergency and State Stay-at-Home order are in effect; however, mooring handlers may begin installing moorings.
At this time the Town Pier is closed to the public. The Town’s staff who are responsible for managing the pier and insuring the safety of mariners are following the Federal, State and Local “Stay at Home” Orders. The Town Pier is closed until either the State of Emergency is lifted or the Town advises otherwise.
No, but you are encouraged to bring a supply of food, supplies and medicines with you from off island to assist you with easing into island life with a self-quarantine. Here on island you will be able to buy groceries and purchase medicine when your supplies run low. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone. Whenever you are out, remember to practice social distancing and use a face covering when you are out.
If there is an emergency please call 911. If you feel it is not safe for you to remain home, we urge you to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so we can help. Call 508-228-1212 if this is not an emergency.
Unless your work is an essential function (i.e. healthcare provider, grocery store clerk, first responder), you are required to stay home. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing. See the Order here
Yes, you can still order takeout or delivery from restaurants or go grocery shopping. Please, remember to practice social distancing and use a face covering when you do your grocery shopping. Meal-delivery, drive through, and take-out options will still be available. See here a list of restaurants open.
No. You will be able to buy groceries and purchase medicine.Continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. Thiswill ensure that there is enough for everyone. Whenever you are out, remember to practice social distancing and use a face covering when you are out.
You are allowed to walk your dog or to take it to the vet if needed. Be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from others.
The landfill is still open regular hours. Haulers are considered essential and will continue to pick up garbage and bulky items. Individuals may take their own trash to the landfill. The Town reminds everyone to use precautions and to practice safe social distancing.
Emergency order #2 banned attendance at Houses of Worship. Many of these groups are holding on-line services.
Try to avoid going out. It is imperative that we limit our contact with others and for that, we need to stay home. You may drive to the beach or park or walking trail for exercise and fresh air - if you do, practice social distancing and considering wearing a face covering.
For a list of essential services being provided please see the Continuity of Operations page.
As of March 12, 2020, all advisory board and commission meetings are being suspended except for the Select Board until further notice. Regulatory board and commission meetings are being held as needed. Please check Boards, Commissions & Committees for more information.
Nantucket’s Annual Town Election has been rescheduled to June 16, 2020.
Annual Town Meeting is currently postponed. Please visit the 2020 Annual Town Meeting webpage for updates.
Per Governor Baker’s emergency order banning gatherings of 10 participants or more, the Town of Nantucket is suspending all existing permits for events scheduled from now until July 1 in order to meet the requirements of the order. Additionally, the Town of Nantucket is not accepting applications for new events at this time until further notice.
If organizers of these events that were scheduled between now and July 1 wish to reschedule their events, the Town is requiring all organizers to submit new applications to the Permitting and Licensing Office to make sure they are rescheduled properly once the emergency ban is lifted. For example, if your event is scheduled for June 15 and the emergency order is lifted on May 15 - you can reapply on May 15 and still hold your event on June 15 if all requirements for that permit are met. It is up to the event organizers if they are able to wait and see or cancel now or postpone to a date to be determined. At this time we cannot guarantee a postponement date until the order is lifted but we are committed to working with all organizers as best we can to create a back-up plan.
No, TIOLI is closed until further notice.
Yes the Surfside Waste Water Treatment Facility was tested on April 28, 2020.
With the amount of snowfall on Nantucket, as long as panels are on a roof or high enough off the ground for ground-mounted systems, snow should not need to be removed. The solar panels do a good job of naturally melting any snow that doesn’t slide off of them.
Cleaning solar panels is not regularly needed. A good rain should clean them off with no problem. If they do get dirty enough to affect their efficiency, they can be cleaned with a non-abrasive wash just like you would clean your windows.
As long as your solar PV system is under warranty, replacement parts should be of no cost to you. With modern solar technologies systems rarely have issues with components, so any maintenance should be uncommon.
If installed properly, roof mounted systems will not cause roof damage that could potentially cause leaks.
Technology is constantly evolving, and solar panels will inevitably become more efficient in the future. Current solar technology is efficient enough for people to greatly reduce their electric bills to a few dollars a month to even no cost per month.
The solar panels themselves have a manufacturer warranty generally around 20-25 years, while Installers have a labor warranty around 5 years. Both of these warranties are dependent on manufacturer and installer and need to be taken into consideration when investing in a solar PV system.
Currently there is a federal tax rebate of 30% off of your system cost.
There is a state rebate of 15% up to $1000.
There is a Nantucket Town SOLAR Rebate of $2500.
Quarterly net-metering payments called SRECS.
Average payback period of a system on Nantucket is around 6.5 years. This means that on average the solar PV system will pay for itself in, on average, around 6.5 years.
Like many other things on Nantucket, it is more expensive to install solar PV on Nantucket due to cost of transportation of materials and additional labor costs. The $2500 SOLAR Rebate was created to help alleviate these extra cost. But even though the system is more expensive, it is still an economically viable option to saving money.
Although Nantucket may not get as much sun as mainland areas, these systems do generate enough electricity for owners to greatly reduce their electric bills without having to install more expensive systems.
The optimal roof orientation for installing solar PV is 180 degrees due south. Roof pitch can be accounted for with the system mounting brackets. Although asphalt shingles are prefered when installing roof mounted systems, roofs with cedar shingles can still be used.
Many installers use smart apps that communicate to your solar PV system through wifi or ethernet that allow you to manage and track your system output in real time.
Rarely can solar panels be installed inside the Historic Cores on Nantucket. Like any home improvement inside the Historic Cores, projects need to contribute to keeping these zones historically accurate. Systems can’t be visible from any view, and can’t impact the historical integrity of the building.
Yes, as long as the solar panels are visibly hidden from public view or are considered to not make a negative visual impact, they can be installed on your property.
Yes, you do need HDC approval before installing solar PV outside of a Historic Core, but they are more lenient when it comes to the aesthetics of the system, as long as it is not in view of a public way.
It's recommended that you talk to your local Homeowners Association before talking to the HDC when looking to install solar PV. You won’t have to fill out and pay for an application before finding out whether or not you are allowed to install solar PV where you live.
When looking to install a system on island it is important to talk to multiple installers to get a system and company that works well for your situation. Make sure to consider the overall cost of the system, the expected payback period, system and labor warranties, and how well they communicate.
By ferry boat or airplane…There is no bridge.
The island has a year round population of around 11,000. In July and August the population swells to around 50,000 or more.
Tuesday night meetings are available live feed through Nantucket Community TelevisionAfter 1-2 days, the video is archived on the Town of Nantucket’s YouTube channel.Please note: Thursday meetings held at the Planning and Land Use Services Conference room are audio recorded ONLY. Please call the office for more information at 508-325-7587.
Any changes made to the exterior of any structure or hardscaping to a property MUST receive approval from the HDC.
Three years from date of issue.
Yes. However, the only type of fence that does not need approval is a two- rail split rail fence (except in the OHD/SOHD).
Only if you are changing the color.
Yes. However, if you are unable to attend you may have someone represent your application.
No. If you make ANY changes to a previously approved Certificate of Appropriateness, you must apply for a new Certificate of Appropriateness.
Changes to the exterior of ANY structure or adding a structure WITHOUT HDC approval may be subject to 10 times the application fee. For example, the HDC application fee for a 200 square foot shed is $50.00. If a shed is placed on the property without approval, the fine may be $500.00.
The application you submitted has met the guidelines as appropriate and/or not visible from a publicly traveled way. There is no need to attend the meeting. However, the Commissioners reserves the right to review any application on placed on consent or consent with conditions. If that does occur, Staff will reach out to the applicant for further review, if necessary.
The application is approved with conditions. The Commission reserves the right to review any application on placed on consent or consent with conditions. If that does occur, Staff will reach out to the applicant for further review if necessary.
The application was not reviewed. It is the applicants’ responsibility to sign up for the next Old Business meeting.
The applicant is to bring in revisions according to the Commissioners request discussed at the table. It is the applicants’ responsibility to sign up for an Old Business meeting. The applicant MUST supply a copy of the minutes, highlighting the application from the page, 4 large sets and a reduced set of plans and email to email@example.com.
Please refer to HDC Policies and Procedures for Applicants for clarification.
The Commissioners will view the property to determine the appropriateness, scale and visibility as it relates to the context of the neighborhood. It is advised for the applicant to sign up for the next Old Business meeting. Please refer to HDC Policies and Procedures for Applicants for clarification.
The applicant is to submit, and/or, adjust the plans according to the Commissioners request discussed at the table. It is the applicants’ responsibility to sign up on the Staff Approval sheet. The applicant MUST supply a copy of the minutes, 4 large sets and a reduced set of plans and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are applying for a Certificate of Occupancy and your building permit included any exterior work, you must sign up for an HDC inspection. A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) number was part of the building permit application process. If you “amended” that building permit, an additional COA number(s) were added to that building permit. You must include all Certificate of Appropriateness numbers as it relates to your building permit. Failure to include all revision numbers from the building permit may be subject to a $50.00 re-inspect fee.
Please check with the office before you sign up for an HDC inspection. Duplicate inspections may be subject to a $50.00 re-inspect fee.
The application is available online. Hard copy resumes are available at the Town and County Building, in the Human Resources Office:
16 Broad St.
Nantucket, MA 02554
Yes, anyone can order a map. Most of our data is available to the public on our interactive WebGIS site, and printable versions are available through the department. The GIS department can also create larger format maps.
To order a map, you can call the Assessor's Office at 508-228-7211 or the GIS office at (508) 228-7200 x 7003
2 Fairgrounds Rd.
Map price is determined by the size, please call us at 508-228-7211 for more information.
The property information updated nightly from the Assessor’s database.
Two people is the maximum number and they must practice social distancing while working.
Emergency Order No. 6 requires the designation of one or more individuals of the company doing the landscape work to be COVID-19 Officer(s). They are responsible for ensuring that all of the company’s employees are following the required safety protocols in Emergency Order No. 6. Please see LINK for the necessary form that must be completed and returned to the Town’s Natural Resources Department for the designation of the Officer(s).
Starting on April 21, 2020, the following "Primary Activities" are allowed:
Initial site openings and maintenance:
Irrigation System Commissioning:
Trees and shrubs:
Starting on April 28, 2020 the following “Secondary Activities” are allowed:
No this Order only covers existing landscaping at this time.
No, this Order only covers existing landscaping at this time. However, you may plant them at your own residence.
No. The Order requires that individuals must take separate transportation to the job site, regardless of family or living status.
Nantucket’s Order is stricter than the State’s Order. Currently Nantucket is restricting landscapers to the list of activities above.
Yes, office work to maintain the essential functions of a business is allowed as long as social distancing guidelines and safety measures are followed.
Options include biking, walking, taxi, NRTA.
We are recommending that the two companies coordinate their work so as to maximize social distancing and minimize interaction. If work can occur without any overlap, it may be allowed.
Under the State Stay-at-Home Order, childcare facilities are only open for certain types of workers, landscaping workers are not in any of those categories.
If the site where you are working does not have restroom facilities, you may leave the site to use an appropriate restroom, elsewhere – while making sure to follow all sanitary, safety and social distancing protocols.
Click on this link: https://nantucketma.justfoia.com/publicportal/home/newrequest
You may pay for your beach permit online at the town's online payments page or you can stop by the Police Department, Lobby Records Window, between Monday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (June 15-September 1 everyday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), located at:
4 Fairgrounds Road
Cold patch is also very expensive. It costs approximately $200/ton and it also has constraints: 1) it requires special handling, 2) needs to be kept covered, 3) it must be stored under cover to retain its adhesive properties, and 4) it tends to leak oils at certain temperatures. As a result, the Town does not “just cold patch everything" but rather applies this solution where and when appropriate.
A pothole fixer is a specialized massive infrared panel that is lowered onto the street; it heats the asphalt around the pothole prior to filling it, ensuring that the new material bonds strongly to the surrounding road, preventing repeated repairs.
1. Use the SeeClickFix mobile phone app, or2. Call DPW at 508-228-7244 and a traceable work order will be created, or3. Report via this website.
All of those options are great and DPW is taking notes as they drive around to make sure they know where potholes are, too.
The landfill fees are been reviewed and will be published in January 2020.
All land transfers and any transfer of interest, including leases (of 30 years or more including extensions) must be processed through the Land Bank prior to being recorded in our office. Visit their website or call their office at 508-228-7240.
Visit the Registry of Deeds at 16 Broad Street, Nantucket MA. The Registry is open for research Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm.
If you cannot make it to the Registry, you may send a request by mail.
The request must include:
A cover letter with the book and page or Registered Land document number of the deed or document.
A check made out to the “Nantucket Registry of Deeds” for the exact amount of the transaction.
The cost for copies is $1.00 per page. You may call the Registry at 508-228-7250 if you are unsure of the number of pages in your deed or document.
A self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of the deed or document to you.
Mail To: Nantucket Registry of Deeds16 Broad Street Nantucket MA 02554
You can locate and print a non-certified copy of deeds and documents online for free by clicking here. Please note the search criteria is automatically set to the Recorded Land Name Search. If your property is Registered Land, click on Search Criteria in the top left corner and click “Registered Land (Land Court) – Name Search”*
* Please note the masslandrecords.com website uses pop-up windows to view, print, and download documents. Your pop-up blocker must be turned off. This is not something our office can help you with.
Click here for a guide on how to use the online database.Important things to remember:
Instructions for Online Orders
When placing an order online, please note the following:
The Registry is open Monday through Friday;
Recording hours are from 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 3:45pm.
Research hours are from 8am -4pm.
Please click here for a complete list of our current fees.
In Massachusetts an Excise Stamp Tax (MGL c.64D, s.1) shall apply to deeds, instruments or writings whereby any lands, tenements or other realty sold shall be granted, assigned, transferred or otherwise conveyed to, or vested in, the purchaser...when the consideration of the interest or property conveyed, exclusive of the value of any lien or encumbrance remaining thereon at the time of sale. There is no excise tax due where the consideration stated is less than $100.00.
The excise tax rate is $4.56 per $1000.00 of consideration, rounded up to the nearest $500. For example: if a consideration is stated as $1,546,300.00, then the deeds excise is calculated using $1,546,500.00 and the total fee would be $7,052.04.
Please note: a separate check is required for excise tax payments.
No. Todas las oficinas del municipio y el condado de Nantucket están cerradas hasta el 18 de mayo del 2020.
No. Many close for the winter. But, there are always restaurants open in the off-season.
Yes. A weekly list is available to take from the office or on the website.