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Any work that is done within 100 feet of a wetland, 200 feet of a river, or that disturbs more than 5,000 square feet of soil requires a permit from the Canton Conservation Commission. This includes landscaping projects such as removing trees or small projects like adding a shed. Please note that a wetland boundary is sometimes determined by the type of soil and plants found, and not always by the presence of standing water - so if you are not sure, please ask us if you need a permit. Violations of the wetland, stormwater, and/or soil and erosion control laws can be fined with as much as $300 per day of violation. Please download the Permit Inquiry Form and submit it to the Canton Conservation Department to inquiry about your project.
Canton Conservation Commission Permit Inquiry Form
Yes, many people come to Commission properties such as Pequitside Farm or Windsor Woods to walk their dogs. It is Town Law that dogs must be leashed in Canton at all times on all town-owned properties. For the safety of all residents who wish to use this property, including those dogs who do not get along with other dogs, seniors, and families with small children, we are enforcing this town bylaw with fines starting at $25 per offense. If you see someone violating the Town of Canton Leash Law please contact Animal Control via Canton Police immediately at 781-821-5090.
We also require owners to pick up all dog waste and properly dispose of it in a trash receptacle. While you may think that dog waste is ‘natural’, we have over 1,600 registered dogs in Canton and the volume of waste created by them is significant. Dog waste contributes to pollution of waterways and can risk public health. Many children use these properties for play, including our Summer Camp.
We thank you for pitching in to ensure Conservation properties are safe and clean for all who wish to use them! It really makes a difference.
Canton residents are welcome to bring small hand-carried boats such as canoes and kayaks to the Earl Newhouse Waterfront.
The town did a study and the bottom of the reservoir in this area is not suitable for larger boats. Also, since this property is owned by the Conservation Commission, we wish to prevent erosion of the shore front so that it is not damaged by trailers and traffic of vehicles.
Please note that there is no alcohol allowed on town-owned properties. This is monitored by authorities.
Open fires are prohibited on all Conservation Commission properties with the one exception of the designated fire pit at Pequitside Farm.
In order to have a fire in the Pequitside fire pit you must first do the following:
1. Contact the Conservation Department at 781-821-5035 to reserve the time slot for which you wish to use the fire pit. You must provide us with the name and contact information of the responsible party, and number of people who will be in the group.
2. Complete a fire permit application (FP-6). You must submit the permit application to fire prevention office by email to Tnorton@town.canton.ma.us or by mail to the Fire Prevention Division, 99 Revere St., Canton MA 02021.
The fire pit must be attended a responsible adult at all times, and the fire must be fully extinguished with water before leaving the fire pit unattended.
Any person who knowingly violates any rule or regulation made by the MA Board of Fire Prevention Regulations shall be subject to a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars.
Residents do not need to get a permit for use of a grill at Pequitside. These are first-come, first serve. All grill fires must be fully extinguished after use.