Public Health Act - Subsidiary

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Published: 2000

CAP. 040, PUBLIC HEALTH ACT - SUBSIDIARY LAWS BELIZE

PUBLIC HEALTH ACT CHAPTER 40

REVISED EDITION 2003 SHOWING THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS AS AT 31ST OCTOBER, 2003

This is a revised edition of the Subsidiary Laws, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000.

ARRANGEMENT OF SUBSIDIARY LAWS

BELIZE

PUBLIC HEALTH ACT CHAPTER 40

REVISED EDITION 2003 SHOWING THE SUBSIDIARY LAWS AS AT 31ST OCTOBER, 2003

This is a revised edition of the Subsidiary Laws, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000.

This edition contains a consolidation of the following laws- Page

1. PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS DUTIES REGULATIONS 4 - 7

2. BELIZE CITY BUILDING BY-LAWS 8 - 22

3. PRIVY ACCOMMODATION BY-LAWS 23 - 33

4. DECLARATION OF POPULOUS AREA ORDER 34 - 36

5. PUBLIC HEALTH (HATTIEVILLE CEMETERY ESTABLISHMENT) ORDER 37 - 38

6. PUBLIC HEALTH (LIBERTAD CEMETERY ESTABLISHMENT) ORDER 39 - 40

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7. PUBLIC HEALTH (HATTIEVILLE LIMITS) ORDER 41 - 42

8. PUBLIC CEMETERIES BY-LAWS 43 - 49

9. BENQUE VIEJO DEL CARMEN PUBLIC CEMETERIES BY-LAWS 50 - 57

10. COROZAL TOWN CEMETERIES BY-LAWS 58 - 64

11. SAN IGNACIO CEMETERIES BY-LAWS 65 - 72

12. MONKEY RIVER CEMETERIES BY-LAWS 73 - 79

13. ORANGE WALK TOWN CEMETERIES BY-LAWS 80 - 86

14. PUNTA GORDA CEMETERIES BY-LAWS 87 - 93

15. DANGRIGA CEMETERIES BY-LAWS 94 - 100

16. BELIZE CITY STAND-PIPES BY-LAWS 101-102

17. BAKEHOUSES REGULATIONS 103-110

17a. BELIZE CITY SALE OF GOOD BY-LAWS 111-115

18. INFECTIOUS DISEASE (AIDS) ORDER 116-117

19. INFECTIOUS DISEASE (SARS) ORDER 118-119

20. MOSQUITO (PROTECTION) REGULATIONS 120-123

21. REMOVAL OF REFUSE (BELMOPAN) REGULATIONS 124-128

22. REMOVAL OF REFUSE BY-LAWS 129-137

23. PUBLIC VACCINATORS REGULATIONS 138-139

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CHAPTER 40

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS DUTIES REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

1. Short title.

2. Duties.

3. Systematic inspection.

4. Inspection of nuisances.

5. Offensive trades.

6. Damage or fouling of water supply.

7. Inspection of food, etc.

8. Samples.

9. Overcrowding and infectious diseases.

10. Inspection called for by Law.

11. Books to be kept.

12. Legal proceedings.

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CHAPTER 40

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS DUTIES REGULATIONS (Section 4)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS DUTIES REGULATIONS.

2. A public health officer shall perform all the duties imposed upon a public health officer by any Act, by-law or regulation so far as the same shall apply to his office, and shall obey the directions and orders of the Director of Health Services or any officer authorised by him with respect to any measure which may be lawfully taken by a public health officer.

3. By inspection of his district, both systematically and at intervals as occasion may arise, a public health officer shall keep himself informed in respect of nuisance existing therein that require abatement and shall send a report in writing to the Senior Health Officer.

4. On receiving notice of the existence of any nuisance within his district or of any breach of the by-laws or regulations for the suppression of nuisances, as soon as practicable, a public health officer shall visit the spot and enquire into such alleged nuisance or breach of by-laws or regulations.

5. A public health officer shall report to the Senior Health Officer any offensive trade, business or manufactory established within the district, and the breach of any by-law or regulation made in respect of same.

6. A public health officer shall report to the Senior Health Officer any damage done to any water supply, or any fouling by filth, or otherwise, of water used for domestic purposes.

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Duties.

Systematic inspection.

Inspection of nuisances.

Offensive trades.

Damage or fouling of water supply.

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7. From time to time, regularly and forthwith upon complaint, a public health officer shall visit and inspect the shops and places kept or used for the preparation for sale of any meat (alive or dead) or any part intended for human consumption, or any article or sample of food or drink intended for human consumption, and examine any animal or any part thereof or any article or sample of food or drink intended for human consumption, and if such animal, article or sample shall appear to him to be diseased or unsound or unwholesome or unfit for human consumption, he shall deal with it in accordance with the provisions of any Act, by-laws or regulations relating thereto.

8. When and as directed by the Senior Health Officer a public health officer shall procure and submit to be analysed samples of food, drink or drugs suspected to be adulterated.

9. A public health officer shall give immediate notice of the occurrence within the district of any contagious, infectious or epidemic disease, and wherever it appears to him that the intervention of the Senior Health Officer is necessary in consequence of the existence of any nuisance injurious to health, or of overcrowding in a house, he shall forthwith inform the Senior Health Officer.

10. A public health officer shall make all such inspections as are required by law, and when required by the Senior Health Officer make such inspections as that officer may direct, and shall report to him without delay the result of such inspection.

11. A public officer shall-

(a) enter from day to day, in a book to be kept for that purpose, particulars of his inspections and of the action taken by him in the execution of his duties;

Inspection of food, etc.

Samples.

Overcrowding and infectious diseases.

Inspection called for by Law.

Books to be kept.

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(b) keep any other systematic records that the Senior Health Officer may require;

(c) keep a book or books, to be provided, so arranged as to form a continuous record of sanitary conditions of each premises in respect of which any action has been taken, and in a similar book record the routine inspections of all latrines in his area, noting defects and any orders issued;

(d) at all reasonable times, when applied for by the Senior Health Officer or any other officer authorised by him, produce his books or any of them and render such information as he may be able to furnish with respect to any matter to which the duties of the public health officer relate.

12. A public health officer shall take such proceedings against any person for offences and for recovery of penalties as he may be duly authorised to take by the Senior Health Officer.

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Legal proceedings.

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CHAPTER 40

BELIZE CITY BUILDING BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Permission to erect building.

4. Inspection.

5. No building without permission.

6. Open space at rear.

7. Space from boundary line.

8. Space between buildings.

9. Circulation of air.

10. Rooms.

11. Posts.

12. Cills.

13. Straps.

14. Corner and external posts.

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15. Diameter for posts.

16. Concrete base.

17. Securing of post.

18. Dwarf wall cills.

19. Thickness of dwarf walls.

20. Footings of dwarf walls

21. Floors.

22. Floor joists.

23. Frames.

24. Additional braces.

25. Additional upright.

26. Roof.

27. Gutters and drainpipes.

28. Ceiling.

29. Rafters.

30. Roof timbers.

31. King and queen post trusses.

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32. Purlins.

33. Iron roofing sheets.

34. Kitchen.

35. Stable.

36. Stable roof.

37. Penalties.

38. Unauthorised work: removal etc..

39. Application.

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CHAPTER 40

BELIZE CITY BUILDING BY-LAWS (Section 9)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

BELIZE CITY BUILDING BY-LAWS.

2. In the construction of these By-laws the following words and expressions shall have the meanings hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings be repugnant to or inconsistent with the context or subject matter in which such words or expressions occur:

“new building” shall have the meaning assigned to it under section 2 of the Public Health Act:

(a) the re-erection, wholly or partially, of any building of which an outer wall is pulled down or burnt down to or within ten feet of the surface of the ground adjoining the lowest storey of the building, and of any frame building so far pulled down or burnt down as to leave only the frame work of the lowest storey; or

(b) the conversion into a dwelling-house of any building not originally constructed for human habitation, or the conversion into more than one dwelling-house of a building originally constructed as one dwelling house only; or

(c) the re-conversion into a dwelling-house of any building which has been discontinued as or

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Interpretation.

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appropriated for any purpose other than that of a dwelling-house; or

(d) the making of any addition to an existing building by raising any part of the roof or by altering a wall, or making any projection from the building, but so far as regards the addition only; or

(e) the roofing or covering over of an open space between walls or buildings;

“domestic building” means a dwelling-house or an office building, or other out-building appurtenant to a dwelling-house, whether attached thereto or not, or a shop, or any other building not being a public building;

“dwelling-house” means a building used or constructed or adopted to be used wholly or principally for human habitation.

3. (1) No person shall erect or begin to erect any building until he has applied in writing to the Local Authority for permission to do so, stating the size of the proposed building. The Local Authority shall require such application to be accompanied by:

(a) drawings, in duplicate, showing elevations, sections, and plans of every floor of the intended building drawn to scale of not less than one inch to every eight feet;

(b) a block plan in duplicate showing the boundaries of the lot, the position of the building or buildings, and the buildings existing, if any, on the lot, as well as the position of any building or buildings on the lots immediately adjacent to such lot. The block plan shall also show the proposed water

Permission to erect building.

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supply, i.e. site of vat, if any, and the line of any public drain to which it is proposed to lead the drainage off the premises.

(2) The duplicate plans shall become the property of the Local Authority and shall be retained for record purposes. The Local Authority may supply these plans on application, the cost to be not less than $2.50 and not more that $10.00, provided that the building does not exceed 40 ft. square.

In the event of the building exceeding 40 ft. square arrangements may be made with the Local Authority to submit such a plan.

(3) No person shall occupy, or allow to be occupied any new building until the building has been certified by the Local Authority to be in the opinion of the Local Authority in every respect fit for occupation, and in the case of a dwelling house, fit for human habitation, and that these By-Laws have been complied with in every respect.

(4) No person shall erect, or begin to erect any new building on any lot until the lot has been filled to the satisfaction of the Local Authority.

4. On receipt of an application made in accordance with By-law 3 of these By-laws, the Local Authority shall cause an examination of the place and an inspection of the site to be made by some person appointed by them to do so.

5. No person shall commence to build any new building without first obtaining the permission in writing of the Local Authority.

6. (1) Every person who shall erect a building shall provide in the rear of such building an opening space, exclusively belonging to such building, of not less than six lineal feet at every point along the rear of the building free from any erection thereon above the level of the ground.

Inspection.

No building without permission.

Open space at rear.

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(2) A person who shall make any alterations in or addition to such building shall not by such alteration or addition diminish the aggregate extent of open space provided in pursuance of this By-law in connection with such building.

7. (1) Every person who shall erect a new building shall construct such building so that there shall be on each side of such building an open space between the boundary line of the lot on which such building is erected of not less than four feet extending along the entire length of such building and exclusively belonging thereto:

Provided that:

(a) there need not be any open space between the front of such building and the street alignment; and

(b) the Local Authority in their sole discretion may permit a building to be erected on a lot situated at the corner of two streets without any open space between such building and the street alignments.

(2) The Local Authority may also, subject to the approval of the Minister, in such areas as it considers necessary require that every person who shall erect a new building shall erect the same at such a distance from the centre of the existing road or roads as the Local Authority may prescribe.

8. No dwelling-house shall be erected on a lot on which there is a building unless there is a clear space of eight feet distance between such dwelling-house and any other building on the same lot.

9. No out-building shall be erected on any part of a lot on which a dwelling-house is erected which in the opinion of the Local Authority would interfere with the free circulation of air around and about any other building

Space from boundary line.

Space between buildings.

Circulation of air.

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either on the same lot or on any other adjoining lot.

10. Every person who shall erect a new building shall construct every room in such building which shall be intended for human habitation in accordance with the following conditions, that is to say:

(a) every such room shall be not less in height from floor to ceiling than 8 ft.;

(b) every room in any such building shall have not less than one window opening directly into the external air, and the total area of such portion of the window or windows as are capable of being opened shall be equal at least to one-tenth of the floor area of such room;

(c) all window openings shall be provided with at least, one of the following alternatives:

(i) glazed sashes, so made that one or both halves can open up or down;

(ii) glazed casements to open outwards or inwards;

(iii) blinds with moveable slats and made to open inwards or outwards;

(iv) jalousies closeable in two halves.

Footings or Foundation

11. Timber posts under and supporting buildings shall be of not less than 5 in. x 5 in. provided the height from ground level to underside of joists does not

Rooms.

Posts.

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exceed 7 ft. If over 7 ft. posts shall be not less than 6 in. x 6 in.

12. Cills when posts are spaced at not over 9 ft. centre to centre, shall be not less than 4 in. x 6 in. placed on edge. If posts are spaced at over 9 ft. centres but not exceeding 12 ft. 6 in., the cills shall be not less than 4 in. x 8 in. or its equivalent.

13. Cills, posts and studs, shall be secured to each other by wrought iron straps and bolts or in such other way as may be satisfactory to the Local Authority’s representative.

14. Posts at corners of building and alternate intermediate external posts, shall be properly braced with not less than 4 in. x 4 in. timbers set at an angle of 450 and choked to and secured to cills and posts by bolts or spikes to the satisfaction of the Local Authority’s representative.

Weather boarding or siding should, where possible, extend below the cills and be secured to the posts and braces.

15. If concrete bases are not provided, posts under building shall be not less than 8 in. diameter below ground level and shall extend not less than 3 ft. into the ground - the portion below ground shall be of greater size than the portion above ground and shall be charred or burnt.

16. Posts set at not over 9 ft. centre to centre shall be set each in not less than 1/3 cu. yd. of concrete below ground level; the bottom of concrete shall be not less than 2 ft. below ground level and shall have not less than 6 in. of concrete under the foot of post.

17. The foot of post shall be secured in the concrete by stout forged wrought iron straps secured to posts or by iron pins passed through the post and projecting at least 4 in. on each side into the concrete.

Cills.

Straps.

Corner and external posts.

Diameter for posts.

Concrete base.

Securing of post.

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18. Where a dwarf wall is provided on which timber framing is to be superimposed, the cills shall be secured to the walls with suitable holding down bolts set in the wall at not over 6 ft. centres, or by such other method as the Local Authority’s representative may approve.

19. If the dwarf wall is built of brick and is not over 30 ft. long, it shall be 9 in. thick - if over 30 ft. in length, it shall be 13 1/2 in. thick. If the dwarf wall is of concrete adequately reinforced and not over 30 ft. long, it shall be 6 in. thick - if it exceeds 30 ft. in length it shall be 9 in. thick.

20. Footings of dwarf walls shall be of concrete mixed in proportions not less than one part cement to six of broken stone and three of sand, and for walls 6 in. or less in thickness shall be not less than 6 in. deep and 1ft. 6 in. wide.

For walls 9 in. in thickness footings shall be 2 ft. 6 in. wide.

For walls 13 1/2 in. in thickness footings shall be 3 ft. wide.

The bottom of footings shall be not less than 12 in. below ground level.

21. Every person who shall construct a new building shall construct the floors thereof in accordance with the following conditions:

(a) the ground floor if formed of concrete shall be laid to finish to a height of not less than 8 in. above the level of the abutting road or surrounding ground, whichever is the higher;

(b) if the ground floor is constructed of wood, a height of not less than 12 in. between the ground level and the underside of floor joists shall be provided for ventilation;

Dwarf wall cills.

Thickness of dwarf walls.

Footings of dwarf walls.

Floors.

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The resulting space shall be closed in by continuous brick or concrete dwarf wall taken below ground level with no openings in same other than screened ventilation holes, so that the space under the floor shall be rat or vermin proof;

(c) if this space is not enclosed as provided in (b) then the height between the underside of the floor joists and the ground shall be not less than 3 ft and such space shall not be used for storing materials to the extent of preventing access to the space under the floor.

22. Minimum size of floor joists for dwelling houses:

clear span not exceeding 6 ft. 2 in. x 4 in. spaced not over 2 ft. 3 in. centres;

clear span not exceeding 9 ft. 2 in. x 6 in. spaced not over 2 ft. 3 in. centres;

clear span not exceeding 14 ft. 2 in. x 8 in. spaced not over 2 ft. 3 in. centres;

clear span not exceeding 18 ft. 2 in. x 10 in. spaced not over 2 ft. 3 in. centres.

In buildings to be used for public purposes - dance hall –joists shall be spaced at not over 1 ft. 9 in. centres.

23. Minimum dimensions of external timber uprights or studs shall be as follows:

Buildings 18 ft. x 14 ft. or under:

Corner studs 3 in. x 4 in. Corner studs 3 in. x 4 in. spaced not

Frames.

Floor joists.

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Intermediate studs 2 in. x 4 in. over 30 in. Braces to corner studs 2 in. x 4 in. centres. Plates 3 in. x 4 in.

Other Buildings:

Corner studs 4 in. x 4 in. Door and window studs 3 in. x 4 in. spaced not Intermediate studs 2 in. x 4 in. over 30 in. Braces to corner studs 3 in. x 4 in. centres. Plates 3 in. x 4 in.

24. External walls and partitions over 20 ft. in length shall have not less than two additional braces near centre in addition to braces to corner studs.

25. Where a beam or plate carrying floor joists or similar loads is framed into a corner stud or other timber an additional upright shall be inserted under same of the same width and not less than 1in. thick.

26. Every person who shall erect a new building shall cause the roof thereof to be externally covered with metal, or other incombustible materials approved by the Local Authority.

27. Every person who shall erect a new building shall cause the roof thereof to be so constructed that all water falling on such roof or roofs shall be received and disposed of by gutters and down pipes of adequate size made to discharge into storage vats or into authorised water channels or drains.

28. Every person who shall erect a new dwelling-house shall cause the upper storey or flat immediately under the roof to be close boarded or otherwise sealed. The ceiling, close board, or other materials may be secured to rafters or ceiling joists.

29. Roofs of a clear span up to 20 ft. may be constructed with common

Additional braces.

Additional upright.

Roof.

Gutters and drainpipes.

Ceiling.

Rafters.

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rafters only, provided that if the span does not exceed 14 ft. one collar of the same dimension as the rafters be provided to every alternate pair of rafters.

If the span exceeds 14 ft. then a collar shall be provided to each pair of rafters. Collars shall be placed at a minimum height above wall plate of 1/3 the rise of roof.

30. Minimum dimensions of roof timbers shall be:

Rafters not exceeding 7 ft. long 2 in. x 4 in. at 30 in. centre. Rafters not exceeding 16 ft. long 2 in. x 4 in. at 24 in. centre. Rafters exceeding 7 ft. in length 2 in. x 6 in. at 30 in. centre. Purlins 1 in. x 4 in. spaced at 2 ft. centres. Purlins 1 1/2 in. x 4 in. or equal if over 2 ft. centres.

31. Roofs having a clear span of over 20 ft. but not exceeding 38 ft. shall have properly framed king post trusses with principal rafters, tie beam, king post and struts of adequate and approved design and dimensions. Roofs of over 38 ft. clear span but not exceeding 50 ft. shall have similar framed queen post trusses.

32. In framed trusses spaced not over 5 ft. centre to centre the purlins shall be not less than 2 in. x 4 in. set on edge and space 30 in. from centre to centre. If trusses are spaced over 5 ft. centre but not over 8 ft. purlins shall be 2 in. x 6 in. spaced at 30 in. from centre to centre.

If trusses or common rafters are spaced at distances not exceeding 30 in. from centre to centre, batten purlins 1 in. x 4 in. may be used - if spaced at centres not exceeding 2 ft. and securely nailed to rafters.

33. Roofing sheets of corrugated iron shall be secured with stout galvanized roofing screws minimum size 1¾ x ¼ in. in diameter, with galvanized iron or lead washers or with stout galvanized roofing nails with washers. If batten purlins or roof boarding is used the roofing nails shall be of sufficient length to

Roof timbers.

King and queen post trusses.

Purlins.

Iron roofing sheets.

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be properly clinched.

The minimum gauge or corrugated iron roofing shall be No. 26.

Kitchen and Fireplaces

34. Every person who shall construct a new kitchen shall construct the same in accordance with the following conditions:

(a) every open fireplace shall be provided with sufficient openings for ventilation, and every oven shall be constructed with a chimney made of some non-inflammable material, and every chimney shall be of a sufficient height not to endanger or be a nuisance to the neighbourhood;

(b) the portion of the floor of every kitchen on which any fireplace or stove is placed and the space on all sides for at least two feet of the said fireplace or stove beyond shall be covered with some incombustible material.

Stables

35. No person shall build a stable within twelve feet of any building which is occupied as a dwelling-house, shop, office or kitchen whether such building be on the same lot or not.

36. Every person who shall erect a stable shall cause the roof to be covered with some incombustible material.

Penalties

37. Every person who shall offend against any of the foregoing By-laws

Kitchen.

Stable.

Stable roof.

Penalties.

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shall on summary conviction be liable for every such offence to a penalty of twenty-five dollars, and in the case of a continuing offence to a further penalty of two dollars for each day after written notice of the said offence from the Local Authority:

Provided nevertheless that the justices or court before whom any complaint may be made or any proceedings may be taken in respect of any such offence may, if they think fit, adjudge the payment as a penalty of any sum less than the full amount of the penalty imposed by this by-law.

38. If any work to which any of the by-laws relating to new buildings may apply should be begun or done in contravention of any such by-law, the person by whom such work shall be so begun or done, by a notice in writing which shall be signed by the City Administrator, and duly served upon or delivered to such person, shall be required on or before such day as shall be specified in such notice by a statement in writing under his hand or under the hand of an agent duly authorised in that behalf, and addressed to and duly served upon the Local Authority, to show cause why such work shall not be removed, altered, or pulled down; or shall be required on such day and at such time and place as shall be specified in such notice to attend personally or by an agent duly authorised in that behalf before the Local Authority and show sufficient cause why such work shall not be removed, altered, or pulled down. If such person shall fail to show sufficient cause why such work shall not be removed, altered, or pulled down, the Local Authority shall be empowered, subject to any statutory provision in that behalf, to remove, alter, or pull down such work.

39. These By-laws shall only apply to and be in force in the City of Belize as defined by the Belize City Council Act.

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Application. CAP. 85.

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CHAPTER 40

PRIVY ACCOMMODATION BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Provision of privy accommodation.

3. Accommodation to be adequate.

4. Construction.

5. Ventilation and size.

6. Fly-proofing.

7. Removal of filth.

8. Seat covers.

9. Avoidance of water pollution.

10. Specifications for construction.

11. Construction to permit cleansing, etc..

12. Seat opening.

13. Clearance.

14. Guide rails.

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15. Removal of night soil.

16. Water connections, etc..

17. Cesspools and septic tanks.

18. Conveniences to be properly kept.

19. Cleansing.

20. Removal of rubbish painting. etc.

21. Covered cart.

22. Cleansing after removal of filth.

23. Conveniences used in common.

24. Closure order.

25. Application.

26. Entry of premises.

27. Penalties.

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CHAPTER 40

PRIVY ACCOMMODATION BY-LAWS (Section 9)

1. These By-Laws may be cited as the

PRIVY ACCOMMODATION BY-LAWS.

2. Every owner of any premises shall provide such premises with such number of proper and sufficient water closets, bucket latrines, pit latrines, or such other latrines as may be approved by the Senior Health Officer, and such other sanitary conveniences in such position and of such description and of such construction as the Senior Health Officer may require to be provided.

3. (1) Every premises used as a dwelling-house, hotel, lodging-house, barracks, workshop, or manufactory or where persons are employed or intended to be employed in any trade or business, or place of public resort, including lecture halls, theatres, restaurants, hotels, bars and drinking saloons, schools, shall be provided with such suitable accommodation in the way of sanitary conveniences as may be required by the Senior Health Officer, having regard to the number of persons employed in or in attendance, and also where persons of both sexes are employed in or are intended to be employed in or are in attendance, with proper separate and sufficient accommodation for persons of each sex.

(2) Where it appears to the Senior Health Officer that the provisions of these By-Laws are not complied with, the Senior Health Officer may, if he thinks fit, by written notice, require the owner of any building to make such alterations and additions thereto as may be required to give in the opinion of the Senior Health Officer such sufficient, suitable and proper sanitary accommodation as aforesaid.

Short title.

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Provision of privy accommodation.

Accommodation to be adequate.

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4. Every person who shall construct a water closet, bucket latrine or other sanitary convenience in a building, shall construct the same in such a position that one of its sides at least shall be an external wall.

5. Every owner of premises who shall construct or have a sanitary convenience on any premises, shall provide such sanitary convenience with a sufficient opening or openings for ventilation, of such construction and size and in such position as may be ordered by the Senior Health Officer, and such openings shall communicate with the external air, the minimum floor space shall be fifteen square feet, and the minimum width three feet.

6. Every owner of premises, who shall construct a sanitary convenience other than a water closet, shall construct such sanitary convenience as to be fly-proof.

7. Every owner of premises, who shall construct on such premises a sanitary convenience that may necessitate the removal of fifth therefrom, shall construct such sanitary convenience in such position as in the opinion of the Senior Health Officer, may afford ready means of access to such sanitary convenience for the purpose of cleaning the same and removing filth therefrom and in such manner and in such position as to admit of all filth being removed from such sanitary convenience and from the premises to which such sanitary convenience may belong without being carried through any dwelling-house or public building in which any person may be, or may be intended to be, employed in any manufacture, trade or business.

8. Where the Senior Health Officer so requires, it shall be the duty of any owner of premises to provide all or any sanitary conveniences on his premises with fly-proof seats and with a guard-rail or other means of insuring automatic closure of the seat cover, of such construction, size and description, and in such position as may be required by the Senior Health Officer.

9. Any person who shall construct a sanitary convenience other water than a water closet on any premises or in connection with any building shall not

Construction.

Ventilation and size.

Fly-proofing.

Removal of filth.

Seat covers.

Avoidance of water pollution.

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construct such sanitary convenience within a distance of forty feet from any well, spring or stream of water used or likely to be used for drinking or domestic purposes, or for manufacturing drinks for the use of man, or otherwise in such a position as to be, or likely to be, in the opinion of the Senior Health Officer, liable to pollute such water.

Bucket Latrines

10. (1) Every sanitary convenience to be constructed or existing on any premises, which is, or shall be, constructed for use in combination with a movable receptacle for filth shall be furnished over the whole area of the space immediately beneath the seat of such sanitary convenience with a floor of some non-absorbent material, above the level of the surface of the ground not less than 12 inches adjoining such sanitary convenience and the whole extent of the adjoining walls of such space between the floor and the seat, excepting such openings as may be necessary for the purpose of affording access to such space, shall be constructed of tarred boards or asphalt.

(2) The seat of such sanitary convenience, the aperture of such seat and the space underneath such seat shall be constructed or reconstructed, as the case may require, of such dimensions as to admit a movable receptacle for filth of any capacity not exceeding two cubic feet being placed and fitted beneath such seat in such manner and in such position as effectually to prevent the deposits on the sides, or floor of the space beneath such seat, or elsewhere than in such receptacle, of any filth or other matter which may from time to time fall, or be cast, through the aperture of such seat.

(3) Every such receptacle shall be constructed or reconstructed as the case may be, of such material or materials and in such manner as to prevent any absorption by any part of such receptable of any filth deposited therein or any escape by leakage, or otherwise, of any part of the contents of such receptacle.

(4) The Senior Health Officer shall give directions in writing or by

Specifications for construction.

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printed notice stating the material of which such receptacle shall be made and the description and cubic contents of such receptacle.

11. Every bucket latrine shall be so constructed as to permit of:

(a) cleansing the space beneath the seat;

(b) removing therefrom or placing and fitting therein an appropriate receptacle for filth, with an opening in the back or sides or front of the seat thereof. Such openings shall be closed by panel sliding in slots, which may be opened from the outside. Hinged doors shall not be used. Where such mode of construction is impracticable, the whole of the seat of the privy or sufficient part thereof may be constructed so as to be capable of being removed or adjusted to allow for the cleansing of the space beneath the seat and the removal of the receptacle.

12. The opening of the seat of all bucket latrines shall be not less than two inches in diameter than the top of the bucket or container.

13. The clearance between the bucket and the seat shall not be more than one inch.

14. Where the Senior Health Officer so requires, every bucket latrine shall be provided with guide-rails or cleats so that the buckets when pushed home will exactly fit the seat hole.

15. The occupier of any premises shall have his receptacle or night soil emptied and cleansed once at least in every twenty-four hours. The contents of such receptacles shall be emptied only at such places as shall from to time be stated by the Senior Health Officer to be used for such purpose. All faecal

Construction to permit cleansing, etc.

Seat opening.

Clearance.

Guide rails.

Removal of night soil.

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matter must be carried between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in a properly covered receptacle, so as to avoid as much as possible any unpleasant odour arising therefrom.

Water Closets

16. (1) The owner, agent or occupier of any premises in or for which any water closets are provided, shall cause such water closet to be at all times properly supplied with a sufficient quantity of water.

(2) Every water closet shall be provided with a separate cistern or flushing box of adequate capacity.

(3) No part of the water closet apparatus other than the cistern or flushing box, shall be directly connected with any pipe leading from a public water main or supply.

(4) A water closet shall be provided with a pan, a basin or suitable receptacle of non-absorbent material so constructed as to receive, and to retain a sufficient quantity of water, adequate to seal or to trap such pan, basin or other receptacle, and to allow any filth to fall free from the sides directly into the water.

(5) A water closet shall be provided with suitable apparatus for the effectual application of water in the cistern or flushing box to the pan, basin or other receptacle, and for the prompt and effectual flushing and cleaning of the pan.

(6) No container or similar fitting shall be fitted under the pan or basin or receptacle.

(7) Dwelling-houses provided with a flush water closet shall (unless other means for disposal of sewerage are submitted to and specially approved by the Senior Health Officer) be provided with a septic tank approved by the

Water connections, etc..

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Senior Health Officer.

(8) The person in occupation of or having charge, management or control of the premises, or if there be no such person, then any person in occupation of, or having the charge, management or control of any part of the premises, and in the case of any premises the whole of which is let to lodgers, whether on his own account or as agent for another person, shall for the purpose of this By-Law be deemed the occupier.

Cesspools and Septic Tanks

17. (1) No cesspool or septic tank shall be constructed or renewed without the permission in writing of the Senior Health Officer.

(2) All cesspools and septic tanks shall be built and constructed in accordance with a plan supplied by the Senior Health Officer.

(3) Septic tanks shall not be sealed until the inner construction be examined and approved of by the Senior Health Officer, or by any other person appointed to do so.

(4) Septic tanks shall not overflow into a gutter or drain, but shall discharge into a sump pit approved by the Senior Health Officer.

Cleanliness

18. (1) The owner or occupier of premises shall keep all sanitary conveniences free from the entrance of storm water.

(2) No owner or occupier shall use or permit to be used, a sanitary convenience as a place for storing food or agricultural implements or other articles, or to accommodate animals.

19. It shall be the duty of the occupier of premises and of the occupier in

Cesspools and septic tanks.

Conveniences to be properly kept.

Cleansing.

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such rotation as shall be found convenient where there are more occupiers than one, to cause any sanitary convenience that may be situated on the said premises to be emptied, cleansed, disinfected or otherwise treated as may be directed by the Senior Health Officer.

20. (1) In the case of water closets, the occupier or occupiers, in such rotation as shall be found convenient and as directed by the Senior Health Officer shall keep clear the water closet of any rubbish that may choke the closet or drains and shall keep the closet clean and flushed with sufficient water. The seat, floor and walls, doors and windows inside and outside shall be kept clean and shall be painted, limewashed or treated in such manner and at such times as shall seem necessary to the Senior Health Officer.

(2) In the case of sanitary conveniences other than water closets, the occupier or occupiers, in rotation as directed shall keep clean such conveniences inside and outside and shall wash the seats, walls, doors and windows as often as the public health officer may reasonably require.

21. Every owner or occupier of premises shall remove or cause to be removed matter emptied from a pit latrine in a covered cart or other receptacle which shall have been sanctioned by the Senior Health Officer for that purpose; and such removal shall take place between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

22. Every owner or occupier of premises shall cause the pit latrine to be cleansed thoroughly and satisfactorily after the removal of filth, and shall provide all tools and materials necessary for the safe removal of the matter and a supply of disinfectant for the use of the labourers and for cleansing and disinfecting the tools and materials used.

23. With respect to any sanitary convenience used in common by the occupiers of two or more separate dwelling-houses or by other persons, the following provisions shall have effect:

(1) it shall be an offence for any person to injure or improperly foul

Removal of rubbish painting, etc..

Covered cart.

Cleansing after removal of filth.

Conveniences use in common.

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any sanitary convenience or anything used in connection therewith;

(2) if any sanitary convenience or the surroundings thereof, or approaches thereto or the walls, floor, seats or fittings thereof is or are in the opinion of a Public Health Officer, in such a state or condition as to be a nuisance or annoyance to any inhabitant of the premises or neighbourhood for want of proper cleansing thereof, such of the persons having use thereof, in common as aforesaid, as may be in default, or, in the absence of proof satisfactory to the court as to which of the persons having the use thereof in common is in default, each of those persons shall be liable to prosecution.

Closure of Sanitary Conveniences

24. Where, in the opinion of the Senior Health Officer, it is advisable on sanitary grounds or in order to prevent a nuisance that any sanitary convenience or receptacle or place where the deposit of filth, dung or any waste or objectionable matter in any premises, should be closed or removed or destroyed, the Senior Health Officer may send an order in writing to the owner, agent or occupier of the said premises, on which such sanitary convenience exists, requiring him within the time limit specified in the order to close up, move or destroy such sanitary convenience or other receptacle or place.

25. The foregoing by-laws shall apply to all sanitary conveniences whether such sanitary conveniences have been made prior or subsequent to the approval of these By-Laws.

26. The occupier of any premises referred to in these Regulations shall at all reasonable times permit the Senior Health Officer and public health officers free access to such premises and shall afford them all such assistance as they may require during any inspection.

Penalties

27. Any person offending against any of the preceding By-Laws shall, on

Closure order.

Application.

Entry of premises.

Penalties.

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summary conviction, be liable to a penalty not exceeding the sums specified in the Public Health Act, or where no sum is specified, to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars and in the case of a continuing offence to a further penalty not exceeding two dollars for each day after written notice of the offence from the Senior Health Officer shall have been given.

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DECLARATION OF POPULOUS AREA ORDER

ARRANGEMENT OF PARAGRAPHS

1. Short title.

2. Populous areas.

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DECLARATION OF POPULOUS AREA ORDER (Section 15)

1. This Order may be cited as the

DECLARATION OF POPULOUS AREA ORDER.

2. The areas set out in the Schedule hereto have been declared to be populous building areas.

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SCHEDULE [Paragraph 2]

(a) The city of Belize as defined in accordance with the provisions of section 2 of the Belize City Council Act.

(b) Maskall Village as bounded:

NORTH by a line 500 yards from any house. EAST by a line 500 yards from any house. SOUTH by a line 500 yards from any house. WEST by a line 500 yards from any house.

(c) Seine Bight as bounded:

NORTH by a line 500 yards from any house. EAST by the Sea.

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Populous areas.

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SOUTH by a line 500 yards from any house. WEST by a line 500 yards from any house.

(d) Dangriga as bounded:

Commencing from the mouth of John Creek westwards along the Left Bank ascending for about nine chains, thence on a bearing of S 7053' East for 100 feet to a concrete pillar, thence on the same bearing for a distance of 3,645 feet to another concrete pillar 66 feet distant from Right Bank ascending North Dangriga, thence across the creek on the same bearing to a concrete pillar 66 feet distant from the Left Bank ascending and thence on the same bearing of S 70 53' East to a concrete pillar at a distance of 2,666 feet, thence on a bearing of S710 East to the Sea Coast, thence along the Sea Coast to the starting point at the mouth of John Creek.

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CHAPTER 40

PUBLIC HEALTH (HATTIEVILLE CEMETERY ESTABLISHMENT) ORDER

ARRANGEMENT OF PARAGRAPHS

1. Short title.

2. Establishment and boundaries of cemetery.

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SCHEDULE _________

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PUBLIC HEALTH (HATTIEVILLE CEMETERY ESTABLISHMENT) ORDER

(Section 26)

1. This Order may be cited as the

PUBLIC HEALTH (HATTIEVILLE CEMETERY ESTABLISHMENT) ORDER.

2. There is hereby established a public cemetery, to be known as the Hattieville Cemetery, the boundaries of which are set out in the Schedule attached to this Order.

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SCHEDULE

All that plot of Crown land comprising approximately two acres situate on the Western Highway at the junction of the Freetown Sibun feeder road mile 16 3/4, bounded on the north by Crown land where it measures 300 feet, on the east by Crown land where it measures 300 feet on the south by Freetown Sibun feeder road where it measures 300 feet and on the west by the Belize Cayo Road where it measures 300 feet.

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Short title.

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Establishment and boundaries of cemetery.

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CHAPTER 40

PUBLIC HEALTH (LIBERTAD CEMETERY ESTABLISHMENT) ORDER

ARRANGEMENT OF PARAGRAPHS

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of Libertad Cemetery.

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SCHEDULE _________

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PUBLIC HEALTH (LIBERTAD CEMETERY ESTABLISHMENT) ORDER

(Section 26)

[6th May, 1967.]

1. This Order may be cited as the

PUBLIC HEALTH (LIBERTAD CEMETERY ESTABLISHMENT) ORDER.

2. There is hereby established a public cemetery, to be known as the Libertad Cemetery the boundaries of which are set out in the Schedule attached to this Order.

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All that piece or parcel of land situate near the village of Libertad commencing at a point approximately 2,100 feet on an approximate true bearing of N 560 W from the North west corner of the Police Compound in Libertad thence on an approximate true bearing of S 310 W for a distance of 150 feet then on an approximate true bearing of N 590 W for a distance of 180 feet then on an approximate true bearing of N 310 E for a distance of 150 feet then on an approximate true bearing of S 590 E for a distance of 180 feet back to the starting point.

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Short title.

Establishment of Libertad Cemetry.

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PUBLIC HEALTH (HATTIEVILLE LIMITS) ORDER

ARRANGEMENT OF PARAGRAPHS

1. Short title.

2. Limits.

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PUBLIC HEALTH (HATTIEVILLE LIMITS) ORDER (Section 30)

1. This Order may be cited as the

PUBLIC HEALTH (HATTIEVILLE LIMITS) ORDER.

2. For the purposes of section 30 of, and the First Schedule to, the Public Health Act, the town of Hattieville shall comprise all that part of Belize distant not more than two miles from the Hattieville Police Station.

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Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Limits. CAP. 40.

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PUBLIC CEMETERIES BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Requirements for enclosed grave.

4. More than one body in grave.

5. Re-opening grave for interment.

6. Minimum depth of burial.

7. Covering enclosed grave.

8. Interruption etc., of burial.

9. Applications for graves.

10. Plans.

11. Space for grave.

12. Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

13. Destroying etc., monuments, etc., in cemetery.

14. Nuisances.

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15. Cemetery premises.

16. Notice to repair.

17. Power to repair or remove.

18. Fees.

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CHAPTER 40

PUBLIC CEMETERIES BY-LAWS (Section 32)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

PUBLIC CEMETERIES BY-LAWS.

2. In these By-laws, the following words have the meanings hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings are repugnant to or inconsistent with the context or subject matter in which such words occur:

“common grave” means a burial place formed in the ground by excavation and without any internal wall of brickwork or stonework, or any other artificial lining;

“an open grave” means a burial place the site of which is chosen by the applicant, or over, or to which an exclusive right of interment may be conceded;

“enclosed grave” means any vault or grave lined or cased with bricks, stones, cement, concrete, or any other hard material, in respect of which an exclusive right of interment is conceded;

“child’s grave” means a common grave assigned for the burial of a child not more than three months old.

3. Every person, who in any part of any cemetery causes any enclosed grave to be built for the purpose of burial, shall cause such grave to be enclosed with walls constructed of good bricks, stone or other hard material, properly bonded and solidly put together:

(a) with good mortar compounded of good lime and

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Interpretation.

Requirements for enclosed grave.

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clean, sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

4. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of any cemetery, except as hereinafter provided, to cause, suffer or permit more than one body to be buried at any one time in a grave in respect of which no exclusive right of burial has been granted:

Provided that this by-law shall not be deemed to prohibit the burial at any one time in any such grave of two or more bodies of persons who were members of the same family.

5. No grave, except a child’s grave, shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of seven years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. A child’s grave may be re-opened for interment after the lapse of four years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. No grave completely enclosed by stone, brick, cement, concrete or other hard material shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of nine years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. If on the re-opening of any grave the soil be found to be offensive such soil shall not be disturbed, and in no case shall human remains be removed from the grave.

6. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of a cemetery, to cause or permit, or suffer a dead body to be buried in a grave in such a manner as to require or allow any part of the coffin containing such body to be placed at a depth less than three feet below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

7. Every person, who in any part of a cemetery buries, or causes to be buried a dead body in an enclosed grave, shall, within a period of twelve hours, cause such grave to be covered in with a layer or layers of good brick,

More than one body in grave.

Re-opening grave for interment.

Minimum depth of burial.

Covering enclosed grave.

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stone, or other hard material properly bonded:

(a) with good mortar and compounded of good lime and clean sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

8. No person shall in any part of a cemetery, by any violent or indecent behaviour, prevent, interrupt, delay or interfere with the decent and solemn burial of any body.

9. All applications for graves must be made to the Keeper of the Cemeteries.

10. Plans of all monuments, grave-stones and fences, must in the first instance be submitted for approval to the Chairman of the Central Board of Health, and any monument, grave-stone or fence not kept in proper order, may, unless repaired within two weeks after due notice has been given, be removed by order of the Chairman of the Central Board of Health.

11. The space allotted to each grave shall be eight feet by four feet in area, and there shall be a space of not less than two feet in width between lots.

12. It shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to allot spaces for graves, and to register all interments, and privileges in the register book provided for the purpose, and to keep the plan of the cemetery, which is to be open to the inspection of the public on every day between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; to demand and receive the fees authorised, and to make proper provision for digging graves as they may be required; to see that the By-laws are carefully carried out, and that the graves are dug in accordance therewith; to report to, and receive all instructions from, the Chairman of the Central Board of Health with reference to any cemeteries under his charge.

Interruption etc., of burial.

Applications for graves.

Plans.

Space for grave.

Alloting space, registering interments, etc..

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13. No person shall wilfully destroy or injure any building, wall or fence of, or belonging to, a cemetery, or destroy or injure any plant or tree therein, or daub or disfigure any wall thereof, or post any bill thereon or on any wall thereof, or wilfully destroy, injure or deface any monument, tablet, inscription or grave-stone within a cemetery, or do other wilful damage therein.

14. No person shall play at any game or sport or, save at a military funeral, discharge firearms in any cemetery, or commit any nuisance within a cemetery.

15. It shall be the duty of every Keeper of every Cemetery to keep the paths and surface of the ground in such cemetery clean and tidy. It shall also be his duty to keep the fence and gateways in good condition, immediately reporting to the Chairman of the Central Board of Health whenever any repairs are required.

16. If at any time the tombstone on any grave or the fencing surrounding the same is out of repair or becomes unsightly, it shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to give notice of such fact to such person as he may ascertain to be liable for the maintenance of such tombstone or fence, and to report the circumstances of his having given such notice to the Chairman of the Central Board of Health.

If within one month of the service of such notice the tombstone or fence is not repaired, it shall be lawful for the Chairman of the Central Board of Health either to repair the same or to remove the whole or any part of such fence or tombstone, which in his opinion is in such bad condition or repair as to be unsightly.

17. Should the Keeper of the Cemetery be unable after diligent enquiry to find any person liable for the maintenance of a tomb, or grave, as referred to in by-law 16 hereof, he shall report the same to the Chairman of the Central Board of Health, who shall forthwith proceed to repair or remove the same.

18. The following fees shall be charged for graves except paupers’ graves

Destroying etc., monuments, etc., in cemetery.

Nuisances.

Cemetery premises.

Notice to repair.

Power to repair or remove.

Fees.

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which shall be free of charge:

(i) Enclosed grave $7.00 (ii) Open grave 3.00 (iii) Common grave 1.00 (iv) Child’s grave .50

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CHAPTER 40

BENQUE VIEJO DEL CARMEN PUBLIC CEMETERIES BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Requirements for enclosed grave.

4. More than one body in grave.

5. Re-opening grave for interment.

6. Minimum depth of burial.

7. Covering enclosed grave.

8. Interruption etc., of burial.

9. Applications for graves.

10. Plans.

11. Space for grave.

12. Alloting space, registering interments, etc..

13. Destroying etc. monuments, etc. in cemetery.

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14. Nuisances.

15. Cemetery premises.

16. Notice to repair.

17. Power to repair or remove.

18. Fees.

19. Offences and penalty.

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BENQUE VIEJO DEL CARMEN PUBLIC CEMETERIES BY-LAWS

(Section 32)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

BENQUE VIEJO DEL CARMEN PUBLIC CEMETERIES BY-LAWS.

2. In these By-laws, the following words have the meanings hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings are repugnant to or inconsistent with the context or subject matter in which such words occur:

“common grave” means a burial place formed in the ground by excavation and without any internal wall of brickwork or stonework, or any other artificial lining;

“an open grave” means a burial place the site of which is chosen by the applicant, or over, or to which an exclusive right of interment for a period of twenty- years may be conceded. At the termination of each period of twenty years the holder of such exclusive right of interment may be allowed, on written application to the Mayor of the Town Council, to renew that right for a further period of twenty years on payment of the fee for an “Open Grave” in effect at the time of each renewal. This limitation of the exclusive right of interment in an “Open Grave” to periods of twenty years shall not apply to such graves purchased prior to the coming into effect of these By-Laws;

“enclosed grave” means any vault or grave lined or cased with bricks, stones, cement, concrete, or any other hard material, in respect of which an exclusive right of interment is conceded;

“child’s grave” means a common grave assigned for the burial of a child not

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

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Interpretation.

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more than twelve years old;

“grave-stone” means any slab, tablet, headstone, monument, tomb stone or verge made of stone, brick, cement, concrete, or other hard material or of wood, on or at or surrounding any grave; also the exposed surface or surfaces of any vault or enclosed grave.

3. Every person, who in any part of any cemetery causes any enclosed grave to be built for the purpose of burial, shall cause such grave to be enclosed with walls constructed of good bricks, stone or other hard material, properly bonded and solidly put together:

(a) with good mortar compounded of good lime and clean, sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

4. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of any cemetery, except as hereinafter provided, to cause, suffer or permit more than one body to be buried at any one time in a grave in respect of which no exclusive right of burial has been granted:

Provided that this by-law shall not be deemed to prohibit the burial at any one time in any such grave of two or more bodies of persons who were members of the same family.

5. No grave, except a child’s grave, shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of seven years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. A child’s grave may be re-opened for interment after the lapse of four years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. No grave completely enclosed by stone, brick, cement, concrete or other hard material shall be reopened for interment until the lapse of nine years from the

Requirements for enclosed grave.

More than one body in grave.

Re-opening grave for interment.

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date on which the last burial in such grave took place. If on the re-opening of any grave the soil be found to be offensive such soil shall not be disturbed, and in no case shall human remains be removed from the grave.

6. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of a cemetery, to cause or permit, or suffer a dead body to be buried in a grave in such a manner as to require or allow any part of the coffin containing such body to be placed at a depth less than three feet below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

7. Every person, who in any part of a cemetery buries, or causes to be buried a dead body in an enclosed grave, shall, within a period of twelve hours, cause such grave to be covered in with a layer or layers of good brick, stone, or other hard material properly bonded:

(a) with good mortar and compounded of good lime and clean sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

8. No person shall in any part of a cemetery, by any violent or indecent behaviour, prevent, interrupt, delay or interfere with the decent and solemn burial of any body.

9. All applications for graves must be made to the Keeper of the Cemeteries.

10. Plans of all monuments, grave-stones and fences, must in the first instance be submitted for approval to the Mayor of the Town Council, and any monument, grave-stone or fence not kept in proper order, may, unless repaired within one month after due notice has been given, be removed by

Minimum depth of burial.

Covering enclosed grave.

Interruption etc. of burial.

Applications for graves.

Plans.

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order of the Mayor of the Town Council.

11. The space allotted to each grave shall be eight feet by four feet in area, and there shall be a space of not less than two feet in width between lots.

12. It shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to allot spaces for graves, and to register all interments and privileges in the register book provided for the purpose, and to keep the plan, if any, of the cemetery, which is to be open to the inspection of the public on every day between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; to demand and receive the fees authorised, and to make proper provision for digging graves as they may be required; to see that the By-laws are carefully carried out, and that the graves are dug in accordance therewith; to report to, and receive all instructions from the Mayor of the Town Council with reference to any cemeteries under his charge.

13. No person shall wilfully destroy or injure any building, wall or fence of, or belonging to, a cemetery, or destroy or injure any plant or tree therein, or daub or disfigure any wall thereof, or post any bill thereon or on any wall thereof, or wilfully destroy, injure or deface any monument, tablet, inscription or grave-stone within a cemetery, or do other wilful damage therein. No person shall graze or cause to graze any animal in a cemetery except with the written permission of the Mayor of the Town Council first obtained, and then only in accordance with the conditions set out in the permit.

14. No person shall play at any game or sport or, save at a military funeral, discharge firearms in any cemetery, or commit any nuisance within a cemetery.

15. It shall be the duty of every Keeper of every Cemetery to keep the paths and surface of the ground in such cemetery clean and tidy. It shall also be his duty to keep the fence and gateways in good condition, immediately reporting to the Mayor of the Town Council whenever any repairs are required.

16. If at any time the grave-stone on any grave or the fencing surrounding

Space for grave.

Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

Destroying, etc., monuments, etc., in cemetery.

Nuisances.

Cemetery premises.

Notice to repair.

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the same is out of repair or becomes unsightly, or, in the opinion of the Town Council, dangerous, it shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to give notice of such fact to such person as he may ascertain to be liable for the maintenance of such gravestone or fence, and to report the circumstances of his having given such notice to the Mayor of the Town Council.

If within one month of the service of such notice the grave-stone or fence is not repaired, it shall be lawful for the Mayor of the Town Council either to repair the same or to remove the whole or any part of such fence or grave-stone, which in his opinion is in such bad condition or repair as to be unsightly. It shall be lawful for the Town Council to take summary proceedings against the person or persons liable for the maintenance of such grave-stone or fence to recover any expenses it may have incurred in such repair or removal.

17. Should the Keeper of the Cemetery be unable after diligent enquiry to find any person liable for the maintenance of a tomb, or grave, as referred to in by-law 16 hereof, he shall report the same to the Mayor of the Town Council, who shall forthwith proceed to repair or remove the same.

18. The following fees shall be charged for graves except paupers’ graves which shall be free of charge:

(i) Enclosed grave $10.00 (ii) Open grave (for twenty years) 3.00 (iii) Common grave 1.00 (iv) Child’s grave .50

If, at any time, an “Open Grave “ is lined with bricks, stone, cement, wood or other hard material, or any vault or permanent structure, other than a surface slab not exceeding twelve inches in thickness, headstone, sculptured monument not exceeding five feet in height including the base or pedestal, fence, or verge, erected or installed thereon, the person or persons causing such lining, vault or structure to be made shall, before the work is commenced, pay to the Town Council the fee for an “Enclosed grave”, less the amount

Power to repair or remove.

Fees.

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already paid for the “Open Grave” and the limitation of holding to twenty years shall then no longer apply to such grave. In the event of dispute as to the application of this by-law to a particular grave the decision of the Town Council shall be final. The holder of the grave space shall have the right to appear before the Town Council and state the grounds on which he is objecting.

19. Any person contravening by-laws 3, 4, 5 (except under authority of an exhumation order), 6, 7, 8, 13 or 14 shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars or to imprisonment for a period pot exceeding one month or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

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CHAPTER 40

COROZAL TOWN CEMETERIES BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Requirements for enclosed grave.

4. More than one body in grave.

5. Re-opening of grave for interment.

6. Minimum depth of burial.

7. Covering enclosed grave.

8. Interruption etc., of burial.

9. Applications for graves.

10. Plans.

11. Space for grave.

12. Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

13. Destroying etc. monuments, etc. in cemetery.

14. Nuisances.

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15. Cemetery premises.

16. Notice to repair.

17. Power to repair or remove.

18. Fees.

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CHAPTER 40

COROZAL TOWN CEMETERIES BY-LAWS (Section 32)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

COROZAL TOWN CEMETERIES BY-LAWS.

2. In these By-laws, the following words have the meanings hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings are repugnant to or inconsistent with the context or subject matter in which such words occur:

“common grave” means a burial place formed in the ground by excavation and without any internal wall of brickwork or stonework, or any other artificial lining;

“an open grave” means a burial place the site of which is chosen by the applicant, or over, or to which an exclusive right of interment may be conceded;

“enclosed grave” means any vault or grave lined or cased with bricks, stones, cement, concrete, or any other hard material, in respect of which an exclusive right of interment is conceded;

“child’s grave” means a common grave assigned for the burial of a child not more than three months old.

3. Every person, who in any part of any cemetery causes any enclosed grave to be built for the purpose of burial, shall cause such grave to be enclosed with walls constructed of good bricks, stone or other hard material, properly bonded and solidly put together:

(a) with good mortar compounded of good lime and

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Interpretation.

Short title.

Requirements for enclosed grave.

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clean, sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

4. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of any cemetery, except as hereinafter provided, to cause, suffer or permit more than one body to be buried at any one time in a grave in respect of which no exclusive right of burial has been granted:

Provided that this by-law shall not be deemed to prohibit the burial at any one time in any such grave of two or more bodies of persons who were members of the same family.

5. No common grave shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of fourteen years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. A child’s grave may be re-opened for interment after the lapse of seven years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. No grave completely enclosed by stone, brick, cement, concrete or other hard material shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of nine years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. If on the re-opening of any grave the soil, or content of the grave, be found to be offensive such soil or contents shall not be disturbed, and in no case shall human remains be removed from the grave.

6. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of a cemetery, to cause or permit, or suffer a dead body to be buried in a grave in such a manner as to require or allow any part of the coffin containing such body to be placed at a depth less than three feet below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

7. Every person, who in any part of a cemetery buries, or causes to be buried a dead body in an enclosed grave, shall, within a period of twelve hours,

More than one body in grave.

Re-opening of grave for interment.

Minimum depth of burial.

Covering enclosed grave.

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cause such grave to be covered in with a layer or layers of good brick, stone, or other hard material properly bonded:

(a) with good mortar and compounded of good lime and clean sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

8. No person shall in any part of a cemetery, by any violent or indecent behaviour, prevent, interrupt, delay or interfere with the decent and solemn burial of any body.

9. All applications for graves must be made to the Keeper of the Cemeteries.

10. Plans of all monuments, grave-stones and fences, must in the first instance be submitted for approval to the Mayor of the Town Council, and any monument, grave-stone or fence not kept in proper order, may, unless repaired within two weeks after due notice has been given, be removed by order of the Mayor of the Town Council.

11. The space allotted to each grave shall be eight feet by four feet in area, and there shall be a space of not less than two feet in width between lots.

12. It shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemeteries to allot spaces for graves, and to register all interments and privileges in the register book provided for the purpose, and to keep the plan of the cemetery, which is to be open to the inspection of the public on every day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.; to demand and receive the fees authorised; to see that the By-laws are carefully carried out, and that the graves are dug in accordance therewith; to report to, and receive all instructions from, the Mayor of the Town Council

Interruption etc., of burial.

Applications for graves.

Plans.

Space for grave.

Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

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with reference to any cemeteries under his charge.

13. No person shall wilfully destroy or injure any building, wall or fence of, or belonging to, a cemetery, or destroy or injure any plant or tree therein, or daub or disfigure any wall thereof, or post any bill thereon or on any wall thereof, or wilfully destroy, injure or deface any monument, tablet, inscription or grave-stone within a cemetery, or do other wilful damage therein.

14. No person shall play at any game or sport or, save at a military funeral, discharge firearms in any cemetery, or commit any nuisance within a cemetery.

15. It shall be the duty of every Keeper of the Cemeteries to see that the paths and surface of the grounds in such cemeteries are kept clean and tidy. It shall also be his duty to see that the fences and gateways are in good condition, immediately reporting to the Mayor of the Town Council whenever any cleaning or repairs are required.

16. If at any time the tombstone on any grave or the fencing surrounding the same is out of repair or becomes unsightly, it shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to give notice of such fact to such person as he may ascertain to be liable for the maintenance of such tombstone or fence, and to report the circumstances of his having given such notice to the Mayor of the Town Council.

If within one month of the service of such notice the tombstone or fence is not repaired, it shall be lawful for the Mayor of the Town Council either to repair the same or to remove the whole or any part of such fence or tombstone, which in his opinion is in such bad condition or repair as to be unsightly.

17. Should the Keeper of the Cemetery be unable after diligent enquiry to find any person liable for the maintenance of a tomb, or grave, as referred to in by-law 16 hereof, he shall report the same to the Mayor of the Town Council, who shall forthwith proceed to repair or remove the same.

18. The following fees shall be charged for graves except paupers’ graves

Destroying, etc., monuments, etc., in cemetery.

Nuisances.

Cemetery premises.

Notice to repair.

Power to repair or remove.

Fees.

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which shall be free of charge:

(i) Enclosed grave $7.00 (ii) Open grave 3.00 (iii) Common grave 1.00 (iv) Child’s grave .50

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CHAPTER 40

SAN IGNACIO CEMETERIES BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Requirements for enclosed grave.

4. More than one body in grave.

5. Re-opening of grave for interment.

6. Minimum depth of burial.

7. Covering enclosed grave.

8. Interruption etc., of burial.

9. Applications for graves.

10. Plans.

11. Space for grave.

12. Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

13. Destroying etc. monuments, etc. in cemetery.

14. Nuisances.

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15. Cemetery premises.

16. Notice to repair.

17. Power to repair or remove.

18. Fees.

19. Offences and penalty.

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CHAPTER 40

SAN IGNACIO CEMETERIES BY-LAWS (Section 32)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

SAN IGNACIO CEMETERIES BY-LAWS.

2. In these By-laws, the following words have the meanings hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings are repugnant to or inconsistent with the context or subject matter in which such words occur:

“common grave” means a burial place formed in the ground by excavation and without any internal wall of brickwork or stonework, or any other artificial lining;

“an open grave” means a burial place the site of which is chosen by the applicant, or over, or to which an exclusive, right of interment for a period of ten years may be conceded. At the termination of each period of ten years the holder of such exclusive right of interment may be allowed, on written application to the Mayor of the Town Council, to renew that right for a further period of ten years on payment of the fee for an “Open Grave” in effect at the time of each renewal. This limitation of the exclusive right of interment in an “Open Grave” to periods of ten years shall not apply to such graves purchased prior to the coming into effect of these By-Laws;

“enclosed grave” means any vault or grave lined or cased with bricks, stones, cement, concrete, or any other hard material, in respect of which an exclusive right of interment is conceded;

“child’s grave” means a common grave assigned for the burial of a child not more than three months old;

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Interpretation.

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“grave-stone” means any slab, tablet, headstone, monument, tomb stone or verge made of stone, brick, cement, concrete, or other hard material or of wood, on or at or surrounding any grave; also the exposed surface or surfaces of any vault or enclosed grave.

3. Every person, who in any part of any cemetery causes any enclosed grave to be built for the purpose of burial, shall cause such grave to be enclosed with walls constructed of good bricks, stone or other hard material, properly bonded and solidly put together:

(a) with good mortar compounded of good lime and clean, sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

4. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of any cemetery, except as hereinafter provided, to cause, suffer or permit more than one body to be buried at any one time in a grave in respect of which no exclusive right of burial has been granted:

Provided that this by-law shall not be deemed to prohibit the burial at any one time in any such grave of two or more bodies of persons who were members of the same family.

5. No grave, except a child’s grave, shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of seven years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. A child’s grave may be re-opened for interment after the lapse of four years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. No grave completely enclosed by stone, brick, cement, concrete or other hard material shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of nine years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. If on the re-opening of any grave the soil be found to be offensive such soil shall not be

Requirements for enclosed grave.

More than one body in grave.

Re-opening grave for interment.

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disturbed, and in no case shall human remains be removed from the grave.

6. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of a cemetery, to cause or permit, or suffer a dead body to be buried in a grave in such a manner as to require or allow any part of the coffin containing such body to be placed at a depth less than three feet below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

7. Every person, who in any part of a cemetery buries, or causes to be buried a dead body in an enclosed grave, shall, within a period of twelve hours, cause such grave to be covered in with a layer or layers of good brick, stone, or other hard material properly bonded:

(a) with good mortar and compounded of good lime and clean sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

8. No person shall in any part of a cemetery, by any violent or indecent behaviour, prevent, interrupt, delay or interfere with the decent and solemn burial of any body.

9. All applications for graves must be made to the Keeper of the Cemeteries.

10. Plans of all monuments, grave-stones and fences, must in the first instance be submitted for approval to the Mayor of the Town Council, and any monument, grave-stone or fence not kept in proper order, may, unless repaired within two weeks after due notice has been given, be removed by order of the Mayor of the Town Council.

Minimum depth of burial.

Covering enclosed grave.

Interruption etc., of burial.

Applications for graves.

Plans.

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11. The space allotted to each grave shall be eight feet by four feet in area, and there shall be a space of not less than two feet in width between lots.

12. It shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to allot spaces for graves, and to register all interments and privileges in the register book provided for the purpose, and to keep the plan, if any, of the cemetery, which is to be open to the inspection of the public on every day between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; to demand and receive the fees authorised, and to make proper provision for digging graves as they may be required; to see that the By-laws are carefully carried out, and that the graves are dug in accordance therewith; to report to, and receive all instructions from, the Chairman of the Board with reference to any cemeteries under his charge.

13. No person shall wilfully destroy or injure any building, wall or fence of, or belonging to, a cemetery, or destroy or injure any plant or tree therein, or daub or disfigure any wall thereof, or post any bill thereon or on any wall thereof, or wilfully destroy, injure or deface any monument, tablet, inscription or grave-stone within a cemetery, or do other wilful damage therein. No person shall graze any animal in a cemetery except with the written permission of the Mayor of the Town Council first obtained, and then only in accordance with the conditions set forth in the permit.

14. No person shall play at any game or sport or, save at a military funeral, discharge firearms in any cemetery, or commit any nuisance within a cemetery.

15. It shall be the duty of every Keeper of every Cemetery to keep the paths and surface of the ground in such cemetery clean and tidy. It shall also be his duty to keep the fence and gateways in good condition, immediately reporting to the Mayor of the Town Council whenever any repairs are required.

16. If at any time the grave-stone on any grave or the fencing surrounding the same is out of repair or becomes unsightly, or, in the opinion of the Town Council, dangerous, it shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to give notice of such fact to such person as he may ascertain to be liable for the

Space for grave.

Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

Destroying, etc., monuments, etc., in cemetery.

Nuisances.

Cemetery premises.

Notice to repair.

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maintenance of such gravestone or fence, and to report the circumstances of his having given such notice to the Mayor of the Town Council.

If within one month of the service of such notice the grave-stone or fence is not repaired, it shall be lawful for the Mayor of the Town Council either to repair the same or to remove the whole or any part of such fence or grave-stone, which in his opinion is in such bad condition or repair as to be unsightly. It shall be lawful for the Town Council to take summary proceedings against the person or persons liable for the maintenance of such grave-stone or fence to recover any expenses it may have incurred in such repair or removal.

17. Should the Keeper of the Cemetery be unable after diligent enquiry to find any person liable for the maintenance of a tomb, or grave, as referred to in by-law 16 hereof, he shall report the same to the Mayor of the Town Council, who shall forthwith proceed to repair or remove the same.

18. The following fees shall be charged for graves except paupers, graves which shall be free of charge:

(i) Enclosed grave $10.00 (ii) Open grave (for ten years) 5.00 (iii) Common grave 2.00 (iv) Child’s grave 1.00

If, at any time, an “Open Grave” is lined with bricks, stone, cement, concrete, wood or other hard material, or any vault or permanent structure, other than a surface slab not exceeding twelve inches in thickness, headstone, sculptured monument not exceeding five feet in height including the base or pedestal, fence, or verge, erected or installed thereon, the person or persons causing such lining, vault or structure to be made shall, before the work is commenced, pay to the Town Council the fee for an “Enclosed grave”, less the amount already paid for the “Open Grave” and the limitation of holding to ten years shall then no longer apply to such grave. In the event of dispute as to the application of this by-law to a particular grave the decision of the Town Council

Power to repair or remove.

Fees.

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shall be final; the holder of the grave space shall have the right to appear before the Town Council and state the grounds on which he is objecting.

19. Any person contravening by-laws 3, 4, 5 (except under authority of an exhumation order), 6, 7, 8, 13 or 14 shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty dollars.

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CHAPTER 40

MONKEY RIVER CEMETERIES BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Requirements for enclosed grave.

4. More than one body in grave.

5. Re-opening of grave for interment.

6. Minimum depth of burial.

7. Covering enclosed grave.

8. Interruption etc., of burial.

9. Applications for graves.

10. Plans.

11. Space for grave.

12. Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

13. Destroying etc. monuments, etc. in cemetery.

14. Nuisances.

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15. Cemetery premises.

16. Notice to repair.

17. Power to repair or remove.

18. Fees.

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CHAPTER 40

MONKEY RIVER CEMETERIES BY-LAWS (Section 32)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

MONKEY RIVER CEMETERIES BY-LAWS.

2. In these By-laws, the following words have the meanings hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings are repugnant to or inconsistent with the context or subject matter in which such words occur:

“common grave” means a burial place formed in the ground by excavation and without any internal wall of brickwork or stonework, or any other artificial lining;

“an open grave” means a burial place the site of which is chosen by the applicant, or over, or to which an exclusive right of interment for a period of twenty years may be conceded;

“enclosed grave” means any vault or grave lined or cased with bricks, stones, cement, concrete, or any other hard material, in respect of which an exclusive right of interment is conceded;

“child’s grave” means a common grave assigned for the burial of a child not more than three months old.

3. Every person, who in any part of any cemetery causes any enclosed grave to be built for the purpose of burial, shall cause such grave to be enclosed with walls constructed of good bricks, stone or other hard material, properly bonded and solidly put together-

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Interpretation.

Requirements for enclosed grave.

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(a) with good mortar compounded of good lime and clean, sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

4. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of any cemetery, except as hereinafter provided, to cause, suffer or permit more than one body to be buried at any one time in a grave in respect of which no exclusive right of burial has been granted:

Provided that this by-law shall not be deemed to prohibit the burial at any one time in any such grave of two or more bodies of persons who were members of the same family.

5. No grave, except a child’s grave, shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of seven years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. A child’s grave may be re-opened for interment after the lapse of four years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. No grave completely enclosed by stone, brick, cement, concrete or other hard material shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of nine years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. If on the re-opening of any grave the soil be found to be offensive such soil shall not be disturbed, and in no case shall human remains be removed from the grave.

6. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of a cemetery, to cause or permit, or suffer a dead body to be buried in a grave in such a manner as to require or allow any part of the coffin containing such body to be placed at a depth less than three feet below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

7. Every person, who in any part of a cemetery buries, or causes to be buried a dead body in an enclosed grave, shall, within a period of twelve

More than one body in grave.

Re-opening grave for interment.

Minimum depth of burial.

Covering enclosed grave.

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hours, cause such grave to be covered in with a layer or layers of good brick, stone, or other hard material properly bonded:

(a) with good mortar and compounded of good lime and clean sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

8. No person shall in any part of a cemetery, by any violent or indecent behaviour, prevent, interrupt, delay or interfere with the decent and solemn burial of any body.

9. All applications for graves must be made to the Keeper of the Cemeteries.

10. Plans of all monuments, grave-stones and fences, must in the first instance be submitted for approval to the Chairman of the Village Council, and any monument, grave-stone or fence not kept in proper order, may, unless repaired within two weeks after due notice has been given, be removed by order of the Chairman of the Village Council.

11. The space allotted to each grave shall be eight feet by four feet in area, and there shall be a space of not less than two feet in width between lots.

12. It shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to allot spaces for graves, and to register all interments and privileges in the register book provided for the purpose, and to keep the plan of the cemetery, which is to be open to the inspection of the public on every day between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; to demand and receive the fees authorised, and to make proper provision for digging graves as they may be required; to see that the By-laws are carefully carried out, and that the graves are dug in accordance therewith; to report to, and receive all instructions from, the Chairman of the Village Council with

Interruption etc., of burial.

Applications for graves.

Plans.

Space for grave.

Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

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reference to any cemeteries under his charge.

13. No person shall wilfully destroy or injure any building, wall or fence of, or belonging to, a cemetery, or destroy or injure any plant or tree therein, or daub or disfigure any wall thereof, or post any bill thereon or on any wall thereof, or wilfully destroy, injure or deface any monument, tablet, inscription or grave-stone within a cemetery, or do other wilful damage therein.

14. No person shall play at any game or sport or, save at a military funeral, discharge firearms in any cemetery, or commit any nuisance within a cemetery.

15. It shall be the duty of every Keeper of every Cemetery to keep the paths and surface of the ground in such cemetery clean and tidy. It shall also be his duty to keep the fence and gateways in good condition, immediately reporting to the Chairman of the Village Council whenever any repairs are required.

16. If at any time the tombstone on any grave or the fencing surrounding the same is out of repair or becomes unsightly, it shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to give notice of such fact to such person as he may ascertain to be liable for the maintenance of such tombstone or fence, and to report the circumstances of his having given such notice to the Chairman of the Village Council.

If within one month of the service of such notice the tombstone or fence is not repaired, it shall be lawful for the Chairman of the Village Council either to repair the same or to remove the whole or any part of such fence or tombstone, which in his opinion is in such bad condition or repair as to be unsightly.

17. Should the Keeper of the Cemetery be unable after diligent enquiry to find any person liable for the maintenance of a tomb, or grave, as referred to in by-law 16 hereof, he shall report the same to the Chairman of the Village Council, who shall forthwith proceed to repair or remove the same.

Destroying etc., monuments, etc., in ceremony

Nuisances.

Cemetery premises.

Notice to repair.

Power to repair or remove.

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18. The following fees shall be charged for graves except paupers’ graves which shall be free of charge:

(i) Enclosed grave $5.00 (ii) Open grave (for twenty years) 2.00 (iii) Common grave 1.00 (iv) Child’s grave .50

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Fees.

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ORANGE WALK TOWN CEMETERIES BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Requirements for enclosed grave.

4. More than one body in grave.

5. Re-opening of grave for interment.

6. Minimum depth of burial.

7. Covering enclosed grave.

8. Interruption etc., of burial.

9. Applications for graves.

10. Plans.

11. Space for grave.

12. Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

13. Destroying etc. monuments, etc. in cemetery.

14. Nuisances.

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15. Cemetery premises.

16. Notice to repair.

17. Power to repair or remove.

18. Fees.

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CHAPTER 40

ORANGE WALK TOWN CEMETERIES BY-LAWS (Section 32)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

ORANGE WALK TOWN CEMETERIES BY-LAWS.

2. In these By-laws, the following words have the meanings hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings are repugnant to or inconsistent with the context or subject matter in which such words occur:

“common grave” means a burial place formed in the ground by excavation and without any internal wall of brickwork or stonework, or any other artificial lining;

“an open grave” means a burial place the site of which is chosen by the applicant, or over, or to which an exclusive right of interment may be conceded;

“enclosed grave” means any vault or grave lined or cased with bricks, stones, cement, concrete, or any other hard material, in respect of which an exclusive right of interment is conceded;

“child’s grave” means a common grave assigned for the burial of a child not more than three months old.

3. Every person, who in any part of any cemetery causes any enclosed grave to be built for the purpose of burial, shall cause such grave to be enclosed with walls constructed of good bricks, stone or other hard material, properly bonded and solidly put together:

(a) with good mortar compounded of good lime and

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Interpretation.

Requirements for enclosed grave.

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clean, sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

4. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of any cemetery, except as hereinafter provided, to cause, suffer or permit more than one body to be buried at any one time in a grave in respect of which no exclusive right of burial has been granted:

Provided that this by-law shall not be deemed to prohibit the burial at any one time in any such grave of two or more bodies of persons who were members of the same family.

5. No grave, except a child’s grave, shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of seven years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. A child’s grave may be re-opened for interment after the lapse of four years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. No grave completely enclosed by stone, brick, cement, concrete or other hard material shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of nine years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. If on the re-opening of any grave the soil be found to be offensive such soil shall not be disturbed, and in no case shall human remains be removed from the grave.

6. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of a cemetery, to cause or permit, or suffer a dead body to be buried in a grave in such a manner as to require or allow any part of the coffin containing such body to be placed at a depth less than three feet below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

7. Every person, who in any part of a cemetery buries, or causes to be buried a dead body in an enclosed grave, shall, within a period of twelve hours, cause such grave to be covered in with a layer or layers of good brick, stone,

More than one body in grave.

Re-opening grave for interment.

Minimum depth of burial.

Covering enclosed grave.

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or other hard material properly bonded:

(a) with good mortar and compounded of good lime and clean sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

8. No person shall in any part of a cemetery, by any violent or indecent behaviour, prevent, interrupt, delay or interfere with the decent and solemn burial of any body.

9. All applications for graves must be made to the Keeper of the Cemeteries.

10. Plans of all monuments, grave-stones and fences, must in the first instance be submitted for approval to the Mayor of the Town Council, and any monument, grave-stone or fence not kept in proper order, may, unless repaired within two weeks after due notice has been given, be removed by order of the Mayor of the Town Council.

11. The space allotted to each grave shall be eight feet by four feet in area, and there shall be a space of not less than two feet in width between lots.

12. It shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemeteries to allot spaces for graves, and to register all interments and privileges in the register book provided for the purpose, and to keep the plan of the cemetery, which is to be open to the inspection of the public on every day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.; to demand and receive the fees authorised; to see that the By-laws are carefully carried out and that the graves are dug in accordance therewith; to report to, and receive all instructions from, the Mayor of the Town Council with reference to any cemeteries under his charge.

Interrruption etc., of burial.

Applications for graves.

Plans.

Space for grave.

Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

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13. No person shall wilfully destroy or injure any building, wall or fence of, or belonging to, a cemetery, or destroy or injure any plant or tree therein, or daub or disfigure any wall thereof, or post any bill thereon or on any wall thereof, or wilfully destroy, injure or deface any monument, tablet, inscription or grave-stone within a cemetery, or do other wilful damage therein.

14. No person shall play at any game or sport or, save at a military funeral, discharge firearms in any cemetery, or commit any nuisance within a cemetery.

15. It shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemeteries to see that the paths and surface of the ground in such cemeteries are kept clean and tidy. It shall also be his duty to see that the fence and gateways are in good condition, immediately reporting to the Mayor of the Town Council whenever any cleaning or repairs are required.

16. If at any time the tombstone on any grave or the fencing surrounding the same is out of repair or becomes unsightly, it shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to give notice of such fact to such person as he may ascertain to be liable for the maintenance of such tombstone or fence, and to report the circumstances of his having given such notice to the Mayor of the Town Council.

If within one month of the service of such notice the tombstone or fence is not repaired, it shall be lawful for the Mayor of the Town Council either to repair the same or to remove the whole or any part of such fence or tombstone, which in his opinion is in such bad condition or repair as to be unsightly.

17. Should the Keeper of the Cemetery be unable after diligent enquiry to find any person liable for the maintenance of a tomb, or grave, as referred to in by-law 16 hereof, he shall report the same to the Mayor of the Town Council, who shall forthwith proceed to repair or remove the same.

18. The undermentioned fees shall be charged for graves except paupers’ graves which shall be free of charge in the old cemetery adjoining Louisiana Farm:

Destroying, etc., monuments, etc., in cemetery.

Nuisances.

Cemetery premises.

Notice to repair.

Power to repair or remove.

Fees.

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(i) Enclosed grave $7.00 (ii) Open grave 3.00 (iii) Common grave 1.00 (iv) Child’s grave .50

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CHAPTER 40

PUNTA GORDA CEMETERIES BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Requirements for enclosed grave.

4. More than one body in grave.

5. Re-opening of grave for interment.

6. Minimum depth of burial.

7. Covering enclosed grave.

8. Interruption etc., of burial.

9. Applications for graves.

10. Plans.

11. Space for grave.

12. Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

13. Destroying etc. monuments, etc. in cemetery.

14. Nuisances.

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15. Cemetery premises.

16. Notice to repair.

17. Power to repair or remove.

18. Fees.

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CHAPTER 40

PUNTA GORDA CEMETERIES BY-LAWS (Section 32)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

PUNTA GORDA CEMETERIES BY-LAWS.

2. In these By-laws, the following words have the meanings hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings are repugnant to or inconsistent with the context or subject matter in which such words occur:

“common grave” means a burial place formed in the ground by excavation and without any internal wall of brickwork or stonework, or any other artificial lining;

“an open grave” means a burial place the site of which is chosen by the applicant, or over, or to which an exclusive right of interment may be conceded;

“enclosed grave” means any vault or grave lined or cased with bricks, stones, cement, concrete, or any other hard material, in respect of which an exclusive right of interment is conceded;

“child’s grave” means a common grave assigned for the burial of a child not more than three months old.

3. Every person, who in any part of any cemetery causes any enclosed grave to be built for the purpose of burial, shall cause such grave to be enclosed with walls constructed of good bricks, stone or other hard material, properly bonded and solidly put together:

(a) with good mortar compounded of good lime and

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Interpretation.

Requirements for enclosed grave.

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clean, sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

4. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of any cemetery, except as hereinafter provided, to cause, suffer or permit more than one body to be buried at any one time in a grave in respect of which no exclusive right of burial has been granted:

Provided that this by-law shall not be deemed to prohibit the burial at any one time in any such grave of two or more bodies of persons who were members of the same family.

5. No grave, except a child’s grave, shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of seven years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. A child’s grave may be re-opened for interment after the lapse of four years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. No grave completely enclosed by stone, brick, cement, concrete or other hard material shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of nine years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. If on the re-opening of any grave the soil be found to be offensive such soil shall not be disturbed, and in no case shall human remains be removed from the grave.

6. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of a cemetery to cause or permit, or suffer a dead body to be buried in a grave in such a manner as to require or allow any part of the coffin containing such body to be placed at a depth less than three feet below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

7. Every person, who in any part of a cemetery buries, or causes to be buried a dead body in an enclosed grave, shall, within a period of twelve hours, cause such grave to be covered in with a layer or layers of good brick,

More than one body in grave.

Re-opening grave for interment.

Minimum depth of burial.

Covering enclosed grave.

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stone, or other hard material properly bonded:

(a) with good mortar and compounded of good lime and clean sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

8. No person shall in any part of a cemetery, by any violent or indecent behaviour, prevent, interrupt, delay or interfere with the decent and solemn burial of any body.

9. All applications for graves must be made to the Keeper of the Cemeteries.

10. Plans of all monuments, grave-stones and fences, must in the first instance be submitted for approval to the Mayor of the Town Council, and any monument, grave-stone or fence not kept in proper order, may, unless repaired within two weeks after due notice has been given, be removed by order of the Mayor of the Town Council.

11. The space allotted to each grave shall be eight feet by four feet in area, and there shall be a space of not less than two feet in width between lots.

12. It shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to allot spaces for graves, and to register all interments and privileges in the register book provided for the purpose, and to keep the plan of the cemetery, which is to be open to the inspection of the public on every day between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; to demand and receive the fees authorised, and to make proper provision for digging graves as they may be required; to see that the By-laws are carefully carried out, and that the graves are dug in accordance therewith; to report to, and receive all instructions from, the Mayor of the Town Council with reference to any cemeteries under his charge.

Interruption etc., of burial.

Applications for graves.

Plans.

Space for grave.

Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

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13. No person shall wilfully destroy or injure any building, wall or fence of, or belonging to, a cemetery, or destroy or injure any plant or tree therein, or daub or disfigure any wall thereof, or post any bill thereon or on any wall thereof, or wilfully destroy, injure or deface any monument, tablet, inscription or grave-stone within a cemetery, or do other wilful damage therein.

14. No person shall play at any game or sport or, save at a military funeral, discharge firearms in any cemetery, or commit any nuisance within a cemetery.

15. It shall be the duty of every Keeper of every Cemetery to keep the paths and surface of the ground in such cemetery clean and tidy. It shall also be his duty to keep the fence and gateways in good condition, immediately reporting to the Mayor of the Town Council whenever any repairs are required.

16. If at any time the tombstone on any grave or the fencing surrounding the same is out of repair or becomes unsightly, it shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to give notice of such fact to such person as he may ascertain to be liable for the maintenance of such tombstone or fence, and to report the circumstances of his having given such notice to the Chairman of the Board.

If within one month of the service of such notice the tombstone or fence is not repaired, it shall be lawful for the Chairman of the Board either to repair the same or to remove the whole or any part of such fence or tombstone, which in his opinion is in such bad condition or repair as to be unsightly.

17. Should the Keeper of the Cemetery be unable after diligent enquiry to find any person liable for the maintenance of a tomb, or grave, as referred to in by-law 16 hereof, he shall report the same to the Chairman of the Board, who shall forthwith proceed to repair or remove the same.

18. The following fees shall be charged for graves except paupers’ graves which shall be free of charge:

Destroying, etc., monuments, etc., in cemetery.

Nuisances.

Cemetery premises.

Notice to repair.

Power to repair or remove.

Fees.

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(i) Enclosed grave $5.00 (ii) Open grave 2.00 (iii) Common grave 1.00 (iv) Child’s grave .50

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CHAPTER 40

DANGRIGA CEMETERIES BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Requirements for enclosed grave.

4. More than one body in grave.

5. Re-opening of grave for interment.

6. Minimum depth of burial.

7. Covering enclosed grave.

8. Interruption etc., of burial.

9. Applications for graves.

10. Plans.

11. Space for grave.

12. Allotting space, registering interments, etc..

13. Destroying etc. monuments, etc. in cemetery.

14. Nuisances.

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15. Cemetery premises.

16. Notice to repair.

17. Power to repair or remove.

18. Fees.

19. Offences and penalty.

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CHAPTER 40

DANGRIGA CEMETERIES BY-LAW (Section 32)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

DANGRIGA CEMETERIES BY-LAWS.

2. In these By-laws, the following words have the meanings hereinafter respectively assigned to them, unless such meanings are repugnant to or inconsistent with the context or subject matter in which such words occur:

“common grave” means a burial place formed in the ground by excavation and without any internal wall of brickwork or stonework, or any other artificial lining;

“an open grave” means a burial place the site of which is chosen by the applicant, or over, or to which an exclusive right of interment for a period of twenty years may be conceded. At the termination of each period of twenty years the holder of such exclusive right of interment may be allowed, on written application to the Mayor of the Town Council, to renew that right for a further period of twenty years on payment of the fee for an “Open Grave” in effect at the time of each renewal. This limitation of the exclusive right of interment in an “Open Grave” to periods of twenty years shall not apply to such graves purchased prior to the coming into effect of these By-Laws;

“enclosed grave” means any vault or grave lined or cased with bricks, stones, cement, concrete, or any other hard material, in respect of which an exclusive right of interment is conceded;

“child’s grave” means a common grave assigned for the burial of a child not more than twelve years old;

Short title.

Interpretation.

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“grave-stone” means any slab, tablet, headstone, monument, tombstone or verge made of stone, brick, cement, concrete, or other hard material or of wood, on or at or surrounding any grave; also the exposed surface or surfaces of any vault or enclosed grave.

3. Every person, who in any part of any cemetery causes any enclosed grave to be built for the purpose of burial, shall cause such grave to be enclosed with walls constructed of good bricks, stone or other hard material, properly bonded and solidly put together:

(a) with good mortar compounded of good lime and clean, sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

4. It shall be a breach of these, By-laws, in any part of any cemetery, except as hereinafter provided, to cause, suffer or permit more than one body to be buried at any one time in a grave in respect of which no exclusive right of burial has been granted:

Provided that this By-law shall not be deemed to prohibit the burial at any one time in any such grave of two or more bodies of persons who were members of the same family.

5. No grave, except a child’s grave, shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of seven years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. A child’s grave may be re-opened for interment after the lapse of four years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. No grave completely enclosed by stone, brick, cement, concrete or other hard material shall be re-opened for interment until the lapse of nine years from the date on which the last burial in such grave took place. If on the re-opening of any grave the soil be found to be offensive such soil shall not be disturbed, and

Requirements for enclosed grave.

More than one body in grave.

Re-opening grave for interment.

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in no case shall human remains be removed from the grave.

6. It shall be a breach of these By-laws, in any part of a cemetery, to cause or permit, or suffer a dead body to be buried in a grave in such a manner as to require or allow any part of the coffin containing such body to be placed at a depth less than three feet below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

7. Every person, who in any part of a cemetery buries, or causes to be buried a dead body in an enclosed grave, shall, within a period of twelve hours, cause such grave to be covered in with a layer or layers of good brick, stone, or other hard material properly bonded:

(a) with good mortar and compounded of good lime and clean sharp sand or other suitable material, or

(b) with good cement, or

(c) with good cement mixed with clean sharp sand.

8. No person shall in any part of a cemetery, by any violent or indecent behaviour, prevent, interrupt, delay or interfere with the decent and solemn burial of any body.

9. All applications for graves must be made to the Keeper of the Cemeteries.

10. Plans of all monuments, grave-stones and fences, must in the first instance be submitted for approval to the Mayor of the Town Council, and any monument, grave-stone or fence not kept in proper order, may, unless repaired within one month after due notice has been given, be removed by order of the Mayor of the Town Council.

Minimum depth of burial.

Covering enclosed grave.

Interruption etc., of burial.

Applications for graves.

Plans.

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11. The space allotted to each grave shall be eight feet by four feet for in area, and there shall be a space of not less than four feet in width between lots.

12. It shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to allot spaces for graves, and to register all interments and privileges in the register book provided for the purpose, and to keep the plan, of the cemetery, which is to be open to the inspection of the public on every day between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; to demand and receive the fees authorised, and to make proper provision for digging graves as they may be required; to see that the By-laws are carefully carried out, and that the graves are dug in accordance therewith; to report to, and receive all instructions from, the Mayor of the Town Council with reference to any cemeteries under his charge.

The Town Council may in its discretion set aside a portion of the cemetery to be reserved for the burial of paupers, and may make such additional by-laws for the governance of such area as it may consider necessary or desirable.

13. No person shall wilfully destroy or injure any building, wall or fence of, or belonging to, a cemetery, or destroy or injure any plant or tree therein, or daub or disfigure any wall thereof, or post any bill thereon or on any wall thereof, or wilfully destroy, injure or deface any monument, tablet, inscription or grave-stone within a cemetery, or do other wilful damage therein. No person shall graze or cause to graze any animal in a cemetery except with the written permission of the Mayor of the Town Council first obtained, and then only in accordance with the conditions set forth in the permit.

14. No person shall play at any game or sport or, save at a military funeral, discharge firearms in any cemetery, or commit any nuisance within a cemetery.

15. It shall be the duty of every Keeper of every Cemetery to keep the paths and surface of the ground in such cemetery clean and tidy. It shall also be his duty to keep the fence and gateways in good condition, immediately reporting to the Mayor of the Town Council whenever any repairs are required.

Space for grave.

Allotting space, registering interments, etc.

Destroying, etc., monuments, etc., in cemetery.

Nuisances.

Cemetery premises.

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16. If at any time the gravestone on any grave or the fencing surrounding the same is out of repair or becomes unsightly, it shall be the duty of the Keeper of the Cemetery to give notice of such fact to such person as he may ascertain to be liable for the maintenance of such grave-stone or fence, and to report the circumstances of his having given such notice to the Mayor of the Town Council.

If within one month of the service of such notice the grave-stone or fence is not repaired, it shall be lawful for the Mayor of the Town Council either to repair the same or to remove the whole or any part of such fence or grave-stone, which in his opinion is in such bad condition or repair as to be unsightly. It shall be lawful for the Town Council to take summary proceedings against the person or persons liable for the maintenance of such grave-stone or fence to recover any expenses it may have incurred in such repair or removal.

17. Should the Keeper of the Cemetery be unable after diligent enquiry to find any person liable for the maintenance of a tomb, or grave, as referred to in by-law 16 hereof, he shall report the same to the Mayor of the Town Council, who shall forthwith proceed to repair or remove the same.

18. The following fees shall be charged for graves except paupers’ graves which shall be free of charge:

(i) Enclosed grave $10.00 (ii) Open grave (for twenty years) 3.00 (iii) Common grave 1.00 (iv) Child’s grave .50

19. Any person contravening by-laws 3, 4, 5 (except under authority of an exhumation order), 6, 7, 8, 13 or 14 shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one month or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

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Notice to repair.

Power to repair or remove.

Fees.

Offences and penalty.

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CHAPTER 40

BELIZE CITY STAND-PIPES BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Prohibited acts.

3. Penalty.

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CHAPTER 40

BELIZE CITY STAND-PIPES BY-LAWS (Section 55)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

BELIZE CITY STAND-PIPES BY-LAWS.

2. No person shall -

(a) leave open the tap of any public stand-pipe and thereby allow water to waste; or

(b) drink from or open the tap of any public stand-pipe except for the purpose of filling some receptacle under the same.

3. Any person doing or causing to be done anything which is prohibited by these By-laws shall be deemed to have committed a breach of this by-law and shall on summary conviction be liable to a penalty of ten dollars for each and every offence.

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Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Prohibited acts.

Penalty.

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CHAPTER 40

BAKEHOUSES REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Application to use place as bakehouse.

4. Restriction as to employment.

5. Painting and washing premises.

6. Requirements to be fulfilled in structural arrangement of bakehouses.

7. Penalty for using insanitary premises.

8. Separation of sleeping accommodation.

9. Persons suffering from infectious or contagious diseases.

10. Persons not allowed in bakehouses.

11. Powers of entry and inspection.

12. Notice by occupier.

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CHAPTER 40

BAKEHOUSES REGULATIONS (Section 65)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the

BAKEHOUSES REGULATIONS.

2. In these Regulations:

“bakehouse” means any place where bread is baked, made or prepared for purpose of sale;

“bread” includes buns, cakes, pastry and confectionery;

“employed” as applied to any person includes any person working in a bakehouse, whether he receives wages or not;

“occupier” includes any person in possession.

3. (1) Every person who is using or who intends to use any place as a bakehouse shall make application in writing to the Medical Officer of Health for the district, setting out his full name and a correct description of the premises so used or intended to be used, and, if such Medical Officer of Health is satisfied that the premises specified in the application are fit for use as a bakehouse under the Act and are provided with an adequate water supply he shall issue to the applicant a certificate to that effect. Any certificate issued under this regulation shall be renewable annually on the first day of January of each year;

Provided that a Medical Officer of Health shall not grant a certificate of renewal unless he is satisfied that the premises are fit for use as a bakehouse.

Short title.

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Interpretation.

Application to use place as bakehouse.

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(2) The particulars of each application and certificate shall be entered in a book to be kept by the Medical Officer of Health and to be called “The Bakehouse Register.”

(3) Any person who shall use any place as a bakehouse without having first obtained a certificate as hereinbefore provided, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for any term not exceeding one month.

4. (1) No person shall be employed in a bakehouse unless he is registered in the manner hereinafter provided.

(2) The Medical Officer of Health of each district shall keep a register known as the Bakehouse Employees Register wherein shall be registered all persons employed in bakehouses.

(3) No person shall be registered unless he shall first produce a medical certificate signed by a Government medical officer or registered medical practitioner to the effect that he is physically fit to be employed in a bakehouse.

(4) Such medical certificate shall bear a date not more than three days earlier than the date of its production by the person to whom it relates.

(5) Every person employed in a bakehouse shall after an interval not exceeding three months from the date of the certificate which he shall have last produced, produce to the Medical Officer of Health a further certificate in the same form as that required by paragraph (3) of this regulation bearing date not more than three days earlier than that of its production.

(6) The Medical Officer of Health shall cause to be removed forthwith from the Bakehouse Employees Register the name of any person who shall not within the preceding three months have produced the required medical certificate.

Restriction as to employment.

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(7) The occupier of any bakehouse shall exhibit in a prominent position in such bakehouse a statement showing the names, addresses and date of registration of all persons employed therein and if he fails to state or states incorrectly any matter required to be stated therein he shall be guilty of an offence under this regulation.

(8) Every person who is employed or employs or causes any other person to be employed in a bakehouse without being registered or without obtaining the proper medical certificates shall be guilty of an offence under this regulation.

(9) Any person guilty of an offence under this regulation shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars.

5. (1) The inside walls of the rooms of a bakehouse and the ceilings or tops of those rooms, whether the walls, ceiling or tops be plastered or not, and all passages and staircases of a bakehouse, shall either be painted with oil or varnish or be limewashed; when painted with oil or varnish or limewashed, the paint or varnish or limewash shall be renewed as often and in such manner as may be required by the Medical Officer of Health.

(2) The floors of a bakehouse shall be constructed of wood, concrete, or masonry, or of such other material as the Senior Health Officer may approve.

(3) The occupier of any bakehouse who fails to keep the same in conformity with this regulation shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars.

6. (1) It shall not be lawful to occupy as a bakehouse or to let or permit to be occupied as a bakehouse any room or place unless structural the following requirements are fulfilled:

(a) No privy, urinal, stables, pig-sty, fowl pen, ashpit

Painting and washing premises.

Requirements to be fulfilled in structural arrangement of bakehouses.

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or dustbin shall be within or communicate directly with the bakehouse.

(b) Any cistern or pipe for supplying water to a bakehouse shall be separate and distinct from any cistern or pipe for supplying water to a privy.

(c) No drain for carrying off faecal matter or sewage shall have an opening within the bakehouse.

(d) Every bakehouse shall be provided with proper means for effectual ventilation and be provided with an adequate water supply to the satisfaction of the Medical Officer of Health.

(2) Any person who lets or permits to be occupied or who occupies any room or place as a bakehouse in contravention of this regulation shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars and to a further fine not exceeding one dollar for every day during which such room or place is so occupied after a conviction under this regulation.

7. (1) Where a magistrate is satisfied on prosecution by a health officer that any room or place used as a bakehouse is in such a state as to be, on sanitary grounds, unfit for use or occupation as a bakehouse, the occupier of the bakehouse shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars and on a second and subsequent conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars.

(2) The magistrate in addition to or instead of inflicting the fine, may order means to be adopted by the occupier, within the time named in the order, for the purpose of removing the ground of complaint.

(3) The magistrate may on application enlarge the time so named; but if, after the expiration of the time so originally named or enlarged by

Penalty for using insanitary premises.

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subsequent order, the order is not obeyed, the occupier shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five dollars for every day on which the order has not been obeyed.

8. (1) No room or place on the same level with or above or below the bakehouse and forming part of the same building shall be used as a sleeping place unless it is effectually separated from the bakehouse by a dust proof partition, floor or ceiling, as the case may be, and unless there be an external window of at least nine superficial feet in area, made to open for ventilation.

(2) Any person who lets or occupies, or knowingly suffers to be occupied, any room or place contrary to this regulation shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five dollars for the first offence and twenty-five dollars for any subsequent offence.

9. (1) No person suffering from any infectious or contagious disease shall be employed in a bakehouse.

(2) If any person is employed in contravention of this regulation, the owner of the bakehouse in which he is employed shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars for the first offence and one hundred dollars for any subsequent offence.

(3) The Medical Officer of Health may require any person employed in a bakehouse to undergo a medical examination at any time and any such person who when so required refuses or fails within a reasonable time to undergo such examination shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars.

10. No person not being a registered employee or a person in performance of some legal duty shall be or remain in a bakehouse during such time as there is therein any dough or bread and any person contravening this regulation and the occupier of the bake house shall each be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars for the first offence and one hundred dollars

Separation of sleeping accommodation.

Persons suffering from infectious or contagious diseases.

Persons not allowed in bakehouses.

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for any subsequent offence.

11. (1) A health officer, or any other officer duly appointed under the Public Health Act shall have power to do all or any of the following things, namely:

(a) to enter, inspect and examine at all reasonable times by day or night any bakehouse;

(b) to take with him a police constable into a bakehouse in which he has reasonable cause to apprehend any obstruction in the execution of his duty;

(c) to make such examination and inquiry as may be necessary to ascertain whether the enactments for the time being in force relating to public health are complied with in respect of any bakehouse and the persons employed therein.

(2) The occupier of any bakehouse, and his agents and servants, shall furnish the means required by a health officer, or other officer as aforesaid, which may be necessary for an entry, inspection, examination and inquiry in relation to that bakehouse.

(3) Every person who wilfully delays a health officer or other officer in the exercise of any power under this regulation or who fails to comply with the orders of a health officer, or other officer as aforesaid, in pursuance of this regulation shall be deemed to obstruct such officer in the execution of his duties under the Public Health Act.

12. (1) Where any premises in respect of which a certificate has been issued under regulation 3 of these Regulations are no longer used as a bakehouse the occupier of such premises shall, within seven days of the day on which the

Powers of entry and inspection.

Notice by occupier.

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premises were last used as a bakehouse, give notice in writing to the Medical Officer of Health for the district that such premises have ceased to be used as a bakehouse.

(2) If the occupier fails to give the notice required by this regulation he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten dollars.

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CHAPTER 40

BELIZE CITY SALE OF FOOD BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Provisions to apply to premises where food sold.

3. Register of employees.

4. Fitness of premises.

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CHAPTER 40

BELIZE CITY SALE OF FOOD BY-LAWS (Section 65)

1. These By-laws may be cited as the

BELIZE CITY SALE OF FOOD BY-LAWS.

2. From and after the coming into force of these By-laws the following provisions shall apply to any room, shop or other part of a building within the city of Belize in which any article whether solid or liquid (save and except entire and unpeeled fresh fruit which are not usually eaten unpeeled) intended or adapted for the food of man is sold or exposed for sale or deposited for the purpose of sale or of preparation for sale or with a view to future sale:

(a) no urinal, water-closet, earth-closet, privy, ashpit or other like sanitary convenience shall be within such room, shop or other part of a building or shall communicate therewith except through the open air or through an intervening ventilated space;

(b) no drain or pipe for carrying off faecal or sewage matter shall have any inlet or opening within such room, shop or other part of a building;

(c) no such room, shop or other part of a building shall be used as a sleeping place and so far as may be reasonably necessary to prevent risk of the infection or contamination of any such article as aforesaid, no sleeping place shall adjoin such room, shop or other part of a building and

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Provisions to apply to premises where food sold.

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communicate therewith except through the open air or through an intervening ventilated space;

(d) refuse or filth whether solid or liquid shall not be deposited or allowed to accumulate in any such room, shop or other part of a building except so far as refuse may be reasonably necessary for the proper carrying on of trade or business;

(e) due cleanliness shall be observed in regard to such room, shop or other part of a building and all articles, apparatus and utensils therein and shall be observed by persons engaged in such room, shop or other part of a building;

(f) if any person occupies or lets or knowingly suffers to be occupied any such room, shop or other part of a building wherein any of the conditions prohibited by these By-laws exist, or does or knowingly permits any act or thing therein in contravention of these By-laws, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding for a first offence five dollars and for every subsequent offence twenty-five dollars and in either case to a daily penalty not exceeding five dollars.

3. No person shall be employed in a restaurant, refreshment shop, eating house or aerated waters manufactory unless he is registered in the manner hereinafter provided:

(a) Every local authority shall keep a register known as the Restaurants Register wherein shall be registered all persons employed in restaurants, refreshment shops, eating houses or aerated waters

Register of employees.

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manufactories.

(b) No person shall be registered unless he shall first produce a certificate signed by the Local Authority to the effect that he is a fit and proper person to be employed in a restaurant, refreshment shop, eating house or aerated waters manufactory.

(c) Such certificate shall bear a date not more than three days earlier than the date of its production by the person to whom it relates.

(d) Every person employed in a restaurant, refreshment shop, eating house or aerated water manufactory, shall, after an interval not exceeding three months from the date of the certificate which he shall have last produced, produce to the local authority a further certificate in the same form as that required by paragraph (b) of this by-law bearing date not more than three days earlier than that of its production to the local authority.

(e) The local authority shall cause to be removed from the Restaurants Register the name of any person who shall not within the preceding three months have produced the required certificate.

(f) The occupier of any restaurant, refreshment shop, eating house or aerated waters manufactory shall exhibit in a prominent position in such restaurant, refreshment shop, eating house or aerated waters manufactory a statement showing the names, addresses and date of registration of all persons employed therein and if he fails to state or states

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incorrectly any matter required to be stated therein he shall be guilty of an offence under this by-law.

(g) Every person who is employed or employs or causes any other person to be employed in a restaurant, refreshment shop, eating house or aerated waters manufactory without being registered or without the proper certificate shall be guilty of an offence under this by-law.

(h) Any person guilty of an offence under this by-law shall be liable on conviction to a penalty not exceeding fifty dollars.

4. (1) Every person who is using or who intends to use any place as a hotel, boarding house, aerated waters manufactory, restaurant, eating house, refreshment shop or cookhouse, shall make application in writing to the local authority, setting out his full name and a correct description of the premises so used or intended to be used, and if the Local Authority certifies that the premises specified in the application are fit for use as such and are provided with a proper and sufficient water supply they shall issue to the applicant a certificate to that effect. Any certificate issued under this by-law shall be renewable annually on the 1st day of January of each year:

Provided that the local authority shall not grant a certificate of renewal unless the Board certifies that such premises are fit for use as a hotel, boarding house, aerated waters manufactory, restaurant, eating house, refreshment or cookhouse.

(2) Any person who shall use any place as a hotel, boarding house, aerated waters manufactory, restaurant, eating house, refreshment shop or cookhouse without having first obtained a certificate as hereinbefore provided, shall be liable on conviction to a penalty not exceeding fifty dollars.

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Fitness of premises.

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CHAPTER 40

INFECTIOUS DISEASES (AIDS) ORDER

ARRANGEMENT OF PARAGRAPHS

1. Short title.

2. Aids.

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CHAPTER 40

INFECTIOUS DISEASE (AIDS) ORDER (Section 67)

[11th April, 1987.]

1. This Order may be cited as the

INFECTIOUS DISEASE (AIDS) ORDER.

2. It is notified that the disease of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) is an infectious disease within the meaning of the Public Health Act.

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32 of 1967. Ch. 31.

Short title.

AIDS.

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CHAPTER 40

INFECTIOUS DISEASE (SARS) ORDER

ARRANGEMENT OF PARAGRAPHS

1. Short title.

2. SARS.

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CHAPTER 40

INFECTIOUS DISEASE (SARS) ORDER (Section 67)

[21st June, 2003.]

1. This Order may be cited as the

INFECTIOUS DISEASE (SARS) ORDER.

2. It is notified that the disease of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a dangerous infectious disease within the meaning of the Public Health Act.

MADE by the Director of Health Services this 1st day of April, 2003.

(DR. ERROL VANZIE) Director of Health Services

APPROVED by the Minister of Health this 16th day of June, 2003.

(JOSE COYE) Minister of Health

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80 of 2003. Ch. 40.

Short title.

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CHAPTER 40

MOSQUITO (PROTECTION) REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Containers for storing water.

4. Wells.

5. Premises.

6. Articles capable of retaining water.

7. Offence and penalty.

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CHAPTER 40

MOSQUITO (PROTECTION) REGULATIONS (Section 125)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the

MOSQUITO (PROTECTION) REGULATIONS.

2. In these Regulations:

“health officer” means the Senior Health Officer, or any medical officer or sanitary inspector;

“owner” has the same meaning as is assigned to it under section 120 of the Public Health Act.

3. The owner or person in control of any cistern, vat or tank for storing water shall-

(a) cause the same to be provided with covers of wood or metal; and

(b) cause all openings other than the delivery exit to be screened by netting, to the satisfaction of a health officer.

4. The owner or occupier of any premises on which there are wells shall-

(a) provide such wells with a pump and mosquito proof cover to the satisfaction of a health officer; or

(b) protect them in any other manner approved by a

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Interpretation.

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Wells.

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health officer; or

(c) fill them up to the satisfaction of a health officer.

5. The owner or occupier of any premises shall -

(a) maintain in good repair and keep free from obstructions all gutters and down pipes so as to prevent the accumulation of water therein;

(b) within such time as may be specified by notice in writing by a health officer, top or cut down or otherwise treat trees growing on such premises so as to prevent the harbouring of mosquitoes to the satisfaction of a health officer;

(c) within such time as may be specified by notice in manner aforesaid, remove from the said premises any mass of growing bush or rotting vegetation which prevents the drying of the earth and so harbours mosquitoes;

(d) keep such premises free from stagnant water, bottles (whole or broken), tins, coconut shells and any other thing of like nature which may retain water and so become the breeding places of mosquitoes.

6. The owner or persons in control of any puncheon, hogshead, barrel, boat, dorey, pitpan or any other article whatsoever which may retain water shall keep such articles free of stagnant water and the presence of mosquito larvae in any collection of water in or on any part of such articles shall be sufficient evidence that the water is stagnant.

Premises.

Articles capable of retaining water.

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7. Any person who fails to comply with any of the provisions of these Regulations is guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars, and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of five dollars a day for every day on which the offence continues after notice of such offence is given in writing by the Senior Health Officer.

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CHAPTER 40

REMOVAL OF REFUSE (BELMOPAN) REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Receptacles.

4. Collection of refuse.

5. Payment for collection of refuse.

6. Removal of waste by occupier.

7. Penalty and recovery of charges and dues.

8. Commencement.

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CHAPTER 40

REMOVAL OF REFUSE (BELMOPAN) REGULATIONS (Section 132)

[23rd October, 1993.]

1. These Regulations may be cited as the

REMOVAL OF REFUSE (BELMOPAN) REGULATIONS.

2. In these Regulations-

“City” means the city of Belmopan;

“Council” means the Belmopan City Council;

“occupier” means a tenant, landlord or other person for the time being in occupation of any premises;

“refuse” shall include all domestic, commercial, medical, industrial and other waste or discarded products or substances produced in and by activities carried on in the City, but shall not include anything contained in the Schedule to these Regulations.

3. The occupier of every premises within the City shall provide himself with a suitable receptacle for containing house hold refuse.

4. The Council shall cause such refuse to be collected regularly between such hours and on such days as may be notified in advance to the occupier of the premises; such advance notice to be made by any medium which in the opinion of the Council is the most convenient.

112 of 1993. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Interpretation.

Receptacles.

Collection of refuse.

Schedule.

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5. Payment for the collection of refuse shall be made on or before the tenth day of each succeeding month by the occupier of the premises to the Council, on the following basis:

(i) In respect of premises, other than commercial or industrial business premises, where the amount of rent/hire-purchase for the premises-

(a) does not exceed $50.00 per month. - $2.00 per month

(b) exceeds $50.00 but does not exceed $100.00 per month - $3.00 per month

(c) exceeds $100.00 per month - $5.00 per month

(ii) In respect of commercial or industrial business premises - $10.00 per month

6. (1) The occupier of any premises in the City who deposits any of the materials mentioned in the Schedule to these Regulations or of a like nature shall within seven days of such deposit remove such materials to a place outside the limits of the City at his own expense.

(2) Where it has been brought to the notice of the Council that any material mentioned in the Schedule has been deposited in front of any premises, the Council shall in writing require the occupier of the premises concerned to remove that material therefrom as required by the preceding provisions of this Regulation within such time as may be specified therein.

(3) If the occupier fails or neglects to carry out the direction of the Council as given herein the Council shall have the power to remove such material and require the occupier to pay within 14 days such amount incurred in the

Payment for collection of refuse.

Removal of waste by occupier. Schedule.

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removal as may be certified by the General Manager of the Council or any officer authorised by him. If the occupier fails to pay the amount so certified by the Council within the time allowed therefor the Council may recover the amount as a fine in a court of summary jurisdiction.

(4) A certificate purported to be signed by the City Administrator of the Council or any officer authorised by him stating the cost of removal shall be prima facie evidence of the cost incurred by the Council in removing the material so deposited by the occupier.

7. Any occupier who contravenes the provisions of these Regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars and in default of payment of fine to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month, and in addition the court shall order the payment to the Council of all charges and other sums due from the occupier under these Regulations, together with an additional sum of one dollar for every day during which the default continued.

8. These Regulations shall come into force with effect from 1st November, 1993.

MADE by the Minister of Health this 15th day of October, 1993.

(RUBEN CAMPOS) Minister of Health

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Penalty and recovery of charges and dues.

Commencement.

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SCHEDULE [Regulation 2)

1. Limbs of trees.

2. Soil.

3. Lumber.

4. Packaging materials.

5. Chemical by-products.

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CHAPTER 40

REMOVAL OF REFUSE BY-LAWS

ARRANGEMENT OF BY-LAWS

1. Short title.

2. Receptacle.

3. Ashpit.

4. Covers.

5. Removal by occupier.

6. Moveable receptacle.

7. Collection of refuse.

8. Assistance to scavenger.

9. Exposure of refuse receptacle.

10. Street, etc., cleanliness.

11. Precautions in removing of refuse.

12. Allowing receptacle, etc., to remain on footpath, etc., longer than necessary.

13. Depositing refuse other than in proper receptacle.

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14. Throwing, etc., refuse on highway or public place.

15. Infected refuse.

16. Places for reception of refuse.

17. Deposit of refuse.

18. Deposit of filth from cesspit, latrine, etc..

19. Removal from receptacle or dump.

20. Interpretation.

21. Penalty.

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CHAPTER 40

REMOVAL OF REFUSE BY-LAWS (Section 133)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the

REMOVAL OF REFUSE BY-LAWS.

2. (1) The occupier of every premises within every town or village shall provide himself with a suitable receptacle for containing household refuse.

(2) No owner or occupier shall deposit household refuse which may accumulate on such premises in any sanitary receptacle or ashpit that does not comply with the requirements of these By-laws.

3. Every owner of any premises shall, if so ordered by the Senior Health Officer, provide such premises with an ashpit of a pattern to be approved by the Senior Health Officer and placed at such site as the Senior Health Officer may direct.

4. Every sanitary receptacle and ashpit shall be kept properly covered except when opened for loading or unloading.

5. Where the Senior Health Officer does not arrange for the removal of refuse, the occupier of any premises shall, once at least in every seven days, remove the household refuse from such premises and dispose of the said refuse in such manner as may be ordered or approved by the Senior Health Officer.

6. Where the Senior Health Officer arranges for the removal of household refuse in a district or in any area thereof, the occupier of any premises in such district or area, in which any household refuse may from time to time accumulate, shall, at such hour of the day, and on such days as the Senior Health Officer

Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Receptacle.

Ashpit.

Covers.

Removal by occupier.

Moveable receptacle.

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shall fix and notify by public announcement in the district, or at such other place as the Senior Health Officer may order by written notice served upon the occupier, provide a movable efficiently covered receptacle of a pattern approved by the Senior Health Officer, in which shall be placed, for the purpose of removal, by or on behalf of the Central Board of Health, the household refuse which may have accumulated on such premises.

7. The Senior Health Officer shall cause such refuse to be collected between such hours as may be fixed and notified by public announcement in the district.

8. Where any scavenger may have to enter on any private premises to collect refuse, it shall be the duty of the owner or occupier, as the case may be, of such premises to confine any dog, or other vicious animal that may be kept on the premises during the period that the scavenger is advertised to collect such refuse, and until after such refuse has been collected such owner or occupier shall render all necessary assistance in the collection and removal of the refuse.

9. No person shall expose on any side-walk, street, lane or any place where the contents may be scattered on the public place, any receptacle containing refuse not sufficiently protected so as effectively to prevent the contents thereof being exposed or scattered.

10. The occupier of any premises fronting, adjoining or abutting on any street, lane or alley in any of the villages or cayes mentioned in the Schedule to these By-laws shall keep cleared and swept every part of such street, lane, or alley adjoining such premises.

(a) Every person who shall remove any filth, dust, ashes or rubbish from any premises, across or along any highway, footway, pavement or path, shall use a suitable vessel or receptacle properly furnished with a sufficient covering so as to

Collection of refuse.

Assistance to scavenger.

Exposure of refuse receptacle.

Street, etc., cleanliness.

11.Precautions in removing of refuse.

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prevent the escape of the contents thereof; and shall adopt such other precautions as may be necessary to prevent any such filth, dust, ashes or rubbish from being dropped, slopped or spilled or from falling or escaping during the process of removal.

(b) If in the process of such removal or conveyance as aforesaid, any filth, dust, ashes or rubbish be dropped, slopped or spilled or fall upon any highway, footway, pavement or path, the person removing or conveying the same shall forthwith remove such filth, dust, ashes or rubbish from the place whereon the same may have been dropped, slopped or spilled or may have fallen and shall immediately thereafter thoroughly sweep and cleanse such place.

12. No person shall allow any receptacle, cart, carriage or other means of conveyance used for the purpose of removing night soil, filth or refuse to stand or remain on any highway, footway, pavement or path for any longer time than shall be actually necessary for the loading or unloading thereof

13. No person shall deposit any rubbish, dung or other filth or any waste matter upon any place not specially appointed for the reception of such matter. All such matter shall be placed in receptacles or places specially set apart for their reception.

14. No person shall cast or deposit or sweep onto any highway, footway, pavement or path or gully or on the floor or yard or any other part of any public building, any vegetable, fruit or refuse.

15. All infected rubbish, filth, dung or other matter shall be disinfected or

Allowing receptacle, etc., to remain on footpath, etc., longer than necessary.

Depositing refuse other than in proper receptacle.

Throwing, etc., refuse on highway or public place.

Infected refuse.

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disposed of in such manner as the Senior Health Officer may direct.

16. The Senior Health Officer shall provide such number of places for the temporary or permanent reception of rubbish, dung or filth as he may consider necessary.

17. All refuse removed shall be deposited at such places as the Senior Health Officer may fix and appoint and at such spots and in such manner as the officer, if any, for the time being in charge of the deposit ground may direct. Human excreta shall be covered with at least one foot of soil.

18. No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited upon any lands or premises within a distance of 300 yards from any street, or from any building or premises used wholly or partly for human habitation or as a school, or as a place of worship, or of public resort or public assembly or from any building or premises in or where any person may be employed in any manufacture, trade or business, any filth which may have been removed from any cesspit or cesspool, or any filth which may have been removed from any latrine or from any receptacle used in connection with any latrine.

19. (a) No person shall, except authorised by the Senior Health Officer, remove from any receptacle provided by the Senior Health Officer any material deposited therein.

(b) No person shall, except authorised by the Senior Health Officer, remove from any public dump provided by the Senior Health Officer any material deposited therein.

20. “Refuse” shall include dust sweepings, leaves, paper, tins, bottles, rags and rubbish generally, but shall not include the limbs of trees or any substance of a like kind.

21. Any person offending against any of the preceding By-laws shall on summary conviction be liable to a penalty not exceeding the sums specified in

Places for reception of refuse.

Deposit of refuse.

Deposit of filth from cesspit, latrine, etc..

Removal from receptacle or dump.

Interpretation.

Penalty.

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the Public Health Act, or where no sum is specified, to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars, and in the case of a continuing offence to a further penalty not exceeding two dollars for each day after written notice of the offence from the Board shall have been given.

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SCHEDULE

Villages and Cayes

BELIZE DISTRICT:

Caye Caulker Salt Creek San Pedro Santana Manatee Gracey Rock Maskall Bank Crooked Tree Bomba Baking Pot Boom

NORTHERN DISTRICT:

COROZAL

Douglas Caledonia Patchakan San Narciso Progresso Consejo Xaibe Sarteneja

ORANGE WALK:

San Roman Guinea Grass San Antonio Cenoti San Estevan Hill Bank San Felipe Yo Creek San Jose Trinidad Blue Creek Limonal August Pine Ridge

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CAYO DISTRICT:

Benque Viejo del Carmen Spanish Look Out Banana Bank San Antonio Succotz Santa Elena Happy Home

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CHAPTER 40

PUBLIC VACCINATORS REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

1. Short title.

2. Fees and certificate.

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CHAPTER 40

PUBLIC VACCINATORS REGULATIONS (Section 173)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the

PUBLIC VACCINATORS REGULATIONS.

2. (1) Every public vaccinator shall be entitled to receive from public funds, for the vaccination of infants, the sum of fifty-five cents and for the vaccination of adult persons the sum of twenty cents, for every successful vaccination made by such public vaccinator outside a radius of three miles of the Court House in a district:

Provided that no fees shall be paid to a public vaccinator for any successful vaccination of infants unless the same shall be submitted to the Registrar for certification within three months after such vaccination was performed.

(2) In the case of adult vaccination the public vaccinator shall submit a certificate of such vaccination to the Medical Officer of the District in which such vaccination was performed.

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Ch. 87. Ch. 31.

Short title.

Fees and certificate.
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