CRANBERRY ISLES ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS
Following are condensed selections from Town Ordinances which are not online on the town website. Copies of the complete ordinance(s) are available from the Town Clerk. Please be sure that renters or other users of your property are aware of these rules.
Pursuant to Title 30, Section 2151, as amended, the Town of Cranberry Isles, Hancock County, Maine, hereby enacts this Docking Ordinance promoting the public convenience and welfare and providing for public safety in the use of harbors, waterways, mooring areas and public docks of the Town.
Enacted March 4, 1974
The purpose of this ordinance is to establish a shellfish conservation program for the Town of Cranberry Isles which will insure the protection and optimum utilization of shellfish resources within its limits. These goals will be achieved by means which may include:
The following is a synopsis of the ordinance and those desiring to dig clams or other shellfish within the Town of Cranberry Isles should obtain (1) a license and (2) information on the do's and don'ts from one of the Town Shellfish Wardens. Anyone who is judged to have violated this ordinance shall be punished in accordance with State statutes, including 12 M.R.S.A, Sections 6681 and 6671(10).
b. Non-resident: The term "non-resident" means anyone not qualified as a resident under this ordinance.
c. Shellfish, clams, and intertidal shellfish resources: When used in the context of this ordinance the words "shellfish", "clams", and "intertidal shellfish resources" mean soft shell clams (Mya arenaria), quahog, hen clams and oysters.
Licensing: Municipal shellfish digging license is required. It is unlawful for any person to dig or take shellfish from the shores and flats of this municipality without having a current license issued by this municipality as provided by this ordinance. Licenses are issued in two varieties: Residential Recreational and Nonresidential Recreational. The residential costs $16.00 while the nonresidential costs $31.00 on an annual basis and is issued proportional to the number of residential licenses (6 residential to 1 nonresidential). There are no commercial licenses authorized. The fee is waived for all persons 60 years or older or 12 years or younger.
Minimum legal size: It is unlawful for any person to possess soft shell clams within the municipality which are less than two (2) inches in the longest diameter. However, any person may possess clams that are less than two inches if not less than one peck or more than four pecks taken at random from various parts of the lot or by a count of the entire lot if it contains less than one peck, i.e. no more than 25% may be less than 2 inches long.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS FOR PERMITS
While the Town of Cranberry Isles Clerk is the proper official to file all applications within the municipality of Cranberry Isles, neither the Town Clerk nor any other town official has the authority to answer questions or provide information which an applicant may rely upon. Only the board or officer which will grant or deny the application can do so. Applicants are hereby notified that any reliance on information other than that from the proper authority is done so at their own risk and shall not be binding on the municipality.
All permit applications and notifications should be filed with and directed to the Code Enforcement Officer. Application forms may be obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer or from the Town Clerk.
Kimberly A. Keene, Code Enforcement Officer
If you are building, altering, or enlarging a business, or converting a private use to business use in any location within the municipality, you need a Site Plan Review by the Planning Board. Attached multi-family housing also requires a Site Plan Review. A Site Plan Review Checklist is available to help you make sure you have all the paperwork requirements.
Divisions of land into three or more lots within a five-year period may also require a Subdivision Permit.
The Town of Cranberry Isles has elected to comply with the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-488), as amended. Accordingly, before any construction or other development (as defined in Article XIII. of the Act), including the placement of manufactured homes, begins within any areas of special flood hazard established in Article I of the Act, a Flood Hazard Development Permit shall be obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer. This permit shall be in additional to any other building permits which may be required pursuant to the codes and ordinances of the Town of Cranberry Isles. Complete text of this ordinance is available from the Town Clerk.
(replaced by new ordinance adopted 8/15/2006, but not yet online)
NOTICE TO OWNERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES OR BOATS
If you own a motor vehicle or boat, and are not entitled to an exemption under Maine law, it is your responsibility to pay an annual excise tax to the Town of Cranberry Isles (M.R.S.A. Title 36, para 1482C and 1501). The Town retains all excise tax money. The voters of the Town appropriate all excise tax money to the General Fund. Motor vehicles used on the roads of the Cranberry Isles must be registered annually (M.R.S.A. Title 36 para 102 and 242). Evidence of insurance must be shown before a motor vehicle is registered or re-registered. 75% of registration fees are returned to the Town and expended on town roads. If you have any questions as to the status of your motor vehicle or boat excise tax, please call the Tax Collector at  244-5943. The Tax Collector will also answer any questions as to the status of your motor vehicle or boat documentation.