SECTION 1. Notwithstanding chapter 40A, section 3 of the General Laws, section 13 of chapter 142 of the General Laws, the State Building Code, the Fuel and Gas Code, or any other general or special law or regulation to the contrary, the town of Lincoln in hereby authorized to adopt and further amend general or zoning by-laws that restrict construction projects that do not qualify as fossil-fuel-free, as defined in section 3 of this act.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding section 7 of chapter 40A of the General Laws, or any other general or special law or regulation to the contrary, the Building Inspector of the town of Lincoln, or any designee thereof, shall be authorized to enforce the general or zoning by-laws referenced in Section 1 of this act, including through the withholding of building permits.
SECTION 3. As used in this act, the term “fossil-fuel-free” shall mean new building construction or major renovation that results in an entire building or an entire condominium unit that does not utilize coal, oil, natural gas, other fuel hydrocarbons (including synthetic equivalents), or other fossil fuels in support of its operation (including for heating or cooking) after construction, except to fuel backup electrical generators and other exceptions that the town may choose to include in its by-laws.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage. Any bylaw previously approved by the Lincoln Town Meeting consistent with Sections 1 through 3 of this act is hereby ratified.
SECTION 5. If any provision or section of this act is invalidated, the remainder shall serve in full force and effect.
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