Township of Jefferson, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson 8-19-1963 by Ord. No. 156 (Ch. 35 of the 1967 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Hazardous materials — See Ch. 288.
Junk dealers — See Ch. 300.
Littering; handbills — See Ch. 313.
Public health nuisances — See Ch. 326.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 367.
Sanitary regulations — See Ch. 384.
Solid waste — See Chs. 412 and 416.
Water pollution — See Ch. 481, Art. I.

§ 216-1 Dumping; abandoned vehicles; leaving debris.

No person shall within the limits of the Township of Jefferson:
A. 
Throw, dump, cast or deposit paper, paper products, bottles, tin cans, containers, automobile parts, junk, unusable machines or parts of machines, metal, trash, garbage, debris or other waste materials upon open fields, woods or private property or upon or along any public street, highway or other public place, provided that this section shall not be construed to prohibit the placing of such materials as are removed from the Township by the person or corporation authorized by the Township through contract to remove the same when placed in suitable containers for that purpose.
B. 
No person shall keep, store, abandon or leave upon any parcel of land, street, road, alleyway or parkway in the Township of Jefferson any motor vehicle which cannot be lawfully operated on a public roadway in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey or which cannot be readily operated under its own power, except that:
[Amended 11-13-1978 by Ord. No. 18-78; 5-7-1980 by Ord. No. 13-80; 2-4-1981 by Ord. No. 1-81; 11-18-1981 by Ord. No. 23-81; 12-15-1982 by Ord. No. 21-82]
(1) 
An owner or the occupant of land may keep, maintain, or temporarily store a single motor vehicle upon private property for a period of 90 days for purposes of sale of the same or its noncommercial repair or restoration or improvement, upon application made to the Jefferson Township Police Department and receipt of a permit therefor. The application shall require the name and address of the owner of the vehicle; the address of the location where the vehicle is to be kept or stored during the period; a description of the vehicle, including its make, model, color and vehicle identification number; and a statement as to the purpose for which the storage of the vehicle is requested. Upon receipt of a properly completed and executed application, the Police Department of the Township of Jefferson shall issue a permit without fee or charge, for a period of 90 days. No person or a member of his household shall be able to obtain more than three permits within any twelve-month period, provided that no more than one permit shall be issued during any one ninety-day period for the same vehicle within a twelve-month period. Nothing contained in this provision for the temporary storage of a vehicle shall be construed as authorizing or permitting the commercial sale or repair of vehicles in any area not approved for the same under the Municipal Code of the Township of Jefferson. A request for an extension or renewal of the permit authorized by this section for additional periods of 90 days or less shall be issued at the discretion of the person charged by the Chief of Police of the Jefferson Township Police Department with the issuance of the permits upon a showing by the applicant that the work being performed upon the vehicle is being diligently pursued.
(2) 
Nothing contained in this section shall be determined to prohibit the placing, keeping, storing or abandonment of any such motor vehicle in a garage or other building within the Township.
(3) 
Nothing contained in this section shall be determined to prohibit the placing, keeping or storing of any unregistered motor vehicles as defined herein on a parcel of property lawfully used for commercial purposes, provided that any such vehicle is being used solely on the property in conjunction with the operation of the business being conducted thereon, and further provided that said vehicle is maintained in operable condition.
C. 
No person shall keep, store, abandon or leave upon any parcel of land, street, road, alleyway or parkway in the Township of Jefferson, any inoperable or unregistered watercraft or trailer, except that:
[Added 2-7-2007 by Ord. No. 2-07[1]]
(1) 
An owner or the occupant of land may keep, maintain, or temporarily store a watercraft or trailer which may be inoperable and/or unregistered for a period of 90 days for the purposes of a sale of the same or its noncommercial repair, restoration or improvement on application made to the Jefferson Township Police Department and receipt of a permit therefor. The application shall require the name and address of the owner of the watercraft or trailer; the address of the location where the watercraft or trailer is to be kept or stored during the period; a description of the watercraft or trailer, including its make, model, color and watercraft or trailer identification number; and a statement as to the purpose for which the storage of the watercraft or trailer is requested. Upon receipt of a properly completed and executed application, the Police Department of the Township of Jefferson shall issue a permit without fee or charge for a period of 90 days. No person or a member of his household shall be able to obtain more than three permits within any twelve-month period, provided that no more than one permit shall be issued during any one ninety-day period for the same watercraft or trailer within a twelve-month period. Nothing contained in this provision for the temporary storage of a watercraft or trailer shall be construed as authorizing or permitting the commercial sale or repair of watercraft or trailer in any area not approved for the same under the Municipal Code of the Township of Jefferson. A request for an extension or renewal of the permit authorized by this section for additional periods of 90 days or less shall be issued at the discretion of the person charged by the Chief of Police of the Jefferson Township Police Department with the issuance of the permits upon a showing by the applicant that the work being performed upon the watercraft or trailer is being diligently pursued.
(2) 
Nothing contained in this section shall be determined to prohibit the placing, keeping, storing or abandonment of any such watercraft or trailer in a garage or other building within the Township.
(3) 
Nothing contained in this section shall be determined to prohibit the placing, keeping or storing of any unregistered watercraft or trailer as defined herein on a parcel of property lawfully used for commercial purposes, provided that any such watercraft or trailer is being used solely on the property in conjunction with the operation of the business being conducted thereon, and further provided that said watercraft or trailer is maintained in operable condition.
(4) 
For purposes of this section, "trailer" shall be defined as a vehicle with or without motive power which is designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsections C and D as D and E respectively.
D. 
No person shall permit land to be covered with or contain refuse, debris, wood, cinder blocks or other used or unused building or construction materials; provided, however, that if the construction or demolition of a building or part thereof is occurring on the particular property in accordance with § 182-5 of this Township Code where the said materials are located pursuant to a permit, said materials may remain upon the property. The term "construction materials," as used herein, shall refer to any matter that may be used in the construction, repair or alteration of a building or structure upon a premises. The term "wood," as referred to herein, shall not include wood that has been cut and stacked for on-premises use as a fuel.
[Amended 2-4-1981 by Ord. No. 1-81; 9-1-2004 by Ord. No. 28-04]
E. 
Where it shall be necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public health, safety, general welfare, or to eliminate a fire hazard, the owner or tenant of lands shall be required to remove or destroy brush, weeds, including ragweed, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth and garbage from said lands.
[Added 10-20-1969 by Ord. No. 252]

§ 216-2 Investigations and reports.

[Amended 10-20-1969 by Ord. No. 252]
Upon receiving notification or knowledge of a violation of this chapter, the Health Officer or the Police Chief or their designated agents are hereby authorized to make an investigation of the premises in question and, further, they are authorized to notify the owner and the occupant of said lands in writing, either personally or by registered or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to take such steps as will effectively remove said violation from said land within 10 days from their receipt of said notice.[1]
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Editor's Note: Former § 35-3, Notification of owner, and § 35-4, Reinspection, both of which previously followed this section, were repealed 10-20-1969 by Ord. No. 252.

§ 216-3 Remedying by Township.

[Amended 10-20-1969 by Ord. No. 252]
In the event that the owner or possessor of said lands shall refuse or neglect to abate or remedy the condition complained of and which constitutes a violation of this chapter, the Township Council may cause the condition complained of to be abated and remedied.

§ 216-4 Charge to become lien upon lands.

Upon the removal of any of the materials prohibited to be stored or abandoned on lands by this chapter by or under the direction of such officer or officers of this Township, in cases where the owner or tenant shall have refused or neglected to remove same in the manner and within the time provided above, such officer or officers shall certify the cost thereof to the Township Council, which shall examine the certificate, and if found correct shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against said lands; the amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon said lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.

§ 216-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-21-1970 by Ord. No. 273]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge before whom such conviction shall be had.