Township of Jefferson, NJ
Morris County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Jefferson 5-26-1958 (Ch. 95 of the 1967 Code).[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals — See Ch. 146.
Campgrounds — See Ch. 169.
Dumping; abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 216.
Littering; handbills — See Ch. 313.
Noise — See Ch. 321.
Public health nuisances — See Ch. 326.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 367.
Sewage systems — See Ch. 391.
Sewers — See Ch. 395.
Solid waste — See Chs. 412 and 416.
Trailers and mobile homes — See Ch. 460.
[1]
Editor's Note: The following sections, which were previously included in this chapter, were deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I): former § 95-3B through D, regarding general nuisances; § 95-4, Communicable disease control; § 95-5, Sanitation; § 95-6, Water supply (amended 12-3-1986 by Ord. No. 22-86); § 95-7E through O, regarding disposal (amended 12-3-1986 by Ord. No. 22-86); § 95-10, Inspection of public places; and § 95-11C, regarding penalty for failure to pay fines and imprisonment.

§ 384-1 Title; definitions.

A. 
This chapter shall be known and designated as the "Sanitary Code of the Township of Jefferson."
B. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DIVISION
The Division of Health of the Township of Jefferson, or its official representative, except where otherwise specified.
GARBAGE
Includes all decaying organic matter.
OUTHOUSE
Any building erected apart from the dwelling house and which said outbuilding is to be used for the disposal of human excrement.
PERSON
Both plural and singular, as the case may demand, and shall include corporations, firms, societies and associations, as well as individuals.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any restaurant, lunchroom, cabin, barroom, hotel or other place where food or drink is offered for sale to the public, or any camp or trailer camp, tourist home or public recreation place or place of business where toilet facilities or water for drinking or culinary purposes may be available for use to the public.
RUBBISH
Includes all waste or refuse of both inorganic and organic matter.
WELL SEAL
For the purpose of this code, mean a Jaswell Seal tip or its equivalent.

§ 384-2 Inspectors.

The Division of Health may appoint one or more licensed inspectors whose duty it will be to enforce all the provisions of this chapter and to enforce any and all laws which have for their object the preservation of the public health, the prevention of disease and the abatement of nuisances.

§ 384-3 Dogs. [1]

Whenever the Division of Health shall have satisfactory evidence that any dog is vicious or if it molests pedestrians or others without provocation, it is hereby declared a public nuisance and a source of danger to public health. Such dogs shall not be allowed to run at large or come in contact with children or any persons other than the immediate family of the owner's household, unless said dog is completely muzzled or on a leash, accompanied by a responsible person. No dog or dogs shall be allowed or bathed on public beaches or docks. No dog or dogs shall be permitted in or about any store or any other public place in the Township of Jefferson.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 146, Animals.

§ 384-4 Disposal.

A. 
Any toilet, toilet room or washroom maintained in or in connection with any public place shall be kept clean at all times, and any toilet or receptacle for human excrement, at or in connection with any public place, shall be so constructed and maintained so that flies cannot gain access to the excremental matter contained therein, and such excremental matter shall at all times be prevented from flowing over and upon the surface of the ground and shall be prevented from gaining access to any of the waters of this state.
B. 
Waste liquids. No dishwater, drainage from plumbing fixtures or other foul or putrescible waste liquids shall be permitted to flow or accumulate on the surface of the ground or be disposed of in any brook, stream or body of water, and no pollution or existence of a condition or conditions which will cause or threaten pollution of any waters in the municipality shall continue to exist if the same poses a threat or injury to the inhabitants in the municipality in their health, comfort or property. The owner or occupant of any premises where waste liquids shall be permitted to flow or accumulate on the surface of the ground or flow into any brook or stream or lake or in a manner that will pollute any water supply or create a nuisance shall cause the same to be corrected and the conditions thereof removed within the time period as set by the Department of Health and Welfare. The Department of Health and Welfare shall have the right to prohibit the use of any sewerage system, provided that the aforesaid pollution is not corrected within the allotted time.
[Amended 11-6-1991 by Ord. No. 28-91]
C. 
[1]Anyone who maintains a plumbing system which, if there is a discharge from, would cause a flowing over and upon the surface of the ground which is prohibitive, as set forth in Subsections A and B above, shall be determined to be in violation of either Subsection A or B as may be applicable. No actual discharge need occur for there to be a violation of Subsections A and B, provided that the plumbing system is so configured and arranged that the flow over and upon the surface of the ground would take place if there is a discharge from the plumbing.
[Added 9-17-1997 by Ord. No. 22-97]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, which required a permit for the construction of a privy vault, septic tank, sump hole, outhouse or cesspool, was repealed 12-3-1986 by Ord. No. 22-86.
D. 
All individual subsurface sewage disposal systems hereafter constructed and any replacements, repair, extension or alterations of any portion of any presently existing sewage disposal systems shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 199 of the Laws of 1954[2] and the standards for the construction of individual subsurface sewage disposal systems as promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 58:11-23 and N.J.A.C. 7:9-2.1 et seq.
[Amended 12-3-1986 by Ord. No. 22-86]
[2]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 58:11-23 et seq.

§ 384-5 Camps and trailer camps; heat. [1]

A. 
Every camp and trailer camp shall furnish potable water and make provisions to dispose of all waste liquids, dishwater, etc., below the surface of the ground, as required in § 384-4.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 460, Trailers and Mobile Homes.
B. 
Whenever the owners of buildings occupied as residences have agreed to supply heat, the owners shall supply heat to said buildings from the first day of October in each year to the first day of May of the succeeding year so that the temperature of said buildings shall always be kept at 68° F. or above.
[1]
Former § 95-8, Garbage, which previously preceded this section, was repealed 12-3-1986 by Ord. No. 22-86.

§ 384-6 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person, corporation, or their agents violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be liable for a penalty not to exceed $2,000 per offense upon conviction thereof in the Municipal Court of the Township of Jefferson. Each day that the violation or violations continue shall be considered as a separate offense and shall be penalized separately.
[Amended 11-6-1991 by Ord. No. 28-91; 6-14-2006 by Ord. No. 16-06]
B. 
Any person or persons hindering or obstructing a member of the Division of Health, or anyone duly authorized by it in the performance of his duties, in entering any premises for inspection, in carrying out any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $25 and costs of conviction, upon conviction thereof, in the Municipal Court of the Township of Jefferson.

§ 384-7 Waiving of regulations.

Whenever the provisions, regulations and restrictions set forth in this chapter shall cause undue hardship on any person, the Division, upon presentation of the facts in any hardship case, may, at its own discretion, waive for the particular case any of the provisions, regulations and restrictions as above-mentioned.