Township of Springfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield 12-8-1941 by Ord. No. 243; amended in its entirety 5-11-2011 by Ord. No. 909. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 18.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 45.

§ 11-1 Accumulation of objectionable vegetation prohibited.

A. 
No person, firm or corporation, being the owner or occupant of premises situated in Springfield Township, shall permit the growth or accumulation of weeds, tall grasses or other objectionable vegetation on such premises or any part thereof to such an extent or in such manner as shall, in the judgment of the Code Enforcement Officer of said Township, be prejudicial to the public health.
B. 
No person, firm or corporation, being the owner or occupant of premises situated in Springfield Township, shall permit the growth or accumulation of weeds, tall grasses or other objectionable vegetation on such premises or any part thereof to such an extent or in such manner as shall, in the judgment of the Chief of Police of the Township, endanger the safety of persons or property or to such an extent or in such manner as shall, in the judgment of the Fire Marshal of the Township, constitute a fire hazard.
C. 
The following areas shall be exempt from the requirements of this chapter except that noxious weeds shall be controlled within those areas: woodlands, wildflower gardens, meadows, steep slopes, wetlands, floodplains, riparian corridors, areas within 15 feet of a watercourse, pond or lake, an active farm field, pasture, and areas where stormwater management or conservation management plans have been established. Noxious weeds shall include ragweed, thistle, oriental bittersweet, hogweed, bamboo, multiflora rose, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and wild grapevines.

§ 11-2 Declaration of nuisance; service of notice.

A. 
Whenever the Code Enforcement Officer shall, in his or her discretion, consider the growth or accumulation of weeds, tall grasses or other objectionable vegetation on any premises as aforesaid to be prejudicial to the public health, he or she may declare the same to be a nuisance and shall notify the owner or occupant of said premises to remedy such condition within five days from the date of service of such notice. The service of such notice shall be made upon the owner or occupant of said premises either by delivering the same to such owner or occupant personally or by delivering same to and leaving it with any adult person in charge of said premises or, in case no such person is found upon said premises, by affixing same in a conspicuous position upon said premises.
B. 
Whenever the Chief of Police or Fire Marshal, shall, in his or her judgment, consider the growth or accumulation of weeds, tall grasses or other objectionable vegetation on any premises as aforesaid, as constituting a fire hazard or endangering the safety of persons and property, he or she may declare the same to be a nuisance and shall notify the owner or occupant of said premises to remedy such condition within five days from the date of service of such notice. The service of such notice shall be made upon the owner or occupant of said premises either by delivering same to such owner or occupant personally or by delivering same to and leaving it with any adult person in charge of said premises or, in case no such person is found upon said premises, by affixing same in a conspicuous position upon said premises.

§ 11-3 Failure to comply; abatement of conditions.

In the event the owner or occupant shall refuse or neglect to abate such nuisance within a period of five days as required by such notice, the Code Enforcement Officer, Chief of Police or Fire Marshal, as the case may be, may direct the removal of such conditions and may collect all expense of such removal from the owner or occupant of said premises, such amount to be collectible as municipal claims are now collected by law.

§ 11-4 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any owner, person, firm, association or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to pay a fine or penalty of not more than $1,000 for each and every offense. A new and separate offense shall be deemed to have been committed for each day that said violation exists.
B. 
All fines and penalties imposed by this chapter are recoverable by summary proceedings before any District Justice of the Township of Springfield, and all suits or actions at law instituted for the recovery thereof are to be in the name and for the use of the Township of Springfield against which offense is committed, and, upon recovery thereof, all such fines and penalties are to be paid into the treasury of the Township.