Township of West Windsor, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of West Windsor 12-29-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-54. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 48.
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 55.
Nuisances — See Ch. 115.
Soil removal and excavations — See Ch. 143.
Swimming pools — See Ch. 162.
Trees — See Ch. 170.
Land use — See Ch. 200.

§ 103-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to ensure that all landscapers are cognizant of the Township's leaf and brush ordinances. Nothing in this chapter shall relieve any owner, lessee or tenant from his/her responsibility to comply with the requirements of the Township's leaf and brush ordinances. The Township makes no guarantee or representation regarding the fitness, knowledge or qualification of any person that is registered with the Township to engage in landscaping for hire.

§ 103-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
FOR HIRE
To demand and/or accept payment or compensation for completion of landscaping services.
LANDSCAPE or LANDSCAPING
To be in the business, occupation or trade of adorning or improving property or portions of property by trimming or cutting grass or shrubs; by planting, installing or removing leaves, branches, logs, grass, flowers, mulch, hedges, shrubs or trees. As used in this chapter, the term "landscape" or "landscaping" shall also refer to the solicitation of the above referenced services.
PERSON
Any individual or entity including, but not limited to, any partnership, corporation (for-profit, nonprofit, or municipal and its agencies), firm, association or any combination of the foregoing.

§ 103-3 Applications for registration; registration fee.

A. 
No person shall engage in any landscaping for hire on any public or private property within the Township unless he/she has first registered with the Township.
B. 
At the time of registration, the applicant shall certify that he/she has received a copy of and will comply with the provisions of the Township's leaf and brush ordinances.
C. 
Every registration shall be issued and renewed on an annual basis, upon payment of an annual fee to the Township in the amount of $10.

§ 103-4 Exemptions.

A. 
No registration shall be required of any owners, lessee or tenant of real property who shall personally perform activities otherwise requiring registration; except that all such work must otherwise comply with Township ordinances.
B. 
Home improvement contractors registered pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:45-17.1 et seq. on or after December 31, 2005, shall not be required to register with the Township as required by this chapter.
C. 
Persons who are specifically exempt from the registration requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:45-17.1 et seq. pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:45-17.4 on or after December 31, 2005, shall be required to register with the Township as set forth in this chapter.

§ 103-5 Violations and penalties.

A. 
The Township Council may, upon recommendation of the Township Engineer or designee, after notice and opportunity for hearing, suspend or revoke any registration for violation of law or related Township ordinances, or for good cause shown to be adverse to the public health, safety or welfare.
B. 
When the Township Engineer or designee has reasonable cause to believe that an emergency affecting the public health, safety or welfare exists, said official may temporarily suspend any registration until the Township Council can be convened to consider the suspension. Such period shall not exceed 30 days, unless consented to by the landscaper and the Township Engineer or designee.
C. 
Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalty, § 1-3.