Township of Boonton, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Boonton 5-12-71. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dogs (Township Committee) — See Ch. 71.

§ 160-1 Number of animals restricted.

No person shall keep, raise or harbor more than two pet animals other than household pets on any premises of less than five acres owned, leased or used by them within the Township of Boonton, except as herein provided.

§ 160-2 Special permit required for harboring animals.

Any person desiring to keep, raise or harbor more than two pet animals within the Township of Boonton shall first apply to the Board of Health of the Township of Boonton for a special permit authorizing the same. The application shall contain the following information: a sketch of the premises upon which the animals are to be kept, which sketch shall indicate all buildings on the premises, the area to be occupied by the animals, proposed fences and enclosures and the type and number of pet animals to be kept.

§ 160-3 Conditions for issuance of special permit.

A. 
No permit shall be issued for the keeping of more than two pet animals within the Township of Boonton unless the premises on which the animals are to be kept comply with the following conditions:
(1) 
The use shall meet the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance of the Township of Boonton, as now in effect or as may hereinafter be amended or supplemented.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 102, Land Use.
(2) 
No manure or urine shall be stored within 50 feet of the property line of the premises on which the animals are kept, nor within 50 feet of any dwelling on the property either adjoining or adjacent or in the approximate vicinity of the property on which the animals are kept, nor within 50 feet of any well which supplies water for human consumption.
B. 
As a condition for the obtaining and retention of a permit for the keeping of more than two pet animals within the Township of Boonton, the premises on which said animals are to be kept shall be subject to an inspection by the Sanitary Inspector of said Township during reasonable hours to assure compliance with this chapter.

§ 160-4 Investigation prior to issuance of special permit.

A. 
The Board of Health shall consider the application and conduct such investigation as it may determine to be necessary in order to ascertain the extent to which the proposed use may affect the health, safety or welfare of the applicant and other persons in the community.
B. 
The applicant, if he so requests, shall be entitled to appear before the Board of Health and present such evidence in support of the application as may be proper. Within 45 days after the filing of the application, the Board of Health shall issue its determination as to whether the permit shall issue, and, if the application is denied, a statement of the reasons for denying the same shall be mailed to the applicant at the address shown on the application.

§ 160-5 Revocation of special permit; hearing.

A. 
If at any time after the issuance of a permit the Sanitary Inspector of the Township of Boonton determines that the conditions of the permit have been violated, he shall order the permit to be revoked.
B. 
In the event that any of the provisions of this chapter are violated, the Board of Health may terminate or suspend any permit issued pursuant to this chapter.
C. 
Written notice of the alleged violations shall be given to the applicant, to any employee of the applicant on the licensed premises or by posting the notice on the premises in a conspicuous place. The written notice shall include the time and place of the hearing, which shall not be less than 30 days after the notice.
D. 
At the hearing, the Board of Health shall hear all the evidence offered in connection with the proposed suspension or revocation. The Board of Health, if it finds against the permittee, may revoke the permit or may suspend it upon such conditions and stipulations as may be directed. In the event of revocation of the permit, the animals shall no longer be kept upon the premises.

§ 160-6 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person, partnership, corporation, organization or group who shall keep, raise or harbor more than two pet animals in violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of no more than $500. nor less than $5.
B. 
Each day a particular violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.