[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington 10-5-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 96.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 123.
Hotels, motels and other rental units — See Ch. 135.
Housing standards — See Ch. 138.
Land development — See Ch. 148.
Littering — See Ch. 152.
Solid waste — See Ch. 200.
Trailers and trailer parks — See Ch. 219.
Garbage, rubbish and rubbish — See Ch. 257.
Sanitation — See Ch. 265.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of this township from dangerous or hazardous conditions caused by properties or structures upon properties which are unoccupied or empty and have fallen into a state of disrepair or neglect.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions are created and shall apply:
- ABANDONED STRUCTURE
- A structure, building, dwelling or other component of building materials whose valid construction permit or temporary certificate of occupancy has expired as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.16(b) and 5:23-2.23(c).
- Discarded waste or litter or the remnants of such waste, including but not limited to remnants or waste of construction materials.
- PUBLIC NUISANCE
- An abandoned structure or property which meets any one or more of the following criteria:
- A. The physical condition or the use of any premises in a manner which would be regarded as a public nuisance at common law;
- B. Any physical condition, use or occupancy of any premises or appurtenances thereto which would be regarded as an attractive nuisance to children, including but not limited to abandoned wells, shafts, basements, excavations and unsafe fences or structures;
- C. Any premises which has unsanitary sewerage or plumbing facilities;
- D. Any premises designated as unsafe for human habitation or use;
- E. Any premises which is manifestly capable of being a fire hazard or are manifestly unsafe or unsecured as to endanger life, limb or property;
- F. Any premises from which the plumbing, heating and/or facilities required by this code have been removed, or from which utilities have been disconnected, destroyed, removed or rendered ineffective, or the required precautions against trespassers have not been provided;
- G. Any premises which is unsanitary or which is littered with rubbish or garbage or which has an uncontrolled growth of weeds; or
- H. Any structure or building that is in a state of dilapidation, deterioration or decay, faulty construction, overcrowded, open, vacant or abandoned.
- TEMPORARY SAFEGUARDS
- The closing of all exterior openings on all levels of an abandoned structure, including the removal of debris from the property.
- All grasses, annual plants and vegetation having growth in excess of 10 inches in height.
It shall be illegal to maintain or allow to be maintained any abandoned structure or property constituting a public nuisance as defined by this chapter within all zones of the Township of Readington.
Every portion of property within the township located within a township right-of-way, sight triangle or in some other area necessary for sight distance shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches in height.
Upon notification by the township to the owner or his, her, their or its legal agent that the property in question is in violation of this chapter, the owner or agent shall institute temporary safeguards and abate all public nuisances, including the controlling of weeds.
The violation in question must be fully resolved within 10 days of the date the township issues notification of the violation. Failure to comply at the end of the ten-day period will result in the Township of Readington taking any action necessary, including but not limited to assigning the work to a private contractor, proceeding with the abatement on its own or any other legal action deemed necessary. If the township takes the task of abatement upon itself, any cost incurred shall be placed on the property in the form of a municipal lien.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.