[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Alpine 3-24-2004 by Ord. No. 627. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful to engage in business in the Borough of Alpine as a landscape contractor without first having registered as set forth herein.
Unless otherwise expressly provided, the words and phrases used in this chapter shall have the following meanings:
- Any organic or inorganic substance, including grass, grass clippings, branches, twigs, mulch, soil or other natural parts of foliage, including stumps or trees, products of the earth, including any residue from any of the foregoing. Leaves shall not be considered debris for purposes of this section.
- Any individual person, partnership, firm, association, business or legal entity which undertakes any of the following services as a commercial undertaking for consideration: mowing of grass or lawns; trimming or cutting of trees, bushes or shrubbery; restoration or installation of lawns, grass, foliage, leaves or trees from a given property; any and all services relating to the placing, installation, care or cultivation of lawns, shrubbery, trees, foliage or other plant life; installation of sprinkler systems.
All applications for registration shall be in writing on forms furnished by the Borough, signed by the applicant or the authorized agent of the applicant, and presented to the Borough Clerk. The application shall state the name of the contractor/landscaper, the correct name under which the business is being operated, the residence of the applicant, and such other pertinent information as may be necessary for an investigation of the applicant. The contractor/landscaper shall provide an insurance certificate and, in the case of a landscape contractor, a pesticide license number.
The owner or occupant of a structure or premises shall not be required to register, provided the work will be performed, completed and supervised by the owner or occupant.
All applications for licenses received by the Borough Clerk may, after appropriate investigation be approved by the Clerk. Thereafter, if the application is approved, the Borough Clerk shall issue the license upon payment of the license fee as hereinafter provided. All licenses issued shall expire on December 31 of each year.
The registration fee shall be $25 per calendar year, and no part of said fee shall be prorated for any part of the year. Upon payment of the fee, the Borough Clerk shall issue a registration certificate for the calendar year for which the application was filed.
No landscaper shall operate within the confines of the Borough without possession of a current registration.
The removal of debris resulting from landscaping services shall be the responsibility of the landscaper, and no such debris shall be placed at the curbside for collection, swept or deposited into any public and/or private street and/or residence, or left on a given property such that same may be caused to be blown into a public and/or private street and/or residence.
No landscaper shall perform any landscaping services within the confines of the Borough of Alpine on Saturday or Sunday.
[Amended 9-22-2014 by Ord. No. 747]
No landscaper shall dump or allow the dumping of leaves which do not originate within the boundaries of the Borough of Alpine. Landscapers will be able to rake leaves into the curbline during the period of September 30 through the first week of December as per publication by the DPW Superintendent. (No clippings, sticks, rocks, etc.) The leaves are to be placed evenly along the property line in a neat and orderly fashion. No landscaper shall bag leaves.
No person shall allow the piling of leaves so as to block accessibility of the flow of rainwater to storm sewer drains.
No one shall spill or dump oil, gasoline or other petroleum products, pesticides, or any fertilizers on the public roadway or right-of-way or anywhere on the ground or in stormwater catch basins. No equipment shall be filled or refilled except over a drop cloth or other device designated to catch and retain any accidental spillage.
The license issued pursuant to this chapter or a photocopy signed by the licensee shall be in the actual possession, together with the vehicle registration and identification papers, of the person performing work at the site.
Any landscaper or excavator who violates Borough ordinances, such as those covering (but not limited to these examples) dumping, littering, causing excessive noise or causing damage to roadways or curbing, shall, upon conviction for any of these violations, be required to return his permit for that year to the Borough Clerk and refrain from further work within the Borough until he obtains a new permit for a future year.
Any person, firm or corporation required by this chapter to register as a contractor who violates its terms shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for a period of 90 days, or both.