Township of Cinnaminson, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cinnaminson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, weeds and debris — See Ch. 176.
Unfit buildings — See Ch. 189.
Vacant buildings — See Ch. 193.
Housing standards — See Ch. 315.
Littering — See Ch. 345.
Garbage and trash collection — See Ch. 442, Art. II.
Sidewalk and curb maintenance — See Ch. 450, Art. II.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 503.
Nuisances — See Ch. 583.
[Adopted 7-17-1973 by Ord. No. 1973-12 (Sec. 2.28 of the 1995 Code)]
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
This article shall be known as the "Commercial and Residential Maintenance Code of the Township of Cinnaminson" and is referred to in this article in the short form as "this code."
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
The purpose of this code is to protect the health, safety and welfare by establishing minimum standards for the maintenance of such premises; to fix responsibilities and duties upon owners, operators and occupants; to authorize and establish procedures for the inspection of commercial and residential premises; to fix penalties for the violations of this code; and to provide for the right to access to permit repairs when necessary. This code is hereby declared to be remedial and essential for the public interest, and it is intended that this code is liberally construed to effectuate the purpose as stated herein.
The following terms, whenever used herein, shall have the following meanings unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
BUILDING MATERIALS
Any item used for the construction of building improvements, including, but not limited to, drywall materials, wood, steel, tiles, roofing, nails, paint, insulation or debris created by or from construction.
[Added 10-18-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18]
COMMERCIAL PREMISES
A lot or tract of land which is zoned for commercial or industrial use or a lot or tract of land part of which is zoned for commercial or industrial use.
[Amended 4-12-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-9]
EQUIPMENT
Any item, whether or not portable without the assistance of a trailer, which is used for building renovations or building improvements, whether or not such improvements are interior or exterior, including, but not limited to, wood chippers, table saws, tile cutters, cement mixers and lawn and garden tools.
[Added 10-18-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18]
EXTERIOR OF THE PREMISES
Those portions of a building which are exposed to public view and the open space of any premises outside of any building erected thereon.
GOODS and MERCHANDISE
Possessions, especially movable effects or personal property; articles of trade; wares or stockpiles of materials.
[Added 10-18-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18]
HARBORAGE
Any condition, man-made or natural, which affords a breeding place or hiding place for harmful rodents, insects or other pests.
A. 
Any common law nuisance or as provided by the laws of the State of New Jersey or the ordinances of the Township of Cinnaminson.
B. 
Any attractive nuisance which may prove detrimental to the health or safety of children, whether in a building or upon a lot. This includes but is not limited to any structurally unsound fences or structures, lumber, trash, fences, debris or vegetation, such as poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac, which may prove a hazard for inquisitive minors.
C. 
Physical conditions dangerous to human life or detrimental to the health of persons on or near the premises where the conditions exist.
D. 
Unsanitary conditions or anything unreasonably offensive to the senses or dangerous to health, in violation of this code.
E. 
Whatever renders air, food or drink unwholesome or detrimental to the health of human beings.
F. 
Fire hazards.
OCCUPANT
Any person having actual possession of the premises or any part thereof.
OPERATOR
Any person who has charge, care or control of the commercial or residential premises or any part thereof, whether with or without the consent of the owner.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
OVERGROWN GRASS
Any natural grass or weeds of a height of eight inches in length or greater. Overgrown grass shall not include areas of natural growth that are not ordinarily maintained, such as areas containing wetlands or marshes or densely wooded areas. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited.
[Added 8-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-10]
OWNER
Any person who, alone or jointly or severally with others, shall have legal or equitable title to any commercial premises, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof; or shall have charge, care or control of any commercial and residential premises as owner or agent of the owner, or as fiduciary, including but not limited to executor, executrix, administrator, administratrix, trustee, receiver or guardian of the estate, or as a mortgagee in possession, regardless of how such possession was obtained. Any person who is a lessee subletting or reassigning any part or all of any commercial and residential premises shall be deemed to be a co-owner with the lessor and shall have joint responsibility over the portion of the premises sublet or assigned by said lessee.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
PREMISES
A lot, plot or parcel of land including the building or structure thereon.
[Added 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
RESIDENCE
A unit of housing.
[Added 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
RESIDENT
One who resides, occupies or dwells in unit of housing.
[Added 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
SHOPPING AREA
One or more buildings or part thereof designed as a unit, to be occupied by one or more businesses for the conduct of business and conducted as an integrated planned area development.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
A. 
Every commercial and residential premises and building situated thereon in the Township of Cinnaminson, used or intended to be used for commercial and/or residential occupancy, shall comply with the provisions of this code, whether or not such building shall have been constructed, altered or repaired before or after the enactment of this code. This code established minimum standards for the initial and continued occupancy and use of all such commercial and residential buildings or structures and does not replace or modify standards otherwise established for the construction, repair, alteration or use of such commercial and residential buildings or structures contain therein. Where there is mixed occupancy with commercial and residential and other uses on the same premises, all such uses shall be nevertheless regulated by and subject to the provisions of this code.
B. 
In any case where the provisions of this code impose a higher standard than is set forth in any other ordinance of the Township of Cinnaminson or under the laws of the State of New Jersey, then the standards as set forth herein shall prevail, but if the provisions of this code impose a lower standard than any other ordinance of the Township of Cinnaminson or the laws of the State of New Jersey, then the higher standard contained in any other such ordinance or law shall prevail.
[Added 9-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-11]
Owners and management of every building and structure in the Township of Cinnaminson which is occupied by two or more families as tenants of the owner or lessor must register with the Clerk of the Township of Cinnaminson by completing forms prescribed by and furnished by the Township. Each registration shall include the name and address of the owner, the name and address of the lessor if other than owner, and the name and address of an agent in charge of the premises residing in the municipality.
Owners and operators shall have all the duties and responsibilities prescribed in this code, and no owner or operator shall be relieved from any such duty and responsibility, nor be entitled to defend against any charge or violation thereof, by reason of the fact that the occupant is also responsible therefor and in violation thereof.
Occupants shall have all the duties and responsibilities as prescribed in §§ 405-12, 405-13, 405-14, 405-15, 405-16 and 405-17 of this article, and the occupant shall not be relieved from any such duty and responsibility, nor be entitled to defend against any charge of violation thereof, by reason of the fact that the owner or operator is also responsible therefor and in violation thereof.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
The exterior of all commercial and residential buildings, premises and all structures thereon shall be kept free of all nuisances and any hazards to the safety of occupants, pedestrians and other persons utilizing or residing within the vicinity of said commercial or residential building or premise, and free of unsanitary conditions, and any of the foregoing shall be promptly removed and abated by the owner, operator, occupant or resident. It shall be the duty of the owner, operator, occupant or resident to keep the premises free of hazards which include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. 
Refuse: broken glass, filth, garbage, trash, litter and debris.
B. 
Natural growth: brush, weeds, ragweeds, stumps, root and obnoxious growths, dead and dying trees and limbs or other natural growth which, by reason of rotting or deteriorating conditions or storm damage, constitute a hazard to persons in the vicinity thereof. Trees shall be kept pruned and trimmed to prevent such conditions. Overgrown grass shall be cut up to and along any adjacent curbline and/or commencement of paved roadway, including the main lot or land, that portion of any lot, land or easement along or adjacent to any sidewalk, curbline, street or alley and includes that portion of any lot, land or easement located within the limits of any street, highway, alley or easement.
[Amended 8-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-10]
C. 
Overhangings: loose and overhanging objects and accumulations of ice and snow which, by reason of location above ground level, constitute a danger of falling on persons in the vicinity thereof.
D. 
Ground surface hazards or unsanitary conditions: holes, broken or missing pavement, loose stone, excavations, breaks, projections, obstructions, ice, uncleared snow and excretion of pets and other animals on paths, walks, driveways, parking lots and parking areas and other parts of the premises which are accessible to and used by persons on the premises. All such holes and excavations shall be filled and repaired, walks and steps repaired and other conditions removed where necessary to eliminate hazards or unsanitary conditions with reasonable dispatch upon their discovery. It shall be the responsibility of owners, operators, occupants or residents to take reasonable steps to discover any such hazards or unsanitary conditions which may exist on their premises.
E. 
Recurring accumulations of stormwater. Adequate runoff drains shall be provided and maintained to eliminate any recurrent or excessive accumulation of stormwater.
F. 
Sources of infestation.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2; 8-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-10]
All commercial and residential premises shall be kept landscaped, and grass, lawns, hedges and bushes shall be kept trimmed and kept from becoming overgrown. Trees, grass, shrubs and other plantings shall be replaced when the same have fallen or died.
All signs, pavement markings and printed matter and pictures or illustrations contained thereon, permitted by reason of other regulations or as a lawful nonconforming use, shall be maintained in good repair.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2; 8-19-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-16]
A. 
The exterior of every commercial and residential structure or accessory structure, including fences, signs and storefronts, shall be maintained in good repair and shall be aesthetically painted, except those constructed of materials designed to be unpainted, such as but not limited to cedar and redwood. All structural surfaces shall be maintained free of safety hazards and fire hazards, such as broken windows, loose and falling shingles and crumbling and falling stone or brick.
B. 
The open or outdoor storage of appliances, building materials or rubbish, equipment, garbage, goods, glass, materials, merchandise, trash or similar items shall not be permitted, maintained or stored on any premises for more than seven calendar days or past the next regularly scheduled trash collection date, whichever occurs sooner, with the exception of:
[Added 10-18-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18[1]]
(1) 
Property where outdoor storage is authorized by a duly adopted Planning Board or Zoning Board Resolution; or
(2) 
Cut wood which is neatly stacked in lengths not to exceed three feet for the personal use of the owner or occupant.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsections B through D as Subsections C through E.
C. 
Residential parking requirements. The parking or placement of any motor vehicles, trailers, campers, utility vehicles, boats or boats on a utility vehicle or trailer in the front yard area of any residential structure or accessory structure is strictly prohibited; however, said motor vehicles, trailers, campers, storage containers, utility vehicles, and/or boats on a utility vehicle or trailer may be parked on a driveway, provided that said driveway is constructed of asphalt, concrete, stone, or a solid continuous parking pad capable of preventing the undergrowth beneath the vehicle, boat, trailer, or camper. All aforementioned vehicles, trailers, boats, etc., when not on an approved driveway location, must be placed in the rear yard area of the residential lot on a parking pad constructed of materials as stated above, not to be closer than five feet to a side or rear property line. No more than a total of three of the above-named items or parts thereof, whether operable or not, may be parked or placed in any rear yard at any one time.
[Amended 2-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-3]
D. 
Commercial and industrial parking requirements. The parking or placement of any motor vehicles, trailers, campers, utility vehicles, boats or boats on utility vehicles or trailers must be in conformance with the approved site plan of the commercial or industrial site. In no case may any motor vehicles, trailers, campers, utility vehicles, boats or boats on utility vehicles or trailers be offered for sale or parked, stored or placed on any commercial or industrial site unless said site has prior Board approvals for the sale or storage of said vehicles, etc., and the vehicles have a direct relationship with the approved use of the commercial or industrial site.
E. 
Garage sales. Garage sales are permitted in all zones where the property is a residential use, provided that the subject parcel has not more than three such activities per calendar year and said activity is for a period of not more than two days.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2; 9-17-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-6]
A. 
The owner, operator, resident and occupant shall have the duty and responsibility of removing refuse and garbage at least once per week, or at least as often as pickup is provided by the Township, but if pickup once weekly is not sufficient to remove all garbage that accumulates, removal more often shall be required, at the cost and expense of the owner, operator, resident and occupant.
B. 
Garbage and refuse shall be stored in tightly sealed, commercially produced trash containers to prevent animal infestation and to eliminate odors. Further, in residential zones and neighborhoods, all trash, refuse and recycling containers shall be stored inside a main or accessory structure on the premises, including, but not limited to, attached or detached garages, or stored in the rear of the property, not visible from the roadway.
[Added 10-18-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18]
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2; 8-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-10]
In the case of each commercial or residential premises, the owner, occupant or resident shall be responsible for removing litter from the sidewalk or other pedestrian areas, if any, in front of the owner's or occupant's commercial premises or resident's residential premises. The area shall be swept as often as necessary to maintain it free of litter, spillage or other debris. The owner or occupant shall be responsible for maintaining any buffer strip between the sidewalk and curb line, including, but not limited to, trimming or cutting of overgrown grass.
[Amended 3-8-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6; 11-9-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-17; 5-13-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-7]
Upon discovery by an occupant of any condition of the premises which constitutes a violation of this article by the owner or operator, the occupant shall report same to the Police Department, Construction Official, Health Officer or Fire Official, who shall be responsible for enforcement of the provisions of this article.
All parts of the premises under the control of the occupant shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition, and the occupant shall refrain from performing any acts which would render other parts of the premises unclean or unsanitary or which would obstruct the owner or operator from performing any duty required hereunder or maintaining the premises in a clean and sanitary condition.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
Every owner, operator, resident or occupant shall be responsible for the elimination of infestation in and on the premises subject to his control.
[Amended 3-8-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6; 11-9-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-17; 2-11-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-4; 2-20-1990 by Ord. No. 1991-2; 9-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-11; 2-4-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-3; 2-23-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1]
All buildings and premises subject to this code are subject to inspection from time to time by the Construction Official, Health Officer, Police Department, Site Plan Inspector, Zoning Officer or Superintendent of Public Works or any other Township official charged with the duty of enforcing regulations governing any aspect or conduct of the activity housed in said premises. At the time of such inspections, all parts of the premises must be available and accessible for such inspections, and the owner, operator, resident and occupant are required to provide the necessary arrangement to facilitate such inspections. Such inspections shall be made during open hours of the business occupying said premises unless there is reason to believe a violation exists of a character which is an immediate threat to safety requiring inspection and abatement without delay.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2]
No person shall deposit any litter on the ground in a commercial or residential premises. Nothing in this section shall in any way modify the responsibility of owners, occupants, residents under other provisions of this code for the keeping of commercial premises in a clean and sanitary condition.
The owner and operator of every shopping area shall be responsible for providing, maintaining and policing the following:
A. 
Means of ingress and egress shall be clearly marked by signs.
B. 
Parking spaces shall be clearly indicated by painted lines.
C. 
Lanes for the movement of traffic in each direction shall be indicated by arrows indicating one-way traffic and shall be painted in these lanes at both ends.
D. 
A trash basket with at least a twenty-gallon capacity shall be provided for each 150 feet of store frontage in the shopping area. These baskets shall be placed in the walking or pedestrian area, shall be provided with tight-fitting covers fitted with hinged doors and shall not be allowed to overflow.
E. 
Fire zones should be kept clear of all vehicular traffic and parking, as designated by the Fire Official. In addition to the obligation placed herein on the owner and operator of every shopping area, any individual parking or stopping a vehicle in an area marked as a fire zone shall be in violation of the provisions of this article and subject to the penalties provided in § 405-27 hereof.
[Amended 3-8-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6; 5-13-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-6]
F. 
Stores located in shopping centers that have rear exit doors shall have the name or names of the occupant shown on the exterior of said doors in letters at least two inches high.
[Added 5-11-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-6]
[Amended 3-8-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6; 8-12-1980 by Ord. No. 1980-15; 5-13-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-7; 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2; 12-17-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-22]
A. 
It shall be the duty of owners and tenants of property, operators of vehicles and residents, and persons parking in school, municipal and park and recreation parking lots, where parking spaces and lanes are provided for their customers, users, guests or visitors, to see that all parking is done in conformity with the spaces provided and that the flow of traffic conforms to the directional arrows painted in the lanes between the parking spaces.
B. 
Any individual cited for a first-time violation of this chapter may plead guilty by presenting the citation to the Court Administrator or her designee who shall confirm that the violation is a first-time violation. The fine for a first-time offender shall be $50.
C. 
The Police Department, the Fire Official and Fire Inspectors shall have the authority to issue complaints to anyone obstructing a marked fire lane, and penalties derived therefrom shall be divided equally between the Township and Cinnaminson Fire District No. 1.
[Added 5-19-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-12]
A. 
Generally. Used clothing donation steel or similar storage containers (hereinafter referred to in this section as "bins") are prohibited in the Township of Cinnaminson.
B. 
Exceptions. Registered nonprofit organizations are permitted to place used clothing bins on nonresidential property in accordance with the following:
(1) 
Nonresidential commercial premises devoted to nonprofit purposes, and churches, are permitted to have up to three used clothing donation bins.
(2) 
The bin(s) shall be appropriately located so as not to interfere with sight triangles, on-site circulation, required setbacks, landscaping, parking, and any other requirements that may have been imposed as part of the site plan approval for the premises, and shall be placed on a concrete surface.
(3) 
The bin(s) shall be of the type that are enclosed by use of a receiving door and locked so that the contents of the bin(s) may not be accessed by anyone other than those responsible for the retrieval of the contents.
(4) 
Each bin shall not cover a ground surface area in excess of five feet by five feet, nor be more than six feet in height.
(5) 
Each bin must be regularly emptied of its contents so that it does not overflow, resulting in used clothing being strewn about the surrounding area.
(6) 
A permit for used clothing donation bins shall be required. The permit shall be issued by the Zoning Officer, but can only be granted when it is determined by the Zoning Officer that:
(a) 
The bin(s) are for use by a duly registered nonprofit organization;
(b) 
The proper types of bin(s) are being used as described by this section;
(c) 
The bin(s) are being placed in a proper location as described by this section;
(d) 
Letter of authority/permission from the owner of the property upon which the bins are to be and/or are already located; and
(e) 
Name, address and phone number of the nonprofit organization or Church displayed on each bin.
C. 
If any used clothing donation bins are placed without a permit, or an inspection reveals that such bins are not in compliance with this section, enforcement and abatement shall take place as generally provided under this article.
[Added 4-21-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-6]
Nonresidential commercial premises (including hotels and motels) which utilize dumpsters for the disposal of solid waste shall, at the property owner's sole cost and expense, locate and enclose such containers in accordance with the following standards:
A. 
The dumpster(s) shall be located in the rear or to the side of the commercial structure; provided the solid waste haulers can access the dumpsters and remove the solid waste safely. If a commercial establishment has access to and can locate a dumpster(s) in the rear of the structure safely, then the dumpster(s) shall be located to the rear of the structure.
B. 
The dumpster(s) shall be appropriately located so as not to interfere with sight triangles, on-site circulation, required setbacks, landscaping, parking, and any other requirements that may have been imposed as part of the site plan approval for the premises, and shall be placed on a concrete pad.
C. 
Each commercial establishment shall provide appropriate enclosures for each dumpster(s) or container(s), which shall be properly screened from adjacent property and from the public view.
D. 
Each bin must be regularly emptied of its contents so that its contents cannot be transferred off the lot, directly or indirectly, by natural forces such as surface water or wind, and so that it does not overflow and become unsightly and malodorous.
E. 
For properties that do not currently locate their dumpsters in the rear or side of the structure, the property owner shall relocate the dumpster and enclose same, in accordance with these provisions of this section within six months of the effective date of this section. The Zoning Officer for the Township of Cinnaminson shall inspect all commercial properties after the six-month period has expired to determine whether this section has been complied with. The Zoning Officer shall have the authority to determine whether the dumpster(s) have been properly located in the rear or side of the structure, and whether the dumpster(s) have been adequately enclosed. Commercial property owners may contact the Zoning Officer to obtain assistance in complying with this section.
F. 
If the Zoning or Code Enforcement Officer or the Superintendent of Public Works determines that the dumpster(s) have not been appropriately placed and enclosed, enforcement and abatement shall take place as generally provided under this article, unless the dumpster(s) are placed within the right-of-way, in which case the provisions of Chapter 379 shall apply to the removal of the dumpster.
[Amended 2-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-3]
[Amended 11-9-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-17; 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2; 9-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-11; 2-4-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-3; 2-23-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-3]
Where the violation or condition existing on the premises is of such a nature as to constitute an immediate threat to life and limb unless abated without delay, any enforcement official (listed in § 405-26) may order the owner, resident, operator or occupant to correct the violation or condition within the period of time consistent with the hazard involved and with the measures necessary to remove the hazard; upon the failure of the operator, owner, resident or occupant to correct said condition, the enforcement official shall abate said condition immediately thereafter.
[Added 9-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-11; amended 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-3]
A notice of violation shall be served on the owner, lessor or agent, and the notice shall be posted upon the premises in a conspicuous place when the owner, lessor, or agent cannot be found at the address in the registration or in the Township tax records. Notice may be served by regular and certified mail, national overnight courier service and/or personal service. Said enforcement and abatement notice shall specify the enforcement official's findings and determinations and a date for correction and abatement.
[Amended 2-20-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-2; 9-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-11; 2-4-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-3; 2-23-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-3]
A. 
If any owner or tenant of lands lying within the Township of Cinnaminson shall, within 10 days after service of such notice (referenced above in § 405-24), fail or neglect to correct the violation as stated in the notice, said action to correct the violation shall be accomplished by or under the direction of the enforcement officials listed below.
B. 
Where abatement of any nuisance, as defined herein, or correction of a defect on the premises or the maintenance of the premises in a proper condition to conform to applicable ordinances of the Township of Cinnaminson or the laws of the State of New Jersey required expenditures of the Township of Cinnaminson moneys therefor, either by the supplying of labor by Township employees, or the furnishing of material by the Township, or the hiring of outside contractors, said expenditures shall first be approved by the Township Committee of the Township of Cinnaminson. The enforcement official shall present a report of the work to be accomplished to the governing body of the Township of Cinnaminson, along with a summary of the proceedings undertaken to secure compliance, including notice served upon owners, operators, residents, occupants or their agents, as the case may be, by telephone, telegram, etc. The governing body shall then approve the expenditures and shall cause the cost of abatement to be charged against said lands; the amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
[Added 8-19-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-15; amended 9-17-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-6; 9-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-11; 2-4-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-3]
A. 
The following municipal officials of the Township of Cinnaminson shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this article: the Construction Code Official, the Code Enforcement Officer, the Health Officer, and/or the Zoning Official. Moreover, any Cinnaminson Township resident who observes a violation under this chapter may file a complaint by notifying the Township/enforcement official during normal business hours.
[Amended 2-23-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-3]
B. 
The enforcement official shall provide written notice to owners, operators and occupants found to be in violation of this article which shall be known as an "enforcement and abatement notice." Said enforcement and abatement notice shall specify:
[Amended 2-23-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-3]
(1) 
The enforcement official's findings and determinations;
(2) 
The deadline date for correction and abatement; and
(3) 
Notification that any aggrieved party may file an appeal of the decision.
C. 
Any aggrieved owner, operator, or occupant who receives an enforcement and abatement notice from an enforcement official shall have the right to appeal the findings, determinations and/or date for correction and abatement by the Township Committee. Said appeal shall be in writing and must be filed with the Township Clerk and the issuing official or person within 15 days of receipt of the enforcement and abatement notice, and specify the findings and determinations being contested. The Township Committee shall conduct a hearing on the appeal upon written notice to the aggrieved party and the enforcement official. The hearing shall be held within 30 days of receipt of the written appeal by the Township Clerk. The Township Committee's findings, determinations, conclusions and decision shall be adopted within 30 days of the date of the hearing. The Township Committee may reverse or affirm the decision of the enforcement official, with or without the imposition of conditions, which conditions may include the recommendation that repairs be performed by the Township and the cost of same become a lien on the property. The date of adoption of the resolution shall constitute the date of the Township Committee's decision. A copy of the resolution shall be mailed to the aggrieved party and the enforcement official within 10 days of the date of adoption of the resolution. The period of time in which an appeal may be made to a court of competent jurisdiction shall run from the date of mailing of the resolution.
[Amended 2-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-3; 2-23-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-3]
D. 
Any owner, operator or occupant who receives an enforcement and abatement notice who fails to appeal the findings, determinations and/or date for correction and abatement to the Township Committee as provided herein or who appeals the findings, determinations and/or date for correction and abatement to the Township Committee as provided herein and said decision is affirmed by the Township Committee, and who fails to or refuses to abide by said decision, shall be subject to receipt of a summons for violation of this article.
E. 
In the case of abatement of a violation for failure to cut, trim or remove overgrown grass, the time for the aggrieved owner, operator or occupant to appeal such notice is limited to 10 days from receipt of notice.
[Added 8-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-10]
[Amended 9-17-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-6; 8-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-10; 8-15-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-11]
Violations of any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-15, General penalty provision. Each day's continued violation of this article shall constitute a separate and distinct offense of the provisions hereof. In the event said violation(s) continues unabated for a period of five days or if said violation occurs within the same twelve-month period, said continued or second or more violations shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $2,000 per day for the continued violation. Temporary or subsequent compliance with this article shall not constitute a defense against any subsequent or other violation of this article. The imposition of any fine or penalty issued herein shall not prevent the Township from collection of cost for services through the lien process described herein.