Township of Doylestown, PA
Bucks County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Doylestown 6-22-1982 by Ord. No. 121. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 62.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 100.
This chapter shall be known as the "Nuisance Ordinance."
The purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Township.
Certain words and phrases used in this chapter shall have the meanings ascribed as follows:
ABANDONED VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle which has a defaced, changed or obliterated serial number; or any motor vehicle which is parked or stored on a public road or property not owned by the owner of the vehicle or which is parked or stored on private property or a public road or property without having a current license or a current inspection sticker.
[Added 6-5-2007 by Ord. No. 338]
A. 
A motorized off-highway vehicle which travels on three or more inflatable tires and has a maximum width of 50 inches and a maximum dry weight of 800 pounds or less.
B. 
A motorized off-highway vehicle which travels on three or more inflatable tires, has a maximum width which exceeds 50 inches or a dry weight which exceeds 800 pounds.
C. 
A small motorcycle designed and built with special tires and suspension for riding on unpaved roads and over rough terrain.
D. 
Any motor-driven vehicle designed for travel primarily on snow or ice of the type that utilizes sled-type runners or skis, an endless belt, tread, or any combination of those or other similar means of contact with the surface upon which it is operated.
ANIMAL
Includes all mammals, birds, fowl and reptiles normally or ordinarily domesticated (including household pets such as dogs and cats). Such term shall not include fish.
[Added 9-18-2001 by Ord. No. 304]
DANGEROUS STRUCTURE
Any building which has deteriorated to the state where it is dangerous and unsafe for human occupancy, constitutes a fire hazard, endangers surrounding buildings, shelters rats or other vermin or endangers the safety of children playing thereabouts.
GARBAGE
Animal, vegetable and organic waste from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
JUNKED VEHICLES
Any mobile vehicle which has been stripped, damaged or is in such a state of disrepair that it has no value except for junk or salvage; or any vehicle without a current license or current inspection sticker not stored within a garage.
OWNER
Includes every person, corporation, partnership or association that actually owns an animal, or who has an animal in his, her or its care, or permits an animal to remain on or about any premises occupied by him, her or it. The parent or guardian of any minor claiming ownership of any animal shall also be deemed to be the owner of such animal.
[Added 9-18-2001 by Ord. No. 304]
PERSON
Any individual, partnership or corporation or unincorporated association.
PROPERTY
Includes both private and public property.
REFUSE
All types of material having only a junk or salvage value, including but not limited to scrap metal, glass, industrial waste, trailers, boats, furniture and parts thereof.
RUBBISH
All waste and discarded materials having no value.
A. 
The accumulation of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other refuse materials is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 100, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse.
B. 
The storage of junked vehicles, except within a closed building, is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited.
C. 
An abandoned vehicle is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited.
D. 
A dangerous structure is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited.
E. 
Any other use of property which causes injury, damage, inconvenience, annoyance or discomfort to another in the legitimate enjoyment of his rights of person or property is a nuisance and is prohibited.
F. 
It shall be unlawful for any person(s), corporation, partnership or other entity, to harbor, care for, shelter or maintain any animal in such a manner as to disturb or unduly annoy the public through the animal's noise, barking, smell, mischief or other harmful properties. All animal pens or other areas in which animals are kept shall be maintained in a sanitary condition free of offensive, obnoxious or foul odors.
[Added 9-18-2001 by Ord. No. 304]
G. 
It shall be unlawful to own, possess, harbor, control or keep any animal which makes noise repeatedly for a period of 15 minutes during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. or repeatedly for a period of five minutes during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. regardless of whether the animal is physically situated in or upon private property. Said noise shall constitute a nuisance; provided that, at the time the animal is making such noise, no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal is legitimately situated, nor is there any other legitimate cause which justifiably provoked the animal. The provisions of this subsection do not apply to any animal boarding facility meeting all of the following requirements:
[Added 9-18-2001 by Ord. No. 304; amended 1-16-2018 by Ord. No. 386]
(1) 
Established and operating prior to the enactment of this chapter;
(2) 
Holding a boarding kennel license from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as defined by and in accordance with Section 206 of the Pennsylvania Dog Law (3 P.S. § 459-206); and
(3) 
Operating on a piece of property containing at least 20 acres and having a setback/buffer space between outdoor kennel runs/exercise yards of the facility and the property boundaries of at least 200 feet.
H. 
No owner, custodian or keeper of any animal shall allow or permit any such animal to deposit excrement (defecate) upon any property not owned or leased by the owner, custodian or keeper of such animal, without immediately picking up such excrement. This provision shall not apply to horses being used for transportation in the public streets within the Township.
[Added 9-18-2001 by Ord. No. 304]
I. 
All dogs and cats in Doylestown Township shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the requirements set forth in the state rabies law.[2]
[Added 9-18-2001 by Ord. No. 304]
[2]
Editor's Note: See 3 P.S. § 455.1 et seq.
J. 
It shall be unlawful for any person(s), corporation, partnership or any other entity to operate an ATV, dirt bike or snowmobile for recreational purposes between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., prevailing time, regardless of whether the operator is upon the private property of the operator or on the private property of some third person who has granted permission to the operator to be operating the ATV, dirt bike, or snowmobile on his/her/its property.
[Added 6-5-2007 by Ord. No. 338]
K. 
It shall be unlawful for any person(s), corporation, partnership or any other entity to operate an ATV, dirt bike or snowmobile within 50 feet of any adjoining property line, unless the operation of the vehicle is specifically for the maintenance of said property.
[Added 6-5-2007 by Ord. No. 338]
L. 
At no point shall the sound intensity produced by an ATV, dirt bike, or snowmobile exceed 99 decibels, when measured 20 inches from the end of the tailpipe.
[Added 6-5-2007 by Ord. No. 338]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, corporation, partnership or unincorporated association to cause, create or maintain a nuisance within the limits of the Township of Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
A. 
The Township shall have the right and authority to remove any nuisance on public or private property after 15 days' written notice to the owner or occupant to remove such nuisance. Upon default of the owner or occupant of such premises to abate such nuisances, the Township may do so and collect the cost of the same from the owner or occupant, together with a penalty of 10%, by any legal means, including the filing of a municipal lien or by an action of assumpsit without the filing of a municipal claim.
B. 
In addition thereto, Doylestown Township shall have the right to institute proceedings in equity in the Court of Common Pleas to enforce the terms and provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 11-4-1991 by Ord. No.208]
Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter in a summary proceeding before a District Justice shall be punishable as provided in § 1-13 of Chapter 1, General Provisions. Each day that such violation is continued after notice shall constitute a new and separate offense, punishable by like fine, penalty or imprisonment; and further notices to the offender shall not be necessary in order to constitute such continuance as an additional offense or offenses.
The provisions of this chapter are in addition to zoning, fire prevention, sanitary and building laws[1] and other ordinances or resolutions now enforced and applicable in Doylestown Township.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 175, Zoning; Ch. 94, Fire Prevention; and Ch. 65, Building Construction, respectively.