Township of Pennsauken, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Development regulations — See Ch. 141.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 162.
[Adopted 3-13-1978 by Ord. No. 78-3 as Art. I of Ch. 153 of the 1977 Code]

§ 175-1 Compliance required.

All persons or corporations who shall construct, operate or maintain a public garage or a gasoline, diesel or oil filling station within the municipal limits of the Township of Pennsauken shall comply with the provisions of this article.

§ 175-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GASOLINE OR OIL FILLING STATION
See the definition of "gasoline service station" in § 141-73 of Chapter 141, Development Regulations.
[1]
PUBLIC GARAGE
Any structure or place used to service, repair, fuel, lubricate, inspect, test or store motor vehicles for compensation.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 175-3 Parking and storage of motor vehicles and other equipment.

A. 
Except during business hours or when at least one employee is on the premises, no station or garage shall park or store motor vehicles unless the same are parked or stored within an enclosed building.
B. 
Except during business hours or when at least one employee is on the premises, no station or garage shall park or store motor-drawn vehicles unless the same are parked or stored within an enclosed building.
C. 
No motor vehicle may be offered or exposed for sale, lease, rental or hire on such premises.
D. 
No motor-drawn vehicle may be offered or exposed for sale, lease, rental or hire on such premises.
E. 
No type of machinery, equipment, supplies, merchandise or salvage or maintenance materials shall be stored outside any buildings on such premises.

§ 175-4 Disposal of waste materials.

All drainage, refuse, grease drippings, oily rags or other waste material, or other greasy or oily waste material, shall be kept enclosed in metal containers approved by fire underwriters for disposal.

§ 175-5 Outside storage of supplies, materials or parts.

There shall be no outside storage of supplies, materials or parts unless the same are contained within a permanent rack, case, cabinet or enclosure of metal or other fireproof material.

§ 175-6 Fire protection equipment.

Each station or garage shall be equipped with fire extinguishers of such number, type and quality as shall be required by the Director of Public Safety, together with such other equipment as he or she may deem necessary for fire or other emergency purposes.[1]
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Editor's Note: See Also Ch. 162, Fire Prevention.

§ 175-7 Storage of used parts or tires.

No station or garage shall accumulate or store any used parts or tires, whether for sale, storage or waste, or for any purpose, on any portion of the premises unless within the permanent enclosed building.

§ 175-8 Surfacing of lot area; screening of residential property.

A. 
Except for such minor areas as may be planted with shrubbery, the remainder of the lot or plot of said station shall be surfaced with concrete or bituminous concrete or asphalt and shall be graded and drained to the street to dispose of surface water accumulated.
B. 
Wherever the lot shall abut a residence district along the side or rear line, a wall, fence or other screening shall be erected and maintained in compliance with Chapter 141, Development Regulations, requirements.

§ 175-9 Lot requirements and improvements.

A. 
No gasoline, diesel fuel or oil filling station shall be erected or constructed on a lot any part of which is within 2,500 feet of any other gasoline, diesel fuel or oil filling station or within such other distance as may be specified in Chapter 141, Development Regulations.
B. 
All fuel tanks shall be installed underground.
C. 
All driveways shall be no less than 25 feet from the intersection of street right-of-way lines, and no driveway shall be wider than 30 feet at any point.
D. 
A raised concrete curb at least eight inches high and six inches wide at the top shall be constructed and maintained along all street right-of-way lines, except at permitted driveways.
E. 
The entire area of the lot to be traversed by any motor vehicles shall be hard-surfaced and the balance of the lot shall be landscaped.
F. 
No gasoline, diesel fuel or oil pumps or islands shall be within 25 feet of any street right-of-way line.
G. 
No other Township ordinance shall be violated.
H. 
Any sign erected or maintained shall comply with the requirements of Chapter 141, Development Regulations.
I. 
No signs, portable or otherwise, nor any merchandise display racks or carts shall be placed on or about such premises at any point beyond the property line, and in no event shall they be placed, fixed and maintained in any way or manner that obstructs or impairs the vision of motorists traveling on or along the highway or street abutting said station or of motorists entering or leaving such station or public garage.
J. 
The entire lot shall be continuously maintained and kept free from paper, rubbish and debris.

§ 175-10 Interpretation and application of provisions.

In interpreting and applying the provisions of this article, they shall be held to be minimum requirements unless otherwise stated. Any restrictions or requirements with respect to buildings or land, or both, which appear in other ordinances of the Township of Pennsauken or which are established by law and are greater than those set forth herein shall take precedence over those herein; otherwise, the provisions of this article shall apply.

§ 175-11 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-12-1984 by Ord. No. 84-26]
Every owner, lessee or other person violating this article shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,250 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist, continue or occur shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted 12-28-1988 by Ord. No. 88-50]

§ 175-12 Conditions to apply.

No person, firm or corporation shall allow to be placed or permit the placement or storage of motor vehicles as defined in Title 39 of the laws of the State of New Jersey except and as limited to the following conditions hereunder.

§ 175-13 Number of vehicles restricted.

Any person, firm or corporation who is engaged in the business of automotive repair or automotive storage or the retail distribution of gasoline shall be permitted a maximum number of motor vehicles to remain on the exterior of the aforesaid premises, said number to be the equivalent of three times the number of repair bays located on the premises. For purposes of this article, each facility with one repair bay shall be permitted three motor vehicles to be stored or maintained on the exterior of the premises, and so forth, multiplied by the number of repair bays located on the premises.

§ 175-14 Relief.

In the event that a person, firm or corporation who is engaged in the business of automotive repair or automotive storage, or the retail distribution of gasoline, shall seek relief from this article solely for the purpose of storing motor vehicles in the rear of the premises behind any gas station or other automotive facility, said applicant may be permitted to seek relief from this article by virtue of an application to the Planning Board of the Township of Pennsauken, for a conditional use permit pursuant to the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55-1 et seq.). In granting or denying said application for conditional use permit, the Township Planning Board of the Township of Pennsauken shall use the following criteria: that said applicant shall have adequate aesthetic buffering by way of fencing, trees or shrubbery. In further considering the application for relief by way of conditional use permit, the Township Planning Board of the Township of Pennsauken shall consider other health and safety conditions, such as lighting, proximity to neighboring residential areas and any other health, safety and public welfare considerations it deems necessary in the use of sound discretion.

§ 175-15 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provisions of this article shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,250 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.