Township of Lower, NJ
Cape May County
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[Adopted 12-10-1975 as Sec. 3-1 of the 1975 Code]
For violation of any provision of this chapter, any other chapter of this Code, or any other ordinance of the Township where no specific penalty is provided regarding the section violated, the maximum penalty, upon conviction, shall be a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both. (N.J.S.A. 40:49-5)
Except as otherwise provided, every day in which a violation of any provision of this chapter or any other ordinance of the Township exists shall constitute a separate violation.
The maximum penalty stated in this article is not intended to state an appropriate penalty for every violation. Any lesser penalty, including a nominal penalty or no penalty at all, may be appropriate for a particular case or violation.
The Township Council may prescribe that, for the violation of any particular Code provision or ordinance, at least a minimum penalty shall be imposed which shall consist of a fine which may be fixed at an amount not exceeding $100. (N.J.S.A. 40:49-5)
[Amended 8-7-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-14; 2-20-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-02; 8-3-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
A. 
The following mandatory minimum fines or penalties are hereby established for the offenses described for traffic violations marked Schedule A.
Schedule A
Mandatory Penalties for Traffic Violations
Code Section
Description
Penalty
7-3.3
Parking prohibited - all times
$50
7-3.3 through 7-4.3
Parking prohibited - certain streets
$50
7-4.1
Trucks limited (over 4 tons) on streets
$100
7-4.3
Limited overnight parking
$100
7-4.3(c)
Minimum penalty 1st offense
$100
7-7
Loading zone
$50
7-10
No left turn
$50
467-3
Handicapped parking
$100
467-4
Towing/handicapped parking space
$25
607-4
Parking restrictions (North Cape May Shopping Center)
$100
607-5
Speed limit within parking area (North Cape May Shopping Center)
$75
Ch. 617, Art. III
Parking of detachable trailers
$25
B. 
The following mandatory minimum fines or penalties are hereby established for the offenses described for non-traffic offenses marked Schedule B. Mandatory court appearances shall be required for those offenses so noted on the list marked Schedule B.
Schedule B
Mandatory Penalties for Nontraffic Offenses
Code Section
Description
Penalty
157-1
Possession/consumption of alcoholic beverage in public
$150
157-2
Regulate off-premises sales of alcoholic beverages
Mandatory court appearance
166-1B
Dog running loose
$100
166-2A
Dog license required
$100
166-4
Defecation on public or private property (dogs)
$100
178-3A
Beach playing games
$30
178-3B
Littering on beach
$100
178-3C
Changing clothing on beach/in automobile
$100
178-3D
Possession/consumption of alcohol beverage on beach
$150
178-3E
Disturbing the public peace on beach
$30
178-3F
Offensive behavior on beach
$75
178-3G
Damage, destruction, and removal of Township property
$100
178-3H
Removing or damaging vegetation/sand from dunes
$100
178-3I
Trespassing upon dunes
$100
178-5A and B
Operation of motor vehicle on beach
$150
178-5C
Occupancy of motor vehicle on beach
Mandatory court appearance
178-6A
Permitting any animal to run loose on beach
$100
178-6B
Animals on beach between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
$100
178-6D
Failing to dispose of animal droppings on beach
$100
178-7A
Open flames on beach
Mandatory court appearance
178-7B
Fireworks and/or explosives on beach
Mandatory court appearance
178-7C
Possession of a destructive device or weapon on beach
Mandatory court appearance
178-9A
Post, paint, affix, distribute, place, cast or leave any bill, billboard, placard, ticket, handbill, circular, or advertisement on the beach without Township approval
$150
178-9B
Operate a musical instrument or soundtrack on the beach for advertising or entertainment purposes
$150
178-9C
Hold or conduct political events on the beach
$150
178-9D
Expose, offer, or sell any article without a license on the beach
$150
185-2
Obnoxious brush, weeds, garbage and similar matter
Mandatory court appearance
230-2
Loitering in public places
Mandatory court appearance
230-3
Indecent or profane language
Mandatory court appearance
230-4
Throwing stones or missiles
Mandatory court appearance
230-5
Mutilating property
Mandatory court appearance
230-6
Indecent exposure
Mandatory court appearance
230-7
Permitting noisy/disorderly conduct
Mandatory court appearance
230-8
Permitting smoke or fumes
Mandatory court appearance
230-9
Obstructing streets or sidewalks
Mandatory court appearance
230-10
Starting fires
Mandatory court appearance
230-11
Obstructed view at corners
Mandatory court appearance
273-1
Drug paraphernalia
Mandatory court appearance
351-19C(2)(a)
Illegal passage across sand dune by foot or vehicle
$200
400-57C
Parking of commercial vehicles in residential zone
$150
419-2
Littering/rubbish prohibited
$100
419-3
Proper placement of litter in receptacles
$100
419-4
Sweeping of litter restricted; clearing of sidewalks
$100
419-6
Throwing litter from vehicles prohibited
$250
419-7
Litter and dirt from vehicles prohibited
$250
419-8
Distribution of commercial handbills
$150
419-9
Distribution of noncommercial handbills
$150
419-10
Commercial handbills in or upon vehicles
$150
419-11
Distribution of handbills on vacant premises
$150
419-13
Posting notices on public property prohibited
$150
419-14
Litter and compost on private property
Mandatory court appearance
419-15
Maintenance of private property litter free
Mandatory court appearance
Ch. 432
Regulations for mercantile licenses
$100
441-6B(4)
Loading/unloading boxes, crates, containers, etc., between hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
$150
459-3
Delinquency of a minor
Mandatory court appearance
Ch. 500
302.1[1]
Failure to remove debris
$50
302.4[2]
Failure to cut grass or weeds
$50
564-4
Solicitation without a permit
Mandatory court appearance
570-4A(2)
Trash placed at curb before allowed times
$50
570-10
Failure to separate recyclable items from trash
$150
617-2
Storing trailer within six feet of property line
$100
617-3
Storing trailer closer to street than house
$100
617-11
Parking trailer
$100
633-2
Storage of motor vehicle on private property
Mandatory court appearance
647-1
Operation of unlicensed motor vehicle
Mandatory court appearance
[1]
Editor's Note: See Section 302.1 of the International Property Maintenance Code, which was adopted by § 500-1 of the Code of the Township of Lower.
[2]
Editor's Note: See Section 302.4 of the International Property Maintenance Code, which was adopted by § 500-1 of the Code of the Township of Lower.