Borough of Fair Lawn, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Fair Lawn 9-8-2009 by Ord. No. 2164-2009. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 108.
Land development — See Ch. 125.
Pesticides — See Ch. 166.
Soil removal — See Ch. 200.
Water — See Ch. 241.
The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings:
BUFFER
The land area, 25 feet in width, adjacent to any water body.
COMMERCIAL FARM
A farm management unit producing agricultural or horticultural products worth $2,500 or more annually.
FERTILIZER
A fertilizer material, mixed fertilizer or any other substance containing one or more recognized plant nutrients, which is used for its plant nutrient content, which is designed for use or claimed to have value in promoting plant growth, and which is sold, offered for sale, or intended for sale.
IMPERVIOUS SURFACE
A surface that has been covered with a layer of material so that it is highly resistant to infiltration by water. This term shall be used to include any highway, street, sidewalk, parking lot, driveway, or other material that prevents infiltration of water into the soil.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
PHOSPHOROUS FERTILIZER
Any fertilizer that contains phosphorous, expressed as P2O5, with a guaranteed analysis of greater than zero; except that it shall not be considered to include animal (including human) or vegetable manures, agricultural liming materials, or wood ashes that have not been amended to increase their nutrient content.
SOILS TEST
A technical analysis of soil conducted by an accredited soil-testing laboratory following the protocol for such a test established by Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension.
WATER BODY
A surface water feature, such as a lake, river, stream, creek, pond, lagoon, bay or estuary.
No person may do any of the following:
A. 
Apply fertilizer when a runoff-producing rainfall is occurring or predicted and/or when soils are saturated and a potential for fertilizer movement off site exists.
B. 
Apply fertilizer to an impervious surface. Fertilizer inadvertently applied to an impervious surface must be swept or blown back into the target surface or returned to either its original or another appropriate container for reuse.
C. 
Apply fertilizer within the buffer of any water body.
D. 
Apply fertilizer more than 15 days prior to the start of or at any time after the end of the recognized growing season for the Borough which is March 1 to November 15.
No person may do the following:
A. 
Apply phosphorous fertilizer in outdoor areas except as demonstrated to be needed for the specific soils and target vegetation in accordance with a soils test and the associated annual fertilizer recommendation issued by Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension.
B. 
Exceptions:
(1) 
Application of phosphorous fertilizer needed for:
(a) 
Establishing vegetation for the first time, such as after land disturbance, provided the application is in accordance with the requirements established under the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq. and implementing rules;
(b) 
Reestablishing or repairing a turf area.
(2) 
Application of phosphorous fertilizer that delivers liquid or granular fertilizer under the soils surface, directly to the feeder roots.
(3) 
Application of phosphorous fertilizer to residential container plantings, flowerbeds, or vegetable gardens.
This chapter shall be enforced by either or both the Health Officer and by the Code Enforcement Officer, both of whom shall be authorized to delegate enforcement of this chapter to the Assistant Code Enforcement Officer/Property Maintenance Officer of the Borough of Fair Lawn.
Any person(s) found to be in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100.