Town of Forest Heights, MD
Prince George's County
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[HISTORY: Approved 5-1-2000, effective 6-1-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful and shall be considered to be a public nuisance for any person to perform repairs or maintenance on any motor vehicle or motor cycle in an area zoned for detached single-family, duplex or multifamily dwelling units in the Town, except under the conditions stated herein below and provided, further, that such work shall not be performed in violation of any other Town or county ordinance. An owner, occupant or tenant may perform minor repairs or maintenance to their own vehicles and motor cycles that are properly registered at the owner's, occupant's or tenant's residential address. Work shall be performed only in the owner's, occupant's or tenant's driveway, carport, or garage subject to the following conditions:
[Amended 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 06-16]
Minor repairs including changing oil (oil shall be drained into a container), oil filters, tires, spark plugs, batteries, belts and other similar incidental repairs are allowed.
Removal or replacement of transmission, engines, differential, structural body components must be done out of public view. Painting and depainting of vehicles beyond a touch up of a scratch is not allowed.
Any repairs shall occur only between 8:00 a.m. and sunset unless it can be done in the owner's or tenant's garage.
All equipment, tools, parts and supplies shall be removed from public view no later than sunset each day.
All excess new or used oil and other hazardous substances including all containers for these materials shall not be placed in household trash. Hazardous materials shall be disposed of at a lawful disposal site according to environmental laws.
Occupants are responsible for disposal of tires, auto and motor cycle parts and are not permitted to place these items in household trash.
A sworn officer of the Forest Heights Police Department may grant a temporary waiver of this section to allow necessary and immediate repairs for the removal of an inoperative vehicle from the premises.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent an owner, occupant or tenant from receiving direct assistance, consultation or advice on-site from another person to perform minor repairs or maintenance as permitted by this article, provided that such assistance or advice shall not be for compensation to a commercial enterprise or other business entity operated for financial profit which regularly engages in or assists in the repair, refurbishing or servicing of motor vehicles or motor cycles and that is required to be licensed or registered to do business in the state, county or Town.
[Added 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 06-16]
[Amended 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 06-16]
Any person violating the provisions of this Article will be guilty of an infraction and will, upon conviction be fined not more than $200 for the first offense. Repeat offenders will be assessed a fine not to exceed $300 for each repeat offense.