Borough of Ramsey, NJ
Bergen County
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[1972 Code § 252.001; BH Ord. #14; BH Ord. #31 § 7; BH Ord. #35 § 5]
a. 
No person shall keep small animals or operate a kennel or pet shop on any premises within the Borough until approval for that purpose shall have been first obtained from the Board of Health with regard to the premises to be so used.
b. 
No person shall operate a kennel in any of the zone districts as established by the Borough Zoning Code except the R-1, R-2 and R-3 zone districts and provided further that with regard to properties in the R-2 and R-3 zone districts the lot size of such properties shall be at least as large as the minimum lot size in the R-1 zone district as established by the Borough Zoning Code.
c. 
No approval for the keeping or raising of small animals or operating a kennel or pet shop shall be granted to any person when the keeping or raising of such small animals, or operating of such kennel or pet shop, because of the nature or characteristics thereof, would be detrimental to the general health of the residents of the neighborhood of the premises sought to be so licensed.
d. 
In the event the Board of Health grants approval under this section it shall require a license fee of $50 to be paid by the applicant and thereafter a license shall be issued.
[Amended 4-15-2011 by BH Ord. No. 01-2011]
[1972 Code § 252.002; BH Ord. #14]
a. 
No person shall keep any small animals in a hutch or coop of a size having less than eight square feet of floor space and being less than two feet in height, without special permission from the Board.
b. 
Each hutch or coop shall be dry and adequately ventilated and shall be cleaned daily and rebedded with fresh straw, leaves or other absorbent material.
c. 
A hutch or coop shall be at least 30 feet from any dwelling unit and at least 10 feet from all adjoining property lines.
[1972 Code § 252.003]
No dog kept in a kennel, pet shop or pound shall be permitted off such premises, except on a leash or in a crate or other safe control.
[1972 Code § 252.004]
The keeping of five dogs or more per premises shall be deemed a kennel.
[1972 Code § 252.005]
a. 
No person shall keep any small animal, affected with skin mange, coccidiosis, parasitic worms or other disease contagious to other animals or human beings and any such small animal so affected shall immediately be destroyed and the carcass cremated forthwith.
b. 
Any hutch or coop wherein such affected animal is found and all adjoining hutches or coops shall be destroyed or thoroughly disinfected with a germicide approved by the Board and under the direction of the Board.
c. 
The provisions of this subsection do not apply to any small animal under regular professional treatment by a duly licensed veterinarian, but all the provisions shall fully apply when such treatment shall be discontinued without a full cure having been effected or when such veterinarian shall certify that, in his opinion, such cure cannot be effected.
[1972 Code § 252.006]
No person shall allow any small animal to run at large in the Borough, but the same shall be confined to the premises licensed for the keeping thereof at all times.
[1972 Code § 250.001]
a. 
No person shall slaughter or engage in the business of slaughtering any live animals within the Borough without first having obtained a license from the Board of Health so to do.
b. 
No license is required for the slaughtering of poultry or small animals in accordance with the provisions of this chapter where the same is otherwise permitted.
[1972 Code § 250.002; BH Ord. 8/9/73; BH Ord. 12/13/73; BH Ord #14; BH Ord. #31 § 5; BH Ord. #35 § 3]
a. 
Cattle shall be defined as domestic quadrupeds of the bovine specie inclusive of horses, mares, geldings, foals, fillies, asses, mules, cows and bulls as well as sheep, goats, swine or any animal weighing in excess of 300 pounds.
b. 
No person or entity shall have, keep or allow to be kept any cattle in any of the zone districts as established by the Chapter 34, Zoning of the General Ordinances of the Borough of Ramsey except the R-1, R-2 and R-3 zone districts and provided further that with regard to properties in the R-2 and R-3 zone districts, the lot size of such properties must be at least as large as the minimum lot size in the R-1 zone district as established by the Chapter 34, Zoning.
c. 
Prior to issuance of a license under this section the applicant shall pay a fee to the Board of Health in the amount of $30.
[Amended 4-15-2011 by BH Ord. No. 01-2011]
d. 
Prior to the granting of any license under this section, the cattle to be kept shall be inspected by a duly licensed veterinarian authorized to practice within the State of New Jersey and the applicant thereafter shall furnish to the Board of Health in writing the results of the examination, certified as being true by the licensed New Jersey veterinarian.
e. 
Prior to the issuance of a license, any and all cattle shall be provided with proper shelter such as a barn, stable or similar structure.
f. 
No barn, stable, pen, corral or other structure in connection with the confining or housing of cattle shall be located within 100 feet of any dwelling unit or within 400 feet of any food or eating establishment, or within 10 feet of any property line.
g. 
All structures mentioned herein shall be constructed in accordance with the State Uniform Construction Code and comply with the Borough's zoning ordinances.
[1972 Code § 250.002; BH Ord. 12/13/73; BH Ord. #14]
a. 
Every stable, stable yard or place where cattle are stabled, grazed, pastured or kept shall be kept in a clean, sanitary and wholesome condition.
b. 
Every stable, barn or other structure where cattle are confined shall have a floor complying with the local Building Code which shall be of a type that will prevent the creation of a health hazard and/or nuisance.
c. 
Adequate drainage and seepage pits shall be provided for all liquid wastes.
d. 
Any and all stable wastes accumulating in barns, stables or other structures where cattle are housed and/or kept shall be maintained and/or disposed of in such a manner as not to create a health hazard and/or nuisance.
e. 
No manure and/or animal waste shall be removed or transported on any public street unless same is in a suitable vehicle, properly provided with a closed watertight container, designed to prevent the escape of leakage and odor.
f. 
All stable yards, stables and any other structure where cattle are kept, housed or confined shall be drained and kept in a clean, dry condition and no vegetable or other putrescible matter shall be allowed to remain or decay.
g. 
In no event will a license be issued for more than two cattle; however, this limitation may be waived if the Board, after investigation and in its opinion, determines that no health hazard or nuisance will arise.
h. 
No diseased cattle shall be allowed to be kept within the Borough and in the event a licensee determines that any cattle are diseased, he will immediately notify the Board of this fact.
i. 
No cattle shall be kept in any stable or stable yard while such stable or place is infested with any contagious or infectious disease.
j. 
No cattle shall be kept in a place in which water, ventilation and food are not sufficient and wholesome for the preservation of the health and safe condition of such animals.
[1972 Code § 250.004; BH Ord. 12/13/73]
No person shall allow any cattle to run at large in the Borough.
[1972 Code § 250.005; BH Ord. 12/13/73]
a. 
Even though an applicant complies with all of the provisions contained within this chapter, the Board may, in its discretion, deny to the applicant a license to keep cattle if in its opinion a potential health hazard or nuisance might arise.
b. 
In the event the applicant fails to meet with the requirement of this chapter, the Board of Health may waive these requirements and issue a license if the Board, in its opinion, determines that no potential health hazard or nuisance might arise.
c. 
In the event that the Board of Health grants to the applicant a license under the chapter, the license shall not be considered and construed to be permanent but shall be conditional in that the Board at any time may revoke the license if in its opinion a subsequent health hazard and/or nuisance should arise.
d. 
Should the Board of Health determine that a subsequent health hazard and/or nuisance has arisen, then in that event, the Board shall notify the applicant in writing of its determination and the applicant shall have 10 days to notify the Board whether or not the licensee desires a hearing on the matter.
e. 
Should the Board of Health, upon conclusion of the hearing, determine that the license should be revoked, then in that event the Board shall notify the licensee of that fact the licensee shall have 10 days from the date of this notice to remove any and all cattle from the applicant's premises.
[1972 Code § 251.001; BH Ord. 8/9/73; BH Ord. #14; BH Ord. #31 § 6; BH Ord. #35 § 4]
a. 
No person or entity shall have, keep or allow to be kept any live poultry, pigeons or other fowl in any of the zone districts as established by the Chapter 34, Zoning of the General Ordinances of the Borough of Ramsey, except the R-1, R-2 and R-3 zone districts and provided further that with regard to properties in the R-2 and R-3 zone districts the lot size of such properties must be at least as large as the minimum lot size in the R-1 zone district as established by the Chapter 34, Zoning.
b. 
Prior to issuance of a license under this section the applicant shall pay a license fee to the Board of Health in the amount of $30.
[Amended 4-15-2011 by BH Ord. No. 01-2011]
[1972 Code § 251.002; BH Ord. #14]
a. 
All live poultry, pigeons or other fowl shall be confined in coops or runs.
b. 
All coops and runs shall be located outside of and completely apart from any building used wholly or in part for dwelling purposes, in which people congregate or use as a food or eating establishment.
c. 
All coops or runs shall be constructed in accordance with the Chapter 34, Zoning of the General Ordinances of the Borough of Ramsey.
d. 
All coops hereafter constructed shall be provided with concrete floors.
e. 
A sufficient number of roosts to provide roosting space for each individual specimen of poultry or fowl kept in the coop and sufficient number of properly placed drop boards beneath each roost, to catch all droppings excreted by the poultry or other fowl while on the roost, shall be provided.
f. 
All coops and runs and the entire surroundings of all such places shall be kept clean at all times and shall be subject to periodic inspection by the Health Officer of the Borough, or his representative.
g. 
Coops and runs shall be disinfected or otherwise treated, when so directed by the Board.
h. 
The floors of all coops shall be kept clean and dry at all times.
i. 
All of the droppings shall be removed from each coop and buried, removed from the premises or otherwise disposed of in a manner approved by the Board, at least once each week.
j. 
All food for immediate consumption shall be placed in suitable feeding troughs, or similar containers, and all other food shall be stored in ratproof containers at all times.
k. 
No coop or run shall be located within 10 feet of any property line, within 30 feet of any dwelling unit, within 200 feet of any food or eating establishment, within 30 feet of any other building or place where people assemble.
l. 
No person shall keep more than one individual specimen of poultry or fowl in any coop for each three square feet of usable floor space within the coop.
m. 
No poultry food shall be scattered about any premises.
n. 
Pigeons may be flown if properly supervised, but for a period of no longer than one hour per day.
[1972 Code § 251.003]
The provisions of Subsections BH:5-5.1 and BH:5-5.2 do not apply to the keeping of live poultry, pigeons or other fowl for sale or for the preparation for sale, but in those cases the provisions of Subsection BH:5-5.6 apply.
[1972 Code § 251.004]
No person shall keep any crowing rooster or screaming or chattering fowl.
[1972 Code § 251.005]
No live poultry or other fowl shall be permitted to fly or run at large.
[1972 Code § 251.006]
a. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of selling or preparing for sale live fowl or poultry or slaughter live fowl or poultry in the Borough without first having obtained from the Board a license for such purpose.
b. 
Before such license is granted, the applicant shall submit to the Board an application therefor, in writing, setting forth thereon the description of the premises intended to be so used, the character of the building wherein the business is contemplated to be conducted, and also a description of all buildings, if any, located within a distance of 200 feet of the premises intended to be so used.
c. 
A license will be denied if the application therefor, or an independent investigation, reveals that the premises intended to be so used:
1. 
Is within 200 feet of any church, library, hospital, sanitarium or other public building, as measured from the nearest boundary line of the premises intended to be so used.
2. 
Is detrimental to the health of the surrounding neighbors.
3. 
Does not strictly comply with all the requirements of this Code and the rules and regulations of the State Board of Health, or
4. 
Will tend to create a nuisance.
d. 
All poultry or fowl shall be sold within 24 hours of slaughtering, unless the same shall be adequately refrigerated, in accordance with the provisions of this Code applying to the refrigeration of meat.
e. 
No person shall sell, or offer for sale, any fowl or poultry which is diseased or in any manner unfit for human consumption. This shall apply to such fowl or poultry, whether alive or slaughtered.