Borough of Ramsey, NJ
Bergen County
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[BH Ord. #24 § 220.001, 6-11-1987]
The purpose of this section (hereinafter referred to as the "Nuisance Ordinance") is to define nuisances, authorize inspection of places and premises where there is reason to believe any such nuisance exists, provide for removal or abatement of nuisances and recovery of expenses incurred by the Board of Health of the Borough of Ramsey in removing or abating such nuisances, and prescribe penalties for violations is hereby enacted by the Board of Health of the Borough of Ramsey (hereinafter referred to as the "Board"), pursuant to Chapter 192, § 9, Laws of 1945, and Chapter 177, § 9, Laws of 1947.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.002, 6-11-1987]
As used herein, unless otherwise specifically indicated, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ENFORCING OFFICIALS
The Health Officer of the Board or any other officer or employee authorized by resolution of the Board to enforce the provisions hereof.
PERSON
Means and includes any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, and their agents, servants or employees.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.003, 6-11-1987]
The following matters, things, conditions or acts and each of them are hereby declared to be a nuisance and injurious to the health of the inhabitants of this Borough.
a. 
Depositing, maintaining or allowing to exist in or upon any lot, yard, street, house, building, sidewalk or other premises or public or private place any garbage, rubbish, paper, wrappings, cans, leaves, wood, glass or any other substance or material, which is foul or offensive or which might adversely affect the health of the inhabitants of this Borough.
b. 
The existence or presence of any water or other liquid in which mosquito larvae breed or exist.
c. 
Depositing, accumulating or maintaining any matter or thing which serves as food for insects or rodents and to which they may have access or which serves or constitutes a breeding place or harborage for insects or rodents in or on any land, premises, building or other places.
d. 
The existence or presence of any accumulation of garbage, refuse, manure, or animal or vegetable matter which may attract flies and to which may have access, or in which fly larvae or pupae breed or exist.
e. 
Polluting any well, spring, stream or supply of drinking water.
f. 
Taking or allowing any animal to enter any store where food is sold.
g. 
Maintaining any chimney, smoke stack, or pipe flue, or any part thereof, that is out of repair and so defective as to allow coal gas or other noxious fumes to escape into the building where it is situated or into any adjacent building.
h. 
Maintaining any vehicle used for hire, or for a public conveyance, in a dirty or unsanitary condition.
i. 
Permitting the emission of dense smoke, dust, gases or cinders in sufficient quantities to cause injury to health.
j. 
Maintaining, permitting or causing the maintenance of any offensive matter, foul or noxious odors, gases or vapors, and all causes to disease, which are injurious to the health of the inhabitants of the Borough.
k. 
Throwing or overflowing or permitting the throwing or overflowing of any water slops, stable drainage, liquid filth, septic tank or privy contents upon any public or private property.
l. 
Allowing to exist any unclean or unsanitary conditions in any cellar, room or building, any imperfect plumbing or sewer appliances or connection from which any foul or noxious odors or liquids may escape.
m. 
Expectorating upon the steps, halls, floors, or other parts of any public building, or upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, street, park, playground, public conveyance or other public place.
n. 
Permitting any dog or other animal to commit any nuisance on any sidewalk or upon any shrubbery, fences or buildings in the Borough.
o. 
Any other unsanitary condition affecting health or any other condition defined as a nuisance by the Ramsey Sanitary Code, the State Sanitary Code, or state laws.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.004, 6-11-1987]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to commit, maintain or allow any nuisances, as declared and described herein.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.005, 6-11-1987]
All public places and premises in this Borough shall be subject to inspection by the enforcing official. All other places and premises in this Borough shall be subject to lawful inspections by the enforcing official if the Board or that official has sufficient reason to believe that any provisions hereof are being violated.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.006, 6-11-1987]
It shall be unlawful for any person to hinder, obstruct, delay, resist or prevent the enforcing official from enforcing the provisions hereof.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.007, 6-11-1987]
Whenever a nuisance as declared herein is found on any plot of land, lot, right-of-way or any other private premises or place, notice in writing shall be given to the owner thereof to remove or abate the same within such time as shall be specified therein but not less than five days from the date of service thereof. A duplicate of the notice shall be left with one or more of the tenants or occupants of the premises or place.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.008, 6-11-1987]
If the owner, tenant or occupant upon being notified as provided herein shall not comply with such notice within the time specified therein and fails to remove or abate such nuisance, the Board shall proceed to abate the nuisance or may cause it to be removed or abated in a summary manner by such means as the Board shall deem proper.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.009, 6-11-1987]
Whenever a nuisance as declared herein is found on any public property or on any highway or any other public premises or place, notice in writing shall be given to the person in charge thereof to remove or abate the same within such time as shall be specified therein. If such person fails to comply with such notice within the time specified therein and fails to remove or abate such nuisance, the Board shall proceed to abate the nuisance or may cause it to be removed or abated in a summary action manner by such means as the Board of Health shall deem proper.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.010, 6-11-1987; BH Ord. #33 § 1, 9-11-1997]
The Board of Health may institute an action at law to recover costs incurred by it in the removal or abatement of any nuisance as declared herein from any person who shall have caused or allowed such nuisance to exist, or from any owner, tenant or occupant of premises, who, after notice and notification as herein provided, shall fail to remove and abate the same within the time specified in such notice. In lieu of an action at law to recover such costs incurred by the Board, the costs may be charged against the subject real property, and they shall forthwith become a lien upon the subject real property and shall be added to and form a part of the taxes assessed and levied, and shall be certified to by the person whose duty it is to collect the Borough taxes and shall be collected in the same manner and at the same time as other taxes.
[BH Ord. #24 § 220.011, 6-11-1987]
The penalty that shall be imposed for any violation of the provisions hereof shall not be more than $500 nor less than $5. Each violation and every day upon which a violation occurs constitutes a separate offense for which a penalty may be recovered.
[1972 Code § 222.001]
No person shall establish, construct or maintain any construction camp, labor camp or other temporary living quarters for working men, or any other camp or place intended to be occupied by five or more persons for a period of three or more days without a permit therefor. Applicant for a permit shall notify the Health Officer or the Board of Health in writing, of his intention so to do and shall set forth in such writing, the exact location of such camp or temporary living quarters, the approximate number of occupants and the purpose for which such camp, or living quarters, is intended to be used.
[1972 Code § 222.001]
Every such camp or temporary living quarter shall at all times, be kept clean and free from refuse and accumulation, and when vacated shall be left clean and free from any refuse, accumulation, or other condition detrimental to health.
[1972 Code § 222.001]
At least three days before any such construction camp, labor camp or temporary living quarters for workmen, or any other camp, shall be vacated, the owner, manager, or person in charge thereof, shall notify, in writing, the Health Officer of the Board and in such notice shall specify the time such place is intended to be vacated.
[BH Ord. #35 § 8; amended 4-15-2011 by BH Ord. No. 01-2011]
For a permit to operate a camp as required by Chapter 11 of the New Jersey State Sanitary Code: $175.
[1972 Code § 223.001]
The owner, tenant, manager and all the other persons maintaining, operating or in charge or control of any public place, shall at all times, keep and maintain every such public place, and all parts thereof, in a clean and sanitary condition and open to inspection by the Board, its officers or any employee of the Board of Health.
[1972 Code § 223.002]
Every public place shall contain the following:
a. 
Proper lavatory facilities for the use of persons patronizing the place.
b. 
A wash room, comfort station or other place of a like nature.
c. 
A sufficient quantity of toilet tissue.
d. 
A sanitary waste receptacle for towels customarily discarded after usage.
e. 
Separate toilets for male and female patrons.
f. 
Provision for the thorough cleansing, boiling and sterilizing of cloth towels, if used.
g. 
A mechanical dispenser for liquid or powdered soap of a type approved by the Board.
[1972 Code § 223.003]
In all public places the use of cake soap in common, the use of any drinking cup in common, and the use of towels in common is prohibited.