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Village of Ridgewood, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood 8-27-1974 by Ord. No. 1541 as Ch. 16 of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 105.
Businesses and occupations — See Ch. 117.
Food and food-handling establishments — See Ch. 156.
Garbage, rubbish, refuse and recycling — See Ch. 165.
Sewers and sewage disposal — See Ch. 238.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
Includes any house, place or establishment intended to be used or occupied temporarily as living quarters for or by five or more persons for a period of three or more consecutive days.
Any infectious, contagious or communicable diseases so declared or defined by law or which have been or may hereafter be declared as "communicable diseases" by the Division of Health or by the State Department of Health.
Smoke which is so heavy and thick as to prevent the seeing of objects through it at the point of emission into the external air or the equivalent of No. 3 grade of the Ringlemann Smoke Chart, the standard device used by the United States Bureau of Mines.
The accumulation of animal or vegetable matter, or both, liquid or otherwise, that tends to decay.
The Health Officer, executive officer or other officer duly appointed or designated by the Division to assist in the enforcement of this chapter or supervise work on behalf of the Board.
The separation of a person infected or suspected of being infected with a communicable disease or a carrier of the infectious or causative agent of a communicable disease from other persons in such manner as will prevent the direct or indirect conveyance of the infectious or causative agent to other persons.
Any condition which is dangerous to human life or health or that which renders air, water, soil or any type of food hazardous or injurious to human life or health.
A person licensed as such under the laws of the state.
Includes any public place as well as any restaurant and every other establishment or place where food or beverage is sold or offered for sale to the public for consumption on the premises and any camp, tourist home or public recreation place or any other place of business where toilet facilities or water for drinking or culinary purposes is available for the use of the public.
[Amended 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375]
Violations of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I.
No person shall establish, construct or maintain any construction camp, labor camp or other temporary living quarters for working men or any trailer camp or tourist camp.
No person shall establish or maintain any camp or temporary living quarters not specifically prohibited by Subsection A and intended to be occupied by four or more persons for a period of two or more days unless he shall first notify the Division 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.
Sanitary requirements.
Every camp or temporary living quarters shall have adequate provisions for disposal of garbage and waste materials.
Every such camp or temporary living quarters 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.
At least two days before any camp shall be vacated, the owner, manager or person in charge thereof shall notify, in writing, the Division of Health and in such notice shall specify the time when such place is intended to be vacated.
The owner, tenant, manager and all other persons maintaining, operating or in charge or control of any public places 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 Health Officer.
Every public place shall contain the following:
Proper lavatory facilities for the use of persons patronizing the place.
A washroom, comfort station or other place of a like nature.
A sufficient quantity of toilet tissue.
Individual towels.
A sanitary waste receptacle for towels customarily discarded after usage.
Separate toilets for male and female patrons.[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 16-8(g), regarding sterilized towels, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375.
A mechanical dispenser for liquid or powdered soap of a type approved by the Division of Health.
In all public places there is prohibited:
The use of cake soap in common.
The use of any drinking cup in common.
The use of towels in common.
Use of cleansing agents containing hydrocyanic acid or other poisonous ingredients is specifically prohibited.
Every person and every employee of every such person in either actual or constructive control, maintenance or supervision thereof shall at all times so maintain, control and supervise all boilers, furnaces, engines, devices, contrivances, smokestacks and chimneys located in, passing through or which may be a part of any house, building, place or premises or vehicle so that the same does not emit dense smoke or other solids, gasses or fumes that may cause discomfort or injury to health. This section shall also apply to the chimney, stacks or exhaust of locomotives, steamrollers, steam shovels, steam hoisting engines, tar kettles, busses or any other machine, device or contrivance.
Each and every day or part thereof that such smoke, solids, gasses or fumes shall be emitted in violation of this section shall be deemed to be a separate violation unless an extension of time to continue such violation is granted by the Division of Health therefor based upon a factually supported claim that extensive alterations are required for the purpose of complying with the provisions of this section and based further upon the promise that such alterations will be made within such time as the Division may determine to be reasonable. The granting or denial of such extension of time shall at all times be discretionary with the Division.[1]
Editor's Note: Former Art. V, Venereal Diseases, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375.
The following specific acts or omissions or the maintenance or allowance of any of the following conditions is hereby prohibited and is declared to be or to constitute a nuisance:
Depositing, maintaining or permitting to exist any foul, decaying, odorous or offensive matter in or upon any lot, yard, street, house, building, premises or place, whether public or private.
Maintaining any excavation or any cans, barrels or other receptacles where water may stagnate or mosquito larvae may breed.
Throwing or overflowing of any slops, stable drainage, liquid filth or septic tank, cesspool or privy contents upon any public or private property.
Maintaining any polluted well, spring, stream or supply of drinking water.
Taking or allowing of any dog, cat or other animal to enter any store where food is handled or sold.
Maintaining any chimney, smokestack, pipe or flue or any part thereof that is out of repair and so defective as to allow coal gas or noxious fumes to escape into the building where it is situated or into any adjacent building.
Allowing to exist any unclean or unsanitary conditions in any cellar, room or building or any imperfect plumbing or sewer appliances or connection from which any foul or noxious odors or liquids may escape.
Keeping cattle, poultry or small animals in any building used as a human habitation, except as to small animals or birds commonly used as household pets.
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.
Maintaining any vehicle used for hire or for a public conveyance in a dirty or unsanitary condition.
Permitting a growth of or failing to remove goldenrod, ragweed and other noxious weeds, poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac, contact with or the pollen from which is capable of causing discomfort or injury to health.
Burying or causing to be buried any dead animal under any property, private or public, in the Village without a permit from the Board.
Permitting the emission of dust, gasses, cinders, lint or other particles or dense smoke in sufficient quantities to cause discomfort or injury to health.
Maintaining or causing the maintenance or existence of any offensive matter, foul or noxious odors, gasses or vapors or any cause of disease or other injury to the health of the inhabitants of the Village.
Polluting or permitting to be polluted any spring, well, cistern or other source of water supply which is used for domestic or potable purposes or is on the watershed which is the source of drinking water.
Maintaining or permitting to exist any manure pile or manure pit which is not tightly enclosed and covered.
Maintaining any building which is infested with rats, mice or other rodents or with insects or other vermin.
Unnecessary blowing of whistles, sirens and horns and ringing of bells at any time and the loud playing of radios, bands or music, after 11:00 p.m. Any radio, band or music shall be deemed to be playing loudly if the noise from the same is of sufficient volume to disturb the sleep of persons in the immediate vicinity.
[Amended 6-13-2018 by Ord. No. 3648]
All sunken lots or marsh lands or lots below grade where stagnant water gathers or is collected are hereby declared nuisances, and any owner or owners or agent or tenant of any such lot or lots or lands shall, on written notice from the Division of Health, correct and abate such nuisance in the manner prescribed by the Division in such notice.[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 16-19, which immediately followed this section, regarding penalties, was deleted 10-13-1992 by Ord. No. 2375. See current penalty provisions in § 172-2.