[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lebanon by Ord. No. 25-1985 (Sec. 3-4 of the 1985 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Incapable of being moved under its own power.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any vehicle designed to be propelled otherwise than by muscular power.
- A proposal in the form of a sketch or description. A description may be either written or verbally communicated to a Township official.
- TOWNSHIP OFFICIAL
- The Zoning Officer, Construction Code Official or any member of the Police Department of the Township.
- Incapable of being legally driven on the highways of the State of New Jersey or not bearing current license plates or tags or not bearing a current inspection sticker issued by an appropriate licensing authority.
No person shall leave any inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle, or any part thereof, on any public road or other public lands except in case of emergency and then for a period of no more than 24 hours.
No owner or occupier of any real property in the Township shall permit the storage, maintenance or placement of any inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle, or any part thereof, on such property except as specifically permitted under the terms of this chapter.
Any inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle, or part thereof, located on private property which is visible to the naked eye from any public road or the real property of another shall be screened from such view. Such screening shall consist of either storage within or behind a structure, an impermeable fence or impermeable vegetation.
No inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle, or part thereof, shall be stored or placed in such a manner as to create a safety hazard or impede emergency access to any structure.
If a Township official determines that an owner or occupier has failed to comply with the requirements of § 366-3, 366-4 or 366-5, he shall issue and deliver to such owner or occupier a written removal order. The removal order shall state the reason for noncompliance and require the owner or occupier to either remove the vehicle from his property within 10 days or, within seven days' time, present to the Township official issuing the order a plan whereby the offending vehicle can be stored in compliance with this chapter. If the owner or occupier elects to present a plan, the Township official shall review the plan and inspect the property to determine whether or not satisfactory compliance can be achieved. If the Township official determines that the plan presented is satisfactory, storage in accordance with that plan shall be deemed to be in compliance with this chapter, and a second written removal order shall be issued and delivered requiring the owner or occupier to store the vehicle or part at the location specified on the plan. If the Township official determines that the plan is not satisfactory, he shall issue and deliver a second written removal order requiring the owner or occupier to either remove the vehicle or part from the property or (if some suitable storage place exists on the property) store the vehicle or part at a location on the property selected by the Township official. An owner or occupier shall comply with a second removal order within five days. Delivery of a removal order shall be deemed to be complete on the day same is personally given to an owner or occupier or on the date such order is mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, to an owner at the address listed in the official real property tax records of the Township. All times for compliance shall commence on the date of delivery, and days shall be computed in accordance with New Jersey Rules of Court. If a motor vehicle subject to a removal order ceases to be inoperable and unlicensed within the time period specified for removal and compliance, such cessation shall constitute compliance with a removal order.
If a Township official determines that an unlicensed or inoperable motor vehicle or part constitutes an immediate safety hazard, he shall issue an emergent removal order requiring the owner or operator to cure the immediate safety hazard forthwith. Such removal order may be verbal.
This chapter shall not apply to the storage of inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicles, or parts, located within a premises having a junkyard license or to the storage of operable but unlicensed motor vehicles by new or used car dealers. If an inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle, or part thereof, on private property is visible to the naked eye from a public road or the real property of another solely because of the fact that the public road or real property of another is located at a greater elevation than the place of storage, such visibility shall not be in violation of this chapter so long as the storage is screened from horizontal view to a height of seven feet or more.
The owner or occupier of any real property within the Township on which any inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle, or any part thereof, is located or maintained as of the effective date of this chapter shall have 90 days within which to comply with the provisions of this chapter.