The provisions of this chapter shall govern the minimum conditions for maintenance of exterior property, premises and structures and shall comply with the conditions herein prescribed insofar as they are applicable.
The owner of the premises shall maintain such structures and premises in compliance with these requirements. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant or let to another for occupancy or use the premises which do not comply with the following requirements of this chapter.
[Amended 8-11-1987 by Ord. No. 869]
All vacant structures and premises thereof or vacant land shall be maintained in a clean, safe, secure and sanitary condition so as not to cause a blighting problem or public nuisance or adversely affect the public health or safety.
[Amended 8-11-1987 by Ord. No. 869; 8-24-1993 by Ord. No. 1136; 8-8-1995 by Ord. No. 1212; 9-14-1999 by Ord. No. 1406]
All exterior property areas and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, free from any accumulation of rubbish, garbage or litter. All commercial, industrial and multifamily premises shall have all landscaped and lawn areas kept trimmed. Such areas shall be kept from becoming overgrown or significantly infested with weeds so as to become unsightly or constitute a blighting factor or public nuisance. Grass or weeds in a landscaped or lawn area of a commercial, industrial or multifamily premises, exceeding six inches in height, shall be presumed to be in violation of this chapter. Approved site plans shall be conformed to, and all indicated landscaping shall be maintained. There shall not be stored at a location visible from the sidewalk, street or other public area materials relating to commercial or industrial use unless permitted under Chapter 233, Land Management, or unless adequately screened, fenced or buffered so as not to constitute a blighting factor or public nuisance.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, agent, servant, employee or contractor in charge of a construction or demolition site to permit the accumulation of litter before, during or after completion of any such project. It shall be the duty of the owner, agent, servant, employee or contractor in charge of the site to furnish containers adequate to accommodate flyable and nonflyable debris or trash at areas convenient to the work areas and to maintain and empty the receptacles in such a manner and with such a frequency as to prevent spillage of refuse.
All residential premises and the exterior property thereof, except for multifamily residential premises, shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. "Weeds" shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs; provided, however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.
Residents that are participating in the Township of Galloway's Bulk Waste Program and have registered acceptable items for collection must not place said items at the curb more than 24 hours prior to their scheduled collection date.
Residents that contract for household trash and recycling collection must not place said household trash/recycling out at their curb more than 24 hours prior to their scheduled collection dates.
All cans for trash/recycling collection should be removed from the curb within 24 hours after being emptied.
All lids for trash containers must be secure.
If using bags for household trash, all bags must be securely tied.
Residents that have contracted a private trash company to collect large amounts of bulk items must not place said items at the curb more than 24 hours prior to scheduled collection time.
All household trash, bulk waste and recycling must be stored in and out of view area of residential properties, such as the rear or side of the dwelling, until scheduled collections.
[Added 8-24-1993 by Ord. No. 1136; amended 9-14-1999 by Ord. No. 1406]
Any and all debris resulting from the construction or demolition of any structure or partial structure within the boundaries of the Township of Galloway shall be disposed of in the following manner:
All materials must be source-separated on site.
All nonrecyclable waste is to be taken to an approved solid waste facility. Receipts must be provided by each property owner, his agent, servant, employee or contractor, who has applied for a construction or demolition permit upon the request of an employee of the Galloway Township Recycling Office or the Galloway Township Code Enforcement Officer or his designee.
Recyclable debris, including but not limited to concrete, brick, block, asphalt, asphalt-based roofing scrap, stone, stumps, tree parts, and nonchemically treated wood waste is to be taken to a state-approved recycling facility and a receipt received. These receipts must be provided to the Recycling Office on a once-per-month basis. It is necessary to present these receipts in order to satisfy state requirements for municipal eligibility for stale tonnage grants pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:1E-1 et seq.
Enforcement. The provisions for recycling of debris shall be enforced by the Recycling Office and/or the Code Enforcement Officer. These officials shall have the right to inspect projects at any time and to ask for written proof of proper disposal and recycling of debris.
Violation and penalties. Any person who has taken out a construction or demolition permit and who shall be found guilty of violating the provisions of this section by the Judge of Galloway Township Municipal Court or any other court of competent jurisdiction shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 plus the cost of the cleanup and the proper and legal disposal of the waste material improperly disposed of; or community service for a term of not less than 20 hours nor more than 40 hours; or any combination of these penalties. Each and every day that a violation continues after proper notice shall be considered a separate offense.
The operator of every establishment producing garbage, vegetable wastes or other putrescible materials shall provide and at all times cause to be used leakproof approved containers provided with close-fitting covers for the storage of such materials until removed from the premises for disposal.
[Amended 8-11-1987 by Ord. No. 869]
All parking, loading and similar areas for commercial, industrial and multifamily premises shall be graded and properly maintained so as to be free from potholes and other breaks or obstructions or dangers to traffic. They shall be adequately drained to prevent any recurrent or excessive accumulations of stormwater. Ingress and egress, traffic lanes, fire zones and parking spaces shall be adequately designated or marked to ensure public safety.
An owner of a structure or property shall be responsible for the extermination of roaches, rats and mice in all exterior areas of the premises, except that the occupant shall be responsible for such extermination in the exterior areas of the premises of a single-family dwelling. Whenever infestation exists in the shared or public parts of the premises of other than a single-family dwelling, extermination shall be the responsibility of the owner.
[Amended 8-11-1987 by Ord. No. 869]
Appropriate trash receptacles for use by the public shall be provided by all commercial, industrial and multifamily premises with sufficient regular pickups to avoid any overflow or undue accumulation. Regular litter sweeping shall also be provided to avoid any accumulation of trash, garbage or other litter or debris.
All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound.
Automobiles and trucks shall be subject to the following requirements for residential areas: Not more than two currently unregistered and/or uninspected automobiles or trucks shall be parked on any property in a residential district, and said vehicle shall not, at any time, be in a state of major disassembly or disrepair except while being repaired or restored.