Township of Medford, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Art. I adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Medford 6-1-1960 as Ord. No. 1960-1 and amended 5-17-1964 by Ord. No. 1964-1, 11-28-1974 by Ord. No. 5, 6-21-1978 by Ord. No. 6, 8-15-1979 by Ord. No. 7; revised and readopted by the Township Council of the Township of Medford at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Art. II adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Medford 4-6-1966 as Ord. No. 1966-7. Sections 118-13, 118-18, 118-19, 118-20, 118-21, 118-22, 118-23 and 118-24 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sewers and water — See Ch. 121.
[Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Medford 6-1-1960 as Ord. No. 1960-1; amended 5-27-1964 by Ord. No. 1964-1; 11-28-1974 by Ord. No. 5; 6-21-1978 by Ord. No. 6, 8-15-1979 by Ord No. 7. Revised and readopted by the Township Council of the Township of Medford at time of adoption of Code[1]]
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
[Amended 1-15-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-1[1]]
A code regulating the location, construction, use, maintenance and method of emptying or cleaning individual sewage disposal systems, the issuance of permits to locate, construct, empty or clean said systems and fixing penalties for the violation thereof is hereby adopted pursuant to P.L. 1950, c. 188 (N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.1 to 3-69.6). A copy of said code is annexed hereto and made a part hereof without inclusion of the text thereof herein.
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Editor's Note: This amendment provided as follows:
"Section 118-1 of the Code of the Township of Medford, entitled `Sewage Disposal Systems; Adoption of standards,' is hereby amended to incorporate, by reference as permitted by N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.1 to 26:3-69.6, all of the standards contained in N.J.A.C. 7:9A-2 et seq., entitled `Standards for Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems.'
All sections of chapter 118 of the Code of the Township of Medford not amended by the state regulations referred to in the preceding paragraph shall remain in full force and effect, and any provision in Chapter 118 that is inconsistent with the aforementioned state regulations are repealed and replaced with the state regulations."
The said code established and adopted by this Article is described and commonly known as the "Individual Sewage Disposal System Code of New Jersey (1963)."
Three copies of the said Individual Sewage Disposal System Code of New Jersey (1963) have been placed on file in the office of the Secretary, Clerk or other similar officer of the Division of Health upon the introduction of this Article and will remain on file in said office for use and examination by the public.
A. 
No person shall locate, construct or alter any individual sewage disposal system until a permit for the location, construction or alteration of said sewage disposal system shall have been issued by the Division of Health.
B. 
The Division of Health may issue a permit if an application for the same is accompanied by a certificate made by an engineer licensed to practice professional engineering in New Jersey, stating that the design of the individual sewage disposal system as proposed is in compliance with the code.
C. 
For purposes of this chapter, the Division of Health shall be the Burlington County Health Department.
[Added 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-5]
A. 
New individual disposal systems shall not be placed in operation, nor shall new dwellings or buildings or additions thereto be sold or occupied which must rely on such a system for sewage disposal, until the Division of Health shall have issued a certificate indicating that said disposal system has been located and constructed in compliance with the terms of the permit issued and the requirements of the aforesaid code. Issuance of such certificate shall not be required for alterations to an existing individual sewage disposal system.
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The Division of Health may issue such a certificate if an engineer licensed to practice professional engineering in New Jersey submits a statement in writing signed by him to the Division of Health that the said disposal system has been located and constructed in accordance with the terms of the permit issued and the requirements of the aforesaid code.
A. 
Persons shall not engage in the business of emptying or cleaning septic tanks, cesspools, privies or any place used for the reception or storage of human excrement who do not hold a license to engage in such business issued by the Division of Health. Such licenses shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance but may be renewed by the Division of Health. Said license may be revoked for failure of the licensee to comply with the provisions of the code or any rule or ordinance of the Division of Health.
B. 
The contents of any septic tank, cesspool, privy or other receptacle containing human excrement shall not be removed until a permit for such removal has been obtained from the Division of Health.
In case any license, permit or certification required by this article is denied by the Division of Health, a hearing shall be held thereon before the Division within 15 days after request therefor is made by the applicant, and upon such hearing the Division of Health shall affirm, alter or rescind its previous determination and take action accordingly within 15 days alter the date of such hearing.
The Division of Health may order all further work in and about any individual sewage disposal system which is being erected or installed in violation of the code to be stopped forthwith, except such work as shall be necessary to remedy such violation, and, thereafter, the work continued without any violation of any of the provisions of the code, and after issuance of any such order and the service of a copy thereof upon any person connected with or working in and about the erection or installation of any such disposal system or any part thereof, no further work shall be done thereon except as aforesaid.
The fees and charges payable under this article are set out in Chapter 71, Fees and Licenses.
Any person or persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of or any order promulgated under this article or the Individual Sewage Disposal System Code of New Jersey (1963) made a part hereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.
[Amended 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-5]
The Individual Sewage Disposal System Code of New Jersey (1963), adopted herein as a "code," is amended as follows. In the event that there is any inconsistency between the code, these amendments and any other federal, state or county regulation, including regulations of the Pinelands Commission, the most stringent regulations shall apply.
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Minimum lot size. Notwithstanding any other provision of the code, the minimum lot size on which an individual sewage disposal system may be utilized shall be 43,560 square feet.
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Capped risers. Notwithstanding any other provision of the code, capped risers of a minimum diameter of six inches with the cap installed at ground surface shall be placed into the distribution box for inspection, testing and maintenance. Capped risers of a minimum diameter of six inches, installed with the cap at ground surface, shall also be placed above the septic tank inlet inspection port and the dosing tank on the outlet side of said tank for inspection, testing and maintenance and for access for pumping out the tank. All connection seals shall have leakproof joints.
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Prohibition. Notwithstanding any other provision of the code, seepage pits are not permitted.
D. 
Pinelands Commission regulations. Notwithstanding any other provision of the code, all individual sewage disposal septic systems located within the jurisdiction of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 160 of the Code of the Township of Medford, entitled "Land Use and Development," including specifically § 160-56, entitled "Water quality."
E. 
Variances. The Planning Board and/or Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Township of Medford shall have jurisdiction to hear applications for variances for individual sewage disposal septic systems other than as required pursuant to this chapter. For all parcels within the jurisdiction of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan, a waiver of strict compliance and/or other approval from the Pinelands Commission will also be required.
[Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Medford 4-6-1966 as Ord. No. 1966-7]
[Amended 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-5]
No person, firm or corporation shall deposit in the sewerage system of the Township of Medford the contents, residue or cleanings from septic tanks, cesspools, privies or other places used for the reservation or storage of human excrement except in accordance with the following rules, regulations and conditions. In addition, the cleaning and maintenance of all individual sewage disposal septic systems within the jurisdiction of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 160 of the Code of the Township of Medford, entitled "Land Use and Development," § 160-56C.
[Amended 8-2-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-16]
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of emptying and cleaning of septic tanks, cesspools, privies and other places used for the placement of and storage of human excrement and desiring to deposit the same in the sewerage system of the Township of Medford shall first obtain a license from the Township Manager or his designee in the Division of Water and Sewer in the Department of Public Works to engage in such business within the jurisdiction of the said Township of Medford. Said license shall be for a calendar year, for which the applicant shall pay a fee as set out in Chapter 71, Fees and Licenses.
B. 
The licensee shall furnish satisfactory evidence of identity, qualifications and satisfactory condition of equipment, all of which shall be subject to inspection and approval by said Township Manager or his designee.
The equipment used shall be subject to final approval by the Township Council.
The tanks shall be securely mounted on trucks, watertight and be equipped with leakproof covers and shall be vented to release gas but not liquid.
The material removed from septic tanks, cesspools, privies and other places used for the placement and storage of human excrement shall be treated at the point of loading with a high-test calcium hydrochloride containing not less than 70% of available chlorine. The amount of calcium hydrochloride shall be not less than 15 pounds per 1,000 gallons.
No materials shall be received at the sewage treatment plant except human excrement from septic tanks, cesspools, privies and other places used for the placement and storage of human excrement, and no such material shall be accepted except that material originating within the unsewered areas of the Township of Medford.
[Amended 8-2-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-16]
Any person, firm or corporation delivering the material to the sewage treatment plant shall be liable for damages to persons or property on the premises of the Township Sewer and Water Division in the Department of Public Works as a result of his or its operations.
Materials will be received at the sewage treatment plant only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays, when none shall be accepted except on an emergency basis with the approval of the Township Manager or his designee.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The unloading of materials shall be under the personal supervision of the Township Manager or his designee in the Division of Water and Sewer, and the rate of emptying the tank shall be controlled by them.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A separate deposit permit shall be secured and required for each property's septic tanks, cesspools, privies and other places used for the placement and storage of human excrement to be emptied and cleaned, for which the contents are to be deposited in the sewerage system. The application for such permit shall be signed by the licensed cleaner and the owner of the property being serviced and be approved by the Township Manager or his designee. The application and permit shall indicate the name of the licensee, the truck number of the licensee, the name and address of the owner of the property to be served, the number of gallons anticipated to be removed, number of gallons actually delivered to the sewage plant and the number of pounds of calcium hydrochloride used, together with any other information required by the Medford Township Sewer and Water Division in the Department of Public Works.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The permit fee for each septic tank, cesspool, privy or other place used for the placement and storage of human excrement to be cleaned and deposited in said sewerage system shall be as set out in Chapter 71, Fees and Licenses.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The Township Manager or his designee shall have full authority and discretion to supervise and control the enforcement of all provisions hereof, under and by direction of the ultimate authority of the Township Council of the Township of Medford.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this Article or fail to comply therewith or with any requirements thereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed the sum of $500 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or both.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).