Borough of Red Bank, NJ
Monmouth County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Borough of Red Bank as Ch. BH:X of the 1989 Borough Health Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Unfit building and dwelling units — See Ch. 265.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 505.
Water and sewer — See Ch. 695.

§ 737-1 Unfit buildings.

A. 
Declared a nuisance. Whatever is dangerous to human life or to health, whatever building, erection, part or cellar thereof, is not provided with adequate means of ingress and egress, or is not sufficiently supported, ventilated, sewered, drained, cleaned or lighted, and whatever renders the air, food or water unwholesome, are declared to be nuisances and are prohibited.
B. 
Premises to be vacated. Whenever it shall be decided by the Board that any building or part thereof is unfit for human habitation, by reason of its being in a condition dangerous to health and life of its occupants, and notice of the decision shall have been affixed conspicuously on the building or any part thereof so decided to be unfit for human habitation, and served upon the owner, agent or lessee, requiring all persons therein to vacate the building or part thereof for the reason to be stated therein as aforesaid, the building or part thereof shall, within 10 days thereafter, be vacated, or within such shorter time as in the notice may be specified.

§ 737-2 Sanitary requirements.

A. 
Duty of property owner or tenant. It shall be the duty of every property owner, tenant or occupant of any premises to maintain the premises in a clean condition so that the same may not be injurious, detrimental or hazardous to human life or health, and in addition to, but without limitation, the following conditions, acts and sufferances are declared to be unlawful:
(1) 
The maintenance of any premises not provided with running water, suitable water closet and toilet facilities, for all persons dwelling or working therein.
(2) 
Permitting the plumbing or plumbing fixtures to exist in any filthy or unhealthful condition.
(3) 
The maintenance of any building, room or dwelling, in such a state of uncleanliness, or the crowding of persons in any building or room in such manner as to endanger the health of persons dwelling or working therein.
B. 
Nuisances. Every water closet, bath, tub, washbowl, sink, wash tray and every other drainage fixture, also every trap, waste pipe, drain pipe, vent pipe and every other drainage appliance, and also, every catch basin, sand basin, vault and also every cover of the same which is not constructed in a workmanlike manner, or which is damaged, broken, imperfect or defective, and also every untrapped drainage fixture, is declared to be a nuisance, and any person who shall cause or maintain any nuisance and who shall refuse or neglect to repair and make perfect any defect in any water closet, bath tub, washbowl, sink, wash tray, trap, waste pipe, drain pipe, vent pipe, or other drainage appliance or portion thereof, or in any catch basin, sand basin or vault, or in the covering thereof, shall be liable pursuant to the terms herein.
C. 
Toilets. The owner of any building now erected, or which may be erected, used as a dwelling, store, factory, workshop or garage, or any other building where one or more persons are employed, shall, whenever the public or private sewer is available, provide at least one toilet, and as many more as may be required by the Board of Health, to be connected with the public or private sewer.

§ 737-3 Water supply.

No premises shall be rented, let, leased or occupied as a dwelling or as a tenement house unless the premises shall have a plentiful supply of pure water, suitable for domestic purposes, furnished at one or more places in such house so that the same may be adequately and reasonably convenient for the use of the occupants of the house.

§ 737-4 Heating.

[Amended by Ord. No. 12/13/73; Ord. No. 11/14/74; 10/12/1989; Ord. No. 2/8/90]
All owners of buildings, designed to be occupied, or occupied, as residences by two or more families, and when the owners have agreed to supply heat, that from October 1 of each year to the next succeeding May 15, every unit of dwelling space and every habitable room therein shall be maintained at least 70° F. between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. At times other than those specified, interiors of units of dwelling space shall be maintained at least 65° F. The owner shall not be responsible, in meeting the aforesaid standards, for the consequent drop in the interior temperature arising out of the action by the occupants in leaving windows or doors open to the exterior of the building.

§ 737-5 Additional regulations.

A. 
Rubbish or garbage.
(1) 
It shall be the duty of all owners, lessees, tenants, or occupants of any lot and land in the Borough to keep the sidewalks and gutters in front of the lot and land free from any offensive substance, liquid or solid, and from dirt, rubbish, waste or any other thing dangerous to health, life or limb.
(2) 
Every owner, lessee, tenant or occupant of any lot of ground or building in the Borough shall, on notice in writing from the Board, remove from the lot or building any rubbish, garbage or any other unhealthful matter or substance which may be upon the lot or in such building.
B. 
Accumulation of water.
(1) 
Prohibited. No person being owner, lessee or tenant of any house or building shall allow any water or liquid to run from or out of his building or ground upon or across any sidewalks or curbstones, and no such water or liquid or ice therefrom shall be allowed to accumulate or remain on the surface of such curb, flagstone or passage.
(2) 
Stagnant water. All sunken lots or submerged land or lots below grade where stagnant water gathers or is collected, are declared a nuisance, and any owner or agent of the lots or land shall, on notice in writing from the Board, cause the same to be drained or to be filled with fresh earth, ashes or cinders.
C. 
Vacant or excavated lot. It shall be the duty of every owner, lessee or tenant of any vacant, sunken or excavated lot to keep the same at all times clean and inoffensive and to provide around the same, a proper fence so as to effectually prevent the throwing or depositing therein or thereupon of any garbage or offensive thing, and also to prevent persons passing from falling into any excavation.
D. 
Rainwater leaders. Rainwater leaders shall not be soil, waste or vent pipes; nor shall any soil, waste or vent pipes be used as a leader; nor shall any leader drain or other pipe used for the purpose of collecting rainwater from a building or yard be connected to any pipe that is connected to the sanitary sewers of the Borough.
E. 
Extermination. Whenever a building is to be razed or torn down, the person responsible for the work must first get an exterminator to destroy the rats, rodents, bats and insects in the building to be razed. The extermination should be done at least seven days before and not more than six months before date of demolition.
[Added by Ord. No. 2/8/68]
F. 
Overcrowding. No owner, lessee or keeper of any tenement house, lodging house, boarding house shall cause or allow the same to be overcrowded or cause or allow so great a number of persons to dwell, be or sleep in any such house or any portion thereof as to cause any danger or detriment to life or health.
G. 
Disclosure required. Every agent or person having charge, control or management, or who collects or receives the rent of any lands, premises or other property in the Borough, shall disclose the name of the owner of such land, premises or property, or the name of the person for whom such agent or other person is acting, to the Board upon application being made by any inspector, office or agent of this Board.