Township of Maplewood, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood 5-6-2003 by Ord. No. 2214-03. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 181.

§ 157-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMERCIAL LAWN MAINTENANCE BUSINESS
A business that performs lawn and yard maintenance where cutting of grass and removal of leaves is performed.
LEAF BLOWER MACHINE
A gas-powered device used for the blowing of leaves and grass in lawn maintenance work.
RATED DECIBEL LEVEL
The dB(a) rating as provided by the manufacturer of leaf blower machines.

§ 157-2 Prohibitions.

A. 
Use of leaf blowers with a decibel rating of greater than 65 dB(a) by commercial lawn maintenance businesses shall be prohibited between the dates of May 1 through October 15 of each year.
B. 
In order to control harmful emissions, only leaf blower machines that meet the latest federal EPA "Standards for Small Spark Ignition Handheld Engines" shall be permitted.

§ 157-3 Registration of commercial lawn maintenance businesses.

[Amended 7-5-2016 by Ord. No. 2816-16]
A. 
Except for those landscapers registered with the State of New Jersey, pursuant to the Contractors' Registration Act, N.J.S.A. 56:8-136 et seq. and pursuant to New Jersey Administrative Code, § 13:45A-17.2, commercial lawn maintenance businesses shall register with the Township Public Works Department, by March 1 of each year. Those landscapers registered with the State of New Jersey shall provide a copy of their state registration to the Township Public Works Department on or before March 1 of each year.
B. 
Information to be provided at this registration will include name of business owner (owners of business), address of owner(s), telephone number(s) of owner(s), license plate of trucks used in business and type of leaf blowers, make, manufacturer, manufacture information, concerning rated decibel level of leaf blowers, manufacturer's information concerning EPA handheld engine used in business.
C. 
A registration fee of $50 per business and a fee of $50 per truck used to haul leaves shall be charged.
D. 
Each registered truck shall be provided a sticker by the Township, and this sticker shall be posted on the front driver's side panel of the truck.

§ 157-4 Depositing leaves on streets.

No commercial lawn maintenance business shall deposit leaves on a public street before September 1 or after December 1 of each year.

§ 157-5 Depositing leaves at Public Works yard.

Registered commercial lawn maintenance businesses shall be permitted to deposit leaves at a site provided at the Township Public Works yard after December 1 of each year.

§ 157-6 Emergencies.

In the event of a weather emergency or other emergent circumstances, the Public Works Director shall be permitted to modify the restrictions on leaf blowers or leaf collection.

§ 157-7 Enforcement.

This chapter shall be enforced by the Township Police Department, Building Department, Health Department, Public Works Department or other Township employee as designated by the Township Administrator.

§ 157-8 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 11-7-2012 by Ord. No. 2706-12]
A. 
Any person found to be in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine as follows:
(1) 
First offense: $100.
(2) 
Second offense: $200.
(3) 
Any subsequent offense: an amount not to exceed $500.
B. 
Each day a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

§ 157-9 Two-year review.

This chapter shall be reviewed every two years to determine its effectiveness and the state of the art in noise control from leaf blower machines.