Township of Maplewood, NJ
Essex County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Maplewood 2-4-1975 by Ord. No. 1439 as Ch. BH-V of the 1974 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 93.
Multiple-dwelling units — See Ch. 175.
Sewers — See Ch. 223.
Solid waste — See Ch. 235.

§ 313-1 Heating.

A. 
Heat required. Every person who shall have contracted or undertaken or shall be bound to heat or to furnish heat for any building or portion thereof occupied as a home or a place of residence of one (1) or more persons or as a business establishment where one (1) or more persons are employed shall heat, or furnish such heat for every occupied room in such building or portion thereof so that a minimum temperature of seventy degrees Fahrenheit (70° F.) shall be maintained therein between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and sixty degrees Fahrenheit (60° F.) from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. measured at the center of the room three (3) feet above the floor in any building or portion thereof occupied as a home or place of residence and during the usual working hours established and maintained in a building or portion thereof occupied as a business establishment, between the dates of October 1 and May 1.
[Amended 2-16-1982 by Ord. No. 1595]
B. 
Exceptions. The provisions of this section shall not apply to buildings or portions thereof used and occupied for trades, businesses or occupations where high or low temperatures are essential or unavoidable.
C. 
Responsibility. For the purpose of this section, wherever a building is heated by means of a furnace, boiler or other apparatus under the control of the owner, agent or lessee of a building, the owner, agent or lessee, in the absence of a contract or agreement to the contrary, shall be deemed to have contracted, undertaken or bound himself to furnish heat in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
D. 
Maintenance. The owner or person in charge of any rented or leased dwelling or building where the heating system or systems are a permanent part of the property shall maintain between October 1 of each year and May 1 of the next succeeding year such heating system or systems therein in a safe and proper working condition to supply heat to the dwelling or building.

§ 313-2 Sanitation.

A. 
Janitor service required. The owner, agent or other person in charge of any building, tenement or apartment house occupied by four (4) or more families shall provide adequate and proper janitor service at all times for the purpose of keeping the premises in a sanitary condition.
B. 
Cleanliness. No owner, tenant, lessee or person in charge of any building, house, store, room or place shall maintain the same or permit the same or any portion thereof to be maintained in any state of uncleanliness or filthiness or in any unsanitary condition.

§ 313-3 Discharging dust restricted.

No tenant or occupant of any flat or apartment in any house occupied by two (2) or more families and no agent, servant or employee of such tenant or occupant shall use any window, dumbwaiter shaft, fire escape or porch of such house for the purpose of discharging dust, by shaking or otherwise, from clothes, rugs or other floor coverings, brooms, mops, rags or other cleaning implements or material.

§ 313-4 Water supply.

A. 
Domestic purposes. No person shall rent, let, lease or allow to be occupied for domestic purposes any building which shall not have a plentiful supply of potable running water on each floor and in each apartment.
B. 
Business purposes. No person shall rent, let, lease or allow to be occupied for business purposes any building which shall not have a plentiful supply of potable running water available on each floor.

§ 313-5 Toilet facilities.

A. 
The owner, agent or person in charge of every building used or occupied by human beings, whether for business or dwelling purposes, shall provide not fewer than one (1) water closet for every fifteen (15) occupants or employees.
B. 
The owner, agent or person in charge of every house or building containing two (2) or more flats or apartments shall provide at least one (1) water closet in each flat or apartment.
C. 
The owner, agent or person in charge of every building used or occupied by human beings shall keep each water closet in good working order at all times.
D. 
When by reason of injury or hazard to public health additional water closets or urinal accommodations are required in any building used or occupied by human beings, the owner, agent or person in charge of such building shall make such additional installation upon receipt of a notice to that effect from the Board of Health.

§ 313-6 Cesspools; sewer connections.

A. 
Cesspools prohibited. No person shall construct, maintain or permit to be constructed or maintained any privy, privy vault or cesspool upon any property within the township.
B. 
Sewer connection required. The owner or person in charge of any building used or occupied by human beings and not connected with the public sanitary sewer shall connect such building with such sewer within thirty (30) days of receipt of a notice from the Board to make such connection.
C. 
Abandoned cesspools. Whenever any privy, privy vault or cesspool is abandoned or the use thereof discontinued, the owner or person in charge of the property upon which such privy, privy vault or cesspool is located shall have the contents of the same immediately removed and the vault or hole filled up with clean dirt or ashes.

§ 313-7 Rats, mice and vermin.

No house, apartment, rooms or building shall be let, leased or occupied by human beings which is infested with rats, mice or vermin. The owner, lessor, agent or occupant of any such place upon notice from the Board shall immediately proceed to rid the place of the rats, mice or vermin by any reasonable and safe means approved by the Board.

§ 313-8 Garbage removal; incinerators.

Every owner, tenant or occupant of any dwelling house or place of business shall cause all garbage, swill and offal to be removed from the premises at least twice each week, and more often if so ordered by the Board of Health, except that such garbage may be burned on the premises in an incinerator of a type approved by the Board and in such manner that no nuisance is created.