Township of Hatfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Hatfield 6-14-1973 by Ord. No. 254.1 (Ch. 10, Part 1, of the 1994 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Yard waste  — See Ch. 238.
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Editor’s Note: The title of this chapter was amended from “Brush, Grass and Weeds” to “Brush, Grass, Weeds, and Trees” 9-27-2017 by Ord. No. 672.
The short title of this chapter shall be the "Hatfield Township Weed Ordinance."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMISSIONERS
The Hatfield Township Commissioners.
INSPECTOR
The Building Inspector of Hatfield Township, the Hatfield Township Police Department, or any other persons designated by the Commissioners for the enforcement of this chapter.
LOT
Any premises, area, open land or improved land whether it be vacant or not within the Township limits.
PERSON
Any individual, association, partnership or corporation. Whenever used in any clause prescribing or imposing a fine or penalty of imprisonment, the term, as applied to associations, shall mean any member thereof; as applied to partnerships, shall mean any partner thereof; and as applied to corporations, shall mean the president, vice president, treasurer, or secretary thereof.
TOWNSHIP
Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
WEEDS
Canadian thistle, horse nettle, perennial sowthistle, burdock, cocklebur, pigweeds, common ragweed, chicory, and any other weeds, vegetation not edible or planted for a useful or ornamental purpose which would be detrimental to the health, safety, cleanliness, and comfort of the inhabitants and general public of Hatfield Township.
[Amended 12-19-2012 by Ord. No. 642]
A. 
No person owning or occupying any property within Hatfield Township shall permit grass or weeds or any vegetation whatsoever not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose to grow or remain upon such premises so as to exceed a height of 10 inches within 50 feet of a property line and/or right-of-way or to throw off any unpleasant or noxious odor or to conceal any filthy deposit or to create or produce pollen; nor shall any person permit any grass or weeds or any other vegetation whatsoever to remain upon any lot or premises which is a habitation for any rats, mice or rodents of that nature which would be detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare of the Township. Notwithstanding the provisions above, all grass or weeds or any vegetation whatsoever not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose on every property shall be mowed in its entirety so as to not exceed a height of 10 inches at least twice each year: once by May 15, and once by September 15.
B. 
There shall be a clearance of at least 14 feet from the surface of any street and at least eight feet from the surface of any sidewalk to the lowest branch or limb of any tree or other overhanging part thereof.
[Amended 9-27-2017 by Ord. No. 672]
C. 
Any grass, weeds, trees, or other vegetation growing upon a lot or premises in Hatfield Township in violation of any provision of this section is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety, cleanliness and welfare of the residents of Hatfield Township.
[Added 9-27-2017 by Ord. No. 672]
[Amended 9-27-2017 by Ord. No. 672]
The owner of any premises, as to vacant premises or premises occupied by the owner, or the occupant thereof, in the case of premises occupied by other than the owner thereof, shall remove, trim or cut all grass, weeds, trees, or other vegetation growing or remaining upon such lot or premises in violation of § 88-3 of this chapter.
The inspector is hereby empowered by citation to require compliance with this chapter upon giving five days' written notice to the owner, occupier or tenant of such lot or premises. The notice shall either be served personally or sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, requiring the owner, occupier or tenant of such land to comply within five days with the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 9-27-2017 by Ord. No. 672]
If the grass, weeds, tree, or other vegetation referred to in § 88-4 is not removed within the prescribed period of time as set forth in § 88-5, then the same may be removed by or under the direction of the inspector and with such tools, equipment and materials as deemed necessary by the inspector or other person designated by the Commissioners of Hatfield Township. The cost thereof, together with ten-percent penalty and all costs of prosecution as provided by law, shall be collected by municipal lien or by an action of assumpsit or by any other manner provided by law.
[Amended 9-28-1994 by Ord. No. 420]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $600 and costs and, in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.