[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Borough of Chester 3-20-1980 as Ch. BH:VI of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The sanitary code adopted by the Board of Health of the borough, conforming to Section 16 of Chapter 68 of the Laws of the State of New Jersey of 1887 and the supplements and amendments thereto.
Any member of the Board of Health or the officers or agents thereof may make the inspections and examinations required by any code ordinance, regulation or order of the Board upon exhibiting his badge and all persons are forbidden to interfere with or obstruct such inspection, examination or execution.
Every notice or order required to be served by any of these ordinances may be served personally or by mail.
No person shall hereafter erect or cause to be erected or converted to a new purpose by alteration, any building any part of which shall be defective in respect to ventilation, light, drainage, or any other proper or necessary precaution or provision, nor shall the builder, lessee, tenant or occupant of any such or any other building or structure, cause or allow any matter or thing to be done in or about any such building or structure, dangerous to life or health.
No owner, agent or lessee of any building, or any part thereof shall lease or let or hire out the same or any portion thereof to be occupied by any person or allow the same to be occupied as a place in which any one may dwell or lodge, except when said buildings or any such parts thereof are sufficiently lighted and ventilated and are in all respects in that condition of cleanliness and wholesomeness for which this code or any law of this state provides, or in which they or either of them require any such premises to be kept.
Whenever it shall be decided by this Board that any building or part thereof is unfit for human habitation by reason of its being so infected with disease or by reason of its being in a condition dangerous to health or life, or to be likely to cause sickness among the occupants, and notice of such decision shall have been affixed conspicuously on the building, or any part thereof, so decided to be unfit for human habitation, and personally served upon the owner or agent or lessee if the same can be found in the state or if such owner or agent or lessee cannot be found with reasonable search, by mailing such notice addressed to the last known place of residence of such owner, agent or lessee, requiring all persons therein to vacate such building or part thereof, for the reasons to be stated therein as aforesaid. Such building or part thereof shall within 10 days thereafter be vacated, or in case of special emergency within such shorter time as in the notice may be specified.
All work upon any privy vault or cesspool hereafter to be constructed in the borough shall be strictly in accordance with the approval and consent of the Board of Health.
No privy vault, cesspool or underground receptacle for filth shall be hereafter built on any property within 50 feet of any well or source of any water supply.
Any privy vault, cesspool or underground receptacle of filth located within 50 feet of any well or source of water supply, shall be removed to the proper distance on orders of the Board of Health.
All privy vaults while being cleaned must be disinfected so as to cause no odor, and all vaults must be cleaned on orders of the Board of Health.
No privy vault or cesspool shall hereafter be constructed within the borough without a permit for that purpose being first had and obtained from the Board of Health. Such permit shall be revocable by this Board for cause such as a violation of any ordinance, regulation or order for the control of such cesspool or privy vault.
Any pool, ditch, gutter, watercourse, privy, urinal, cesspool, drain or ash pit on any lot of land within the borough so foul or in such a state as to breed mosquitoes, flies or other insects, or to cause the air in the borough by reason of offensive or noxious odors emitted therefrom, to be polluted, offensive to the senses or injurious to the public health shall be deemed and is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
Any accumulation or deposit of offal or any decaying animal or vegetable matter, in such a state as to breed mosquitoes, flies or otherwise to become injurious to the public health shall be deemed and is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
No dead horse or cow or large animal shall be buried within the limits of the borough without a permit from the Board of Health.
No person shall cast, throw, dump, or deposit or cause to be cast, thrown, dumped or deposited any offensive matter in or upon any public highway within the borough.
Any place or condition where flies or other insects may breed is hereby adjudged and declared a nuisance injurious to public health.
In order to better carry out the provisions of this code, the Board of Health may serve notice in writing upon the owner, occupant or agent of any lot, building or premises, upon which any nuisance may be found, or upon him who may be the cause of such nuisance, requiring him to abate the same in such manner as the Board of Health may direct and within a reasonable time to be fixed in the notice. In case of neglect or refusal of any person to abate any nuisance defined by this code, after notice in writing has been served upon him, it is hereby made the duty of the Board of Health to abate or procure the abatement thereof and the expense of such abatement shall be collected from the person or persons so offending.
No garbage, rubbish or refuse of any kind whatsoever, shall be dumped or deposited upon any land or any place within the limits of the borough, except at such places as may be first designated and approved in writing by the Board of Health.
Any person or persons or the owner, agent, occupant or lessee of any building, who shall violate or fail to comply with the requirements of the provisions of the foregoing sections of this code or with the ordinances of the Board of Health, or who shall offend against or violate the provisions of said sections, or any part of them, shall upon conviction thereof, pay the following penalty: A penalty of not less than $10 nor more than $50. In case of failure to pay any fines imposed under this section, the person or persons so convicted shall be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days to be imposed by the recorded or other magistrate before whom such conviction may be had.