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Township of Tredyffrin, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Tredyffrin 9-22-1986 by Ord. No. HR-105 (Ch. VI, Art. 3, § 305, of the 1979 General Laws of the Municipality of Tredyffrin). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Air pollution — See Ch. 64.
Animals — See Ch. 71.
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 77.
Littering — See Ch. 126.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 149.
Solid waste — See Ch. 168.
The following uses and activities upon real property in the Township of Tredyffrin are hereby declared to be nuisances and hereby prohibited:
A. 
The use of any premises as a trash or garbage dump.
B. 
The depositing or dumping of any amount of trash or garbage upon the premises of another or upon public property.
C. 
The burning or setting fire to trash, rubbish, refuse or garbage brought upon and accumulated or stored on any premises from any other location or locations.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Subsections 4, 5 and 6 of former Section 305IA, which immediately followed this subsection and prohibited automobile graveyards, junkyards and storage of petroleum products, were deleted 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278.
D. 
Any use of or activity upon properties that, by reason of flames, smoke, odors, fumes, noise or dust, unreasonably interferes with the reasonable use, comfort and enjoyment of a neighbor's property or endangers the health or safety of the occupants of a neighboring property.
E. 
The excessive or unreasonable accumulation or storage of scrap, junk, wrecked or unlicensed automobiles, trash, garbage or other waste material upon any premises causing odors, fumes or unsightly appearance to neighboring properties or which unreasonably interferes with the reasonable use, comfort and enjoyment of a neighbor's property or endangers the health or safety of the occupants of a neighboring property.
[Amended 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278]
F. 
The keeping or confining of any animal which shall or shall be permitted to disturb the peace, quiet and/or sanitary environment of the immediate neighborhood by continued outcries, objectionable noises and/or odors.
G. 
For the owner, custodian or keeper of any animal to allow such animal to run loose at any time, either upon any of the streets, alleys or public grounds or upon the property of one other than the owner, custodian or keeper of such animal. The following shall be exempt from the prohibition set forth in this Subsection G:
[Amended 11-7-2018 by Ord. No. HR-425]
(1) 
Animals accompanied by and under the immediate physical control of such owner, custodian or keeper, by the use of a leash, harness, and/or similar device;
(2) 
Dogs accompanying a duly licensed hunter in regular hunting seasons upon property where hunting is not prohibited by the owner or by law are exempt from this chapter; and
(3) 
Dogs permitted to be off-leash, but under voice command and control, in compliance with § 138-3H.
H. 
The placing or dumping of any amount of trash, garbage, leaves or sticks upon any of the roadways of Tredyffrin Township or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Subsection II of original Section 305, which immediately followed this subsection and defined "automobile graveyard," was deleted 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
TRASH OR GARBAGE DUMP
The accumulation or storage of trash, refuse, rubbish or garbage which has been brought upon or conveyed to a premises from sources or locations other than the premises upon which said trash, refuse, rubbish or garbage is stored or accumulated. Whether the owner of such premises is compensated for said dumping or not is irrelevant for purposes of this chapter.
It shall be the duty of any police officer or authorized dog control officer of the Township of Tredyffrin who witnesses any animal running at large in conflict with the provisions of § 131-1G, or who receives information of any such animal running at large, to seize such animal and dispatch it to a place designated by the Board of Supervisors as a pound. Notice of such seizure shall be sent to the owner of such animal in the manner prescribed by law, and such animal may be redeemed by the owner within the time specified by law, upon payment of the charges incurred by reason of such detention. Rates for such charges shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Supervisors.
[Amended 10-19-1998 by Ord. No.  HR-278; 10-2-2000 by Ord. No. HR-290]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall be guilty of a summary violation and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by the Township in the enforcement of this chapter. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. In default of the payment of any fine, the defendant shall be sentenced to imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township are hereby authorized to seek any other available relief at law or equity, including injunction, to enforce compliance with this chapter.