[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City 10-22-1998 by Ord. No. 9822. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to require the registration of commercial landscapers and to regulate the use of grass and leaf blowers.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPER
- A person or entity whose business involves the placing, planting, arranging, trimming, cutting and removing of trees and the maintenance of lawns, trees, bushes, shrubs, gardens and related appurtenances on land or property for any purpose.
- Every device in upon or by which a person or property is or may be transported upon a highway.
No person or entity shall engage in the business of commercial landscaper, as herein defined, in the City of Ventnor unless a license, as herein provided, shall have first been obtained.
License application information. The application for a license to operate or conduct business as a commercial landscaper in the City of Ventnor City shall be made in writing, signed by the applicant and submitted to the City Construction Code Department. The application shall include the following information:
The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.
The character and type of substance, e.g., grass clippings, brush, twigs or leaves, that the applicant will be dumping in his or her operation.
The location where the debris is to be taken and the name and telephone number of the company or organization to receive such debris.
Every commercial landscaper operating within the City of Ventnor City shall be required to comply with the following:
The name of the landscaping company shall be clearly indicated on both sides of any vehicle used in said operation, shall be no less than three inches in height and shall include the address and telephone number.
Tags identifying that vehicles have been properly registered must be displayed on each vehicle.
The use of backpack blowers and handheld grass and leaf blowers shall be permitted, subject to compliance with the following conditions:
All sidewalk clippings shall be disbursed back onto the homeowner's lawn.
All gutters shall be swept and shoveled.
Handheld blowers shall not be used in gutters or streets.
Storm drains shall be covered while working in the immediate vicinity.
All leaves, twigs and clippings must be properly bagged and taken to the Atlantic County Municipal Utilities Authority plant for processing or otherwise legally disposed of in accordance with state and local laws and other applicable regulations.
All vehicles used in landscaping operations shall be required to utilize a cover on said vehicles to prevent any clippings, leaves, twigs or other debris from blowing out of the vehicle when traveling the streets of the City of Ventnor City.
Commercial landscapers shall not place clippings, twigs or leaves at the curb; this material must be properly removed by the commercial landscaper.
The application for a license shall be $10 per annum. All license fees shall be due and payable to the City of Ventnor City on or before the first day of July of each year and all such licenses shall expire on the 30th day of June the following year.
Any person violating any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof before the Judge of the Municipal Court or other office having jurisdiction thereof, shall be liable to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment in the City or county jail for a period not more than 90 days, or both. In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.