Borough of Paramus, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paramus 5-14-1969 by Ord. No. 608 (Ch. 15, Art. 5, of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 339.
Solid waste — See Ch. 379.
Towers and wreckers — See Ch. 401.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 419.
Zoning — See Ch. 429.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MOTOR VEHICLES
Includes any vehicle propelled otherwise than by muscular power, excepting such vehicles as run only upon rails or tracks and not currently in use for transportation.
REAL PROPERTY OWNER
The owner of any lands, as is shown on the Borough tax records.
It is hereby determined and declared that the placing, abandoning, leaving, keeping or storing out of doors of any motor vehicle which is not currently in use for transportation on public streets or private lands in the Borough is contrary to and inimical to the public welfare of the Borough since motor vehicles so placed, abandoned, left, kept or stored attract or may attract persons of tender years to play in and about them and suffer injuries; and such motor vehicles, being stored out of doors and exposed to the elements tend to deteriorate and become unsightly and are detrimental to and depreciate the value of properties in the neighborhood where they are located and in the Borough as a whole. In the light of these findings, the purpose of this chapter is to eliminate the hazards and inimical conditions aforementioned.
No person shall place, abandon, leave, keep or store or permit the placing, abandoning, leaving, keeping or storing of any motor vehicle (as defined in this chapter) upon any street in the Borough or in the open upon any lands, public or private.
A. 
This chapter shall not be construed to prevent placing, keeping or storing of any motor vehicle (as defined in this chapter) in an enclosed garage, barn or other building.
B. 
This chapter shall not apply to motor vehicles kept or stored temporarily in the operation of a business primarily conducted for the sale or repair of motor vehicles.
A. 
Whenever any motor vehicle (as defined in this chapter) has been left, placed, kept or stored on private lands for 15 days or more without written authorization to do so from the Police Department, it shall be presumed:
(1) 
That the real property owner or tenant in possession of the lands has left, placed, kept or stored or permitted such motor vehicle to be left, placed, kept or stored upon the lands; and
(2) 
That the owner of the motor vehicle abandoned it.
B. 
Whenever any motor vehicle (as defined in this chapter) has been placed or left upon any street or public lands for five days or more, it shall be presumed that the owner of such motor vehicle has abandoned it.
Whenever any motor vehicle (as defined in this chapter) is removed or caused to be removed by the real property owner or tenant in possession of any land upon which such motor vehicle has been left, placed, kept or stored, he shall immediately notify the Police Department of the new location of the said motor vehicle.
A. 
Whenever the Police Department becomes aware of a violation of this chapter existing on any privately owned land, the Department shall notify, in writing, the real property owner or tenant in possession of the land involved, as provided in Subsections B and C of this section.
B. 
The written notice referred to in Subsection A of this section shall direct the real property owner or tenant in possession of the land to whom notice is addressed to abate the violation within 10 days of the service of the notice by either removing the motor vehicle from the Borough or by removing and placing it in an enclosed garage, barn or other building.
C. 
The written notice referred to in Subsection A of this section shall be served upon the real property owner or tenant in possession of the lands, as follows:
(1) 
Upon an individual, if he resides in the Borough, by personal service or by leaving it at his dwelling house or usual place of abode with some member of his family or household over the age of 14 years; or if he does not reside in the Borough, by registered or certified mail addressed to him at his dwelling house or usual place of abode, if ascertainable, or by notice published in the newspaper in which the legal notices of the Borough may be published, directing said owner or tenant in possession to abate the violation within the time fixed in the notice.
(2) 
Upon a corporation or any other group or entity acting as a unit, in the manner provided for personal service by the rules of civil practice in the current Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey, or if such service cannot be effected, by a notice published in the newspaper in which the legal notices of the Borough may be published, directing said owner or tenant in possession to abate the violation within the time fixed in the notice.
A. 
Whenever the Police Department becomes aware of a violation of this chapter existing on any street or other publicly owned land, the Police Department shall take possession of the motor vehicle and remove it to a storage place designated by the Chief of Police.
B. 
The Police Department shall dispose of the motor vehicle in accordance with the procedures established by Chapter 10A of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes (N.J.S.A. 39:10A-1 et seq.).
[Added 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23; amended 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-2]
Unless another penalty is expressly provided herein, any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided by § 1-15 of this Code. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.