[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood 5-6-2003 by Ord. No. 2214-03; amended in its entirety 4-4-2017 by Ord. No. 2855-17. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Noise — See Ch. 181.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COMMERCIAL LAWN MAINTENANCE BUSINESS
- A business that performs lawn and yard maintenance where the cutting of grass and removal of leaves are performed.
- LEAF BLOWER MACHINE
- A gas-powered device used for the blowing of leaves and grass in lawn maintenance work.
- RATED DECIBEL LEVEL
- The dB(a) rating as provided by the manufacturer of leaf blower machines.
The use of gas-powered leaf blowers is regulated per Township ordinance.
Except for those landscapers registered with the State of New Jersey, pursuant to the Contractors' Registration Act, N.J.S.A. 56:8-136 et seq. and pursuant to New Jersey Administrative Code § 13:45A-17.2, commercial lawn maintenance businesses shall register with the Township Public Works Department, by March 1 of each year. Those landscapers registered with the State of New Jersey shall provide a copy of their state registration to the Township Public Works Department on or before March 1 of each year.
Information to be provided at this registration will include name of business owner (owners of business), address of owner(s), telephone number(s) of owner(s), license plate of trucks used in business and type of leaf blowers, make, manufacturer, manufacture information concerning rated decibel level of leaf blowers, manufacturer's information concerning EPA handheld engine used in business.
A registration fee of $50 per business and a fee of $50 per truck used to haul leaves shall be charged.
Each registered truck shall be provided a sticker by the Township, and this sticker shall be posted on the front driver's side panel of the truck.
No commercial lawn maintenance business shall deposit leaves on a public street more than seven days before a regularly scheduled Department of Public Works pickup.
Registered commercial lawn maintenance businesses shall be permitted to deposit leaves at a site provided at the Township Public Works yard after December 1 of each year.
In the event of a weather emergency or other emergent circumstances, the Township Emergency Management Coordinator shall be permitted to modify the restrictions of this chapter.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Township Police Department, Building Department, Health Department, Public Works Department or other Township employee as designated by the Township Administrator.