The Gloucester Township Code Enforcement Department is taking steps to prevent crime by conducting routine and proactive enforcement of municipal ordinances. This proactive approach to the Enforcement of property maintenance Codes has been shown to slow, or even reverse, declines in community values and increases in criminal activity.
Code Enforcement Violations can be reported to the Code Enforcement Unit at (856) 374-3513 or email@example.com
Some of the most common violations of the Gloucester Township Codes are:
Chapter 47 "Pets"
Dogs and cats are required to be licensed once they are 7 months old, and the renewal of the License is each January in the office of the Township Clerk (a current rabies vaccination certificate from the vet is required at the time). Dogs and cats are strictly prohibited from running loose (at large/unleashed), defecating on any portion of public or private property (owners must dispose of feces in a suitable and sanitary manner) and habitual/ excessive barking is prohibited.
Chapter 55 "Garbage, Rubbish, & Waste"
Trash cannot be placed curbside any sooner than 4:00pm the day prior to your scheduled pick-up day and cans put away within 12 Hours after trash has been discarded. This also applies to recyclables; paper, glass, & leaves. All branches/brush must be placed in bundles not to exceed 4 ft. in length and 50lbs. and placed curbside on your scheduled recycling day. Dumping of any kind is strictly prohibited including, leaves, branches, glass, trash, papers, work related materials, etc.
Chapter 67A "Property Maintenance"
Residents are required to keep their property maintained at all times. The exterior of properties are to be properly maintained, such as repairs, and/or painting of house, garage, down spouts, etc., replacement/repairs of broken windows, fences, and sheds. Grass cannot exceed 10" in height and must be cut and maintained during the growing season. Bushes/shrubs must also be maintained (Trimmed and kept from becoming overgrown). Bushes/Shrubs also must not impede the sidewalk. Scattered trash/debris is not permitted and must be removed.
Chapter 72 "Streets & Sidewalks"- L.O. 72.2 Encroachment/Right of Way
Portable Basketball Poles and Nets and Hockey nets are not permitted in the street at any time. Portable Basketball Poles and nets, and Permanent Basketball Poles and Nets are not permitted curbside and must be removed. All units must remain on property/driveway at all times.
Chapter 72–14B "Streets & Sidewalks" - Removal of snow and ice
The Landowner/Occupant shall remove ice or snow from the sidewalks covered by 2" or more within 12 Hours of daylight after the same shall fall or be formed thereon.
Land Development Ordinance, Section 510 "Off Street Parking"
Automobiles are not to be parked on landscaped (Grass) areas.
Placement of Lawn Type Signs and Signs Posted on Poles and Trees:
Chapter 28-17 "Anti Littering"
The placement of any sign, sticker, or advertisement on a utility pole, traffic signal pole or tree is prohibited within the Township of Gloucester The Code Enforcement Unit will remove and dispose of such signs.
Land Development Ordinance, Section 513
Lawn type signs are not to be erected or placed within or project over the right of way of any public street or sidewalk. Lawn type signs placed at intersections or along the highway advertising a business or services are prohibited. These signs are subject to forfeiture by the Code Enforcement Unit and subject to confiscation.
Temporary signs of contractors, mechanics, painters, paperhangers and/or artisans are permitted on the property on which the contracting work is being performed during the period of work and they must be removed seven days upon the completion of the work.
Yard sale and garage sale signs shall be erected no more than seven days prior to the sale and shall be removed within forty-eight hours after the sale. No premise shall be permitted to erect such signs more than two times in any calendar year. No more than eight signs shall be permitted to be installed advertising any one sale. Yard sale signs may be placed on private property with the permission of the owner.
Signs advertising public functions, providing public service or information; or fund raising events for charitable or religious organizations are permitted for a period of thirty days prior to and during the event and shall be removed within five days after the event. These signs may be erected on the premises of the event or as a banner providing that the location of the banner is approved by the Township of Gloucester Zoning Department.
Signs that are in violation are subject to forfeiture and confiscation.
Complete copies of the Township Municipal Code are available for review at the Township Clerk's Office and the Gloucester Township Municipal Library. The Land Development Ordinance is available for review at the Gloucester Township Community Development & Planning Office.