Code Enforcement

The Mantua Township Code Enforcement Department is tasked with taking action and responding to complaints from residents that involve violations of Mantua Township Codes. The enforcement of these Codes has a direct impact on the quality of life and the stabilizing of community values, in addition to the detection and reduction of criminal activity.

Code Enforcement violations can be reported to the Code Enforcement Office at 856-468-1500 Ext. 129, or at gbland@mantuatownship.com

 Common complaints that are a violation of Mantua Township Codes are as follows:

 Chapter 120 “Animals”

Any property within the Township of Mantua shall be limited to three dogs and three cats, with the exception of those having a valid commercial kennel license. All dogs and cats over six months of age must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed by the Township. No person shall own any dog which habitually cries or barks in a manner, which would annoy or disturb a reasonable person. No person owning a dog and/or cat shall permit it to run at large upon public streets, parks, or any public place within the Township nor permit it to run at large on private property without the owners permission. No person shall allow a dog to defecate on or commit any nuisance on any portion of public property whatsoever, and any private property without the permission of the owner.

 Chapter 217 “Maintenance”

 Residents are required to keep their property maintained at all times. The exterior of the properties are to be properly maintained. Every foundation, floor, wall, ceiling, door, window, roof or other part of the building shall be kept in good repair and capable of the use intended by its design, and any exterior part or parts thereof subject to corrosion or deterioration shall be kept well painted. Every dwelling shall be free from rodents, vermin and insects. Every building, dwelling, dwelling unit and all other areas of the premises shall be clean and free from garbage or rubbish and hazards to safety. Lawns, hedges and bushes shall be kept trimmed and shall not be permitted to become overgrown and unsightly. Fences shall be kept in good repair

 Chapter 230 “Land Development” Section 30 “Signs”

 No sign, other than exempt signs, shall be erected without first obtaining a sign permit from the Township Zoning Officer. No sign shall be erected within the right-of-way of any public street or sidewalk, at any intersection within the triangular area formed by the right-of-way lines, or in any way that impedes the vision of motorists or pedestrians or otherwise endangers their safety. No sign shall be placed on any tree, telegraph, electric or public utility pole, or upon rocks or other natural features. Banners shall be permitted only as wall signs. Mobile, vehicle, permanent, sandwich and A-frame signs are prohibited. Political signs are allowed, provided they are on private property, set back at least 15 feet from all street and property lines and are not more than 16 square feet. These signs shall be permitted within 30 days prior to and must be removed with 10 days of the election. Yard and garage sale signs shall not exceed 4 square feet and may not be erected more than 7 days prior to such sale and must be removed with 48 hours after sale.

 Chapter 247 “Littering”

 No person shall throw, drop, discard or otherwise place litter of any nature upon any public or private property, other than in a litter receptacle. It is unlawful to discard or dump along any street or road, on or off any right-of-way, any litter, household or commercial waste, rubbish, refuse, junk, vehicle or vehicle parts, without written consent of the property owner. The owner or person in control of any private property shall at all times maintain the premises free of litter, except for storage in authorized litter receptacles.

Chapter 350 “Streets and Sidewalks”

 No person shall tear up, open, dig, or excavate any street, highway, road or public place or right-of-way or disturb any pavement, curbing, guttering without having obtained a permit. The owners, occupants, or tenants of premises abutting any street shall remove all snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after the snow and/or ice accumulation ceases.

 Chapter 411 “Yard Sales”

 No person shall conduct a yard sale within the Township without first obtaining a yard sale permit from the Township Clerk. The permit shall be issued without fees to any applicant who complies with the terms and conditions. Except that a permit shall not be issued more than twice in one year for the same applicant or for the same property. The yard sale permit shall be valid for no more than 3 consecutive days, and must be displayed on the premises throughout the entire period of the sale.  All yard sale hours shall be conducted between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm.

 

Complete copies of the Township of Mantua Code are available for review at the Township Clerk’s Office. The Township Code is also accessible online through a link on the Mantua Township Home page.