Snow Season Regulations
Sidewalk snow removal – The Township of Raritan will be enforcing Ordinance #93-17 which provides that an owner of any premises abutting or bordering on any street in the Township, including streets in developments, such as planned residential developments, upon which neighboring parties or the public may travel, shall remove all snow and ice from the abutting sidewalks of the street actually used by the public or, in the event of ice which may be so frozen as to make removal impractical, shall cause the same to be thoroughly covered with sand, within twelve (12) hours of daylight after the same shall fall or be formed thereon.
Depositing of snow and/or ice on sidewalks and streets – The Township of Raritan will be enforcing Ordinance #81-5, Depositing of Snow and Ice, which prohibits anyone from depositing snow or ice which accumulates on private property belonging to that person on streets or sidewalks within the township. Also, no homeowner or private contractor will leave plowed snow on public streets. It will be the responsibility of the individual that is plowing to push the snow against the curb or edge of the road. Please do not leave piles of snow in the middle of the street.
Parking prohibited on snow covered streets – Please assist the Township in keeping roads clear during the winter months when it snows. Ordinance #94-3 provides that whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers any road, street, or highway in the Township, an emergency shall exist and the parking of any vehicle is prohibited on any portion of a road, street, or highway, including those roads within Qualified Private Communities designated by the Township to receive snow plowing services under the Municipal Services Act N.J.S.40:67-32.2 et seq. in Raritan Township.
This parking prohibition shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased and until the road, streets, or highways have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic. No provisions of the section shall apply to any county or state road, street, or highway fixing Roads located within Raritan Township.
During extreme weather conditions when a vehicle is not able to proceed and must be parked on any street, road or highway in the Township, the operator of such vehicle must by the quickest means of communication notify any on-duty police officer of the Township and the Superintendent of the Public Works of the vehicle and its location, and thereafter follow the directions of the Police Department regarding removal.
Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of the Section shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any police officer may provide for the removal of such a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle shall pay the reasonable costs of removal and storage which may result from the removal before regaining possession of the vehicle. The payment of costs and removal shall be in addition to any penalty assessed for violation of the Section.
Unless another penalty is expressly provided by the New Jersey Statutes, every person convicted of a provision of this section or any supplement thereto shall be liable to penalty of not more than $100 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or both.