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State of New Jersey Landowner Liability Act
2A:42A-2. Definitions
1. As used in this act "sport and recreational activities" means and includes: hunting,
fishing, trapping, horseback riding, training of dogs, hiking, camping, picnicking, swimming,
skating, skiing, sledding, tobogganing, operating or riding snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or
dirt bikes, and any other outdoor sport, game and recreational activity including practice and
instruction in any thereof. For purposes of P.L.1968, c.73 (C.2A:42A-2 et seq.) "all-terrain
vehicle" means a motor vehicle, designed to travel over any terrain, of a type possessing between
three and six rubber tires and powered by a gasoline engine not exceeding 600 cubic centimeters,
but shall not include golf carts; "snowmobile" means any motor vehicle, designed primarily to
travel over ice or snow, of a type which uses sled type runners, skis, an endless belt tread,
cleats or any combination of these or other similar means of contact with the surface upon which
it is operated, but does not include any farm tractor, highway or other construction equipment, or
any military vehicle; "dirt bike" means a motor powered vehicle possessing two or more tires,
designed to travel over any terrain and capable of travelling off of paved roads, whether or not
such vehicle is subject to registration with the Division of Motor Vehicles.
L.1968,c.73,s.1; amended 1991,c.496,s.1.
2A:42A-3. No duty to keep premises safe
2. Except as provided in section 3 of this act:
a. An owner, lessee or occupant of premises, whether or not posted as provided in section
23:7-7 of the Revised Statutes, and whether or not improved or maintained in a natural condition,
or used as part of a commercial enterprise, owes no duty to keep the premises safe for entry or
use by others for sport and recreational activities, or to give warning of any hazardous condition
of the land or in connection with the use of any structure or by reason of any activity on such
premises to persons entering for such purposes;
b. An owner, lessee or occupant of premises who gives permission to another to enter upon
such premises for a sport or recreational activity or purpose does not thereby (1) extend any
assurance that the premises are safe for such purpose, or (2) constitute the person to whom
permission is granted an invitee to whom a duty of care is owed, or (3) assume responsibility for
or incur liability for any injury to person or property caused by any act of persons to whom the
permission is granted.
L.1968,c.73,s.2; amended 1991,c.496,s.2.
2A:42A-4. Liability towards persons injured on premises
This act shall not limit the liability which would otherwise exist:
a. For willful or malicious failure to guard, or to warn against, a dangerous condition, use,
structure or activity; or
b. For injury suffered in any case where permission to engage in sport or recreational
activity on the premises was granted for a consideration other than the consideration, if any,
paid to said landowner by the State; or
c. For injury caused, by acts of persons to whom permission to engage in sport or
recreational activity was granted, to other persons as to whom the person granting permission, or
the owner, lessee or occupant of the premises, owes a duty to keep the premises safe or to warn of
danger.
L.1968, c. 73, s. 3, eff. July 1, 1968.
2A:42A-5. Damages for death or injury to person or property
Nothing in this act shall create a duty of care or ground of liability for damages for the
death or injury to person or property.
L.1968, c. 73, s. 5, eff. July 1, 1968.
2A:42A-5.1. Liberal construction
3. The provisions of P.L.1968, c.73 (C.2A:42A-2 et seq.) shall be liberally construed to
serve as an inducement to the owners, lessees and occupants of property, that might otherwise be
reluctant to do so for fear of liability, to permit persons to come onto their property for sport
and recreational activities.
L.1991,c.496,s.3.
2A:42A-6. Limitation of liability
1. An owner, lessee or occupant of agricultural or horticultural lands as defined in
P.L.1983, c.522 (C.2C:18-4 et seq.) who grants permission to operate a motorized vehicle,
snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or dirt bike or to ride horseback thereon pursuant to subsection
a. of section 2 of that act does not thereby: a. extend any assurance that the premises, including
any natural or man-made conditions, are safe for the purposes set forth in that subsection; b.
constitute the person to whom permission is granted an invitee or licensee to whom a duty of care
is owed; or c. assume responsibility for, or incur liability for, an injury to person or property
caused by the act of a person to whom the permission is granted.
L.1985,c.431,s.1; amended 1991,c.496,s.4.
2A:42A-6.1. Definitions
5. For purposes of P.L.1985, c.431 (C.2A:42A-6 et seq.) "all-terrain vehicle" means a motor
vehicle, designed to travel over any terrain, of a type possessing between three and six rubber
tires and powered by a gasoline engine not exceeding 600 cubic centimeters, but shall not include
golf carts; "snowmobile" means any motor vehicle, designed primarily to travel over ice or snow,
of a type which uses sled type runners, skis, an endless belt tread, cleats or any combination of
these or other similar means of contact with the surface upon which it is operated, but does not
include any farm tractor, highway or other construction equipment, or any military vehicle; "dirt
bike" means a motor powered vehicle possessing two or more tires, designed to travel over any
terrain and capable of travelling off of paved roads, whether or not such vehicle is subject to
registration with the Division of Motor Vehicles.
L.1991,c.496,s.5.
2A:42A-6.2. Liberal construction
6. The provisions of P.L.1985, c.431 (C.2A:42A-6 et seq.) shall be liberally construed to
serve as an inducement to the owners, lessees and occupants of property, that might otherwise be
reluctant to do so for fear of liability, to permit persons to come onto their property for
operating a motorized vehicle, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or dirt bike or to ride horseback.
L.1991,c.496,s.6.
2A:42A-7. Liability for dangerous condition
This act shall not limit the liability which would otherwise exist for willful or malicious
failure to guard, or to warn against, a dangerous condition, use, structure or activity.
L. 1985, c. 431, s. 2, eff. Jan. 13, 1986.
2A:42A-8. Limitation of liability of owners, lessees, occupants
An owner, lessee or occupant of premises upon which public access has been required as a
condition of a regulatory approval of, or by agreement with, the Department of Environmental
Protection, regardless of whether public notice is provided, shall be liable only for:
a. willful or malicious failure to guard, or to warn against, a dangerous condition, use,
structure or activity; or
b. injury caused by acts of negligence on the part of the owner, lessee or occupant of the
premises to any person where permission to engage in sport or recreational activity on the
premises was granted for a consideration other than the consideration, if any, paid to the
landowner by the State; or
c. injury caused by acts of gross negligence on the part of the owner, lessee, or occupant
of the premises to any person entering or using the land for a use or purpose unrelated to public
access purposes.
L.1989,c.172,s.1.
2A:42A-8.1 Liability of owners of certain premises which allow public access.
1. a. An owner, lessee or occupant of premises on which a conservation restriction is held by the
State, a local unit, or a charitable conservancy and upon which premises subject to the
conservation restriction public access is allowed, or of premises upon which public access is
allowed pursuant to a public pathway or trail easement held by the State, a local unit, or a
charitable conservancy, and regardless of whether public notice is provided, shall be liable to a
person injured on the premises only for:
(1) willful or malicious failure to guard, or to warn against, a dangerous condition, use,
structure or activity; or
(2) injury caused by acts of negligence on the part of the owner, lessee or occupant of the
premises to any person where permission to engage in sport or recreational activity on the
premises was granted for a consideration other than the consideration, if any, paid to the
landowner by the State, local unit, or charitable conservancy; or
(3) injury caused by acts of gross negligence on the part of the owner, lessee, or occupant of
the premises to any person entering or using the land for a use or purpose unrelated to public
access purposes.
b. For the purposes of this section:
"Charitable conservancy" means the same as that term is defined pursuant to section 2 of
P.L.1979, c.378 (C.13:8B-2), or a "qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organization" as defined
pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-3);
"Conservation restriction" means the same as that term is defined pursuant to section 2 of
P.L.1979, c.378 (C.13:8B-2);
"Local unit" means the same as that term is defined pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1979, c.378
(C.13:8B-2), or a "local government unit" as defined pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1999, c.152
(C.13:8C-3);
"Premises" means any land in the State (1) regardless of location or characterization or
classification of location including but not limited to land characterized or classified as being
located in an urban, suburban, rural, semi-rural, populous, developed, undeveloped, unpopulous,
residential, nonresidential, commercial, or industrial area, and (2) regardless of whether or not
the land is improved or maintained in a natural condition, or used as part of a commercial
enterprise; and
"Sport or recreational activity" means a "sport and recreational activity" as defined pursuant to
section 1 of P.L.1968, c.73 (C.2A:42A-2)(the first paragraph of this document).
L.2001,c.265,s.1.
2A:42A-9. "Agricultural or horticultural land" defined
1. As used in this act, "agricultural or horticultural land" means orchards, nurseries or other
land devoted to the production for sale of plants, crops, trees, forest products or other related
commodities.
L.1997,c.378,s.1.
2A:42A-10. Farmers immunity for invitees-pickers
2. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law to the contrary, an owner, lessee or occupant of
agricultural or horticultural land shall not have a legal duty to protect a person who is invited
onto the land for the purposes of picking or taking agricultural or horticultural products from
the natural risks or hazards that are inherent characteristics of agricultural or horticultural
land, and shall not be liable if such a person invited onto the land is injured because of any
natural risks or hazards that are inherent characteristics of agricultural or horticultural land.
L.1997,c.377,s.2.
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