Town of Dover, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Dover 6-25-1996 as Ord. No. 23-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 152-1
Definitions. 

§ 152-2
Permit required. 

§ 152-3
Application for permit. 

§ 152-4
Insurance required. 

§ 152-5
Indemnification agreement required. 

§ 152-6
Permit fee. 

§ 152-7
Expiration date of permits; annual renewal. 

§ 152-8
Issuance of permits; denial. 

§ 152-9
Boxes prohibited in roadways. 

§ 152-10
Location and placement of boxes on sidewalks. 

§ 152-11
Standard for maintenance and installation of drop boxes. 

§ 152-12
Impoundment of dangerous drop boxes. 

§ 152-13
Violations and penalties. 

§ 152-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

COURIER DROP BOX
Any self-service stand, container or storage unit installed, used, or maintained for the purpose of depositing letters, parcels or packages for delivery by the company owning the drop box.
DISPLAY WINDOW
A window used for the display of merchandise.
MAINTAIN
Place, install, maintain or operate a courier drop box.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, association or entity.
ROADWAY
The portion of a street improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel.
SIDEWALK
Any surface provided for the exclusive use of pedestrians, including the area between the sidewalks and the curb of any street, or, if there is no sidewalk, the area between the edge of the roadway and the property line adjacent thereto.
STREET
All the area dedicated to public use for public street purposes, including but not limited to roadways, parkways, alleys and sidewalks.
UNPROTECTED LANDSCAPED AREA
An area improved with flowers or shrubs that is not protected by either a manmade barrier, such as a fence, or a natural barrier, such as a hedge.

§ 152-2 Permit required.

No person shall maintain a courier drop box on any public property in the Town of Dover in violation of the provisions of this chapter. Simultaneous with locating a courier drop box, the owner of said box shall apply for a permit for the box. One permit shall be required for each drop box.

§ 152-3 Application for permit.

An application for a courier drop box permit or for a change of location of an existing courier drop box shall be filed, in writing, with the Town Clerk on forms provided by her for that purpose. The application shall state:

A. 

The name and address of the applicant.

B. 

The proposed specific location(s) of the courier drop box(es).

C. 

The dimensions of the box.

D. 

The person responsible for repair or to be notified for any reason whatsoever.

§ 152-4 Insurance required.

A. 

Type and amount. No courier drop box permit shall be issued unless the box owner shall have filed with the Town Clerk a copy of an insurance policy, issued by a company duly licensed to transact business under the insurance laws of this state providing for the payment of not less than $1,000,000 to satisfy all claims for damage by reason of bodily injuries to or the death of any person due to the maintenance of such box and further providing for the payment of not less than $25,000 to satisfy all claims for property damage due to the maintenance of such box.

B. 

Notice. The insurance policy shall provide that the insurance company shall notify the Town of Dover 10 days prior to cancellation or substantial change in coverage.

§ 152-5 Indemnification agreement required.

No courier drop box permit shall be issued unless the box owner shall have executed and filed with the Town Clerk an indemnification agreement pursuant to which the owner agrees to forever defend, protect, indemnify and save harmless the Town of Dover, its officers, agents and employees from and against any and all causes of action, injuries, losses, damages, expenses, fees and costs arising out of or to arise out of the owner's maintenance of a box or boxes in the Town of Dover.

§ 152-6 Permit fee.

The fee for a courier drop box shall be $25.

§ 152-7 Expiration date of permits; annual renewal.

All courier drop box permits shall expire annually on January 1 at 12:00 midnight. Permits may be renewed annually by filing an application in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. All permits issued during the year shall expire on the annual date set forth above, and there shall be no reduction in permit fees.

§ 152-8 Issuance of permits; denial.

Courier drop box permits shall be issued within 10 business days after the filing of an application therefor, provided that the applicant has complied with all the requirements of this chapter. In the event that a box, for which a permit is sought is not in compliance with the provisions of this chapter but the box can be relocated at the same location so as to comply with this chapter, then the town shall so notify the owner, identifying the violation involved and issuing a permit conditioned on the correction of the violation. In the event that no adjustment of a box at a particular location would succeed in bringing it into compliance with this chapter, the town may deny a permit and advise the owner of the reasons of denial. The owner shall be given five working days to remove or relocate the box.

§ 152-9 Boxes prohibited in roadways.

No person shall maintain a courier drop box on any portion of a roadway, nor shall any person permit a courier drop box to project onto, into or over any portion of a roadway.

§ 152-10 Location and placement of boxes on sidewalks.

A. 

Subject to provisions hereinafter set forth, courier drop boxes maintained on public sidewalks shall be either:

(1) 

Parallel to the curb, with the outer edge not fewer than 12 inches nor more than 18 inches from the edge of such curb; or

(2) 

Parallel to the wall of a building, with the inside edge not more than six inches from such wall but less than three feet from an entrance or exit of a building.

B. 

No person shall place, install, maintain or operate a courier drop box at any of the following locations on any public sidewalk or parkway:

(1) 

Within six feet of any marked crosswalk as measured along the curbline.

(2) 

Within 15 feet of the curb return of any unmarked crosswalk as measured along the curbline.

(3) 

Within 15 feet of any fire hydrant, fire call box, police call box or other emergency facility as measured along the curbline.

(4) 

Within six feet of any driveway as measured along the curbline.

(5) 

Within 3 feet ahead of and 15 feet to the rear of any sign marking a designated bus stop as measured along the curbline.

(6) 

Within four feet of the outer edge of any bus bench.

(7) 

Within six feet of any unprotected landscaped area.

(8) 

Within six feet, as measured along the building line, of any display window of any building abutting the sidewalk or in such location as to impede or interfere with the reasonable use of such window for display purposes and as to all other nondisplay windows not in front of such window if it will block in any way the view into or out of such window.

(9) 

At any location where installation of the box would reduce the clear space for the passage of pedestrians to fewer than three feet.

(10) 

At any location that would interfere with the use for a public utility purpose, public transportation purpose or other governmental purpose.

(11) 

At any location where the box would unreasonably interfere with or obstruct the flow of pedestrian or vehicle traffic, the ingress into or egress from any residence, place of business or any legally parked or stopped vehicle or at any location where the box would endanger the safety of persons or property.

(12) 

At any location where the box would unreasonably interfere with the use of poles, posts, traffic signs, traffic signals, hydrants, mailboxes or other objects permitted at or near such location.

(13) 

At any location where the box would interfere with the cleaning of any sidewalk by the use of mechanical sidewalk cleaning machinery.

(14) 

Within 200 feet of any other box of the same courier company on the same side of the street or at any location directly opposite any other box.

§ 152-11 Standard for maintenance and installation of drop boxes.

Any courier drop box which is placed, installed, maintained or operated, in whole or in part, upon or projecting over any portion of a public sidewalk or roadway shall comply with the following standards:

A. 

No machine shall be larger than 5 feet in height, 30 inches in width and 2 feet in depth.

B. 

No box shall be chained, bolted or otherwise attached to any property not owned by the owner of such box.

C. 

No box shall be used for advertising, signs or publicity purposes, other than that dealing with the courier company owning the box.

D. 

Each box shall be maintained in a clean, neat condition and in good repair at all times.

E. 

The owner of each box shall permanently affix thereto his name, address and telephone number in a place where such information may be easily seen.

§ 152-12 Impoundment of dangerous drop boxes.

A. 

The police of the Town of Dover may impound any courier drop box that creates a danger to pedestrians or vehicles.

B. 

Written notice of the impoundment must be sent to the owner of the impounded box within two business days. The owner shall be entitled to obtain the return of the impounded box from the police upon request during normal business hours, provided that the box is not being held as evidence in any criminal proceeding.

§ 152-13 Violations and penalties.

Any person convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each violation of a section or subsection of this chapter, and each day that a violation continues, shall constitute a separate offense.