City of Camden, NJ
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City of Camden 1-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4449.
Editor's Note: This ordinance was presented to City Council by the Chief Operating Officer and tabled. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:27BBB-9b, since the City Council failed to act on the proposed ordinance within 45 days of the COO's request, it was deemed approved.
Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Circuses — See Ch. 180.

Fireworks — See Ch. 244.

Ice cream and food vendors — See Ch. 262.

Hawkers, peddlers and solicitors — See Ch. 280.

Parades — See Ch. 378.

Peace and good order — See Ch. 395.

Picketing — See Ch. 406.

Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 491.

Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 553.

Unlicensed motor vehicles — See Ch. 561.

§ 483-1
Definitions. 

§ 483-2
Policy; permit required. 

§ 483-3
Special Events Review Committee. 

§ 483-4
Role and duties of Business Administrator. 

§ 483-5
Director of Code Enforcement. 

§ 483-6
Office of Risk Management. 

§ 483-7
City Attorney. 

§ 483-8
Police Department. 

§ 483-9
Fire protection. 

§ 483-10
Department of Public Works. 

§ 483-11
Camden County. 

§ 483-12
Permit required. 

§ 483-13
Exceptions. 

§ 483-14
City-sponsored events. 

§ 483-15
Application. 

§ 483-16
Specialty licenses. 

§ 483-17
Fees. 

§ 483-18
Publishing of rates and charges. 

§ 483-19
Standards for issuance of approval. 

§ 483-20
Nondiscrimination. 

§ 483-21
Notice of denial of application. 

§ 483-22
Alternative permit; street closing permits. 

§ 483-23
Appeal procedure. 

§ 483-24
Notice to City and other officials. 

§ 483-25
Contents of approval. 

§ 483-26
Duties of permittee. 

§ 483-27
Prohibitions. 

§ 483-28
Block parties. 

§ 483-29
Public conduct during parades or special events. 

§ 483-30
Revocation of approval. 

§ 483-31
Violations and penalties. 

§ 483-1 Definitions.

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

CITY
The City of Camden.
DIRECTOR
The Director of Health and Human Services of the City of Camden.
FEES
Charges the Committee requires, in an amount not to exceed the City's cost in administering each application. The Committee may require a separate permit and fees for certain activities accessory to a special event, including but not limited to special parking facilities, hanging banners, setting up tents, fireworks and serving alcoholic beverages or other fees due and payable under the Code of the City of Camden.
LICENSES
Those licenses required by the Code of the City of Camden for the sale of goods, the distribution of food and beverages or services.
PARADE
A procession of any kind, or any similar display in or upon any street, park or other public place in the City of Camden.
PARADE OR SPECIAL EVENT APPROVAL
The approval as required by this chapter.
PERMITS
The one-time approvals and fees for specialized or potentially hazardous activities or occupancy such as fireworks, tents, or special amusement buildings.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, governmental agency or organization of any kind except for the City of Camden but not excepting any autonomous agency created under the City's ordinances.
POLICE DIRECTOR
The Director of the Department of Police. If the position of Director is vacant then it shall mean the Chief of Police.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS
Activities such as sporting events, conferences and concerts which take place in accordance with an established schedule on at least three nonconsecutive dates during the calendar year.
SIDEWALK
Any area or way set aside or open to the general public for purposes of pedestrian traffic, whether or not it is paved.
SPECIAL EVENT
A preplanned event or series of events of less than a week's duration, sponsored by a public or private person or entity, which is:
A. 

Located wholly or partially on property owned or maintained by the City; or

B. 

Permissibly located on any other property and requires for its successful execution the provision and coordination of municipal services to a degree significantly over and above that which the City routinely provides;

C. 

Any parade or other event, such as a marathon run, walkathon, leisurely walk, bike-a-thon, foot race, bicycle race, jogging group, large social event generating a parking or traffic situation that would interfere with the movement of normal traffic and/or emergency vehicles, or other activity or organized entity having a similar common purpose or goal, taking place in or upon any street, park or other public place in the City of Camden.

[Amended 10-13-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4502]

STREET
Any place or way set aside or open to the general public for purposes of vehicular traffic, including any beam or shoulder parkway, right-of-way, or median strip thereof.
TIME RESTRICTIONS
Those restrictions that the Committee may place on the issuance of special events permits, including without limitation a prior notice requirement, first-come-first-served scheduling, limitations on frequency of use, and limitation of permits to normal operating hours for City property.

§ 483-2 Policy; permit required.

City buildings, parks and all other City-owned or -controlled real estate which has been constructed or maintained for the benefit of the public shall be for the use of the public in general. To that end, no person or entity (including City agencies) shall be given any special or exclusive privilege to use any public property under the control of the City without first obtaining a permit pursuant to this chapter. Additionally, there is a need to ensure that proper coordination occurs among necessary City departments to facilitate the use of City streets for special event activities, including parades, street festivals, foot races, bike-a-thons, and all other events requiring closure of a right-of-way.

§ 483-3 Special Events Review Committee.

A. 

There is hereby established a Special Events Review Committee (the "Committee"), to be made up of the following members or their designees:

(1) 

The Business Administrator, who shall serve as the Chair.

(2) 

The Director of Health and Human Services.

(3) 

The Director of Code Enforcement.

(4) 

The Risk Manager.

(5) 

The Director of Public Works.

(6) 

The Director of Police.

(7) 

The Executive Director of the Parking Authority.

(8) 

The Emergency Management Coordinator.

B. 

Members of the Committee shall (individually and collectively) perform such duties necessary or desirable for the planning and staging of special events, including but not limited to the following:

(1) 

Reviewing all applications for permits governing special events occurring within the corporation boundaries of the City and requests for attendant City support services.

(2) 

In conjunction with and under the supervision of the Director of Finance, providing executive oversight of the management of any special account or fund established for management of or support for special events.

(3) 

Prior to and during every special event, coordinating the permitting processes of all City departments providing services to the special event.

(4) 

In conjunction with the Special Event Task Force, providing technical assistance and information to special event sponsors.

(5) 

Recommending appropriate risk management measures to protect the City during each special event.

(6) 

Administering through the Special Events Coordinator all special event concession agreements and all special event permits pursuant to this chapter, except those expressly reserved to other City departments or agencies.

(7) 

Forwarding all approved requests for City services to the Business Administrator at least 45 days prior to the start of the special event, to allow proper scheduling of employees;

(8) 

Having the authority to determine and require event promoters to provide essential services, including but not limited to adequate on-site safety and traffic control, fire protections, first-aid services, sanitation and clean-up.

(9) 

Subject to existing charges established in the City of Camden Code, setting the rates, fees, and other charges to special event sponsors for rent and City services provided in connection with special events.

(10) 

Evaluating requests for or need for the use of City property, equipment, support services, and other resources, and submitting for Committee approval the costs to be charged to an event sponsor for such resources.

(11) 

In cooperation with the Police Department, evaluating requests to close City streets, as well as event proposals that may affect the passage of traffic through City streets, and recommending to such Committee the approval of denial of such requests and proposals.

(12) 

Evaluating the need for clean-up and sanitation services at special events, and recommending to the Committee such sanitation measures as should be required of an event sponsor.

(13) 

Coordinating the provision of City property, equipment, support services, and other resources for Committee-approved special events.

(14) 

As directed by the Business Administrator, providing technical assistance and information directly to special event sponsors on the planning, set-up and staging of events.

C. 

The Chairperson shall convene an annual meeting of the Committee no later than 90 days prior to the start of the City's fiscal year. At the annual meeting, the Committee shall establish or review a schedule of fees to be charged to reimburse the City for the cost of providing incremental services attributable to a special event for the upcoming year. The schedule of fees shall be filed in the office of the Municipal Clerk prior to the date on which the fees shall become effective. The Chairperson shall convene a special meeting of the Committee when it appears, based on an application received, that the issues presented by the application require the review and consultation of the Committee. The Chair may require the attendance of the members necessary to review a specific application or require the attendance of all members when appropriate.

§ 483-4 Role and duties of Business Administrator.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]
A. 

The Business Administrator shall serve as the City Special Events Coordinator. The Business Administrator shall preside as the Chairperson of the Special Events Committee. The Business Administrator may designate members of the Committee to serve as a Special Events Task Force with respect to a specific application.

B. 

The Business Administrator shall maintain all administrative and financial records relating to special events, including but not limited to the following:

(1) 

Receiving and processing of applications;

(2) 

Correspondence with permit applicants and event sponsors, including notifications concerning permit requirements, regulations affecting special events, and application deadlines; and

(3) 

Intradepartment correspondence and memoranda concerning the establishment of fees.

C. 

The Business Administrator also shall be the primary City contact person for special event permit applicants and event sponsors.

(1) 

The Business Administrator shall evaluate all requests for services requiring Department personnel, and rental requests for City property and equipment, and consistent with the City Code determine the cost to be charged to a sponsor for provision of such services and property.

(2) 

The Business Administrator shall supervise on-site preparations for each special event, and coordinate private sector support services with City services at such event.

(3) 

The Business Administrator shall forward copies to the appropriate Camden County health personnel.

D. 

The Business Administrator shall coordinate all requests for support services for all special events approved by the Committee, including but not limited to the following tasks:

(1) 

Preparation of requests for City services;

(2) 

Determination of estimated costs to each City operating department;

(3) 

Confirmation that application for all necessary City permits have been submitted and evaluated on a timely basis; and

(4) 

Coordination of all support services from City operating departments, both before the special events and on-site.

E. 

The Business Administrator shall evaluate the proposed location of the special event, and the projected program for the event, and notify the event sponsor of any changes in location and/or program determined by the Committee to be necessary to make the event safe in conformity with City regulations.

F. 

If the special event is expected to attract 1,000 or more participants or attendees, the Business Administrator shall ensure compliance by the sponsor with the requirements of the New Jersey Department of Health, pertaining to emergency medical services (EMS) for special events, including either:

(1) 

The use of City Fire Department personnel and equipment (at sponsor's cost);

(2) 

Timely submission of a City special event EMS plan for the event.

G. 

The Business Administrator shall monitor the staging of all special events, including but not limited to the following:

(1) 

Enforcement of all health, safety, vendor, licensing, and other regulations associated with any special event;

(2) 

Proper administration of all special event concession agreements and licenses, and all special events permits;

(3) 

Need for implementation of emergency management procedures; and

(4) 

Adequate provision of on-site emergency medical services.

H. 

The Business Administrator shall convene necessary representatives of the City operating departments as the Special Events Task Force, in order to evaluate City support service requests and coordinate the provision of City resources and support services for approved special events and shall chair such task force.

I. 

The Business Administrator shall review the application to determine that the City has adequate personnel and equipment to service the event and adequate provisions have been made to reimburse the City for the costs incurred by it. The Business Administrator may approve the application, deny it or approve it with conditions.

J. 

The Business Administrator shall monitor all costs to the City associated with the planning and staging of special events, including scheduled overtime of City employees, to ensure that City departments do not exceed fiscal year overtime projections.

K. 

The Business Administrator shall not approve an application involving parades unless said applications have been approved by the Police Department as provided in § 483-8A herein and Chapter 378 of the Code of the City of Camden.

§ 483-5 Director of Code Enforcement.

The Director of Code Enforcement or the Director's designee shall represent that office at all meetings of the Committee. The Director shall shall enforce the provisions of the City Code dealing with the licensing of structures or the sale or distribution of merchandise, food or services. The Director's duties shall include but not be limited to the following:

A. 

Enforcing licensing requirements.

B. 

Collection of licensing fees associated with special events.

C. 

Enforcement procedures.

D. 

Providing on-site code enforcement personnel.

E. 

Reviewing plans for applicablity to certificates of occupancy for one-day events.

§ 483-6 Office of Risk Management.

A. 

The Risk Manager shall represent the Office of Risk Management at all meetings of the Committee.

B. 

The Risk Manager shall evaluate special event applications and advise the Committee on appropriate risk management measures to protect the City from liability during an event, including but not limited to amounts and types of insurance to be required of event sponsors.

§ 483-7 City Attorney.

The City Attorney shall provide legal advice to the Committee on all matters relating to the consideration of special events permit applications and the conduct of special events, including but not limited to the following:

A. 

Permit requirements;

B. 

Indemnification, insurance, and risk management issues;

C. 

Leasing of public space;

D. 

Ordinance and regulation requirements; and

E. 

Special events policy oversight.

§ 483-8 Police Department.

A. 

Nothing herein shall alter the requirements of the provision of Chapter 378 of the City of Camden Code dealing with parades. The Police Department shall have final approval authority with respect to parade permits. While an application pursuant to Chapter 378 may be distributed by the Department of Health and Human Services, it shall be filed with the Department of Police and approved as provided in Chapter 378. No special event applications shall be approved until the Department of Health and Human Services receives approval from the Police Department for all applications for parades or street closures associated with the event.

B. 

The Director of Police shall determine whether and to what extent additional police protection is reasonably necessary for the parade or special event for traffic control and public safety. The Director of Police shall base this decision on the size, location, duration, time and date of the event, the expected sale or service of alcoholic beverages, the number of streets and intersections blocked, and the need to detour or preempt citizen travel and use of the streets and sidewalks. The speech content of the event shall not be a factor in determining the amount of police protection necessary. If possible, without disruption of ordinary police services or compromise of public safety, regularly scheduled on-duty personnel will police the event. If additional police protection for the special event is deemed necessary by the Director of Police, he shall so inform the applicant; for the approval, the applicant then shall have the duty to secure the police protection deemed necessary by the Chief of Police at the sole expense of the applicant.

C. 

The Director of Police shall appoint a member of the Department to serve as the special events liaison. All matters concerning special events shall be directed to this liaison. The Director of Police shall advise the Business Administrator of this designation or any changes made in this designation. If the special events liaison designated by the Director or the Chief determines that the event requires that the Department provide security and traffic control above and beyond that provided by the Department through regularly assigned personnel, the Department shall indicate to the organizer of an event the number of additional police officers that will be required to provide these services. The costs of these incremental services shall be borne by the event organizer. No permit shall be granted until the organizer executes a contract with the Department to provide these services through the Department's secondary employment program or such other arrangement which shall be approved by the Department and makes the deposit required to reimburse the Department for the cost of providing these incremental services.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

D. 

Persons engaging in parades or special events conducted for the sole purpose of public issue speech protected under the First Amendment are not required to pay for any police protection provided by the City.

§ 483-9 Fire protection.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

The Fire Department shall advise the Special Events Coordinator of any fire protection issues presented by an application and any cost issues.

§ 483-10 Department of Public Works.

The Department of Public Works shall advise the Special Events Coordinator of the impact of the application on that Department, including costs to be incurred.

§ 483-11 Camden County.

The Special Events Coordinator shall maintain a current schedule of all county-sponsored events to be held within the City and act as the City's liaison with the County of Camden.

§ 483-12 Permit required.

No person shall engage in or conduct any parade or special event unless a permit is issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

§ 483-13 Exceptions.

This chapter shall not apply to the following:

A. 

Funeral processions.

B. 

Students going to and from school classes or participating in educational activities, provided that such conduct is under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities and does not impact flow or control of traffic.

C. 

A governmental agency acting within the scope of its functions.

D. 

Spontaneous events occasioned by news or affairs coming into public knowledge within three days of such special event, provided that the organizer thereof gives written notice to the Business Administrator and Chief of Police at least 24 hours prior to such parade or special event.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

E. 

Political rallies or motorcades that do not impact on traffic control or public safety, occurring in a series of six or more nonconsecutive days during a calendar year.

F. 

Regularly scheduled events, provided that notice of the scheduled events is given to the Business Administrator at least 30 days prior to the first scheduled event of that series of events, provided that the sponsors of the event comply with all other applicable City ordinances.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

G. 

Events taking place within a venue such as a stadium, amphitheater or auditorium specifically designed to accommodate events, provided that the event will take place entirely within the confines of said stadium, amphitheater or auditorium and the attendance at the event will not exceed the normal capacity of that structure.

§ 483-14 City-sponsored events.

All City government officials, departments, agencies, boards and commissions sponsoring a special event on City property shall comply with the application procedures and other requirements set forth in this chapter; provided, however, that unless otherwise directed by the Committee, such City entities shall not be required to pay the fees and charges set forth herein.

§ 483-15 Application.

A. 

A person seeking a parade or special event permit shall file an application with the Business Administrator on forms provided by the Business Administrator, and the application shall be signed by the applicant under oath. Upon receipt of the application, the Business Administrator shall review the application for completeness. Incomplete applications shall be returned to the applicants without unreasonable delay together with a written statement setting forth the deficiencies in the applications. Parade applications shall be forwarded to the Police Department without delay. The Business Administrator shall forward a copy of said application to each of the persons and agencies set forth in this chapter. The copy forwarded to the Director of Police shall contain any comments and recommendations submitted by the Director or any of the persons or agencies set forth in this chapter.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

B. 

For single, nonrecurring parades or special events, an application for a permit shall be filed with the Business Administrator at least 30 and not more than 180 days before the parade or special event is proposed to commence. The Business Administrator may waive the minimum thirty-day filing period and accept an application filed within a shorter period if, after due consideration of the date, time, place, and nature of the parade or special event, the anticipated number of participants, and the City services required in connection with the event, and consultation with the Business Administrator the Director of Police determines that the waiver will not present a hazard to public safety.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

C. 

For parades or special events held on a regular or recurring basis at the same location, an application for a permit covering all such parades or events during that calendar year may be filed with the Business Administrator at least 30 and not more than 180 days before the date and time at which the first such parade or special event is proposed to commence.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

D. 

The application for a parade or special event approval shall set forth the following information:

(1) 

The name, address and telephone number of the person seeking to conduct such parade or special event;

(2) 

The names, addresses and telephone numbers of the organization for which the parade or special event is to be conducted, if any, and the authorized and responsible heads of the organization; the requested date of the parade or special event;

(3) 

The route to be traveled, including the starting point and the termination point;

(4) 

The approximate number of persons who and animals and vehicles which will constitute such parade or special event and the type of animals and description of the vehicles;

(5) 

The hours when such parade or special event will start and terminate;

(6) 

A statement as to whether the parade or special event will occupy all or only a portion of the width of the streets proposed to be traversed from start to finish;

(7) 

The location by street of any assembly areas for such parade or special event;

(8) 

The time at which units of the parade or special event will begin to assemble at any such area;

(9) 

The intervals of space to be maintained between units of such parade or special event;

(10) 

If the parade or special event is designed to be held by, or on behalf of, any person other than the applicant, the applicant for such approval shall file an affidavit from that person with the Director authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his behalf;

(11) 

The type of special event, including a description of activities planned during the event;

(12) 

A description of any recording equipment, sound amplification equipment, banners, signs, or other attention-getting devices to be used in connection with the parade or special event;

(13) 

The approximate number of participants (spectators are by definition not participants);

(14) 

The approximate number of spectators;

(15) 

A designation of any public facilities or equipment to be utilized;

(16) 

The toilet facilities being provided (and copies of contracts for these services); and

(17) 

Any additional information that the Business Administrator finds reasonably necessary to a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

§ 483-16 Specialty licenses.

A. 

If this event is to include sales of goods or food, at least 15 days prior to the date of the event, the sponsor must submit a list of all participating vendors and the one-time special event fee application in lieu of the mercantile license fee for each vendor authorized to sell at the event and not holding a current license. A licensed City vendor must also submit an application if he will sell items different from those he is authorized to vend, or if his current license otherwise does not allow him to sell at the special events. Vendors selling food will also need prior approval from the Camden County Health Department and Department of Code Enforcement.

B. 

Any person satisfying the application requirements of this chapter may, at the discretion of the Director of the Department of Code Enforcement, be issued a one-to three-day special events peddler's license and/or vending unit registration. A one-day license shall permit the licensee to conduct the business activities of a peddler within the City of Camden according to the provisions of this chapter and all other applicable provisions of the Code. A one-day license period shall extend for a single twenty-four-hour period beginning at 12:00 midnight on the date specified on the license. All provisions of the City of Camden Code shall apply to a one-day licensee.

[Amended 10-13-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4502]

§ 483-17 Fees.

A. 

A nonrefundable fee of $25 to cover the administrative costs of processing the application shall be paid to the City of Camden by the applicant when the application is filed.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

B. 

If the application is for the use of any City property or if any City services shall be required for the parade or special event, the applicant shall pay, prior to the issuance of a permit, the charges for those services in accordance with a schedule of service costs approved by the City Council by ordinance.

C. 

The Business Administrator may waive the fee under circumstances where, after consultation with the City Attorney, the Business Administrator determines that the imposition of a fee would unduly restrict the exercise of the applicant's or participants' constitutional rights.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

D. 

The sponsor shall deposit with the City within 20 days prior to the event a sum as determined by the Director sufficient to reimburse the City for the incremental cost incurred in providing police and fire service and the cost of transport, assembly and securing of equipment and vehicles such as stages, bleachers, flat beds or other City-owned equipment and connection fees and meter charges for the use of any water for fire hydrants or service lines. Reimbursement will be sought for the cost of preparing and installing and removing barricades, and trash containers utilized that cannot be replaced such as trash bags, equipment and manpower utilized to stage, operate and clean up after the event.

E. 

Every person or entity sponsoring a special event involving sale of items, charging of admissions, or closure of more than one block of City street shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) 

Obtain a special event permit pursuant to the fee schedule; provided, however, that prior to the issuance of a permit to use City property managed by a City department or agency other than one represented on the Committee, the director of the affected department or agency must consent to the issuance of the permit;

(2) 

Submit an application in a form approved by the Committee within such time period prior to the special event as may be established by the Committee;

(3) 

If the special event is to be located wholly or partially on property owned, leased or maintained by the City, the applicant shall pay use fees in scheduled amounts as may be determined from time to time by the Committee and published in this City of Camden Municipal Ordinances;

(4) 

Except as otherwise provided herein, pay all costs, at scheduled rates as determined from time to time by the Business Administrator and approved by the Committee, for services and equipment exceeding normal service levels incurred during a special event by City departments and agencies;

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

(5) 

Services.

(a) 

The providing of services in compliance with all applicable City codes and regulations, including, without limitation:

[1] 

Event security and traffic control;

[2] 

Crowd management;

[3] 

Food preparation facilities;

[4] 

Waste and litter control;

[5] 

Toilet facilities;

[6] 

Fire and emergency medical facilities and personnel; and

[7] 

And any other services necessary to ensure that an event is conducted in a safe manner to protect the safety, health, property, and general welfare of the City's citizens, as determined by the Committee.

(b) 

Security services must be provided by City police officers or a reputable outside provider approved by the Committee in advance. The sponsor must also hire other City and/or outside personnel as may be required by the Committee to perform other necessary health and safety functions;

(6) 

Special events vendor licenses.

(a) 

If the special event is to include sale of goods or food, submit to the City a list of all participating vendors together with a completed special events vendor license application for each vendor authorized by the sponsor to sell at the special event and not holding a current City vendor license, and remit the required fee per vendor as a license fee; provided that if such applications and license fees are not submitted to the City at least 10 days prior to the first day of the special event, a late fee for each application shall be due and payable at the time of submission.

(b) 

Notwithstanding the above, if a holder of a current City vendor licensee participates in a special event under conditions different from or not permitted under the terms of the holder's license, the sponsor shall be required to submit a special event vendor license application and remit the required fee for such vendor;

(7) 

At least 10 business days prior to the first day of the special event, post a bond or cashier's check in the amount of the estimated cost of City services as determined by the Committee, as well as the amount of any other sums due and payable to the City upon the occurrence of the special event. If after the special event the City determines that the actual cost was less than the amount posted, funds will be reimbursed as promptly as possible. If the actual cost of City services exceeds the posted amount, payment must be made within 15 calendar days after the City invoices the sponsor for these costs; and

(8) 

Submit an independently audited statement of gross revenues derived from the special event within such time period after the special event as may be specified by the Committee.

§ 483-18 Publishing of rates and charges.

Beginning with fiscal year 2009, 60 days prior to the start of each City fiscal year, the Committee shall establish and publish special event rental rates, services cost recovery amounts, and other fees for the upcoming fiscal year. Fiscal year 2009 rates shall be as published by the Committee in this ordinance herein on the effective date of this City of Camden municipal ordinance.

§ 483-19 Standards for issuance of approval.

A. 

The Business Administrator shall issue an approval as provided for herein when, from a consideration of the application and from such other information as may otherwise be obtained, he finds that:

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

(1) 

The conduct of the parade or special event will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of other pedestrian or vehicular traffic contiguous to its route or location;

(2) 

The conduct of the parade or special event will not require the diversion of so great a number of City police officers to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection of the City;

(3) 

The concentration of persons, animals and vehicles at public assembly points of the parade or special event will not unduly interfere with proper fire and police protection of, or ambulance service to, areas contiguous to such special event areas;

(4) 

The conduct of the parade or special event is not reasonably likely to cause injury to persons or property;

(5) 

The parade or special event is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route;

(6) 

Adequate sanitation and other required health facilities are or will be made available in or adjacent to any special event areas;

(7) 

There are sufficient parking places near the site of the parade or special event to accommodate the number of vehicles reasonably expected;

(8) 

The applicant has secured the police protection, if any, required by this chapter;

(9) 

A parade or special event approval application for the same time and location is already granted or has been received and will be granted, and the police resources required for that prior parade or special event is not so great that, in combination with the subsequent proposed application, the resulting deployment of police services would have an immediate and adverse effect upon the welfare and safety of persons and property;

(10) 

No event is scheduled elsewhere in the City where the police resources required for that event are so great that the deployment of police services for the proposed parade or special event would have an immediate and adverse effect upon the welfare and safety of persons and property.

B. 

No permit shall be granted that allows for the erection or placement of any structure, whether permanent or temporary, on a City street, sidewalk, or right-of-way unless advance approval for the erection or placement of the structure is obtained from the City Council of Camden.

§ 483-20 Nondiscrimination.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

The Business Administrator shall uniformly consider each application upon its merits and shall not discriminate in granting or denying permits under this chapter based upon political, religious, ethnic, race, disability, sexual orientation or generally related grounds.

§ 483-21 Notice of denial of application.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

The Business Administrator shall act promptly upon a timely filed application for a parade or special event approval but in no event shall grant or deny a approval less than 30 days prior to the event. If the Business Administrator disapproves the application, he shall notify the applicant of his action either by personal delivery or certified mail at least 30 days prior to the event and state the reasons for denial.

§ 483-22 Alternative permit; street closing permits.

A. 

The Business Administrator, in denying an application for a parade or special event permit, may authorize the conduct of the parade or special event at a date, time, location, or route different from that named by the applicant. An applicant desiring to accept an alternate permit shall, within five days after notice of the action of the Business Administrator, file a written notice of acceptance with the Business Administrator.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

B. 

An alternate parade or special event permit shall conform to the requirements of, and shall have the effect of, a parade or public assembly approval issued under this chapter.

C. 

All applications for street closing permits to be issued for special events, nonresident-sponsored block parties, or any other unusual activity shall cost $5 per block. This application fee must be posted with the appropriate application no later than 50 days prior to the expected first day of the activity. Applications submitted within 50 days of the first day of the activity must be accompanied by payment of a late fee of $5. The fees shall be payable only by check or money order payable to the City, and shall be nonrefundable. All closures of City streets in conjunction with a special event shall be approved by the Committee after consultation with the Police Chief and Public Works Director.

§ 483-23 Appeal procedure.

A. 

Any applicant shall have the right to appeal the denial of a parade or special event approval to the City Business Administrator. The denied applicant shall make the appeal within five days after receipt of the denial by filing a written notice with the Business Administrator. The Business Administrator shall act upon the appeal within three days following receipt of the notice of appeal.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

B. 

In the event that the Business Administrator rejects an applicant's appeal, the applicant may file an immediate request for review with a court of competent jurisdiction.

§ 483-24 Notice to City and other officials.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]
A. 

Immediately upon the application of a parade or special event permit, the Business Administrator shall send a copy thereof to the following:

(1) 

The Mayor;

(2) 

The Chief Operating Officer;

(3) 

The Business Administrator;

(4) 

The City Attorney;

(5) 

The Police Director;

(6) 

The Director of Code Enforcement;

(7) 

The Fire Chief;

(8) 

The Director of Public Works;

(9) 

The Public Information Officer;

(10) 

The City Risk Manager;

(11) 

The City Emergency Management Coordinator; and

(12) 

The manager or responsible head of each public transportation utility, the regular routes of whose vehicles will be affected by the route of the proposed parade or special event.

B. 

Within five business days, the City employees mentioned above shall furnish the Business Administrator information as to the expenses and City equipment required to support the parade or special event.

C. 

The Director of Police, in conjunction with the Business Administrator, shall coordinate the provisions of City services necessary to support the parade or special event. The Department of Police shall coordinate the provision of public safety measures as well as request for code enforcement/fire protection services. The Business Administrator shall coordinate the provision of other necessary services and to the extent necessary, any arrangement that must be made with non-City agencies.

§ 483-25 Contents of approval.

Each parade or special event permit shall state the following information:

A. 

Starting and approximate ending time;

B. 

Minimum speed of parade units;

C. 

Maximum speed of parade units;

D. 

Maximum interval of space to be maintained between parade units;

E. 

The portions of the streets that may be occupied by the parade or special event;

F. 

The maximum length of the parade in miles or fractions thereof; and

G. 

Such other information as the Business Administrator and the Committee shall find necessary to the enforcement of this chapter.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

§ 483-26 Duties of permittee.

A. 

An applicant hereunder shall comply with all approval directions and conditions and with all applicable laws and ordinances.

B. 

The parade or special event chairman or other person heading such activity shall carry the parade or special event approval upon his person during the conduct of the parade or special event.

§ 483-27 Prohibitions.

The following prohibitions shall apply to all parades and special events:

A. 

It shall be unlawful for any persons to state, present, or conduct any parade or special event without first having obtained an approval as herein provided.

B. 

It shall be unlawful for any person to participate in a parade or public assembly for which the person knows a permit has not been granted.

C. 

It shall be unlawful for any person in charge of, or responsible for the conduct of, a duly licensed parade or special event to knowingly fail to comply with any condition of the permit.

D. 

It shall be unlawful for any person to participate in any parade or special event activity that would constitute a substantial hazard to the public safety or that would materially interfere with or endanger the public peace or rights of residents to the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their property.

E. 

It shall be unlawful for any person participating in any parade or public assembly to carry or possess any length of metal, lumber, wood, or similar material for purposes of displaying a sign, poster, plaque or notice, unless such object is 1/4 inch or less in thickness and two inches or less in width, or, if not generally rectangular in shape, such object shall not exceed 3/4 inch in its thickest dimension.

F. 

It shall be unlawful for any person to carry any sign, poster, plaque, or notice, whether or not mounted on a length of material as specified in Subsection E of this section, unless such sign, poster, plaque, or notice is constructed or made of a cloth, paper, or cardboard material.

G. 

It shall be unlawful for any person to ride, drive, or cause to be ridden or driven any animal or any animal-drawn vehicle upon any public street, unless specifically authorized by the permit.

§ 483-28 Block parties.

[Added 4-13-2010 by Ord. No. MC-4529]

All neighborhood residential and commercial area block parties and their related activities shall conclude by 8:00 p.m. on each and every day of the week.

§ 483-29 Public conduct during parades or special events.

A. 

No person shall unreasonably hamper, obstruct or impede, or interfere with any parade or special event or with any person, vehicle or animal participating or used in a parade or special event.

B. 

No driver of a vehicle shall drive between the vehicles or persons comprising a parade or special event when such vehicles or persons are in motion and are conspicuously designated as a parade or special event.

C. 

The Director of Police in consultation with the Business Administrator, shall have the authority, when reasonably necessary, to prohibit or restrict the parking of vehicles along any street constituting a part of the route of a parade or special event. The Chief of Police shall post signs to that effect, and it shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave unattended any vehicle in violation thereof. No person shall be liable for parking on a street unposted in violation of this chapter.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

§ 483-30 Revocation of approval.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

The Director of Police, in consultation with the Business Administrator, shall have the authority to revoke a parade or special event approval instantly upon violation of the conditions or standards for issuance as set forth in this chapter or when a public emergency arises where the police resources required for that emergency are so great that deployment of police services for the parade or special event would have an immediate and adverse effect upon the welfare and safety of persons or property.

§ 483-31 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-26-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4470]

Any person violating the provisions of any section of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000 or community service for not more than 90 days, or both.