Township of West Windsor, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of West Windsor 1-25-1982 by Ord. No. 82-04 (Sec. 8-3 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parking Authority — See Ch. 4, § 4-64.
Parking during public emergencies — See Ch. 9.
Fees — See Ch. 82.
Parking in parks and recreation areas — See § 122-14.
Traffic and parking regulations — See Ch. 168.

§ 118-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PUBLIC PARKING LOT
Any lot, piece or parcel of land used for the purpose of storing and parking motor vehicles where the owner or operator of such lot charges a fee, and shall include such plots where shelters that are not completely enclosed are erected and which are open to the general public.

§ 118-2 License required.

No person, other than a municipal agency, shall maintain or conduct a public parking lot within the limits of the Township of West Windsor without first having obtained a license therefor from the township.

§ 118-3 Application information.

[Amended 11-4-1991 by Ord. No. 91-28]
A. 
Applications for licenses for public parking lots shall be made by the persons intending to operate public parking lots, upon forms drawn and furnished by the Township Zoning Officer, and shall set forth:
(1) 
The name under which and the place where the public parking lot is to be operated.
(2) 
Whether the applicant is an individual, partnership or corporation; if an individual, the name and business address and residence address of the applicant; if a partnership, the name and business and residence address of each partner; if a corporation, the name, date and state under which such corporation was organized, the amount and value of the capital stock issued by such corporation and the names and business and residence addresses of the officers, managers in charge and directors thereof.
(3) 
Whether the premises are owned or leased by the applicant, and, if leased, the name and residence and business address of each owner or part thereof.
(4) 
The number of motor vehicles which may at any one time be stored upon the premises.
(5) 
The hours during which the motor vehicles may be stored.
(6) 
A complete schedule of the rates to be charged for storing motor vehicles.
(7) 
Such other information as the Township Zoning Officer may deem advisable.
B. 
Each application shall be signed and verified under oath by the applicant, if an individual, or by a duly authorized agent, if a partnership or corporation.

§ 118-4 License fee. [1]

A license fee shall be as set forth in Chapter 82, Fees.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).

§ 118-5 License issuance; expiration date; records.

[Amended 11-4-1991 by Ord. No. 91-28]
If after investigation and approval by the Township Zoning Officer it shall appear that the applicant has complied with the regulations of this chapter and that the statements set forth in the application are correct and if the proper fee shall have been paid, the Township Zoning Officer shall issue to the applicant a license for a public parking lot, which license shall continue in full force and effect until the first day of January following the issuance of the license or until revoked by the Township Zoning Officer. The Township Zoning Officer shall keep a record of all applications and licenses issued, indexed alphabetically and by location.

§ 118-6 Information to be posted on signs; approval of sign required; posting of day and night rates.

A. 
Each licensee shall maintain at each entrance to such public parking lot a permanently affixed sign suitable to apprise persons using such public parking lot of the name of the licensee, the local phone number of the lot manager, the hours of the day and/or night during which such places are open for storing motor vehicles, the rates charged and the closing hour of such lot. Where more than one rate is charged for parking, the figures for each rate shall be of the same size and dimensions and such figures shall measure not less than six inches in height and the letters and figures indicating the closing hour shall be not less than six inches in height.
B. 
All such signs shall be subject to the approval of the Construction Code Official.
C. 
When separate rates or charges are made for day parking and for night parking, the change in rate and the effective hours shall be stated and notice thereof shall be posted on the signs described in Subsection A.

§ 118-7 Conditions for rate increase.

No licensee shall make any charge for storing any motor vehicle in a public parking lot in excess of that set forth in the licensee's application for license unless and until the licensee has:
A. 
Notified the township, in writing, of the change.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
B. 
Posted signs showing such increase in the same manner as set forth in § 118-6.

§ 118-8 Report of loss or theft. [1]

Each licensee shall immediately notify the Police Division of any claim made by reason of any loss, theft or conversion occurring upon the licensee's premises.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).

§ 118-9 Grounds for license revocation.

[Amended 11-4-1991 by Ord. No. 91-28[1]]
The Township Zoning Officer may revoke any license after a hearing before the Division Director or designee if at any time:
A. 
The licensee has knowingly made any false or materially incorrect statement in the application.
B. 
The licensee knowingly violates or knowingly permits or countenances the violation of any provision of this chapter.
C. 
The licensee knowingly violates or knowingly permits or countenances the violation of any provision of any penal law or ordinance regarding theft, larceny or conversion of a motor vehicle or the operation of a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, whether such licensee or other person is convicted of such offense or not.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).

§ 118-10 Surface of lots; parking stall lines.

The surface of each lot or plot of land to be occupied as a public parking lot shall be composed as follows:
A. 
The entire area of the parking lot, as set forth in the plot plan, shall be surfaced with concrete or asphaltic mix.
B. 
All individual car parking stalls, as set forth in the plot plan, shall be outlined with paint or other suitable marking.

§ 118-11 Drainage.

The surface of each lot or plot of land to be occupied as a public parking lot shall be so constructed as to provide sufficient drainage to prevent an accumulation of water upon the surface of the lot.

§ 118-12 Parking close to residences.

No motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or located in any public parking lot within 10 feet of any building occupied as a residence.

§ 118-13 Manner of driving into or out of parking lots.

No licensee under this chapter shall permit any vehicle to be driven in such a manner that its movement into or out of any designated parking lot shall endanger pedestrians or other traffic on a public street or sidewalk, nor shall any vehicle parked under any license issued under this chapter be parked on any street, sidewalk or part thereof.

§ 118-14 Entrances and exits.

Entrances or exits to any public parking lot shall be made only within the set limits of the entrances and exits provided. In all cases, these entrances and exits shall be paved and, where operation is one-way only, they shall be properly marked with suitable signs of a type approved by the Construction Code Official of the township.

§ 118-15 Parking near street line.

No vehicle parked on any public parking lot shall be permitted to extend nearer than one foot from the street line.

§ 118-16 Fencing or bumpers required.

Whenever the boundaries of the licensed area of a public parking lot do not contain natural or artificial barriers, in order to prevent damage to adjacent property, such boundaries shall be enclosed by a fence of durable construction, permanently installed, but not less than 30 inches in height. Where natural or artificial barriers exist on such boundaries, bumpers may be installed in lieu of such fencing.

§ 118-17 Illumination.

A. 
Any public parking lot open to the public later than one hour after sunset or earlier than one hour before sunrise shall be sufficiently lighted by the licensee while so opened and occupied so as to provide a minimum of 2/10 lumen per square foot throughout the lot.
B. 
All lights shall be shaded in such a manner that no direct rays are visible to adjacent property owners or motorists using the public streets.

§ 118-18 Cleanliness of premises.

Licensees under this chapter shall keep the licensed premises free from filth, paper and rubbish.

§ 118-19 Snow removal.

Following a snowfall of two inches, licensees under this chapter shall clear all areas within eight hours of daylight after snow or ice shall have fallen, provided that no snow, ice or other debris shall at any time be placed in a township street.

§ 118-20 Repairing vehicles.

At no time other than in an emergency shall the repair of vehicles be permitted within the area designated as a public parking lot.

§ 118-21 Violations and penalties. [1]

Penalties for violation of this chapter shall be as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalty, § 1-3.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).