City of Clifton, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 8-18-1998 by Ord. No. 5992-98. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 377-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish a procedure and authorize rules and regulations thereunder for the licensing of outdoor cafes in any zone of the City of Clifton except the R-A1, R-A2, R-A3, R-B1, R-B2, R-B3, R-TH and R-HR zones.

§ 377-2 Definitions.

A. 
Unless specifically defined below, words and phrases used in this chapter shall be interpreted so as to give them the meanings they have in common usage and to give this chapter its most reasonable application.
B. 
As used in this chapter, the following shall the meanings indicated:
OUTDOOR CAFE
Any eating establishment where food and other refreshments are served upon the public right-of-way; namely, the sidewalks immediately in front of any restaurant, cafe or place of business where food and/or other refreshments are served, or a public plaza immediately adjacent to any restaurant, cafe or place of business where food and/or other refreshments are served, or where permitted on private property pursuant to the land use and zoning ordinances.[1] Said outdoor area shall be considered as part of the building structure and shall be limited in use to table service only for patrons of the eating establishment. Consumption of permitted alcoholic beverages in an outdoor cafe by patrons shall not be considered in violation of state regulations and/or local ordinances prohibiting the consumption of such beverages in open containers.
PUBLIC PLAZA
That area of the public right-of-way reserved for pedestrian traffic from the curb to the front line of the building housing an eating establishment, but excluding that portion of the public right-of-way occupied by shade trees, fire hydrants, parking meters and utility poles.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 399, Subdivision of Land, and Ch. 461, Zoning.

§ 377-3 License required.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, corporation, association or organization (hereinafter collectively referred to as "person") to create, establish, operate, maintain or otherwise be engaged in the business of conducting an outdoor cafe upon the sidewalks or public plazas of the City of Clifton, or on private property, unless such person shall hold a currently valid license issued pursuant to the terms of this chapter.

§ 377-4 Alcoholic beverages.

A. 
The sidewalk area upon which a cafe has been authorized to operate pursuant to this chapter may constitute premises duly licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages; provided, however, that the related restaurant of which the cafe is a part and an extension of is so licensed; and provided further, however, that specific approval has been obtained from the City of Clifton Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control for the extension of the alcoholic beverage consumption license to the sidewalk area. Such approval shall be separate from and must be obtained in addition to the license to operate a sidewalk cafe pursuant to this chapter.
B. 
Retail food establishments which do not have a license to sell alcoholic beverages within their premises shall not be permitted to allow patrons to carry onto or consume alcoholic beverages on any sidewalk area licensed as a cafe hereunder.

§ 377-5 General eligibility standards.

No license shall be issued hereunder unless the licensee shall demonstrate that a minimum of four feet of unobstructed paved surface will be available for pedestrian traffic around or through such outdoor cafe, and that such outdoor cafe be directly in front of or behind an eating establishment as hereinabove defined. No food or drinks served at such outdoor cafe shall be prepared or stored other than in the interior of the eating establishment. The term "directly in front of" shall confine the cafe to the area represented by an extension of each side of the store occupied by the eating establishment projected directly to the curbline immediately in front thereof.

§ 377-6 Application for licensing; fee.

A. 
Application for the license required hereunder shall be made to the Zoning Officer and be signed by the applicant. The application shall be in such form and shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The full name, address and telephone number of each individual, owner, partner or chief operating executive of the corporation.
(2) 
A copy of the trade, corporate, business or fictitious name upon which the applicant intends to do business pursuant to this chapter.
(3) 
The address of each place where the applicant intends to establish or operate an outdoor cafe.
(4) 
The full name and address of the person owning the premises, if other than the applicant, with the consent of the owner of the premises attached to the application.
(5) 
Three sets of a proposed layout plan containing drawings clearly illustrating the number and location of all tables, chairs and umbrellas intended to be located in the outdoor cafe.
B. 
The drawings shall also illustrate the following:
(1) 
The location of any doors leading from the eating establishment to the outdoor cafe. No such doors may be obstructed in any manner.
(2) 
The number of feet permitting free passage of pedestrian traffic around or through each outdoor cafe.
C. 
The application form, together with the following application fee, shall be filed with the City of Clifton Zoning Officer:
[Amended 1-5-2010 by Ord. No. 6857-09]
(1) 
Seating capacity of less than 25: $100.
(2) 
Seating capacity of 25 to 50: $150.
(3) 
Seating capacity of more than 50: $250.

§ 377-7 License investigations.

The Zoning Officer will review the application for completeness and compliance with the terms of this chapter. If the application is complete, the Zoning Officer will act upon the same within 10 business days after the application becomes complete. If the application is not complete, the Zoning Officer will so notify the applicant within 10 business days of the submission and specifically detail the areas in which the application lacks compliance with the requirements of this chapter.

§ 377-8 License issue.

If the application complies with this chapter, the Zoning Officer shall issue a license strictly subject to the terms and conditions of this chapter.

§ 377-9 Restriction on transfer.

The license is personal to the applicant and any change or transfer of ownership of the outdoor cafe shall terminate the license and shall require a new application and new license in conformance with all of the requirements of this ordinance.

§ 377-10 Consent to inspections.

Acceptance of the license by the applicant shall operate as a consent to the health, fire, police and building officials of the City to inspect the outdoor cafe for continued compliance with the terms and conditions of this chapter and any federal, state, county or local law, ordinance or regulations affecting the same.

§ 377-11 Indemnification agreement.

No license required by this chapter shall be granted to any person to operate an outdoor cafe until such person shall have filed with the Zoning Officer a statement agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Clifton, its agents, servants, representatives or employees from any or all claims, damages, judgment costs or expenses, including attorneys' fees, which they or any of them may incur or be required to pay because of any personal injury, including death, or property damage suffered by any person or persons as a result of or related in any way to the operation and maintenance of the outdoor cafe for which the license is issued. Said indemnification agreement shall be in a form acceptable to the municipal attorney.

§ 377-12 Insurance requirements.

A. 
No license required by this chapter shall be granted to any person to operate an outdoor cafe until such person shall have first filed with the Zoning Officer a comprehensive general liability policy issued to such person by a public liability insurance company authorized to do business in the State of New Jersey, affording the coverages set forth below in the amounts specified. Such insurance policy shall name the City of Clifton, 900 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey 07013, its agents, officers, servants, representatives, and employees as an additional insured with respect to the operation and maintenance of the outdoor cafe in the following amounts:
(1) 
Bodily injury:
(a) 
Each person: $500,000.
(b) 
Each accident: $1,000,000.
(2) 
Property damage: $100,000.
B. 
The insurance coverage required by this section shall at all times be maintained for the full amount. The policy of insurance required by this section to be filed with the Zoning Officer shall contain an endorsement for 30 days' notice of cancellation or nonrenewal, stating that the City and licensee shall receive, in writing, 30 days' notice of cancellation or nonrenewal by certified mail, return receipt requested. The City shall be named as an additional insured under the liability portion of the insurance coverage. Notice of cancellation shall not relieve the company issuing such policy of liability for any injury or claim arising before the cancellation becomes effective. The cancellation of any such policy shall have the immediate effect of suspending the license of such person to operate the outdoor cafe covered thereby until a new policy complying with the provisions of this section is filed with the Zoning Officer and a letter, in writing, confirming the new effective date of license is issued by the Zoning Officer.
C. 
Every insurance policy required hereunder shall contain a provision for continuing liability thereunder to the full amount thereof, notwithstanding any recovery thereon, that the liability of the insured shall not be affected by the insolvency or the bankruptcy of the insured.

§ 377-13 Revocation or suspension of license.

A. 
Any license issued hereunder is issued solely as a revocable license, which shall be subject to revocation or suspension by the City of Clifton for failure of any licensee to comply with this chapter or for violation of any other applicable federal, state, county or municipal law, regulation or ordinance. Any license issued hereunder is issued upon the express understanding that the licensee obtains no property right thereunder, nor any interest in the continuation of said license. It shall be considered a violation of this chapter for any person to operate an outdoor cafe after the suspension or termination of the applicable license.
B. 
In addition to the powers of suspension or revocation as set forth above, the City reserves the right to modify, suspend or revoke any license on five days' written notice if the City determines that pedestrian traffic is, in fact, impeded or made unsafe because of the operation of the outdoor cafe or because of any other safety issue which the City determines adversely affects the City because of such operation. The license may also be suspended or revoked on five days' written notice in the event that the City determines that it is necessary to utilize the area or any part thereof for the maintenance or installation of underground facilities. In the event of any emergency, which emergency is certified by the City Manager, the license may be suspended or revoked without notice.

§ 377-14 Responsibilities of licensee.

A. 
Each licensee is responsible for keeping the area of the outdoor cafe and the adjacent walks, plazas and streets free and clear of any debris or litter occasioned by the cafe. Areas must be cleaned as needed at the time the business is closed and at the beginning of each business day, but not later than 9:00 a.m.
B. 
No vending machines of any kind are permitted on the exterior of any building operating an outdoor cafe.
C. 
No signs shall be permitted in the area of the outdoor cafe except signs on the awning complying with Chapter 461, Zoning, of the City of Clifton Code.
D. 
Within 30 minutes after the closing of the outdoor cafe, the operator shall have all furniture, apparatus, decoration and appurtenances and any other items used in connection with the operation of such outdoor cafe removed from the sidewalk. All such materials shall be stored in a safe and secure interior location.

§ 377-15 Period of operation.

[Amended 3-1-2011 by Ord. No. 6934-11]
A. 
Outdoor cafes on the public right-of-way, public sidewalks or public plaza, as defined in § 377-2 hereof, shall be permitted to operate from April 1 to October 31 in any calendar year.
B. 
Outdoor cafes located exclusively on private property shall be permitted to operate from March 1 to November 30 in any calendar year.
C. 
A license issued under Section A or B hereof, when issued, shall be valid for one season.

§ 377-16 Restrictions on use.

A. 
No tables, chairs or other equipment in the outdoor cafe shall be attached, chained or in any manner affixed to any tree, post, sign, curb or sidewalk or property of the City of Clifton within or near the licensed area.
B. 
Any umbrellas or awnings used in connection with an outdoor cafe shall provide a minimum clearance of seven feet from its lowest point to the sidewalk grade.
C. 
The licensee agrees at the end of the license period, or in the event that the license is temporarily or permanently suspended or revoked, that the licensee will, at his own cost and expense, vacate the sidewalk space and promptly remove any property placed thereon. Failure to do so on five days' written notice shall grant to the City the right to remove any property on the sidewalk, and the licensee agrees to reimburse the City for the cost of removing and storing the same.
D. 
The licensee shall not direct or permit to be directed to or from the area occupied by the outdoor cafe any bell, chime, siren, whistle, loudspeaker, public address system, radio, sound amplifier or similar device.
E. 
No outdoor cafe shall open for business prior to 7:00 a.m. nor remain open for business after 11:00 p.m. All persons occupying the outdoor cafe shall vacate the same no later than 11:00 p.m.

§ 377-17 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed $500, or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and each violation of any of the provisions of this chapter and each day there is a violation thereof shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.