City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton 9-7-1967 as § 2-36 of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 53-1 Public forum.

The City Hall Atrium and its adjoining plaza shall be open to the public for expressive activity, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this chapter. The intent of this chapter is to authorize the use of the Atrium by members of the public for expressive activities, while recognizing and declaring that its primary purpose is to serve as a lobby for people seeking to do business with the City and by the employees of the City. Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to prevent the use of the City Hall Atrium by the City government for official press conferences and other government functions.

§ 53-2 Permit required.

No persons or organizations shall use of the City Hall Atrium or its adjoining plaza for expressive activity unless they obtain a permit for such use from the Department of Public Works.

§ 53-3 Application for permit.

Persons or organizations desiring to obtain a permit for use of the City Hall Atrium or its adjoining plaza for expressive activity shall submit an application for such permit to the Director of the Department of Public Works. Such application should be submitted not less than five business days prior to the date and time of the proposed activity.

§ 53-4 Day and time of activity.

Permits may be issued for use of the City Hall Atrium or its adjoining plaza only when City Hall is scheduled to be open for City business, and only between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

§ 53-5 Denial of access based on content of proposed speech.

No person or organization shall be denied access to the City Hall Atrium or its adjoining plaza based upon the content of the proposed speech.

§ 53-6 Issuance of permit.

The Director of Public Works shall issue the permit for such use prior to the date and time set forth in the application unless the facility has previously been reserved or because the Director reasonably determines that conduct of the activity on the date and time specified would interfere with previously scheduled City business.

§ 53-7 Conditions of permit.

The Director of Public Works is authorized to include reasonable conditions in the permit which are necessary to ensure the safety of the persons using City Hall and the safety of the property of the City, and to ensure that the activity does not interfere with the conduct of normal City operations. The Director may require applicants to pay for incidental costs unrelated to the content of the applicant's speech. Such incidental costs shall not include costs for security or public safety, but may include costs for such services as sound amplification and temporary janitorial services. Nothing in the grant of a permit shall be deemed a waiver of the City's right to bring an action for contribution and/or indemnification for claims which result for the negligence or other wrongful conduct of any person, including the person to whom a permit is issued. The Director may require the applicant to advise the City concerning whether the applicant believes that any additional security is necessary, but may not charge the applicant for such additional security.

§ 53-8 Violations and penalties.

Violations of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.