[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover 11-3-1975 by Ord. No. 23-75. Section 99-7 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Except as provided herein, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to produce, sponsor, exhibit or otherwise present any carnival in the Township of Hanover. For purposes of this chapter, a carnival shall be deemed to include any carnival, circus, rodeo, fair or other similar public exhibition.
The Township Committee of the Township of Hanover may, in its discretion, approve the issuance of a permit to any nonprofit, charitable, religious, educational or fraternal corporation or organization where the proceeds therefrom are to be devoted to the purposes of such organization. Permits may be issued upon application to the Township Clerk, as hereinafter provided, and approval by the Township Committee at a regular public meeting of the Township Committee only under the following circumstances:
The carnival must be held either on the property of the applicant, in a nonresidential zone of the Township or on property of the local or regional school district.
The location must be found by the Township Committee to be suitable from the standpoint of traffic and crowd control and will not disturb the peace and repose of citizens in the area.
The location, if in a public place such as a shopping center or other parking area, must be so controlled as not to interfere with parking and traffic requirements of the usual businesses and activities conducted on the premises.
No carnival shall be permitted for more than six calendar days, and no applicant may be granted more than one permit in any calendar year.
Application for a permit shall be submitted to the Township Clerk at least 60 days prior to the date set for the commencement of the proposed event, setting forth:
The proposed number of days and the hours of operation.
The nature of the event or exhibition.
The type and nature of food concessions, if any.
The proposed method of cleanup.
The location, intensity and direction of all outdoor lighting.
A description of proposed off-street parking, sanitary facilities, traffic controls and police protection to be available at the location at which the event is to be conducted.
A general statement as to the purpose for which the event is to be held.
A list of all of the games, attractions, contests, exhibits or performances to be included and, if not operated by the applicant, the name and address of the concessionaire or other person operating them.
The applicant shall also submit at the time of application:
Events sponsored by the Township or any of its departments, and athletic events such as football, basketball, baseball and softball, shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
In addition to such power and authority as is conferred upon the Chief of Police by the statutes of the State of New Jersey and ordinances of the Township of Hanover, in such cases made and provided, he is authorized to revoke any permit previously approved if the event, as operated, does not conform to this chapter and the permit as granted pursuant to the application filed and if the event, in his opinion, creates or constitutes an imminent danger to the health and safety of the residents of the Township of Hanover. Said revocation shall be accomplished by the issuance of a written order for the immediate cessation and termination of the event.
Any person, firm or corporation convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for a period of not more than 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Judge. Each day that a violation exists shall be punishable as a separate offense.