Township of Hanover, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover as indicated in article histories. Section 202-32 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 78.
Curfew — See Ch. 109.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 117.
Firearms and weapons — See Ch. 129.
Games of chance — See Ch. 146.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 154.
Littering — See Ch. 171.
Noise — See Ch. 184.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 198.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 218.
Sewers — See Ch. 232.
Snow and ice removal — See Ch. 237.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 263.
Nuisance — See Ch. 300.
Offensive odors — See Ch. 304.
Smoke — See Ch. 327.
[Adopted 5-1-1975 by Ord. No. 10-75]
A. 
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LOITERING
Remaining idle in essentially one location, and shall include the concepts of spending time idly, loafing or walking about aimlessly, and shall also include the colloquial expression "hanging around."
PARENT or GUARDIAN
Includes any adult person having care or custody of a minor, whether by reason of blood relationship, the order of any court or otherwise.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any place to which the public has access, and shall include any street, highway, road, alley or sidewalk. It shall also include the front or the neighborhood of any store, shop, restaurant, tavern or other place of business and public grounds, areas and parks, as well as parking lots or other vacant private property not owned by or under the control of the person charged with violating this article or, in the case of a minor, not owned or under the control of his parent or guardian.
B. 
The words "person," "Persons," "his" or "her," as used in this article, shall be construed, wherever appropriate to the context, to include corporations. The singular number as used herein shall include the plural.
A. 
No person shall loiter in a public place in such manner as to.
(1) 
Create or cause to be created a danger of a breach of the peace.
(2) 
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort and repose of any person.
(3) 
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
(4) 
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in a public place.
B. 
Order of policemen. In addition to the authority conferred upon policemen by the terms of § 202-27 hereof, whenever any policeman shall, in the exercise of reasonable judgment, decide that the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated in Subsection A above, he may, if he deems it necessary for the preservation of the public peace and safety, order that person to leave that place. Any person who shall refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by a policeman shall be guilty of a violation of this article.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:33-7.
No person shall:
A. 
Make, continue or cause to be made or continued any unnecessary or unusual sound or noise which either annoys, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health or safety of others unless the making and continuing of the same is necessary for the protection or preservation of property or of the health, safety, life or limb of some person or persons.
B. 
Unnecessarily use the horn or other warning device of any vehicle so as to cause the same to emit an unreasonably loud or harsh noise, sound or whistle.
C. 
Unnecessarily race the engine of any motor vehicle so as to cause the same to emit any unreasonably loud noise or sound.
D. 
Intentionally and unnecessarily cause any motor vehicle to backfire.
E. 
Intentionally and unnecessarily operate a motor vehicle so as to cause the rear wheels to accelerate and spin for the purpose of causing a loud screeching sound and/or leaving skid marks on the road surface.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4.
A. 
Intentionally appear on any street, avenue, road, highway or other public or private place, or visible from a public place, in a state of nudity or make any indecent exposure of his or her person or commit or cause to be committed or participate in the commission of any lewd or indecent act or behavior.
B. 
Disrobe in any automobile, truck or vehicle while the same is upon any street or road, public parking place, public park or public place or ground.
C. 
Bathe or swim in the state of nudity or be found in the state of nudity at any public lake, pool, pond or river or in any lake, pool, pond or river where the public is invited or permitted.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4.
No person shall keep or maintain a disorderly house or a house of ill fame or allow or permit any house, shop, store or other building owned or occupied by him or her to be used as a disorderly house or house of ill fame to be frequented or resorted to by riotous or disorderly persons, prostitutes, gamblers or vagrants.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:33-12.
No person shall commit an assault or any assault and battery upon another person.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1.
No persons, two or more in number, shall fight together or commit or attempt to commit assaults and batteries upon one another, either in a public or private place, or be present, aid, assist or abet the same.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2.
No person shall willfully engage in any fight, assault, quarrel, brawl, battery or altercation, nor shall any person participate in or incite any overt act or acts any disturbance or riot or any unruly, boisterous, noisy, unlawful or disorderly assemblage constituting a breach or disturbance of the peace.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2.
No person within the limits of the Township shall utter any loud and offensive or indecent language or make offensive remarks directed at or reasonably calculated to be heard by any person or persons passing along or being upon a street, road, sidewalk, thoroughfare or other public or private place where such remarks can be heard or obstruct or interfere with any person lawfully upon a street, road, sidewalk, thoroughfare or public place.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2.
No person shall cast, shoot or throw anything at, against or into any vehicle, railroad car, airplane or other facility of transportation or place any stick, stone or other substance upon any railroad track with intent to injure, derail or otherwise interfere with any locomotive, car or other vehicle passing thereon or the crew or passengers thereon.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:33-14.
No person shall place or throw or suffer to permit the depositing of any stone, sticks, glass, snow or ice or any hard, dangerous or offensive substance upon any street, avenue, road, highway or other public thoroughfare, nor shall any person throw any such object or substance at, upon or against any person, vehicle of transportation, building or other structure.
No person shall unnecessarily obstruct any street, avenue, road, highway, alley or public place with any kind of vehicle or vehicles or with any box or boxes, lumber, wood, or any other thing, but the provisions of this section shall not prevent persons who are building from occupying (until notified by any Township official to cease such occupancy) 1/2 of the street in front of the place where they are so building unless another person is building on the opposite side of the street, in which case neither shall occupy more than 1/4 of the street; no person who is building shall continue such occupancy of any street after notice from any Township official or policeman to discontinue the same.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2.
A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall throw, drop, dump on or tow to, or otherwise place on open fields or other private property, without first obtaining the permission of the owner or person in possession of such property, any abandoned automobile, automobile parts, junk, paper, bottles, trash, garbage, refuse or debris of any nature.
B. 
No person shall throw or discard any paper, wood, plastic, tin cans, bottles, garbage, untreated sewage or other refuse or debris of any kind or nature into the waters of any pond, stream, river or lake, or waters adjacent thereto, or discharge any waste or sewage into any such waters or pollute any such waters in any manner whatsoever.
C. 
No person shall throw, discard or place trash, garbage or untreated sewage, generated around or in their private or rented domicile or place of business, in any trash containers, drums, dumpsters, cans, barrels or any other receptacles within the park system of the Township, or any public place within the Township, in an effort to avoid or circumvent their regular municipal trash pickup system.
[Added 11-29-1984 by Ord. No. 32-84]
No person, firm or corporation shall throw, drop or otherwise place any paper, bottles, trash, garbage, refuse or debris of any nature upon a highway or other public lands.
No person shall, by word, act or other means, give or cause to be given a false fire alarm or report or false police alarm or report.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3.
No person shall, within the limits of said Township, deal, play or engage in faro roulette, lottery number games or other games of chance, either as banker, player or dealer or otherwise, for the purpose of gaming or gambling for money or other valuable thing or things.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:37-1 et seq.
No person shall have in his possession or custody any lottery slips, books or records pertaining to other than a legal lottery, nor shall any person have in his possession or have in his automobile in his custody any ticket or tickets, slip or slips, paper, document or memoranda in any way pertaining to the business of a number game. "Number game," as used in this section, means any betting on any number or numbers, or sets or arrangements of numbers, on or according to any plan or method whatsoever.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:37-1 et seq.
No person shall, within the limits of the Township and without lawful authority, carry any revolver, pistol or other firearm or other instrument of the kind known as a "blackjack," "slingshot," "billy," sandclub," "sandbag, "bludgeon," "metal knuckles," "dagger," 'dirk," "'dangerous knife," stilletto," "bomb" or other high explosive concealed in or about his or her clothes or person or in any automobile, carriage, motorcycle or other vehicle.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:39-1 et seq.
No person shall, within the limits of the Township, have upon his or her person or in his or her possession any picklock, key, crow, jack, bit or other implement, with an intent to break and enter into any building, or have upon his or her person or in his or her possession any pistol, dagger, cutlass, bludgeon or other offensive or dangerous weapon with intent to assault any person, and no person shall hide or be found in or near any dwelling, house, warehouse, stable, barn, schoolhouse or any place or public resort or assemblage for business, worship, amusement or other lawful purposes, with an intent to steal any goods or chattels.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:5-5 and 2C:39-1 et seq.
No person shall willfully or maliciously remove, deface or alter any notice posted pursuant to law forbidding trespassing, with an intent to destroy such notice.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3.
No person shall, within the limits of the Township, enter any building or go upon the land of any public school and break, injure or deface such building or any part thereof or the fences, outbuildings or other property belonging to or connected with such buildings or lands, and no person shall disturb the exercises of any public school or molest or give annoyance to the children attending such school or annoy any teacher therein.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3, 2C:18-3 and 2C:33-8.
No person shall discard or abandon in any public or private place accessible to children, whether or not such children are trespassers, any refrigerator, ice box or freezer or chest, having a capacity of 1 1/2 cubic feet or more, with an attached lid or door which may be opened and fastened shut by means of an attached latch, nor shall the owner, lessee or manager of any place knowingly permit such abandoned or discarded refrigerator, ice box, freezer or chest to remain on his land in such condition.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:40-1.
No person shall willfully look into any window, door or other opening of any house or building, with the intention of observing any person partially or completely disrobed therein, or engage in the practice commonly attributed to a peeping tom.
A. 
No person shall, during a fire or other emergency, willfully hinder, prevent, deter or interfere in any manner with any fireman, policeman or other person from rendering lawful assistance in abating, reducing, extinguishing or quelling such fire or other emergency or willfully hinder or interfere with any fireman or policeman or other official going to or returning from service incidental to such fire or emergency.
B. 
No person shall hinder or obstruct the passage of any fire engine, police car or emergency vehicle to or from a fire or other emergency.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1.
No person shall willfully hinder, prevent, deter or interfere with any policeman or other official of the Township, including but not limited to the Building Inspector and Zoning Officer, in the performance of his lawful duties and responsibilities in the Township.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1.
[Added 5-27-1982 by Ord. No. 20-82]
A. 
No person shall willfully or maliciously torture, torment, beat, kick, strike, mutilate, injure, disable or kill any dog being used by the Police Department of the Township in the performance of the functions or duties of such Department.
B. 
No person shall interfere with or meddle with such dog during its use by said Department or any member thereof in the course of the performance of any of the functions or duties of said Department or of any officer or member thereof.
No person shall willfully disobey or disregard the lawful order of a policeman which is issued in furtherance of the enforcement of this article, other ordinances of the Township or the laws of the State of New Jersey when, in the discretion of the policeman, probable cause exists to believe that such order is necessary to prevent an imminent violation of said ordinances or laws to the detriment of the safety, health and welfare of the community.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1.
No person shall, within the limits of the Township, maliciously destroy, damage or injure the personal property or real property of any person, firm or corporation, or any public property, whether the same is personal or real, nor shall any person place or cause to be placed any material or obstruction or interfere in any manner whatsoever with public or private property, specifically, but not by way of limitation, of sewers and drainage and water facilities, whether they are located on the public roads or private property, nor shall any person suffer any interference, with or damage or injury to any public or private property which shall affect the normal use thereof.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3.
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Editor's Note: Former § 202-29, Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was repealed 8-14-2008 by Ord. No. 23-08.
[Added 10-10-1985 by Ord. No. 23-85; amended 11-12-1987 by Ord. No. 32-87]
The Township of Hanover, at the discretion of the Township Committee, may offer a reward in the amount of $200 for information which it deems reliable and which leads to the apprehension and conviction of any persons who have defaced or destroyed either public or private property.
[Added 11-12-1987 by Ord. No. 32-87]
The Police Department of the Township of Hanover is hereby authorized to enforce this article and issue appropriate summonses to ensure its full enforcement.
[Amended 11-12-1987 by Ord. No. 32-87; 7-11-1991 by Ord. No. 16-91]
Any person or persons found guilty of violating any provision of this article shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $1,000 or be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.
[Adopted 8-28-1997 by Ord. No. 29-97]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOTTOMLESS
Having the genital area beneath the waist unclothed or clothed by a transparent material.
EXHIBIT or EXHIBITION
To show oneself in any capacity, whether while employed in the performance of work or entertainment or whether simply at leisure or otherwise.
TOPLESS
Having the breasts unclothed or clothed by a transparent material.
It shall be unlawful for any person, corporation or association of persons of any kind, including any plenary retail consumption licensee, to permit or employ a person in any place open to the public or to which the public in invited, within the limits of the Township of Hanover to perform the following:
A. 
Dances commonly known as "go-go dances."
B. 
Engaging in what is commonly known as "strip tease" by the removing of all or part of one's clothing where accompanied by music or without music and whether or not as part of a dance.
C. 
Topless or bottomless exhibitions or dancing by a female person or persons.
D. 
Bottomless exhibitions or dancing by male persons.
It shall be unlawful for any female person to exhibit herself topless or bottomless within the limits of the Township of Hanover in any public place or any place open to the public or to which the public is invited.
It shall be unlawful for any male person to exhibit himself bottomless within the limits of the Township of Hanover in any public place or any place open to the public or to which the public in invited.
The penalties prescribed under § 202-32 of this chapter shall apply to Article II.