[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park 9-12-2000 by Ord. No. 00-13 (Ch. 103 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The taking of still or motion pictures, either on film, videotape or similar recording medium, for commercial or educational purposes, intended for viewing on television or in theaters or for institutional uses. The provisions of this chapter shall not be deemed to include the filming of news stories within the Village of Ridgefield Park.
- PUBLIC LANDS
- Any and every public street, highway, sidewalk or square, public park or playground or other public place within the Village which is within the jurisdiction and control of the Village.
No person or organization shall film or permit filming on public lands within the Village without first obtaining a permit therefor, which permit shall set forth the location of such filming and the date or dates when filming shall take place.
Permits shall be obtained in the office of the Village Clerk during normal business hours. Applications for such permits shall be in a form approved by the Village Clerk and shall be accompanied by a permit fee in the amount established herein.
One permit shall be sufficient to authorize outdoor or indoor filming for a period not to exceed five days, provided that the maximum number of permits that may be authorized in any calendar year for premises located in a residential zone shall not exceed two without a waiver.
If a permit is issued and, due to inclement weather or other good cause, filming does not in fact take place on the dates specified, the Village Clerk may, at the request of the applicant, issue a new permit for filming on other dates, subject to full compliance with all other provisions of this chapter. No additional fee shall be paid for this permit.
No permit shall be issued for filming within the Village on or in any private property unless written consent of the property owner and/or tenant accompanies the application.
No permits will be issued by the Village Clerk unless applied for prior to five days before the requested filming date; provided, however, that the Village Clerk may waive the five-day period if, in her judgment, the applicant has obtained all related approvals and adjacent property owners or tenants do not need to be notified.
No permit shall be issued for filming upon public lands unless the applicant shall provide the Village with satisfactory proof of the following:
An agreement, in writing, whereby the applicant agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Village of Ridgefield Park from any and all liability, expense, claim or damages resulting from the use of public lands.
The posting of a cash bond of $500 or maintenance bond of $1,000 running in favor of the Village of Ridgefield Park and protecting and ensuring that the location utilized will be left in a satisfactory condition after filming, free of debris, rubbish and equipment, and that due observance of all Village ordinances, laws and regulations will be followed. Within 24 hours of the completion of the filming, the Village of Ridgefield Park will return the bond if there has been no damage to public property or public expense caused by the filming.
The hiring of an off-duty Ridgefield Park police officer at rates set by the Ridgefield Park Police Department for the times indicated on the permit. The Chief of Police shall determine, in his discretion, the number of officers required to maintain the public safety.
The holder of the permit shall take all reasonable steps to minimize interference with the free passage of pedestrians and traffic over public lands and shall comply with all lawful directives issued by the Ridgefield Park Police Department with respect thereto.
The holder of a permit shall conduct filming in such a manner as to minimize the inconvenience or discomfort to adjoining property owners attributable to such filming and shall, to the extent practicable, abate noise and park vehicles associated with such filming off the public streets. The holder shall avoid and limit any interference with previously scheduled activities upon public lands. Where the applicant's production activity, by reason of location or otherwise, will directly involve and/or affect any business, merchants or residents, these parties shall be given written notice of the filming at least three days prior to the requested filming date and informed that objections may be filed with the Village Clerk. Any objections shall form a part of the applicant's application and shall be considered in review of the application. Proof of service of notification to adjacent owners shall be submitted to the Village Clerk within two days of the requested filming date.
The Village Clerk may refuse to issue a permit whenever she determines, after a review of the application and report thereon from the Police Department and by other agencies involved with the proposed filming, that filming at the location and/or time set forth in the application would violate any law or ordinance or would unreasonably interfere with the use and enjoyment of adjoining properties, unreasonably impede the free flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic or otherwise endanger the public health, safety or welfare.
Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Village Clerk in denying or revoking a permit or a person requesting relief pursuant to Subsection G may appeal to the Board of Commissioners. A written notice of appeal setting forth the reasons for the appeal shall be filed with the Village Clerk. An appeal from the decision of the Village Clerk shall be filed within 10 days of the Village Clerk's decision. The Board of Commissioners shall set the matter down for a hearing within 30 days of the day on which the notice of appeal was filed. The decision of the Board of Commissioners shall be in the form of a resolution. Said resolution shall be adopted at the first regularly scheduled public meeting of the Board of Commissioners after the hearing on the appeal unless the appellant agrees, in writing, to a later date for the decision. If such resolution is not adopted within the time required, the decision of the Village Clerk shall be deemed to be reversed or the relief requested pursuant to Subsection G shall be deemed denied.
The Board of Commissioners may authorize a waiver of any of the requirements or limitations of this chapter and may extend the duration of a permit beyond five days or may permit filming at a particular location in a residential zone on more than two occasions during any one calendar year or may waive any other limitation or requirement of this chapter whenever it determines that strict compliance with such limitations will pose an unreasonable burden upon the applicant and that such a permit may be issued without endangering the public health, safety or welfare.
Copies of the permit application shall be sent to the Police and Fire Departments and the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission for review before filming takes place. The applicant shall permit the Fire Prevention Bureau or other municipal inspectors to inspect the site and the equipment to be used. The applicant shall comply with all safety instructions issued by the Fire Prevention Bureau or other Village inspectors.
In addition to any other fees or costs mentioned in this chapter, the applicant shall reimburse the Village for any lost revenue, such as repairs to public property or other revenues that the Village was prevented from earning because of filming.
The schedule of fees for the issuance of the permits authorized by this chapter is as follows.
Basic filming permit: $50.
Filming permit for nonprofit applicants filming for educational purposes: $25.
Additional fee for filming in public buildings, public parks or other public facilities: $1,000 per day.
Filming in public buildings or public parks for nonprofit or educational filming purposes: no fee.
Filming on private property: no fee.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to impair or limit in any way any other power of the Village of Ridgefield Park to define and declare nuisances and to cause their removal or abatement by summary proceedings or otherwise.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to abrogate or impair the power of the Village of Ridgefield Park to enforce any provisions of its charter or its ordinances or regulations, nor to prevent or punish violations thereof, and the powers conferred by this chapter shall be in addition and supplemental to the powers conferred upon the Village by any other law or ordinance.