Township of Morris, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Morris 12-14-1953 by Ord. No. 10-53 (Ch. 62 of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Police Department — See Ch. 118.
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 165.
Amusement devices — See Ch. 170.
Firearms and weapons — See Ch. 265.
Noise — See Ch. 345.

§ 370-1 Intoxicated persons.

No person shall be drunk or intoxicated in, on, near or about any public or private place within the Township to the annoyance of or danger to any other person or against the peace of the Township.

§ 370-2 Drunken, riotous or disorderly conduct.

No person or persons, whether owner, tenant, occupant or guest, shall suffer or take part in any drunken, riotous or other disorderly conduct that shall disturb the peace and quiet of any family or neighbor or any of the inhabitants of this Township.

§ 370-3 Malicious destruction of property.

No person shall maliciously destroy, damage or injure property of another.

§ 370-4 Depositing certain matter on streets and sidewalks.

[Amended 10-12-1983 by Ord. No. 29-83; 3-23-2011 by Ord. No. 9-11]
No person shall place or throw or suffer or permit the depositing of any stone, sticks, glass, or 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; nor shall any person place, throw, deposit or permit the depositing of any trash, debris or other material or substance in or upon any public park, playground, parking area or other public property. No owner, tenant or occupant of any premises abutting any street, nor any person working for or on behalf of any owner, tenant or occupant, shall throw, place or deposit any snow or ice upon the public street. The intent of this section is to prohibit all persons from throwing, placing or depositing snow or ice from the private driveway, parking area, or the sidewalk in front of the property upon the municipal streets or sidewalks of the Township.

§ 370-5 Lewd, obscene or indecent marks and words.

No person shall write or cause to be written any lewd, indecent or obscene word or words, mark or marks whatsoever, or draw or cause to be drawn any lewd, indecent or obscene figure, upon any house, building, wall, fence or other place in the Township.

§ 370-6 Nudity and indecent exposure.

No person shall intentionally appear on any street, avenue, road, highway or other 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.

§ 370-7 Obscene books, exhibitions, dances or shows.

No person shall sell or offer to sell any lewd or indecent picture, book, device or thing, or exhibit or perform or cause to be exhibited or performed any lewd, immoral or indecent dance, show, play or other presentation.

§ 370-8 Disorderly houses or houses of ill fame.

No person shall maintain or cause or permit to be maintained a disorderly house or house of ill fame in any building or structure or on any premises owned, occupied or controlled by him or her; nor shall any person permit any building or other structure or any premises owned or occupied or controlled by him or her to be frequented or used by noisy, riotous or disorderly persons or by prostitutes, gamblers or vagrants.

§ 370-9 Unlawful indecent acts.

No person shall by word, act, sign or other device invite, solicit, or aid or abet in inviting or soliciting unlawful sexual intercourse or any other unlawful, lewd, indecent or lascivious act.

§ 370-10 Interfering with schoolchildren or teachers. [1]

No person shall disturb the exercises of any school or interfere with or give annoyance to children attending such school or any teacher therein.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 370-11 Obstructing official bodies or officers and officials. [1]

No person shall interfere with, hinder, disturb or obstruct the proceedings, functions or deliberations of the Township Committee, the Board of Health or any other official body of the Township of Morris, nor shall any person obstruct, hinder or interfere with any Township officer or official engaged in the performance of his duty, or knowingly resist or oppose any person authorized by law to make arrests or to serve any writ, bill, order or process when the person so authorized is acting in the performance of his duty.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 370-12 Interfering with other persons; loitering; trespassing. [1]

No person shall willfully obstruct, hinder, annoy, frighten, threaten, insult or interfere with any other person or persons lawfully upon any public thoroughfare or in any public place or in any automobile, bus or other public or private conveyance lawfully upon any public thoroughfare; nor shall any person loiter upon any public thoroughfare or in any public place or in any automobile, bus or other public or private conveyance upon any public thoroughfare; nor shall any person trespass upon the property of another without permission of the owner, occupant or lessee.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 370-13 Fights, riots and disorderly assemblages.

No person shall willfully engage in any fight, assault, quarrel, brawl, battery or altercation; nor shall any person participate in or incite by 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.

§ 370-14 Offensive and dangerous tools and weapons.

No person shall conduct himself or herself in or about the Township of Morris having concealed upon him or her any picklock, key, crow, jack, bit or other implement with an intent to break or enter into any building, or shall have upon him or her any pistol, hanger, cutlass, bludgeon or other offensive or dangerous weapon, nor shall any person be apprehended having upon him or her, whether concealed or not, any of the foregoing articles or things with the intent of committing any unlawful act, nor shall any person be found in or near any dwelling, house, warehouse, stable, barn, coachhouse, garage, smokehouse or any place of public resort or assemblage for business, worship or amusement or other lawful purpose, with intent to steal any goods or chattels; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to law officers and other persons duly authorized under certain statutes of this state to carry proper weapons of defense. Possession of any of the foregoing articles on public thoroughfare shall be prima facie evidence of such intent.

§ 370-15 Mutilation or destruction of certain signs and signals; highway regulations.

No person shall:
Mutilate or remove any notice or damage, destroy or remove any warning sign or signal or remove any barricade placed or posted on any highway in connection with or relating to the closing of any road;
Drive any vehicle over or upon the closed portion of any highway; or
Violate any rule or regulation for the use of any highway.

§ 370-16 False alarms.

No person shall willfully and maliciously ring or cause to be rung any bell or alarm of any fire company or ambulance association, thereby giving or causing to be given a false alarm of fire or ambulance call, or shall willfully send any message of false alarm of fire or ambulance call by telephone or by any other method or means.

§ 370-17 Unnecessary sounds and noises.

No person shall 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 be necessary for the protection or preservation of property or of the health, safety, life or limb of some person or persons.

§ 370-18 Obstruction of streets, alleys, roads and public places.

No person shall unnecessarily obstruct any street, avenue, road, highway, alley or public place with any kind of vehicle or vehicles or with 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 police officer to discontinue the same.

§ 370-19 Additional prohibitions.

All acts constituting lewd, immoral or indecent conduct, unlawful destruction of property, willful injuries to or unlawful interference with persons, hazards to the public health and breaches or disturbances of the peace not expressly hereinbefore mentioned are severally prohibited.

§ 370-20 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any two or more persons gathered together and acting in a boisterous, noisy, riotous, offensive, disorderly or threatening manner toward each other or others, or committing any act or acts which in any way breach or disturb the peace or tend to breach or disturb the peace.
Any building or structure or any part thereof which is used for gambling or which is frequented by prostitutes, criminals, gamblers, vagrants or persons violating the law, or in which the law is habitually violated.
Any building or structure or any part thereof in which prostitution, lewdness or other unlawful sexual acts are permitted.
Shall be construed, wherever appropriate to the context, to include corporations. The singular number as used herein shall include the plural.

§ 370-21 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-21-1999 by Ord. No. 11-99[1]]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before the Judge authorized to hear and determine the matter, be punishable as provided in § 1-3, General penalty, of this Code, in the discretion of the Judge.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 370-22 Disposition of fines.

All fines imposed and collected under and by virtue of this chapter shall be paid into the treasury of the Township of Morris.