Village of Ridgewood, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood 9-17-2014 by Ord. No. 3432. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Signs — See Ch. 190, § 190-122.
The display of nonsecular, unattended, privately funded holiday displays shall be permitted subject to certain criteria and notification procedures as follows:
A. 
No nonsecular, unattended, privately funded holiday displays shall be permitted on Village property except at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square (hereinafter "Park") at or near the northwest corner of the park, facing East Ridgewood Avenue and/or the northerly lane of traffic along Van Neste Square, extending in a generally easterly and westerly direction from the public walkway leading directly into the park from the northwest corner of the Park, for a distance of approximately 36 feet in each direction from the walkway, or such additional distance as shall be determined by the Council, beginning at a point 25 feet up the walkway from the row of darker-colored bricks entering the park, near the intersection of the walkway with the public sidewalks along East Ridgewood Avenue and the northerly lane of traffic along Van Neste Square;
[Amended 10-14-2015 by Ord. No. 3502]
B. 
Such displays may be no larger than 12 feet in height, 12 feet in width (length) and 12 feet in depth;
C. 
The period of time in which such displays shall be permitted shall be no earlier than November 22 of each year and extend to January 8 of the following year;
D. 
Applications for permission for such displays are required to be submitted to the Village Clerk's office no earlier than October 1 of each year. No applications shall be accepted after October 31 of each year. All permitting fees, including any electrical and/or structural permits for inspections, must be paid in full prior to the issuance of any permit;
E. 
Such displays are subject to electrical and structural inspections after the display is erected. If the display fails to meet the standards of such inspection, the display must be dismantled or remedied within 48 hours of receipt of notice of such failure;
F. 
Each applicant shall be required to execute a hold harmless, indemnification and agreement to defend the Village against any and all claims that may be brought as a result of the request and placement of the display on Village property;
G. 
Each applicant shall be required produce proof of insurance for the display showing $1,000,000 coverage for each occurrence and $2,000,000 in aggregate coverage. The proof of insurance must show the Village of Ridgewood listed as an additional insured.
H. 
Any exception to the requirements of Subsections C and D above shall only be permitted by the Village Council upon request of an individual or group that provides proper notification and permitting in accordance with this chapter. Proper notification for any such exception must be made to the Village Council at least 60 days prior to the desired date of placement of any such display on Village property;
I. 
In the event of a fully compliant application request to place a display that identifies a nonsecular belief that is also requested by another fully compliant application from a different individual or entity for that given year, only one such display shall be considered for approval. In such instances, a preference shall be given to applicants who reside or are located in the Village of Ridgewood and the timing of the submittal of the fully compliant application.
J. 
No display will be permitted that has an electric power demand greater than 110 volts, 20 amps.
[Added 10-14-2015 by Ord. No. 3502]
Any application for such permit may be obtained at and must be submitted to the Village Clerk's office and must include, but may not be necessarily limited to, the following information:
A. 
A brief description of the nature of the display, the dimensions, preferred location, materials of which the display is made, whether any electrical connection or other assistance is required or part of the display;
B. 
The dates on which the applicant wishes to erect the display and remove same;
C. 
Any dates and times on which the applicant intends to have any ceremony or celebration at the display, the number of persons anticipated and a brief description of the ceremony or celebration;
D. 
The name of the individual or person who shall be the responsible party for notices, communication and information pertaining to each applicant.
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 145 for applicable permit fees.