Township of Cranford, NJ
Union County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford 10-10-1968[1] (Ch. 166 of the 1992 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 143.
Dogs and other animals — See Ch. 198.
Garage sales and flea markets — See Ch. 229.
Littering — See Ch. 264.
Noise — See Ch. 290.
Nuisances — See Ch. 294.
Peddling, soliciting and vending — See Ch. 313.
Sex offenders — See Ch. 344.
[1]
Editor's Note: The provisions of this chapter are derived from former Ch. 15, Art. I, of the former Revised Ordinances adopted 10-10-1968.
A. 
No person shall:
(1) 
Deal, play or engage in faro, roulette, dice or card games or other device involving wagers, bets or stakes.
(2) 
Have in his possession any ticket, slip or other writing or printing of an interest or share, or showing or indicating an interest, share, bet or pledge, in any pool, lottery, race, contest or other game of chance.
(3) 
Gamble in any form.
(4) 
Aid, abet, assist or participate in any such pool, lottery, race or other contest or game of chance.
B. 
This section shall not be construed to apply to:
(1) 
The holding and operation of games of chance commonly known as "bingo" or "lotto" under a license duly issued under the provisions of the Bingo Licensing Law, and the holding and operation of games of chance commonly known as a "raffle" or "raffles" under a license duly issued under the provisions of the Raffles Licensing Law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 5:8-24 et seq. and 5:8-50 et seq.
(2) 
The possession or custody of any ticket, slip, paper, document or memorandum of a lottery which is authorized, sponsored and operated by any state of the United States, provided that the ticket, slip, paper, document or memorandum was purchased by the holder thereof in the state wherein the lottery was authorized, sponsored and operated.
C. 
Games of chance held pursuant to the Raffles Licensing Law (N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq.) for which licenses shall be duly issued may be held on Sundays.
[Added 8-17-1993 by Ord. No. 93-37]
No person shall loiter or assemble with others on any public street or public or quasi-public place or in any public conveyance within the Township so as to obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles or obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully thereon or cause a disturbance thereon or refuse to move on or therefrom after being ordered to do so by a police officer.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 15-3, which immediately followed this section and dealt with noise, was omitted pursuant to Ord. No. 92-20, adopted 6-24-1992. See now Ch. 290, Noise.
No person shall throw stones, sticks or any hard, dangerous or offensive substances in or into any public highway, park or public place or at any person or at birds, animals, streetlights or lamps, public conveyances, vehicles, houses, buildings or fences within the Township limits.
No person shall distribute, deposit or leave on a public highway or at any public or private place within the Township any merchandise or samples or preparation represented to cure ailments or diseases of the body or mind or any samples thereof or any advertisements or circulars relating thereto; provided, however, that this section shall not prohibit the delivery of any such article to any person above the age of 12 years willing to receive the same.
No person shall place or keep on any windowsill, porch or on any other part of a building any flowerpot, box, article or thing whatsoever, unless such flowerpot, box or other article or thing is securely and firmly fastened or protected so as to render it impossible for the same to fall into a public street or place.
A. 
No person shall enter any building or enclosure where any entertainment, exhibition, contest or athletic game is being held and to which an admission fee is charged without having first paid the admission fee or without first having been given authoritative permission to enter without paying the admission fee.
B. 
Gaining entrance by any means other than an entrance where tickets of admission are collected or by climbing or jumping over, through or under any fence surrounding any field shall be deemed prima facie evidence of unlawful entry.
No person shall engage in any game or sport on any public street or public place to the danger of himself or others, except by permission of and under such regulations as the Chief of Police may prescribe.
A. 
No person shall resist, oppose, obstruct or hinder any Township officer or employee or peace officer in the performance of his duty or refuse or neglect to assist such officer, if lawfully required by him in the discharge of his duty.
B. 
No person in possession of any building or part thereof shall refuse to permit the Construction Official, acting in his official capacity and in accordance with law and at a reasonable hour, to have access to such premises or refuse to comply with the proper orders of that official with relation to any matter under his jurisdiction.
A. 
All aisles and passageways in and approaches to buildings, places or enclosures used for the purposes of public assembly, amusement or instruction shall be kept free from obstruction.
B. 
No person shall stand, lie or sit in or at the head of any aisle, lengthwise or transversely, in the seating area of any place, building or enclosure used for the purposes mentioned in Subsection A during the continuance of any performance or exhibition.
C. 
No person shall stand in the rear of the seating area of any such place, building or enclosure used for the purposes mentioned in Subsection A unless there is a clear passage remaining beyond such standing room of at least three feet, and where the seating capacity is in excess of 300 persons, one foot in addition for each 100 of such seats, and unless such standing space is set apart and marked by means of a ribbon or other easily breakable material attached to posts fixed in stationary sockets.
No person shall, in a public place, and with purpose to offend the sensibilities of a hearer or in reckless disregard of the probability of so doing, address unreasonably loud and offensively coarse or abusive language, given the circumstances of the person present and the setting of the utterance, to any person present.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
No person shall place, mark, post, or draw or cause to be placed, marked, posted or drawn upon any fence, billboard, building, door, wall, pavement or other surface visible from a public street or place any obscene, indecent, offensive or profane word, picture, representation or drawing.
No person shall:
A. 
Willfully break or damage any streetlight or fixture, fire hose, apparatus, police or fire box or any other public property.
B. 
Mutilate, deface or disturb any fence, railing, bench, building or other structure in any street, park or public place.
C. 
Affix any object to any post, sign or other property of the Township or of any utility company located in or on any public property, street or public right-of-way.
[Added 10-19-1993 by Ord. No. 93-63]
A. 
No person shall use, discharge or cause to be exploded any pistol, revolver, gun, rifle, cannon or other weapon or device used to project a missile, unless such person shall have obtained written permission to do so from the Chief of Police of the Township.
B. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to:
(1) 
A person using firearms in the performance of a public duty.
(2) 
A person using firearms in self-defense.
(3) 
Licensed shooting galleries.
(4) 
Authorized gun or rifle ranges.
[Amended 6-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-19[1]]
No person shall set a fire in the Township, except for recreational fires in accordance with Chapter 223, Article II, of this Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
After the senior official of the Fire Department has established fire lines at any distance from a fire, no person shall pass such fire lines without his permission.
B. 
No driver of any vehicle, other than one on official business, shall park the vehicle within 200 feet of the point where any fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm.
A. 
No person, other than a member of the Fire Department or Public Works Department, shall open, use or tamper with any fire hydrant without permission from the Chief of the Fire Department or, having such permission, shall leave it unattended or depart from it leaving it open.
B. 
No person shall place or deposit any material in or about any fire hydrant which shall obstruct or be an impediment to the rapid use or operation of the same.
No driver of any vehicle shall drive over or across any fire hose in use or about to be used.
No person shall operate, sail or propel any canoe, boat, vessel or craft on the Rahway River within the limits of the Township by means of any engine, motor or power mechanism.
[Amended 6-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-19[1]]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, of this Code. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[Added 3-25-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-04]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons within the Township of Cranford to cause or allow to be made any unreasonable noise within areas zoned residential and emanating from the interior or exterior of a residence within the Township, as follows:[1]
A. 
No person shall operate or permit the use or operation of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, television, audio media player, drum, loudspeaker or amplifier, or other device for the production or reproduction of sound in such a manner as to be plainly audible at or beyond the real property line or through partitions common to two parties within a building during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
B. 
No person shall make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which is plainly audible at or beyond the real property line or through partitions common to two parties within a building within the limits of the Township during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
C. 
No person shall operate or permit the use or operation of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, television, audio media player, drum, loudspeaker or amplifier, or other device for the production or reproduction of sound in such a manner as to be plainly audible at or beyond the real property line or through partitions common to two parties within a building, at any time, if the operation is continuous or repetitive, or with such intensity so as to harass a person or persons on nearby or adjoining properties or to disrupt the activities normally conducted within the area.
D. 
Any person aggrieved by such disturbance of the peace may complain to the Township of Cranford Police Department about such unreasonable or excessive noise. The Police Department may issue an appropriate complaint for violation of peace and good order as set forth in § 310-19.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 290, Noise.