Township of Montclair, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Montclair as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-19-2016 by Ord. No. O-15-036]
The Council finds that unwanted invasive light detracts from the quality of life in the Township, and can adversely affect relations between neighbors; consequently, the Council encourages the use of mediation and other forms of alternate dispute resolution to resolve disputes involving such invasive light.
It is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and it shall be unlawful, for any person to make or cause or suffer or permit to be made or caused, upon any premises owned, occupied or controlled by him or her, any light that is directed at one or more points at a residence not on the same lot as the light source or that shines into window or windows of residences, to the annoyance of any residents thereof. Such light is declared to be injurious to the well-being, health, peace and comfort of the inhabitants of the Township or any number thereof.
This article shall not apply to:
A. 
Public entities.
B. 
Sports fields and sports venues.
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment in the county/municipal jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof as determined by the Municipal Court Judge. Each day on which a violation of this article exists shall be considered a separate and distinct violation and shall be subject to imposition of a separate penalty for each day of the violation as the Municipal Court Judge may determine. In cases where the complainant is a private party, mediation is recommended, subject to the Court's discretion.