Township of Branchburg, NJ
Somerset County
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[Ord. #2009-1127;Ord. #2013-1228; Ord. #2013-1233; Ord. #2014-1248]
There is hereby established a Branchburg Township Farmers' Market, which shall operate seasonally at River Lea Farm each year during the months of July through September.
Applications to sell at the Farmers' Market may be obtained from the Township Health Department. The Health Department shall issue a seasonal permit to sell at the Farmers' Market to any person who submits a complete and accurate application and the required fee.
The fee for selling at the Farmers' Market for a season shall be $350. The fee for one day sale shall be $35. Fees do not include any other fees related to the nature of the applicant's business.
[Ord. #78-325; New]
As used in this section:
a. 
TAXICAB — Shall mean and include any automobile or motor car, commonly called taxi, engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire which is held out, announced or advertised to operate or run, or which is operated or run over any of the streets within the township and which accepts passengers within the township for transportation to points or places within or without the Township of Branchburg.
b. 
DRIVER — Shall mean any person who drives a taxicab within the township.
c. 
OWNER — Shall mean any person, corporation or association in whose name title to any taxicab is registered with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, or who appears in such records to be the conditional vendee or lessee thereof.
No person shall hire out, keep, or use for hire or pay, or cause to be kept or used for hire or pay, any taxicab whose point of origin, base of operation or office is located in the township, unless both the taxicab and the driver thereof are licensed pursuant to this section.
There are hereby established two classes of taxicab license in the township as follows:
a. 
"Taxicab driver's license." This license shall entitle the person named therein to operate within this township any taxicab duly licensed hereunder.
b. 
"Taxicab owner's license." This license shall entitle the taxicab therein described to be operated in this township by a driver duly licensed hereunder.
[Ord. No. 78-325]
a. 
"Taxicab drivers' licenses." The number of taxicab drivers' licenses under this section to be issued and outstanding in any one year shall be four.
b. 
"Taxicab owner's licenses." The number of taxicab owners' licenses under this section to be issued and outstanding in any one year shall be four. No person shall hold or control more than two taxicab owners' licenses at any one time.
[Ord. No. 78-325]
Any license issued pursuant to the terms of this section shall expire at midnight, December 31 of the year in which it was issued, and shall not be transferable.
[Ord. #78-325; Ord. #2006-1009, § 1; Ord. No. 2015-1269]
a. 
Application. Each applicant for the issuance or renewal of a license of either class shall apply by completing an application under oath in a form provided by the township clerk, including the following information:
1. 
Name and address of owner.
2. 
Name and address of operator.
3. 
Age of operator.
4. 
Whether the owner or operator has ever been convicted of a crime in this or any other jurisdiction and, if so, the specifics of the charge(s), conviction(s) and disposition(s).
5. 
Make, age and serial number of automobiles.
6. 
Address at which taxis will be garaged.
7. 
Certificate of insurance demonstrating insurance coverage.
8. 
Hours of operation each week (stating exact times of daily operation).
9. 
Rates to be charged. Each applicant must also submit proof of compliance with the qualifications required hereinafter.
b. 
Qualifications of taxicab drivers. No person shall be eligible to obtain a taxicab driver's license in the township unless he shall first conform to the following requirements:
1. 
Each applicant shall have a minimum of four years of driving experience as a licensed driver in the State of New Jersey or any other State in the United States of America.
2. 
Each applicant must present a certificate of a reputable physician showing that he has been examined within 60 days and that he is of sound physique with good eyesight and not subject to epilepsy, vertigo, heart trouble, or other infirmity of body or mind which might render him unfit for the safe operation of a taxicab.
3. 
Each applicant must state in the application for a license that the applicant is not addicted to the use of narcotics or intoxicating liquors.
4. 
Each applicant shall submit four copies of a photograph two inches by two inches in size (front facial view).
c. 
Qualifications of taxicab owners. Each applicant for a taxicab owner's license shall submit for examination a certificate of ownership. No taxicab over the age of four years (model years) or having a capacity of less than four persons or more than eight persons shall be eligible for license as a taxicab.
a. 
Upon notification by the township clerk of satisfactory fulfillment of the foregoing requirements and qualifications, the township committee shall either grant or deny the application unless they decide to hold the same over for further investigation. No license shall be issued to a taxicab owner unless he shall represent in his application that a named licensed operator will operate the taxicab. No license shall be issued to an operator unless he shall indicate on his application that he will operate a specific identified licensed taxicab.
b. 
Each applicant granted a license under this chapter shall be issued a license card in evidence thereof in a form approved by the township committee and signed by the township clerk in behalf of the township committee.
a. 
The annual fee for each taxicab owner's license hereafter issued or any renewal thereof shall be $25 for each year or portion of a year for which the license is issued or renewed.
b. 
The annual fee for each taxicab driver's license hereafter issued or any renewal thereof shall be $10 for each year or portion of a year for which the license is issued or renewed.
c. 
No fees shall be prorated nor any part thereof refunded for any reason except that upon the denial of an application for issuance or renewal of a license by the township committee, 90% of the fee deposited shall be returned to the applicant and 10% shall be retained by the township as compensation for investigation of the application.
a. 
The license card issued to a taxicab driver upon granting of his license shall have affixed to it one of the four photographs required to be filed with the license application, as provided in subsection 4-2.6b4.
b. 
Such license card shall at all times be prominently displayed and adequately protected in the interior of any taxicab operated by the licensee so that the fact thereof shall be at all times in full view of and plainly legible to any passenger seated on the rear seat of such taxicab. The said license card shall at all times be and remain the property of the township, and on direction of the township committee shall at once be surrendered to the township clerk.
c. 
No taxicab driver's license card other than that of the licensee actually operating the cab at the time shall be displayed therein.
No taxicab shall hereafter be operated in this township unless and until there is prominently displayed in the interior thereof within the full view and access of any passengers therein, a complete list of fares, charges or tariff rates charged for transportation of passengers, which fares, charges or tariff rates so displayed, and no other, shall be those to be charged any passenger so transported. The rates charged shall be the same as those set forth in the application for a taxicab license.
a. 
Every licensed taxicab may have affixed or painted on both sides thereof the words "taxi" or "cab" in letters of at least six inches high, or the name of the operating owner containing the words "taxi" or "cab" or "taxicab."
b. 
Every licensed taxicab may have affixed or painted on each side thereof in letters at least one inch high the name of the owner thereof followed or preceded by the word "owner".
c. 
No other lettering or identification of a taxicab shall be permitted on any taxicab.
a. 
No person shall park any taxicab on any of the streets of the township at any time, except at such place or places as the township committee may from time to time designate by resolution, as municipal taxicab stands.
a. 
No taxicab shall be operated in the township unless the applicant shall have complied with the provisions of R.S. 48:16-1 et seq. of the State of New Jersey and the acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto.
b. 
Notwithstanding compliance with the provisions of R.S. 48:16-1 et seq., no taxicab shall be operated in the township unless an insurance policy, of a company duly licensed to transact business under the laws of the State of New Jersey, shall be filed with the township clerk in the minimum amount of $100,000 to satisfy all claims for damages by reason of bodily injury or the death of any one person resulting from an accident, in the sum of not less than $300,000 to satisfy all claims for damages by reason of bodily injuries to or in the death of all persons on account of any one accident, for a sum of $10,000 to satisfy claims for damages to property arising out of any one accident.
c. 
No taxicab business shall be operated from any residence or other building located in a residential zone and any taxicab parked at the owners' or operators' place of residence shall be garaged, except that taxicabs which contain no lettering or other means of identification as a taxicab shall be subject only to the same provisions with respect to parking as any other private passenger vehicle.
a. 
The township committee may, in their discretion, refuse to issue or renew, or may after notice and hearing revoke or suspend any license issued hereunder if the applicant or licensee:
1. 
Has been convicted of a crime in this or any other jurisdiction.
2. 
Has been convicted of being a disorderly person.
3. 
Has been found guilty of a violation of Title 39. "Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations" of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey.
4. 
Violates any provision of this section or any Ordinance of the township.
5. 
Has any judgment unsatisfied of record against him arising out of an automobile accident.
6. 
Has in any degree contributed to any injury to any person or damage to property arising out of negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
7. 
Has any communicable or contagious disease, or has developed any physical or mental condition which interferes with his ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner.
8. 
Has not complied fully with all requirements of this section.
b. 
Any taxicab owner's license may be denied, revoked or suspended, or not renewed, for any of the following reasons:
1. 
If the motor vehicle licensed or to be licensed, by reason of unsafe or unsanitary conditions, is dangerous to the safety or health of the occupants or others.
2. 
If the policy of insurance required by Section 48: 16-3 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey has once lapsed or such coverage is not maintained at all times.
a. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty in chapter 3, section 3-1.
b. 
Any corporation violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of not more than $500, which may be recovered in an action of debt.
c. 
Any person who aids, assists, or abets in the violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalties herein provided for.
[Ord. #82-426; Ord. #83-434; Ord. #91-606; Ord. #2005-978]
As used in this section:
a. 
AMUSEMENT MACHINE — Shall mean any machine which upon direct or indirect payment of money may be operated for amusement, entertainment or competition, including but not limited to pinball machines, skillball machines and video games. The definition shall not include devices for playing recorded music or devices used solely in private residences.
b. 
PERSON — Shall mean any natural person, firm, corporation, partnership or other association whether publicly or privately owned or whether for profit or not for profit.
No person shall permit the operation of an amusement machine in a place where the public is invited or permitted without first obtaining an amusement machine license. Licenses shall be issued on a calendar year basis. Each license shall be issued only to the owner or operator of the premises upon which the amusement machine will be located. Each license shall be issued for a special location and shall state the number of machines for which it is issued. A license may be transferred to a new owner or operator by submitting to the township committee the same information as is required for a new license. A license may not be transferred to a new location.
All applications for amusement machine licenses shall be made to the township clerk on forms provided for that purpose and shall contain the following:
a. 
The name and address of the applicant.
b. 
The location of the amusement machine or machines to be licensed.
c. 
The number and type of machines to be licensed.
d. 
A description of each machine to be licensed sufficient to identify it.
e. 
A statement of whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime or disorderly persons offense in the State of New Jersey or elsewhere and describing any such conviction in detail.
f. 
A plan sufficient to show the proposed location of each machine, other objects in the area, and each entrance and exit of the premises.
g. 
Proof that all taxes, sewer use fees and other municipal charges for the property on which the amusement machines are to be located are current.
h. 
Such other information as the township committee may reasonably require to supplement the application.
i. 
A sworn statement of the applicant that all information in the application is true.
a. 
The license fee for each amusement machine, excluding pool tables, shall be $100 per year or part thereof. Licenses may be issued by calendar quarter or part thereof at $25 per machine at the option of the applicant. The license fee for each pool table shall be $25 per year or part thereof.
b. 
The fee for transfer of an amusement machine license shall be $10 for each machine.
An application for the renewal of an amusement machine license shall be submitted at least 30 days before expiration of the license.
[Ord. #82-426, S1; Ord. #2005-978, SS2, 3]
a. 
An amusement machine license may be revoked or not renewed by the township committee upon its determination that:
1. 
The licensee has been convicted of any offense, including violation of municipal ordinance which relates directly or indirectly to the use of amusement machines, the use or operation of the licensed premises or the licensee's fitness to hold a license.
2. 
Any misstatement of fact in the application.
3. 
Failure to maintain the licensed premises or its patrons in good order.
4. 
Any Alcoholic Beverage Control violations.
5. 
Any violation reported by the health officer or fire inspector that has not been corrected within the time required by the health officer or fire inspector.
b. 
Any action for the revocation of the license shall be initiated by the chief of police, who shall provide a written statement of reasons for the proposed revocation. The proposed revocation shall be effective 15 days after delivery of notice of the proposed revocation to the licensed premises unless within that time the licensee has requested a public hearing on the charges before the township committee. If the licensee requires more time to prepare a defense of the charges, the hearing may be adjourned at the licensee's request for up to 15 additional days. Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the township committee may revoke or not revoke the license by a majority vote of the members present.
c. 
If any licensee's license is revoked or not renewed for cause, no application of the licensee or for the licensed premises shall be considered by the township committee until the violations are corrected.
d. 
If the chief of police believes that the public interest requires, he may request that any license be suspended pending determination of whether the license should be revoked. In such a case, the chief of police may present his request to the township committee at any time following the delivery of written charges and, upon a two-thirds vote of the members present, the township committee may suspend the license pending a determination of whether it should be revoked.
[Ord. No. 82-426 § 1]
a. 
Every amusement machine shall be located at least five feet from the entrance and a similar distance from any fire exit in the licensed premises, and shall be so placed so that it does not obstruct free entry and egress.
b. 
Every amusement machine shall be located so that there is reasonable space, determined by the specific configuration of the machine, for patrons and observers. Every licensed premises shall comply fully with fire and occupancy requirements of the township.
[Ord. No. 82-426 § 1]
No sound emitted by any amusement machine shall be audible beyond the property lines of the premises upon which the amusement machine is located.
[Ord. No. 82-426 § 1]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be subject to a minimum fine on a first offense of $50 and a maximum not to exceed $500 or to imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed 90 days or both. In the event the conviction is for a second or subsequent offense, there shall be a fine not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed 90 days or both.
[Ord. No. 2006-1050 § 1]
The Municipal Clerk is hereby delegated the authority to act as the "issuing authority" to approve the granting of raffle and bingo licenses.
[1]
Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history: Ordinance Nos. 77-316, 85-477, 86-486, 2009-1127 and 2013-1233.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
a. 
APPLICANT — Shall mean a person who seeks to apply for a permit to act as a peddler or solicitor under this Section.
b. 
MERCHANDISE — Shall mean all goods, wares, food, fruit, vegetables, farm products, magazines, periodicals or other articles of personal property, orders or contracts for a service, home improvement, repair or alteration.
c. 
PEDDLER — Shall mean and include any person traveling by foot or conveyance from place to place by traveling on the streets and roads of this Township or from house to house, carrying, conveying or transporting merchandise for the purpose of selling or attempting to sell merchandise to customers.
d. 
PEDDLE or PEDDLING — Shall mean the act of traveling by foot or conveyance from place to place by traveling on the streets and roads of this Township or from house to house, carrying, conveying or transporting merchandise for the purpose of selling or attempting to sell merchandise to customers.
e. 
SOLICIT or SOLICITING — Shall mean the act of traveling on the streets and roads of the Township or going from house to house in the Township whether by foot or by any conveyance, in an attempt to sell merchandise or in an attempt to arrange for the performance of services or to solicit or to collect funds.
f. 
SOLICITOR — Shall mean any person who goes from place to place by traveling on the streets and roads of this Township whether by foot or by any conveyance, or who goes from house to house attempting to sell merchandise or attempting to arrange for the performance of services, whether or not that person carries samples or literature, or who solicits or collects funds.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
The purpose of this Section is to prevent unauthorized business practices, to provide for traffic and pedestrian safety by regulating the use of the streets and property adjacent thereto by persons within the scope of this Section, to prevent extended parking or trespassing on private or public property, to prevent violations of the Township's Land Development Ordinance and to generally provide for the safety of the residents of the Township of Branchburg.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
a. 
Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4-5.8, it shall be unlawful for any peddler or solicitor to sell, dispose of or to offer to sell or to dispose of any merchandise or to solicit funds within the Township without having first applied for and received a permit issued by the Township Clerk.
b. 
Permits issued to solicitors and peddlers and must be produced for inspection upon the request of any resident or any member of the Branchburg Police Department.
c. 
Each Applicant shall pay the sum of $25 to the Township to cover the Township's costs of processing the Applicant's application.
d. 
A permit issued under this Section shall be valid for a period of six months.
e. 
Applicants for a permit under this Section must file with the Township Clerk, on a form to be furnished by the Township Clerk, a written application certified by the Applicant or Applicant's authorized agent, which includes all of the following information:
1. 
The Applicant's name, title and address or addresses and applicant's state of incorporation, if applicable. The names and addresses of any individuals that will engage in soliciting or peddling in the Township together with or on behalf of the Applicant.
2. 
The Applicant's telephone number where the Applicant or Applicant's authorized agent may be contacted and two emergency telephone numbers.
3. 
A valid photo identification such as a driver's license and a 2 x 2 color photograph for the Applicant and each individual that will engage in soliciting or peddling in the Township together with or on behalf of the Applicant.
4. 
The scheduled date and length of time of the activity for which the permit is sought.
5. 
A statement of the nature, character and quality of the merchandise to be sold or offered for sale or a statement of the nature of the services to be performed. A statement as to whether the merchandise proposed to be sold is from stock in possession or from stock by sample, at auction, by direct sale or by taking orders for future delivery.
6. 
A statement of the nature and character of any advertising used or proposed to be used in order to attract customers. Copies of all such advertising, whether handbills, circulars, or otherwise, shall be attached to the application as exhibits thereto.
7. 
A statement as to whether the Applicant or any individual peddling or soliciting together with or acting on behalf of the Applicant has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or a disorderly persons offense in this State or any infraction in any other State or jurisdiction that would be considered a crime of moral turpitude or a disorderly persons offense in this State and the punishment assessed therefor.
8. 
A description of all motor vehicles to be used by the Applicant or any individual peddling or soliciting together with or on behalf of the Applicant, including the color, year, make and model of such motor vehicles.
9. 
A copy of a background check conducted by Morpho Trak a/k/a/ IndentoGO for the Applicant and any individual peddling or soliciting together with or on behalf of the Applicant. (Information and an application for the background check is available from the Township Clerk).
f. 
All applications shall be filed with the Township Clerk at least 30 days before the scheduled date of the activity for which the permit is sought.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
Upon receipt of an application for a permit under this Section by the Township Clerk, the application shall be reviewed as follows:
a. 
The Township Clerk shall forward every application to the Zoning Officer for review to determine whether the application complies with the Township's Land Development Ordinance. The Zoning Officer shall promptly forward a finding as to whether or not the application complies to the Township Clerk.
b. 
If the permit sought includes any food sales, the Township Clerk shall forward the application to the Health Department for review to determine whether the application complies with all applicable statutes, regulations and ordinances relative to food sales. The Health Department shall promptly forward a finding as to whether or not the application complies to the Township Clerk.
c. 
Upon receipt of findings of compliance from the Zoning Officer and Health Officer, if applicable, and upon the determination that the application satisfies all of the requirements of this Section, the Township Clerk shall so certify and shall issue a permit.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
a. 
An application for a permit issued pursuant to this Section shall be denied or revoked by the Township Clerk for any of the following causes:
1. 
Inaccurate statements contained in the application for the permit.
2. 
Inaccurate statements made in connection with the selling of merchandise for which the permit was obtained.
3. 
Any violation of this Section or any law during the permit's duration.
4. 
The commission of a crime of moral turpitude or a disorderly persons offense in this State or any infraction in any other State or jurisdiction that would be considered a crime of moral turpitude or a disorderly persons offense in this State prior to the issuance of a permit under this Section.
b. 
In denying an application for a permit or revoking a permit, the Township Clerk shall set forth, in writing, the facts supporting the denial or revocation. The Applicant may appeal such denial or revocation as set forth in this Section.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
A denial or revocation of a permit may be appealed to the Township Committee.
a. 
All appeals must be in writing and must be transmitted to the Township Committee within 30 days of the date of the denial or revocation.
b. 
The Township Committee shall render a decision and transmit notice of its decision to the Applicant within 15 days of receipt of the appeal.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
Prior to the issuance of a permit under this section, the Applicant shall provide to the Township Clerk a certificate of insurance setting forth the Township of Branchburg as a named insured under the policy with a liability insurance limit of $1,000,000 per occurrence. If the Applicant is a not-for-profit organization, an indemnification agreement executed by the Applicant and the Township in favor of the Township may be submitted in lieu of a certificate of insurance.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
The requirements of subsection 4-5.3 shall not apply to:
a. 
Any person delivering merchandise or providing services in the regular course of business to a person who had previously ordered the merchandise or services or who is entitled to receive the merchandise or services pursuant to a prior agreement;
b. 
Any person selling personal property at wholesale to dealers in merchandise of that sort;
c. 
Any member of a school, or civic organization, benevolent society, service club, fire company, rescue squad or any other party that is exempted by law who has provided a list of the names and addresses of the members soliciting or peddling on its behalf to the Township Clerk prior to the time any member offers any merchandise for sale or solicits any funds.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
No peddler or solicitor shall:
a. 
Attract attention by crying out, blowing a horn, using a noisemaker or making any other loud or unusual noise; or
b. 
Peddle or solicit at any place where there is posted a sign expressly prohibiting such activity; or
c. 
Represent that receipt of a permit under this Section implies that his or her character or fitness to peddle or solicit has been the subject of any inquiry by the Township; or
d. 
Peddle or solicit on Sundays or on State or national holidays and at any time other than between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and dusk on Mondays through Saturdays.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
The Township Clerk shall maintain all permits issued to peddlers and solicitors in a registration book and shall maintain all applications in accordance with law.
[Ord. No. 2015-1278]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall, upon conviction, be subject to a minimum fine on a first offense of $50 and a maximum not to exceed $500 or to imprisonment in the County Jail not to exceed 90 days or both. If the conviction is for a second or subsequent offense, there shall be a fine not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisonment in the County Jail not to exceed 90 days or both.
[Ord. #2013-1233]
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
a. 
CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION — Shall mean a first aid ambulance and rescue squad or a volunteer fire company which provides services to residents of the Township of Branchburg.
b. 
CONTRIBUTION — Shall mean the giving of money, credit, property, financial assistance, or other thing of any kind or value which will be used for a charitable purpose to benefit a charitable organization.
c. 
SOLICIT or SOLICITATION — Shall mean the request for money, credit, property, financial assistance, or other thing of any kind or value to benefit a charitable organization.
d. 
SOLICITOR — Shall mean any person soliciting contributions on behalf of a charitable organization that has been authorized to conduct a solicitation for contribution upon the streets and highways of the Township of Branchburg.
Charitable organizations shall be permitted to solicit contributions in the streets and highways of the Township of Branchburg in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-60, as amended, together with any regulations adopted by the Department of Transportation to regulate or control the solicitation of charitable contributions on streets and highways in the State of New Jersey.
Any charitable organization wishing to solicit contributions in the streets and highways of the Township of Branchburg must file an application for a permit with the Branchburg Police Department at least five days before the date upon which the solicitation is proposed to occur. Application forms are available in the Branchburg Police Department and the office of the township clerk and must contain the following information:
a. 
The name, address, telephone number of the charitable organization.
b. 
The name of the contact person of the charitable organization.
c. 
The location or locations of the proposed solicitation.
d. 
The dates and times of the proposed solicitation.
e. 
The proposed equipment and signage to be used by the charitable organization during the solicitation.
f. 
The names of the persons conducting the solicitation on behalf of the charitable organization at each proposed location.
g. 
Any additional information which the chief of police or his designee find reasonably necessary for the fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
h. 
If the application for a permit to solicit contributions involves solicitation upon a county street or highway, the application shall include a copy of an authorization from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders in accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:4-60.
i. 
If the application for a permit to solicit contributions involves solicitation upon a State street or highway, the application shall include a copy of an authorization from the State of New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 16:40-1.1 et seq.
No single permit may be issued for more than three days and no charitable organization may receive more than two permits within a calendar year.
The following requirements shall adhere to all permits issued in accordance with this section.
a. 
The chief of police or his designee is hereby authorized to approve the permit on behalf of the township.
b. 
The chief of police or his designee shall be responsible for enforcing the terms of the permit.
c. 
Two or more charitable organizations shall not be permitted to solicit on the same date within the township. The first charitable organization to submit a complete application that complies with all of the terms of this section for a specific date shall be the first to be considered for a permit for that date.
d. 
The chief of police or his designee shall determine whether an application is complete and complies with all of the terms of this section. No application shall be deemed received until all information requested by the chief of police or his designee is supplied by the applicant.
e. 
A permit obtained in accordance with this section shall be in the possession of the solicitor or solicitors throughout the duration of the authorized solicitation and shall be available for inspection upon the request of any law enforcement officer of the Township of Branchburg, the County of Somerset, or the State of New Jersey.
f. 
A permit obtained in accordance with this section is non-transferable and shall be void after expiration.
a. 
An application for a solicitation permit by a charitable organization may be denied upon a finding that the proposed solicitation or the location chosen for the proposed solicitation represents a public safety hazard.
b. 
If an application for a solicitation permit is denied, the chief of police or his designee shall set forth the reasons for the denial and shall transmit notice of the denial to the contact person for the charitable organization within five days of the denial.
c. 
A denial of a solicitation permit may be appealed to the township committee. Any appeal must be in writing and must be transmitted to the township committee within 30 days of the date of the denial.
d. 
The township committee shall render a decision and transmit notice of its decision to the contact person for the charitable organization within 15 days of receipt of the appeal.
a. 
The charitable organization shall be responsible for removing any debris caused to remain after the solicitation.
b. 
Solicitation shall only be permitted during daylight hours.
c. 
Solicitors shall be at least 18 years of age and members of the charitable organization or family members of members of the charitable organization.
d. 
Solicitors shall not touch any vehicle or tap on any window or in any way intimidate the occupant of any vehicle.
e. 
Solicitors shall not install any traffic control devices.
f. 
Signs advertising solicitation authorized under this section are permitted, but must be of temporary construction and be not larger than 16 square feet.
g. 
Signs shall not impede the flow of traffic and must be removed within 24 hours following the authorized solicitation.
The Township of Branchburg assumes no responsibility for the sponsorship, direction or control of any solicitation permitted under this section. The charitable organization conducting any event hereunder shall assume full and complete responsibility for the sponsorship and control of all aspects of the fundraising event, including the safety and welfare of its solicitors as well as members of the public. The township shall retain all tort claim immunities pursuant to both the New Jersey Claims Act, N.J.S.A. 59:1-1 et seq., and common law. Any charitable organization availing itself of the activities afforded under this section agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the township, and its agents, servants, and employees, from any claims for death, personal injury, property damage or claims of any type that may arise as a result of the solicitation conducted by the charitable organization pursuant to this section.
Any person guilty of violating a provision of this section shall be liable for a fine not to exceed $100 for each day of such violation.