Township of Scotch Plains, NJ
Union County
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[Ord. No. 68-10; Ord. No. 82-17]
The operation of all automatic amusement games of the type commonly known and designated as bagatelle, baseball, pin amusement games, video games, or similar machines or devices, operated, maintained or used in any public or quasi-public place or in any building, store or other place wherein the public is invited, or wherein the public may enter, and particularly, but not by way of limitation, all coin-operated automatic amusement devices, of the type commonly known as bagatelle games, baseball games, pin amusement games, video games, or similar machines or devices operated, maintained or used as aforesaid, may be licensed at the discretion of the Township council considering the good and welfare of the Township, and shall not be placed, operated, maintained or used within the municipal limits of the Township without first having obtained a license for that purpose; provided, however, that no license shall be issued to any person who shall have been convicted of crime, or a violation of any Township ordinance involving gambling, and provided further that if a license has been issued and the person to whom it has been issued shall thereafter be convicted of crime, or a violation of any Township ordinance involving gambling, the license shall immediately be revoked by the Township council.
As used in this section:
a. 
PERSON - Shall mean any individual, firm, member of firm, partnership, member of partnership, corporation, or any officer, director or stockholder of said corporation.
The license for the placing, operation, maintenance or use of such amusement devices or machines mentioned aforesaid shall be issued to and in the name of the proprietor of the premises where the machine is to be installed, and shall be issued for one year from July 1 of the year of such issuance, and the fee for the issuance of a license shall be $200 per machine for each of the first five machines and $20 per machine for all machines in excess of five, for the said period of one year. If the machines are owned or leased and operated by a corporation, association or organization which is operated for benevolent, charitable, fraternal, social, religious, recreational, athletic, or similar purposes, and not for private gain, the above licensing fees shall not apply, but rather the licensing fee shall be $10 per machine for the said period of one year.
The application for license to operate such machine or machines shall be filed on a form to be furnished by the Township council, which form shall show the name of the applicant, post office address, the number of machines to be operated, whether or not the "person" making the application has ever been convicted of crime, or a violation of any Township ordinance involving gambling, and such other information as the Township council shall deem necessary or proper, and the fee for the license shall be payable with the filing of the application, and if the application is rejected the fee is to be returned to the applicant.
No device or machine as specified in this section shall be placed, operated, maintained, or used, until the license issued by the Township council shall be displayed in a conspicuous place in the room where such machine or machines are to be operated. This license shall on its face disclose the name and post office address of the licensee, and shall state how many machines or devices the licensee is permitted to operate.
Upon application to the Township council they may in their discretion transfer a license from one premises to another.
No more than five machines or devices or any type or types shall be permitted to be used or operated in any one place, location or premises.
Any person who shall use or permit to be used any of the machines or devices licensed hereunder for the purpose of gambling, shall be deemed to be guilty of a violation of this section and punishable therefor as provided in Chapter 3, section 3-1.
Every person who shall violate, or who shall direct, assist in, or connive at the violation of, this section, shall, on conviction thereof, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 3, section 3-1.
This section is enacted for the purpose of the regulation and control of automatic amusement games, of the type commonly known and designated as bagatelle, baseball or pin amusement games, or similar machines or devices.
[Ord. No. 89-22]
In the General Election of 1959, the voters of the State of New Jersey approved the Amusement Games Licensing Law establishing as restrictions upon licensing in terms of location that the municipality had to vote in favor of the aforementioned referendum and that the premises to be licensed are situated at a recognized amusement park or a seashore or other resort but only in that part within the customary understanding of those terms in the community. The aforementioned mandate has continued with enforcement by the New Jersey Bureau of Amusement Games Control. The voters of the Township of Scotch Plains did vote in favor of said referendum. The Amusement Games Licensing Law requires the enactment of an ordinance by the municipal governing body declaring that a recognized amusement park exists in the municipality according to the customary understanding of such terms in the municipality prior to the issuance of a license. An amusement park, Bowcraft Amusement Park, Inc. is within the geographical confines of the Township of Scotch Plains.
It is ordained by the Township Council of the Township of Scotch Plains, County of Union, State of New Jersey, that a recognized amusement park, Bowcraft Amusement Park Inc., exists in the Township of Scotch Plains.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to operate or own any amusement game or games as said terms are defined by the Amusement Games Licensing Law, whether said game or games are of skill or chance or both and whether said game or games are played and operated with or without numbers or figures, without first having obtained a license from the Township council of the Township of Scotch Plains. Said license shall be issued pursuant to and subject to the provisions of the Amusement Games Licensing Law.
Each applicant for a license shall file with the municipal Clerk and the Police Chief a written application in such form as prescribed by and in accordance with the Amusement Games Licensing Law. Each application for license shall be submitted in duplicate form prescribed by the Commissioner of amusement games control.
The fee schedule for the licenses of game under each certification, as provided for pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:3-7.9, shall be as follows:
a. 
Certification No. 1 Games - $250.00 per license;
b. 
Certification No. 2 Games - $500.00 total, covering all machines; and
c. 
Certification No. 3 Games - $250.00 per license.
The Township expressly reserves the right to license amusement games other than the ones described herein and to establish fees therefor for use in the area designated in accordance with the requirements set forth in this section. The games hereinafter licensed shall be incorporated herein by reference thereto.
The Township council of the Township of Scotch Plains shall have and exercise control and supervision over all amusement games held or operated conducted under a Township license with all the powers authorized or granted to the Township under the Amusement Games Licensing Law and all amendments and supplements thereto and the rules and regulations of the New Jersey Amusement Games Control Commissioner.
No license shall be issued except to persons of good moral character approved by the Mayor and council.
Subject to the provisions of the Amusement Games Licensing Law of New Jersey, one license may be issued for each location where amusement games or devices are to be employed.
Each applicant shall pay a fee of $10 for fingerprinting and issuance of identification cards when required under rules and regulations promulgated by the Amusement Games Control Commissioner for each licensee and employee of said licensee.
The amusement games and devices shall be kept and placed in plain view of any person or persons who may frequent and be in any place or place of business where such devices or games are used and licensed.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize or license any gambling device or game not specifically permitted by the laws of New Jersey.
The Chief of Police of the Township may inspect or cause to be inspected any place or building in which amusement games or devices are operating.
No gambling between participants in any amusement games or the users of any amusement devices shall be permitted at any time.
In the event that any licensee shall violate any of the provisions of this section or the Amusement Games Licensing Law or the rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner or the terms of such license, in addition to suffering any other penalties which may be imposed, said licensee shall forfeit any license issued to said licensee under this section.
Any person, firm or corporation, violating any of the provisions of this section shall be subject by the municipal court to a penalty not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both, and the same shall be in addition to the powers of suspension or revocation of any such license as provided for herein by the governing body.
[Ord. No. 68-10]
All mechanical machines for the production of music, including victrolas, orchestrelles, player pianos, music vending machines and other such instruments, whether electrically operated or not, operated, maintained or used in any public or quasi-public place or in any building, store or other place wherein the public is invited, or wherein the public may enter, and particularly, but not by way of limitation, all coin-operated music vending machines, victrolas, orchestrelles, player pianos operated, maintained or used as aforesaid, shall be licensed by the Township council before the same shall be placed, operated, maintained or used within the municipal limits of the Township.
The fee for each mechanical machine for the production of music, victrola, orchestrelle, player piano or music vending machine, as heretofore described, shall be five ($5 . 00) dollars for the fiscal year.
Every applicant for a license shall fill out a form to be furnished by the Township council which form shall show the name of the applicant, post office address, the number of machines to be operated, whether or not the person making the application has ever been convicted of crime, or a violation of any Township ordinance involving gambling and such other information as the Township council shall deem necessary or proper, and, he fee for the license shall be payable with the filing of the application, and if the application is rejected, the fee is to be returned to the applicant.
The license for the placing, operation, maintenance or use for such amusement devices or machines shall be issued to and in the name of the proprietor of the premises where the machine is to be installed, and shall be issued for one year from July 1 of the year of such issuance .
Upon application to the Township council they may in their discretion transfer a license from one premises to another.
This section is enacted for the purpose of the regulation and control of automatic music vending machines hereinbefore mentioned.
[Ord. No. 73-11; Ord. No. 81-8; Ord. No. 96-35]
The purpose of this section is to provide standards and regulations for various types of intrusion, burglar, fire and other emergency alarm devices and equipment, whether they operate by producing a visual or audible signal, and whether by direct line, radio, telephone or other means of actuating a device requiring response thereto by the police department, fire department or other municipal agency .
The provisions of this section shall apply to alarm businesses and to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm device, dial alarm, or local alarm designed to produce a visual or audible signal of an emergency, or designed to summon the police, fire department or any municipal agency to any location in response to any type of alarm signal. The terms of this section shall in no way prohibit alarm companies from providing service by private source to other offices within or without the Township so long as such activity is not connected to the alarm console, except, however, that any person having a premises protected by such an alarm device shall still be responsible for the registration thereof in accordance with subsections 4-3 . 6 and 4-3 . 8, without fee .
As used in this section:
a. 
ALARM CONSOLE - Shall mean the console or control panel of devices giving a visual or audio response or both and located within the confines of the Township police department.
b. 
ALARM DEVICE - Shall mean any type of alarm system actuating equipment in the alarm console providing warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril.
c. 
DIAL ALARM - Shall mean that type of device using telephone lines transmitting an alarm directly through the police switchboard .
d. 
ALARM INSTALLATION - Shall mean any alarm device or combination of devices installed for one or more buildings at a location other than the alarm console.
e. 
LOCAL ALARM - Shall mean any alarm or device which, when actuated, produces a signal not connected to the alarm console, such as store burglar alarms actuating bell devices.
f. 
PERMITTEE - Shall mean any person owning an alarm device or a local alarm within the scope of this section.
g. 
LICENSEE - Shall mean the person obtaining the license to maintain the alarm console as hereinafter set forth.
h. 
FALSE ALARM - Shall mean any alarm actuated by inadvertence, negligence, intentional or unintentional act of someone other than an intruder, and shall include as well alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device or other related equipment, but shall not include alarms created or caused by malfunctioning of the alarm console.
i. 
DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE - Shall mean and be limited to a member of the Township police department.
j. 
PERSON - Shall mean any natural person or individual, any firm, partnership, corporation or any business entity.
k. 
ALARM SYSTEM - Shall mean equipment, device or an assembly or equipment and/or devices designated to signal the presence of an emergency or hazard requiring urgent attention and to which the police department or other municipal agency may be expected to respond. It shall include the terms "alarm device," "local alarm," and "dial alarm."
l. 
AUDIBLE ALARM - Shall mean any type of alarm device, dial alarm, alarm installation or local alarm which, when actuated, produces an audible signal, such as that produced by a ringing bell, from the alarmed premises.
a. 
There is hereby established a police alarm console license which shall be granted upon recommendation of the Police Chief or his agent, as set forth in subsection 4-3.5. Any such licensee shall have exclusive use and control of the alarm console, except for use by the Township police department, and such licensee will be responsible at no cost to the Township for the establishment, construction and installation of the console containing equipment and being of a design approved by the Chief of Police or his agent, and for the care, maintenance and management thereafter of the console: said licensee shall locate the console and relocate the console if necessary under the supervision of the Chief of Police or his agent, at no cost to the Township. For any such license granted hereunder the licensee will assume all liability and agree to indemnify, defend and save harmless the Township of Scotch Plains, its agents and the Township police department for any acts in conjunction with the operation of the police alarm console, and in conjunction therewith he shall furnish annually to the Township Clerk a noncancellable insurance certificate indicating complete liability coverage in an amount no less than:
1. 
Personal injury or death, $300, 000 each person and $500,000 each accident;
2. 
. Property damage $50,000 each accident.
b. 
Any connection to the police alarm console shall be of a type inspected and approved by an inspector designated for such purpose by the Chief of Police of the Township, and any person aggrieved by said decision may appeal said decision in writing within ten days to the Chief of Police of the Township.
c. 
All alarms in operation and connected to the alarm panel board located in police headquarters as of the date of the adoption of this section (except dial alarms) shall be connected hereunder to the alarm console by the licensee, and no connection cost for such transfer shall be permitted.
d. 
The licensee for the police alarm console shall be permitted to charge subscribers a maximum installation fee of $50 and a maximum monthly retainer or maintenance fee of seven ($7. 00) dollars, except, however, that no fee shall be charged to the Township of Scotch Plains or the Board of Education of Scotch Plains-Fanwood for monthly charges or console connection charges for any existing or future systems in public buildings, and any equipment or alarm devices installed by the alarm console licensee in such public buildings shall be at wholesale cost exclusive of labor charges.
e. 
The licensee shall install an annunciator and/or display console having capacity for 1,000 or more zones available for present systems and future connections.
f. 
Except as provided in subsection 4-3.7, any license issued hereunder shall be for a term of five years from the date of approval by the Township council and such licensee shall post annually with the Township Clerk and prior to the anniversary date of the granting of the license, a performance bond in the amount of $5,000, noncancellable without notification to and approval by the Township council guaranteeing performance for each year of the obligation of the licensee and insuring maintenance of the console and the alarm system during the period when the license is in force. Failure of the licensee to provide the annual bond shall mean automatic revocation of the license.
g. 
The licensee, for the privilege of obtaining the license, shall pay to the Township a minimum annual sum of no less than five percent of the gross rental earned annually by said licensee from subscribers connected to the alarm console, which payment shall be made within 30 days of the close of each fiscal year in which the license is in force; and such licensee, by acceptance of the license, shall be deemed to have agreed to having the books and accounts of the licensee open to inspection by the Township auditor or other designated representative of the Township council to verify the annual account which shall be submitted by the licensee coincidental with the fee described aforesaid. The aforesaid payment shall be made to the Chief of Police, and shall be accompanied by a sworn or certified statement, which sum and a copy of the sworn or certified statement shall be delivered by the Chief of Police within 48 hours to the treasurer of the Township.
h. 
The licensee's obligation to maintain and operate the alarm console shall continue until the expiration date of the license, or its earlier termination, at which time the licensee shall cooperate in the transfer of the operation to the successor licensee to the end that there shall be no interruption in the protection of the permittees.
a. 
Immediately upon adoption of this ordinance, the Chief of Police shall issue written specifications covering the alarm console required. The Township Clerk shall then cause to be published an advertisement inviting sealed bids for the installation, operation, maintenance and management of the alarm console in accordance with this ordinance. The bid shall specify the percentage of gross rental earned to be paid to the Township and the installation and monthly charges to subscribers, in amounts within the parameters of this ordinance. Upon the return of the sealed bids, the Township council may award the license to the person whose bid, taken as a whole, is the most advantageous to both the subscribers to the system and to the Township of Scotch Plains from a cost and revenue standpoint, and, in conjunction therewith, the Township council reserves the right to reject any and all bids
b. 
Renewals of the license, or award of a new license should any license be terminated in accordance with subsection 4-3.7, shall be accomplished by following the procedures of paragraph a above.
a. 
No person shall install, operate or maintain any alarm system unless the system has been registered and approved by the Chief of Police . The alarm system shall be deemed registered at such time as the permit is issued. Any person who owns or operates an alarm device or system, no matter what type, shall make application for a continuance or installation thereof, in writing to the Chief of Police, which application shall include, among other date: the name, type, and location of the device; the name, address and 24 hour telephone number of the alarm installer or person responsible for its maintenance; a list of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm; the person responsible to remit any fees or fines assessed under this ordinance; and all other information as may be required by the Chief of Police.
b. 
Local alarms shall be deemed registered when the occupant or owner of the building in which the alarm is installed shall have filed a registration form with the Chief of Police and he has approved such registration, but no fee shall be charged therefore. A dial alarm system shall be deemed registered when it has been approved by the Chief of Police and the annual fee has been remitted to the Township.
c. 
For alarm devices the permittee shall pay whatever charges are required by any alarm company making such installation, and in addition thereto such connection and monthly maintenance charges as hereinabove provided for to the licensee for the alarm control panel; the permittee shall also pay to the Chief of Police of the Township an annual fee for the privilege of connecting to the console in the sum of $12, which fee shall be payable by January 15th of each year annually so long as the permit is n force; any permit issued between January 15th and December 31st shall require the same $12 fee, no portion of which shall be prorated or refundable. Should any such fee be delinquent for 30 days, the Chief of Police or his agent shall notify the permittee in writing that such system has been disconnected from the alarm console. The aforesaid annual fee shall be transmitted by the Chief of Police to the treasurer of the Township within 48 hours of the receipt of same. The Chief of Police shall send out bills each year to each permittee for the above noted charges.
d. 
Any permit granted hereunder shall be accepted upon the express condition that the permittee shall indemnify and hold the Township of Scotch Plains harmless from and on account of any and all damages arising out of the activities of the permittee, its alarm contractor, or the alarm console licensee of the Township of Scotch Plains.
e. 
For dial alarm devices, the owners shall pay to the Township an annual fee of $12 to cover the cost of registration, testing, and to amortize the cost of the special phone line or lines required in the Township municipal building along with ancillary tape devices at the police desk, necessitated by these systems.
f. 
Owners of dial alarm devices shall be governed by the false alarm procedures and penalties set forth in subsection 4-3.8 c.
g. 
Audible alarms. Any person who owns or operates an audible alarm shall register or obtain a permit for same, as applicable, in accordance with this subsection 4-3.6. All audible alarms shall be equipped with a time relay or battery to limit the sounding of an alarm to 30 minutes or less. As a condition to owning and/or operating an audible alarm, the owner and/or operator shall consent to the Township police department and/or the fire department to enter upon the premises to investigate and to deactivate any such audible alarm in the event a false alarm sounds and continues to sound therefrom for more than 30 minutes. As a further condition to owning and/or operating an audible alarm, the owner and/or operator shall release and indemnify the Township, its officers, agents and employees from any liability or damages which may flow or result from any acts or omissions of the Township, its officers, agents and employees, in any way related to their entry upon a premises for investigation and/or deactivation of an audible alarm as set forth herein and shall provide to the Township a written release in a form approved and provided by the Township to such effect. The penalties for false alarms hereunder shall be those set forth in subsection 4-3.8c.
h. 
No further renewed registration will be required unless there has been a material change in the information submitted with respect to any alarm system. It shall be the duty of the owner or occupant of a building served by an alarm system, within ten days of any change in the registration information, to notify the Chief of Police by completing a new registration form. Failure to comply with these provisions will be deemed violation of this ordinance and will subject the violator to the penalties set forth herein.
The Township shall be under no duty or obligation to any permittee hereunder or to any alarm console licensee hereunder, the alarm console and allied equipment being maintained at will and subject to termination at any time by cancellation of the system by resolution duly adopted by the Township council, and any individual permit issued hereunder may be revoked at any time by the council upon recommendation of the Chief of Police, provided that 30 days notice is given in writing to the permittee.
a. 
Dial alarm.
1. 
Dial alarms shall be coded to dial a special separate number, which number can be obtained from the Chief of Police, and no dial alarm shall be coded to dial the number of the general police switchboard. All dial alarms shall also be coded to dial a neighbor, relative or other third party.
2. 
The contents of a dial alarm message must be clear and intelligible and in the format approved by the Chief of Police. No such message shall be transmitted more than two times, as a result of a single stimulus of the mechanism. Messages shall not exceed 15 seconds and the time gap between shall not exceed ten seconds.
3. 
This device must provide an automatic line seizure feature in the event this line is busy with an incoming or outgoing call.
4. 
All dial alarms shall be capable of being disconnected to allow a call to police headquarters in the event of a false alarm.
5. 
The sensory mechanism of dial alarms shall be adjusted so as to suppress false indications and not be actuated by impulses due to pressure changes in water pipes, short flashes of light, wind, noises, rattling or vibrations of doors or windows or other forces unrelated to general alarms.
6. 
Any person having a dial alarm in existence at the time of the passage of this ordinance shall have 30 days in which to reprogram the equipment in accordance with this ordinance and to pay the annual fee. "Annual," for the purposes of registration, shall be a calendar year. Any person failing to comply herewith shall be liable to a penalty of $50 payable to the Township and each day of continuing violation shall constitute a separate offense.
7. 
Upon discovery of any dial alarm dialing the general police number, the Chief of Police shall send notice, in writing, to the person in whose name the telephone is listed requiring compliance with this ordinance. If the owner, occupant or telephone subscriber fails to comply within 30 days after receipt of such notice, he shall be liable to a penalty of $50, payable to the Township, and each day of continuing violation shall constitute a separate offense under this ordinance.
8. 
All components of such equipment shall be maintained by the owner in good repair. Failure to comply with the operational requirements of this ordinance shall authorize the Chief of Police to demand that such dial alarm be disconnected until such time as compliance with the requirement is reestablished. If, upon written notice from the Chief of Police, the owner of a dial alarm shall fail to disconnect said alarm within ten days, he shall be liable to a penalty of $50, payable to the Township, with each day of continuing violation being considered a separate offense under this ordinance.
b. 
Any licensee for the alarm console, any permittee utilizing the services of any other alarm company, and any such other company shall provide for a representative to be on call at all times, and such service shall be provided immediately, when necessary, upon notification by the police department of any malfunction of any equipment or false alarm.
c. 
In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the police department in the manner to be prescribed by rules and regulations in accordance with subsection 4-3.9. In addition, in the case of false alarms, the Chief of Police shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of said alarms on file. For such false alarms, the council prescribes the following penalties:
For the first and second false alarm in any given calendar year, a warning shall be issued;
For the third false alarm in the same calendar year, a fine of $15 shall be paid to the Township of Scotch Plains;
For the fourth and subsequent false alarms, a fine of $25 shall be paid to the Township of Scotch Plains.
Penalty fees shall be payable to the Township within 30 days of receipt of written notice of third, fourth or subsequent false alarms. Failure to remit the required penalty fees will result in the disconnection of the alarm system from the alarm console at police headquarters, after written notice to the permittee.
Where the investigation of the police department discloses continued abuse of the privilege of connection to the alarm console, and a disregard by the permittee of taking remedial steps to avoid false alarms, or failure to make proper repairs or comply with this ordinance after previous written notice has been served by the Chief of Police requesting said repairs or compliance, the Chief of Police may require disconnection from the alarm console for a limited or permanent time, ten days after written notice has been served on the alarm owner. If, within the ten day period, the alarm owner furnishes sufficient proof, as may be required by the Chief of Police, that the alarm system has been repaired and the violations corrected and/or remedial steps have been taken, the Chief of Police may rescind the revocation order.
d. 
Any unauthorized equipment may be disconnected by the Chief of Police or his designated representative for noncompliance with this section, and any person installing or maintaining unauthorized equipment shall be prosecuted for violation of this section, and each and every day said equipment is in operation shall be considered a separate violation. Any permittee shall, by acceptance of the permit, be deemed as having consented to inspection of the premises on which said alarm devices are installed at reasonable hours by the Chief of Police or his designated representative.
e. 
(Reserved)
f. 
Any person testing an alarm system covered by the provisions of this ordinance shall notify police headquarters immediately prior to and after the testing is completed. Failure to make the required notification shall subject the owner to penalties under the false alarm provisions above.
g. 
An alarm owner/user may request a hearing by the Chief of Police, by serving a request therefor upon the Township Clerk within five days of service of a notice of violation upon him. Such request shall set forth briefly the grounds or reasons on which the request for a hearing is based and the factual matters contained in the notice of violation which are to be disputed at the hearing. The Township Clerk shall immediately notify the Chief of Police upon receipt of the request and the chief shall set a hearing date, within 30 days from receipt of the request, upon five days notice to the alarm owner/user. The Chief of Police will issue his decision within 30 days of the hearing.
The Chief of Police may promulgate written rules and regulations supplementing this section in order to provide for record keeping and efficient management of said system; provided, however, that the Township council shall first approve said rules or any changes thereto by appropriate resolution.
Any person found guilty of a violation of this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of not more than $50 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both, in addition to any other penalties which may be imposable under any other section hereof.
If any article, section or subsection of this ordinance shall be found unconstitutional or invalid, such provisions shall be deemed severable.
[Ord. No. 21-2010]
[1]
Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of Ordinance Nos. 68-10 and 11-05.
Soliciting and peddling within the Township of Scotch Plains shall be unlawful without first obtaining a license therefor as provided in this section. Transient merchants must also be licensed pursuant to the provisions of this section as well as N.J.S.A. 45:24-1 et seq. The Township Clerk shall issue all licenses pursuant to the provisions of this section.
The purpose of this section is to prevent fraud, crime and unethical and dishonest business practices. The fees to be charged for the issuance of licenses are not to be considered as revenue but are charged for the purpose of covering the expense of investigation and regulating the conduct of the licenses.
As used in this section:
CANVASSING
Shall mean the circulation of a petition or the seeking of contributions for a cause, charitable or otherwise, or the practice of distributing literature, pamphlets, handbills and the like for the purpose of distributing information or seeking support for any legal purpose, from a stationary location on a street or other public place, or by going from house to house, place to place or street to street.
CHIEF OF POLICE
Shall mean the Chief of Police of the Township of Scotch Plains.
NONPROFIT MAKING VENDORS
Shall mean a person who sells or collects goods or services the proceeds of which are devoted exclusively to the purpose of the philanthropic charitable or religious society on whose behalf he/she acts as agent.
PEDDLER
Shall mean a person or persons engaged in peddling and may also be referred to as "hawkers" or "hucksters."
PEDDLING
Shall mean the practice of selling services or carrying goods, wares or merchandise, for the purpose of selling and delivering to consumers, either from traveling by foot, automotive vehicle or any other form of travel, from house to house, place to place or street to street.
PERSON
Shall mean any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, voluntary association, church, religious denomination, society, organization, political association, incorporated association or agent thereof.
ROAD SHOWS
Shall mean a transient merchant, whether an individual, corporation or other business entity that travels to different location offering to buy or sell items from or to the public at or from temporary locations for short periods of time. They are typically advertised events held at hotels, banquet halls, convention centers, armories and other similar facilities.
SOLICITING
Shall mean taking or attempting to take orders for the sale or purchase of merchandise or services of any kind, for future performance or immediate delivery, whether or not the solicitor has, carries or exposes, for sale, a sample of the merchandise or services, and whether or not the solicitor is collecting advance payments for such sales or orders, whether any of the foregoing activities are conducted from a stationary location on any street or other public place, or from traveling by foot, automotive vehicle or any other type of travel, from house to house, place to place or street to street.
SOLICITOR
Shall mean a person engaged in soliciting.
TRANSIENT MERCHANTS
Shall mean and include persons, commonly referred to as either "transient merchants" or "itinerant vendors," who engage in a merchandising business, including the sale or purchase of goods and merchandise, in the Township of Scotch Plains with the intent to close out or discontinue such business within one year from the date of commencement, including those who, for the purpose of carrying on such business, hire, lease or occupy any building, hotel room/banquet facility, lot, structure or railroad car for the exhibition and sale of such goods, wares and merchandise, provided that nothing herein shall be construed to affect the sale of fruit, vegetables and farm products, such as meats, poultry, butter and eggs.
a. 
Any person desiring a license under this section shall file an application with the Township Clerk on a form supplied by said Clerk.
b. 
The application form shall contain the following information:
1. 
Name, address and telephone number of applicant. The applicant and each representative to be licensed must provide a passport, photo driver's license, or a photo identification card together with a birth certificate and/or a social security card.
2. 
Date(s) on which soliciting or peddling is to commence and end.
3. 
The number of representatives of the applicant that will be conducting such activities.
4. 
Nature of goods or merchandise to be sold or offered for sale or the nature of the services to be furnished.
5. 
Whether the applicant, or any of its representatives who will be soliciting or peddling, has been convicted of a crime, disorderly persons offense or violation of any ordinance relating to soliciting or peddling, and if, so, when, where and the nature of the offense.
6. 
The names of other municipalities in New Jersey where the applicant has been issued a permit to solicit or peddle in the past two years.
7. 
The names of the municipalities in New Jersey that have denied the applicant a permit to solicit or peddle along with an explanation from the applicant as to why application was denied.
8. 
The route planned to be taken on neighborhood(s) in which the applicant plans to visit and the corresponding list of days the applicant will be soliciting or peddling along that route or in that neighborhood.
9. 
If the applicant claims to be a nonprofit entity, proof of such nonprofit status to be attached.
c. 
The application shall be accompanied by a letter or other written statement from the individual, firm or corporation employing the applicant certifying that the applicant is authorized to act as the representative of the individual, firm or corporation.
d. 
If the applicant intends to go from house to house or place to place, the application shall be accompanied with three passport-size photographs for each person who will be soliciting or peddling for the applicant. Upon approval of the license, one such photograph shall be affixed to a badge issued by the Township Clerk; one such photograph shall be affixed to the license issued; and, one such photograph shall be retained by the Township Clerk.
When the application is properly filled out, signed by the applicant and has been filed with the Chief of Police with all accompanying information, the Chief of Police or designee shall perform a background check of the applicant and investigate the information available as to the good moral character of the applicant, and approve or disapprove the application within 14 days. Reasons for disapproval shall be set forth on the reverse side of the application. The application shall thereafter be filed with the Township Clerk's office.
If the applicant is denied a license, the Chief of Police shall set forth in writing his reasons therefor which statement or reasons shall be submitted to the applicant. The Chief of Police shall serve as hearing officer for any appeal pursuant to this subsection.
In addition to the filing of the completed application form referred to in the preceding section, an applicant for a transient merchant's license shall also fully comply with all of the provisions of N.J.S.A. 45:24-1 et seq., as amended and supplemented, before his/her application shall be considered.
a. 
Upon approval by the Chief of Police and upon payment of the required fees, the Township Clerk shall issue to the applicant a license, which shall be in the form of a writing bearing the name of the licensee, the purpose for which the license was issued, the date of expiration and the signature of the Township Clerk.
b. 
Every person licensed pursuant to the provisions of this section shall carry the license with him/her at all times, while engaged in his trade or occupation in the Township. Every licensee shall produce his/her license at the request of any officer of the Township.
c. 
To every peddler granted a license or licenses pursuant to this section, the Township Clerk shall also issue for each automobile, vehicle or wagon used in peddling, a badge, bearing the words "Licensed Peddler, Township of Scotch Plains" together with the number of the license and the year for which it is issued. In addition, each automobile, wagon, or other vehicle used for such peddling shall have affixed thereon a copy of the license.
d. 
All licenses and badges shall be valid for a period of one calendar year, and, if issued, shall be nontransferable or assignable to any person. All licenses and badges must be surrendered after cessation of use or the end of the calendar year, whichever comes first.
a. 
Licenses issued under this section may be revoked by the Chief of Police, after notice and a hearing, for any of the following causes:
1. 
Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement in application for the license;
2. 
Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement in the course of carrying on the licensed business or solicitation in the Township;
3. 
Any violation of this section;
4. 
Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude or of a violation of any ordinance concerning solicitation, peddling, panhandling or canvassing. In the case of transient merchants, a conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude or violation of any of the provisions of N.J.S.A. 45:24-1 or this section.
5. 
Conducting the licensed business or solicitation in the Township in an unlawful manner or in such a manner as to constitute a menace to the health, safety or general welfare of the public.
b. 
Notice of the hearing for revocation of a license shall be given in writing, setting forth specifically the grounds of the complaint and the time and place of the hearing. Such notice shall be given personally or mailed to the licensee at his/her last known address at least five days prior to the date set for the hearing.
c. 
Such license may, pending revocation proceedings, be suspended for not more than ten days by the Chief of Police if, in his/her opinion, the conduct of the licensee is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the Township of Scotch Plains.
d. 
The Chief of Police shall serve as hearing officer for any hearing pursuant to this subsection.
Every licensee shall be required to display the badge provided pursuant to subsection 4-4.4d of this subsection, on his/her outside clothing so that it is clearly visible while engaged in the business licensed.
a. 
At the time an application is filed, the applicant shall pay a nonrefundable application fee of $100 for the processing and investigation of said application. The applicant shall also pay an additional $50 to process an investigation of each representative, excluding the applicant, who may be soliciting or peddling under the requested license.
b. 
The following fees shall be charged if said application is granted in addition to application fees:
1. 
Transient merchants: Fifty dollars per day up to a maximum of $1,000 per year; provided, however, that any transient merchant securing a license after July 1 shall pay $500 for the remainder of the year or $50 per day.
2. 
Solicitors and peddlers: One hundred twenty-five dollars per year for one representative with one automobile, vehicle or wagon. The applicant shall also pay a fee of $50 for each additional representative.
c. 
The following persons are expressly exempt from the payment of any application and/or license fees but are still required to complete a Township application:
1. 
Non-profitmaking vendors.
2. 
Any persons honorably discharged from the military service of the United States possessing a peddler's license issued pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:24-9 and 24-10, except such person shall not be exempt if the application is to obtain a transient merchant's license.
3. 
Any person who is an exempt firefighter, rescue squad member or other individual possessing a license in conformity with N.J.S.A. 45:24-9 and 45:24-10, except a transient merchant's license.
4. 
Any person engaged in the delivery of goods, wares or merchandise or other articles or things, in the regular course of business, to the premises of persons who had previously ordered the same or were entitled to receive the same by reason of prior agreement.
5. 
Charitable, religious, cultural and historical societies as defined in and subject to the conditions of N.J.S.A. 45:24-7.
6. 
Sports teams and organizations, senior citizen clubs and organizations, school organizations, and scouting organizations.
7. 
Canvassers.
No peddling or soliciting activities shall be conducted before 9:00 a.m. or later than sunset on any day. Canvassing activities may be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on any day.
a. 
Peddling, soliciting and canvassing within any roadway is strictly prohibited. Said activities are permitted on sidewalks and street corners. Only one group or organization may engage in said activities at any one intersection on any given day. Reservations for specific intersections must be made with the Township Clerk. Reflective outerwear must be worn by all persons engaging in said activities. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. There shall be one adult for every four or less minors.
b. 
Peddlers.
1. 
Peddlers cannot stop within 1,000 feet of a transient merchant or another peddler.
2. 
Peddlers shall limit the time they remain stationary to 30 minutes and they must move a minimum distance of 1,000 feet.
3. 
Peddlers cannot stop within 1,000 feet of any entrance to a school building, unless such school is closed.
4. 
Peddlers cannot stop within any of the districts designated as Special Improvement Districts ("SID").
5. 
The restrictions upon time and place listed above shall not apply to peddlers at a Township-sponsored or approved event.
No peddler, panhandler, solicitor or canvasser shall enter onto any property on which is located a sign or signs stating. "No Solicitors," "No Peddlers" or carrying a similar message forbidding the entry of any person onto the property.
With the exception of subsections 4-4.12, 4-4.13, 4-4.14, 4-4.16 and 4-4.20 herein, this section shall not apply to the following:
a. 
Exceptions listed in subsection 4-4.11c of this section;
b. 
Candidates for public office and persons accompanying such candidates;
c. 
Any school, political or civic organization, benevolent society, service club or organization not for profit;
d. 
Anyone distributing literature, handbills, pamphlets and the like from person to person in any public forum such as a public park or sidewalk, but nothing in this section shall be construed to have any effect upon enforcement by the police department of traffic laws or other laws in the event that there is a violation of any such laws.
e. 
Fire department, rescue squad, or the police department or related emergency services of the State of New Jersey.
f. 
Charitable, religious and historical societies are exempt from the requirements for obtaining a transient merchant's license so long as they comply with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 45:24-7.
All canvassers intending to canvass within the Township of Scotch Plains shall register with the Township Clerk prior to commencing any canvassing activities. Such registration shall consist of providing the Township Clerk with the name of organization that will be canvassing, the proposed dates for which the organization seeks to canvass and the route(s) or neighborhood(s) in which the organization intends to canvass. All nonprofit, religious, and/or political groups canvassing exclusively door-to-door and not in the streets are exempt from this registration requirement.
In addition to the revocation or suspension of the license granted under this section, any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction hereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or both.
Upon the issuance of a license all panhandlers and solicitors who intend to conduct their activities from a stationary location on a street corner or intersection, for from a sidewalk, shall post a bond, in the form of cash or cash equivalent or surety bond, with the municipal Clerk, the form and sufficiency of which shall be approved by the director of law, in an amount not less than $150 for the purpose of ensuring proper cleanup of the area in which the licensee shall conduct his or her activities. Said bond shall remain in full force and effect for the entire duration of the license and shall be released after an inspection of the licensee's area of operation has been conducted by the Township at the end of the license term.
a. 
No person having obtained a license under this section shall be permitted to sell confetti such as that under the brand name "Silly String" or any similar product whereby confetti-type material is dispensed through the use of an aerosol or nonaerosol spray canister.
b. 
No person having obtained a license under this section shall be permitted to sell toy cigarettes or cigars, edible cigarettes or cigars, including candy cigarettes and chewing gum cigars.
The Township Clerk shall maintain a "No Knock List," a copy of which shall be provided to all persons or organizations required to register pursuant to subsection 4-4.4, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5. The Township Clerk shall charge a fee for a copy of the "No Knock List." All residents of the Township may register their name, address and/or unit/apartment number with the Township Clerk to be placed on the "No Knock List," indicating that they do not want persons so registered to approach their homes and/or seek personal contact with the occupants of the registered home. Once the resident has been approved by the Township Clerk to add their name to the "No Knock List," the resident shall be permitted to post a "No Knock" sign by the front entrance of his or her home to warn the peddlers, solicitors or transient merchants. The "No Knock List" shall be provided by the Township Clerk to the police department for enforcement purposes. It shall be unlawful for any peddler, solicitor or transient merchant to approach or seek personal contact with the occupants therein if the residence is registered on the "No Knock List" or the resident has posted a "No Knock" sign. Registration on the "No Knock List" shall expire five calendar years following the end of the calendar year of registration, unless renewed by notifying the Township Clerk accordingly. Anyone violating this subsection shall be subject to the penalties established by subsection 4-4.17.
[Ord. No. 68-10]
It shall be unlawful for any person to use a loudspeaker or sound wagon on the public streets or public places within the corporate limits of the Township without making written application for a permit, setting forth the name and address of the person who is to operate said loudspeaker or sound wagon, and present the said application in person to the Chief of Police, or in his absence, the officer in charge of police headquarters.
The Chief of Police shall cause an investigation to be made, and if satisfied that the granting of the permit will not constitute a nuisance in the Township and that the applicant and object for which the permit for the use of said loudspeaker or sound wagon is sought are not inimical to the peace and quiet of the Township, shall endorse his recommendation on the application and file same with the Township Clerk, and if the application is approved by the Chief of Police, upon the payment of the fee hereinafter mentioned to the Township Clerk, the Township Clerk shall issue a permit to the applicant, which permit shall specify therein the tone to be used in broadcasting through the loudspeaker or sound wagon within the corporate limits of the Township.
The fee for the issuance of the permit shall be the sum of $5, which permit shall be valid for the day of issue only. The permit is not transferable.
[Ord. No. 68-10; Ord. No. 91-27; Ord. No. 92-09; Ord. No. 92-17]
No person shall maintain, conduct or operate, or engage in or carry on the business of maintaining, conducting or operating any poolroom, billiard room, bowling alley or place in which pool, billiard or bowling shall be played for gain, hire or reward in the Township without a license.
A license fee equal to $200 per table or alley for each of the first five, and $50 per table or alley for any remaining machines in excess of five. The license fee shall be paid upon the issuance thereof and such license when granted shall expire on the first day of January next following the date when such license was issued. The remaining balance must be paid before June 30th following date of issuance.
Such license may be issued by the Township Clerk upon the payment to him of such license fee, but only after special resolution of the Township council granting the same upon written application by the person asking therefor setting forth the location and description of the room or premises in which the business is to be conducted, the full name and address of each person or corporation interested therein as owner and the number of pool tables, billiard tables and/or bowling alleys to be used therein and no license shall be issued or good to any person or corporation other than the actual proprietor of the room, place and business licensed, but in case of sale or transfer of such business, such license may also be transferred, upon consent thereto by the Township council, upon the payment of a transfer fee of $5.
Hours for poolroom, billiard room or bowling alley shall be as follows:
Monday through Thursday
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Sunday
12:00 noon to 1:00 a.m.
Any license granted hereunder may be revoked by the Township council upon proof that the poolroom, billiard room or bowling alley is frequented by boisterous or disorderly persons or that any gambling, gaming, disorderly conduct or other improper practices are permitted or carried on therein.
All premises licensed under this section shall have a competent adult attendant present at all times.
[Ord. No. 68-10]
No person shall, for any price, gain or reward, exhibit or cause to be exhibited in the Township any traveling or other show, circus, or menagerie, or give or have or cause to be given or have any theatrical or variety performance or play, concert, dance, or other entertainment, or have to make, or cause to be made, any exhibition of whatsoever nature, or maintain or conduct or cause to be maintained or conducted any theater, opera house, music hall, dance hall, or other place of public entertainment, without first obtaining a license therefor, to be granted by the Township council as herein prescribed; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to a concert, dance or entertainment given by residents of the Township for charitable or benevolent purposes or given by students of a school located in the Township.
No owner, or persons having the possession or care of any house, building or room or any lot of land within the Township shall suffer or permit any such traveling or other show, circus or menagerie, theatrical or variety performance or play, concert, dance or other entertainment, or any exhibition of whatsoever nature such as are mentioned in the preceding subsection of this section to be exhibited, acted, shown forth, performed or given for any price, gain or reward, in or upon his house, building or room or lot of land, unless the party or parties so causing such traveling or other show, circus or menagerie, theatrical or variety performance or play, concert, dance or other entertainment, or any exhibition of whatsoever nature as aforesaid, shall first obtain such license in the manner herein prescribed.
The Township council shall have power to grant or withhold such licenses based on the good and welfare of the Township. The fee for such license shall be $100. Such license when granted shall be countersigned by the Township Clerk and shall state the name of the license, the purpose and period of time for which granted, and shall not be effective until the license fee has been paid to the Township Clerk.
[Ord. No. 96-07; Ord. No. 27-2006]
a. 
Bingo - $20.00 for each occasion.
b. 
Raffles.
1. 
On-premises draw raffle for cash (50/50) or merchandise (exceeding $400.00 total prize value) $20.00 for each day on which a drawing is to be conducted under license.
2. 
On-premises draw raffle for cash (50/50) or merchandise (not exceeding $400.00 total prize value) no licensing fee. If raffle should exceed $400.00, then submit $20.00 at the time of filing report of operations.
3. 
Off-premises draw raffle awarding merchandise as a prize (for each $1,000.00 or part thereof): $20.00.
4. 
Carnival games or wheel - $20.00 for each game or wheel held on any one day, or any series of consecutive days not exceeding 6 at one location.
5. 
Off-premises cash (50/50 raffle): a $20.00 fee at application. If more than $1,000.00 is awarded prizes, then $20.00 per $1,000.00 in awarded prizes or part thereof.
6. 
Special door prize raffle: no fee and no license, provided the merchandise is wholly donated and has a retail value of less than $50.00. NOTE: cannot be conducted when other games of chance are being conducted, held or operated.
7. 
Calendar raffle: $20.00 (for each $1,000.00 or part thereof of the retail value of the prize).
8. 
Instant raffle:
(a) 
$20.00 for each day on which instant raffle tickets are sold or offered for sale, or
(b) 
$750.00 for a one year license.
c. 
Golf hole-in-one: $20.00 for each $1,000.00 or part thereof of retail value of ancillary prizes.
d. 
Armchair race: $50.00 per licensed day of operation.
e. 
Casino nights: $100.00 per occasion.
Fees for bingo licenses and raffles licenses in categories 1, 2 and 3 above are due in full at the time the application is filed with the municipality. For raffles licenses in category 4 a twenty ($20.00) dollar fee is due at the time the application is filed, and if the awarded prize(s) exceeds $1,000 an additional fee of $20 per $1,000 or part thereof awarded as a prize is due upon the filing of the Report of Operations. See N.J.A.C. 13:47-9.1.
[Ord. No. 2011-19]
Any person, partnership, limited liability corporation or corporation in the full- or part-time business of purchasing precious metals or jewels in the Township of Scotch Plains must, prior to engaging in such business, be duly licensed by the Township. The licensing procedure is to be accomplished as follows.
a. 
The business entity shall authorize a representative to complete a registration application.
b. 
The registration application shall be made available to persons wishing to secure same through the Township Clerk's office.
c. 
The registration shall thereafter be filed with the Chief of Police or his designee.
d. 
The registration form shall be executed by that person or persons who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business. Where a corporation is involved, the President of the corporation shall sign same, and, where partnerships are involved, the managing partner shall sign same.
e. 
The registration form shall contain the following information:
1. 
The names and current addresses and telephone numbers of all principals of the business. If the business is a corporation, then the information shall include the names and current addresses and telephone numbers of all stockholders. If the business is a limited liability corporation, then the information shall include the names and current addresses and telephone numbers of all members.
2. 
The place or places where the business entity shall operate from, as well as a listing of the hours when the entity proposes to conduct business.
3. 
The names and addresses of three business references.
4. 
A statement by the applicant that no principal of the business entity has any arrests or convictions of any crimes. In cases of a corporation, the certification shall apply to all stockholders. In cases of a limited liability corporation, the certification shall apply to all members. If there is an arrest or conviction record, same must be disclosed.
5. 
A list of business and home addresses of all principals of the business for the past five years.
6. 
The registration must also include a photograph of the person who will manage the day-to-day operation of the business, and that individual must also agree to be fingerprinted by the division of police.
[This section 4-9 was adopted December 20, 2011 by Ordinance No. 2011-19.]
As to those business entities which are governed by this section and who are already doing business in the Township prior to the effective date of this section, then the businesses shall be licensed within 30 days of the effective date of this section.
The annual fee for the license shall be $100. All such licenses shall be issued for a period of one year commencing January 1 and expiring December 31 next following the date of issuance, and there shall be no rebate for any lesser time. The license shall be conspicuously exhibited upon the premises licensed thereunder.
Any person, partnership, limited liability corporation or corporation in the business of buying precious metals or gems who buys, attempts to buy or offers to buy precious metals or gems on the basis of bulk value from any person who is not in the business of selling precious metals or gems in the Township of Scotch Plains shall maintain a written record of all purchases and shall be subject to this section.
The format of the record shall be in one of the following formats: (1) The record shall be in a book, non-looseleaf form, with all pages numbered in sequence. All entries shall be made in pen or ink. There shall be no spaces between entries, and each entry shall be numbered in sequence, or (2) computer spread sheet in an easy to read format.
The record shall contain the following information:
a. 
Date of sale.
b. 
Name and address of seller.
c. 
Detailed description of items purchased.
d. 
Purchase price.
e. 
Photograph of items purchased.
The purchaser shall require that the seller present current, reliable identification. The record shall reflect the nature of the identification presented.
The purchaser shall make the record available for inspection to any law enforcement officer, upon demand, without the need for advance notice. The record shall be kept at the purchaser's business premises. These records must be maintained for a period of five years.
Each dealer doing business in the Township of Scotch Plains shall deliver to the Chief of Police or his designee on a weekly basis, a copy of the record of all used jewelry purchased by that dealer during the preceding week.
No dealer shall sell, melt, change the form of or dispose of any articles purchased or received for a period of ten days from the date the notification is made to the Chief of Police or his designee. All such items shall remain on the premises where the purchase was made until the expiration of the time period set forth herein
Any person who shall violate any provision of this section or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the general penalty stated in Chapter 2, subsection 2-1.4. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.