[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Franklin 9-14-1999 as Ord. No. 3071 (Ch. 95 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peace and good order — See Ch. 265.
The purpose of this chapter is the regulation of the opening and closing hours of all business and commercial establishments to which the public is invited, in the interest of the protection of the employees, patrons and law enforcement officers.
It has been determined that unprotected and understaffed business and commercial enterprises are prey to the criminal element in our society during the late night and early morning hours, and that certain security devices must be provided in order to protect the general public who use these establishments.
The provisions and requirements of this chapter shall not apply to nor include any business or commercial establishment issued a license or permit for on-the-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages or permitted to carry on a business or commercial activity under the laws of the United States, the State of New Jersey or other municipal ordinances not consistent with the provisions of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful to operate a business or commercial establishment to which the public is invited between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. EST (2300 hours to 0600 hours) unless:
There are at least two employees on continuous duty in that part of the business or commercial establishment to which the public is invited; or
The business or commercial establishment has in its employ a security officer or the premises has in operation a security device approved by the Township of Franklin Police Department, which may consist of a silent and/or audible burglar alarm connected to a central security monitoring station designed to activate a police response, and in addition, shall have in operation a video camera system connected to a central security monitoring system, or such other device which can be activated instantaneously to notify law enforcement officers that a crime or disorderly offense is in progress.
Any person, partnership, corporation, or entity other than the employee of the business or commercial establishment assigned to work during the hours designated by this chapter who shall violate or cause to be violated a provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.
Each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues shall be deemed a separate offense for purposes of this chapter.