Village of Ridgewood, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 145.
[Adopted 10-13-1992 as Ord. No. 2375]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:49-4, the ordinances of the Village of Ridgewood of a general and permanent nature adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood, as revised, codified and consolidated into chapters and sections by General Code Publishers Corp., and consisting of Chapters 1 through 269, together with an Appendix, are hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the Village of Ridgewood," hereinafter known and referred to as the "Code."
A. 
As used in this Code, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CODE, THE CODE or THIS CODE
The Code of the Village of Ridgewood, New Jersey.
COUNCIL, VILLAGE COUNCIL
The Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood.
COUNTY
The County of Bergen in the State of New Jersey.
MONTH
A calendar month.
NUMBER
A word importing the singular number only may extend and be applied to several persons and things as well as to one person and thing.
ORDINANCE
Includes, but is not limited to, this Code and all ordinances amendatory and supplementary thereof.
OWNER
Applied to a building or land, includes any part owner, any corporation, joint owner, tenant in common, tenant in partnership, joint tenant, or tenant by the entirety, of the whole or of a part of such building or land.
PERSON
Shall extend and be applied to associations, firms, partnerships and bodies politic and corporate as well as to individuals.
PRECEDING, FOLLOWING
Next before and next after, respectively.
STATE
The State of New Jersey.
STREET
Includes a highway, road, avenue, court, place, public lane or alley; and it shall also be construed to include a sidewalk or footpath, unless the contrary is expressed or unless such construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the Village Council.
THE VILLAGE or THIS VILLAGE
The Village of Ridgewood, New Jersey.
VILLAGE CLERK, CHIEF OF POLICE (OR SUCH OTHER NAMED VILLAGE OFFICER)
The Village Clerk, Chief of Police or such other Village officer or department respectively of the Village of Ridgewood.
WRITING or IN WRITING
Includes any representation of words, letters or figures, whether by printing or otherwise.
B. 
Rules of construction. In the construction of this Code and of all other ordinances of the Village, the following rules shall be observed, unless such construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the Village Council.
(1) 
Gender. A word importing the masculine gender only shall extend and be applied to females and to firms, partnerships and corporations, as well as to males.
(2) 
Computation of time. In computing any period of time, the day of the act or event after which the designated period begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the period so computed shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, in which event the period shall run until the end of the next day which is neither a Saturday, Sunday nor a holiday. When a period of time prescribed or allowed is less than seven days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall be excluded in the computation.
(3) 
Shall, may. The word "shall" is mandatory. The word "may" is permissive.
(4) 
Words used in the past or present tense include the future as well as the past and present.
(5) 
Technical, trade or commercial words and phrases, and words and phrases having a special or accepted meaning in the law, shall be construed in accordance with such technical, trade, commercial or special and accepted meaning.
This ordinance and the Code shall supersede all other general and permanent ordinances enacted prior to the enactment of this Code, except such ordinances as are hereinafter expressly saved from repeal or continued in force.
This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage and publication according to law.
A copy of the Code in loose-leaf form has been filed in the office of the Village Clerk and shall remain there for use and examination by the public until final action is taken on this ordinance; and, if this ordinance shall be adopted, such copy shall be certified to by the Clerk of the Village of Ridgewood by impressing thereon the Seal of the Village, as provided by law, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of the Clerk of the Village, to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while said Code is in effect.
Any and all additions, amendments or supplements to the Code, when passed and adopted in such form as to indicate the intent of the governing body to make them a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the "Code of the Village of Ridgewood" shall be understood and intended to include such additions and amendments. Whenever such additions, amendments or supplements to the Code shall be adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the loose-leaf book containing said Code as amendments and supplements thereto.
The Clerk of the Village of Ridgewood, pursuant to law, shall cause to be published, in the manner required, a copy of this Adopting Ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation in the Village. Sufficient copies of the Code shall be maintained in the office of the Clerk for inspection by the public at all times during regular office hours. The enactment and publication of this Adopting Ordinance, coupled with availability of copies of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.
It shall be the duty of the Clerk or someone authorized and directed by the Clerk to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing the Code required to be filed in his or her office for the use of the public. All changes in said Code and all ordinances adopted subsequent to the effective date of this codification which shall be adopted specifically as part of the Code shall, when finally adopted, be included therein by reference until such changes or new ordinances are printed as supplements to said Code book, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.
Copies of the Code book containing the Code may be purchased from the Clerk upon the payment of a fee to be set by resolution of the Village Council, which may also arrange, by resolution, for procedures for the periodic supplementation thereof.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to improperly change or amend, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code or to alter or tamper with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the law of the Village of Ridgewood to be misrepresented thereby. Anyone violating this section or part of this ordinance shall be subject, upon conviction, to a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Judge imposing the same.
Each section of the Code and every part of each section is an independent section or part of a section, and the holding of any section or a part thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof.
Each section of this ordinance is an independent section, and the holding of any section or part thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances of a general and permanent nature adopted and in force on the date of the adoption of this ordinance and not contained in the Code are hereby repealed as of the effective date of this Adopting Ordinance, except as hereinafter provided.
The adoption of this Code and the repeal of ordinances provided for in § 1-13 of this ordinance shall not affect the following ordinances, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
A. 
Any ordinance adopted subsequent to December 10, 1991.
B. 
Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision prior to the effective date of this ordinance or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
C. 
Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this ordinance in violation of any legislative provision or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
D. 
Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending or any judgment rendered, prior to the effective date of this ordinance, brought pursuant to any legislative provision.
E. 
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred.
F. 
Any ordinance providing for the laying out, opening, altering, widening, relocating, straightening, establishing of grade, changing of name, improvement, acceptance or vacation of any right-of-way, easement, street, road, highway, park or other public place or any portion thereof.
G. 
Any ordinance or resolution appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond or other instruments or evidence of the Village's indebtedness.
H. 
Ordinances authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property or any lawful contract or obligation.
I. 
The levy or imposition of taxes, assessments or charges.
J. 
The dedication of property or approval of preliminary or final subdivision plats.
K. 
All currently effective ordinances pertaining to the rate and manner of payment of salaries and compensation of officers and employees.
L. 
Any ordinance or resolution relating to the regulation of vehicles and traffic.
A. 
Except as hereinafter provided, whenever in this Code or in any other ordinance or resolution or the Village or in any rule, regulation or order promulgated pursuant to such Code or other ordinance of the Village any act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense, or whenever in such Code or in such other Village ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation or order the doing of any act is required or the failure to do any act is declared to be unlawful or an offense, where no specific penalty is provided therefor, the violation of any such provision of this Code or of any other ordinance or resolution of the Village or of any rule, regulation or order promulgated pursuant to such Code or other Village ordinance shall be punished by one or more of the following:
(1) 
Imprisonment in the county jail or in any place provided by the Village for the detention of prisoners, for any term not exceeding 90 days;
(2) 
By a fine not exceeding $1,000; or
(3) 
By a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
B. 
Whenever any provision of the New Jersey Revised Statutes limits the authority of the Village to punish the violation of any particular provision of this Code or other Village ordinance or rule, regulation or order promulgated pursuant thereto to a fine of less amount than that provided in this section or imprisonment for a shorter term than that provided in this section, then the violation of such particular provision of this Code or other Village ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation or order shall be punished by the imposition of not more than the maximum fine or imprisonment so authorized or by both such fine or imprisonment.
C. 
Each day any violation of this Code or any other Village ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation or order promulgated pursuant thereto shall continue shall constitute a separate offense, unless otherwise provided.
D. 
Whenever any such fine is imposed upon any corporation, such fine and costs and charges incident thereto may be collected in an action of debt or in such other manner as may be provided by law.
A. 
In compiling and preparing the ordinances for adoption and revision as part of the Code pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:49-4, certain grammatical changes and other minor changes were made in one or more of said ordinances. It is the intention of the Village Council that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances so changed had been previously formally amended to read as such.
B. 
In addition, the following changes, amendments or revisions are made herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this ordinance. (Chapter and section number references are to the ordinances as they have been renumbered and appear in the Code.)[1]
(1) 
All references to "§ 1-6 of the Village Code" are hereby amended to read "Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I, of the Village Code."
(2) 
All references to "Director of Buildings and Inspections" in Chapter 175, Housing Standards, are changed to "Construction Code Official."
(3) 
In Chapter 190, Land Use and Development, all references to "Building Inspector" are changed to "Construction Official" and all references to "Chapter 291, P.L. 1975," are changed to "N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq."
(4) 
In Chapter 251, Swimming Pools, all references to "Building Inspector" are changed to "Department of Buildings and Inspections."
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Editor's Note: Pursuant to § 1-16B, the following sections or Articles were added or amended: §§ 3-1, 3-3, 3-4A, 3-8, 3-35A and C, 3-38B(2)(b) and (3), 3-39E, 3-40B and E, 3-46, 3-49A, 3-52, 22-3, 22-13A, 22-15, 99-4C, 99-7B and C, 99-17B and C, 101-1, 101-4, 101-5, 101-6, 101-8, 101-9, 101-10B, 101-11, 101-13D, 103-1, 103-3, 103-11, 103-17, 103-19, 105-1, 105-6, 105-9, 105-12, 105-17B and C, 105-18B and D, 105-19B, 105-23, 105-46G and I, 107-5, 112-3, 112-5A, C, D and E, 117-1A, 117-2, 117-16, 117-18G, 117-34A, 117-38C, 117-40, 117-41B, 117-44, 117-53, 123-2, 125-3, 125-4, 125-5, 133-4C and D, 149-1, 149-13, 149-21A, 154-7, 156-2A, 156-12, 156-13, 156-15B, 156-18B, 156-20B, 156-20C, 156-22, 156-29, 156-34, 156-41, 156-50A, 156-63, 165-1, 165-15, 165-16A, 165-17, 165-18, 165-19, 165-21, 165-25, 165-45, 165-48, 172-2, 175-10, 175-11, 175-15, 175-18D, 175-19, 190-3, 190-8E(1)(b) and (c), 190-19C, F and G, 190-20, 190-31A, 190-37A(2), 190-43, 190-46E and F, 190-52, 190-53, 190-56A, 190-62I(3)(c), 190-73F, 190-74B(11) and C(10), 190-76B, 190-79B(2), 190-82R(1)(b), 190-87C(2), 190-87C(4), 190-89C(2)(a), (d) and (e) and (6)(a), 190-96A, 190-118, 194-2, 199-2, 199-4A, 199-7, 210-3B, 210-6, 210-7, 212-7, 212-10, 212-14, 212-18, 212-20, 212-21, 212-22, Arts. VI and VII of Ch. 212, §§ 218-6A, 238-4, 238-23, 238-24A, 238-25, 238-26, 238-34, 238-39A, 238-41B and D, 238-47, 238-50, 238-57, 241-3, 246-4, 246-11B, 246-12, 249-16, 249-45A(11) and B, 249-47A and B, 251-6, 251-8, 256-3, 256-7, 256-18, 256-22, 269-2, 269-6, 269-8C, 269-13, 269-16A, B and E(2), 269-19H and I, 269-21, 269-25E and G, 269-33B, 269-34, 269-35, 269-36, 269-37, 269-39, 269-40C and D, 269-41B and D, 269-42 and 269-47. The following sections of the 1974 Code were deleted: §§ 11-8, 23-7, 23-8, 23-9, 23-13 through 23-19, 3-2 through 3-9, 9-17, 13-16 through 13-19, Art. II of Ch. 13, second, third and fourth unnumbered paragraphs of §§ 14-20, 16-8(g), Art. V of Ch. 16, §§ 16-19, 17-8, 21-6 through 21-9, 25-51 through 25-55, 27-11, part of § 32-25(a), §§ 32-25(b) and 32-34. Also deleted were original Section 10 of Ord. No. 1558 and original Section 1.1 of Ord. No. 1914. A complete description of each change may be found in Ord. No. 2375, which is on file in the office of the Village Clerk.