Village of Ridgewood, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood 5-14-2008 by Ord. No. 3116.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
Public assemblies — See Ch. 207A.
Political fund-raising — See Ch. 221.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 249.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 265.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 207, Parades and Public Assemblies, adopted 11-10-1998 by Ord. No. 2646.

§ 207-1 Title.

This chapter shall constitute the Parade Ordinance of the Village of Ridgewood, to be codified in the Code of the Village of Ridgewood.

§ 207-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any march, demonstration, procession, motorcade, ceremony, exhibition or pageant of any kind consisting of persons, animals or vehicles or a combination therof upon the streets, sidewalks, parks or other public grounds within the Village with an intent of attracting public attention that interferes with or has a tendency to interfere with the normal flow or regulation of traffic upon the streets, sidewalks, parks or other public grounds. "Parade" shall include walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, fun-runs and similar events or activities.

§ 207-3 Permit required; fee.

No person shall engage in or conduct any parade unless a permit is issued by the office of the Chief of Police, except that no permit shall be required for funeral processions; school activities on school property under the immediate direction and supervision of proper school authorities; activities of any governmental agency acting within the scope of its functions; or parades, athletic events or other special events which occur exclusively on Village property under the jurisdiction of the Village Department of Parks and Recreation. Applications shall be filed on forms provided by the office of the Chief of Police. Applications shall be filed with the office of the Chief of Police no less than 10 business days but not more than 90 business days prior to the date of the parade and shall be accompanied by an application fee of $15. This fee shall be waived if the applicant/sponsoring organization signs a verified statement that he believes that the purpose of the parade or special event is First Amendment expression.

§ 207-4 Contents of application.

Applications for a parade permit shall set forth the following information:
The name, address and telephone number of the person making the application for the permit.
If the parade is proposed to be conducted for, on behalf of or by an organization, the full legal name of the organization, the address and telephone number of the headquarters of the organization and of the authorized and responsible head of such organization; the business formation, if any, and the state in which it is registered and the name, address and telephone number of its registered agent.
If the parade is designed to be held by, and on behalf of or for, any person or entity other than the applicant, the applicant for such permit shall provide written authorization from that person or entity for the applicant to apply for the permit on behalf of the person or entity.
The name, address and telephone number of the person who will be the parade chairman and who will be responsible for its conduct.
The date when the parade is to be conducted.
The route to be traveled, including the starting point and the termination point.
The approximate number of persons who, and animals, vehicles and other apparatus which, will constitute such parade and the type of animals and a description of the vehicles and apparatus.
The hours when such parade will start and terminate. (The hours of the parade should include the time of the actual parade, exclusive of any assembly time prior to the parade.)
A statement as to whether the parade will occupy all or only a portion of the width of the streets proposed to be traversed.
Whether street closures are required and, if so, which streets and for how long.
The location by streets of any assembly areas for such parade and the times at which units of the parade will begin to assemble at such areas.
The interval of space to be maintained between units of such parade.
Whether sound amplification equipment will be used and/or live music will be involved.
Whether food will be sold along the parade route and/or at the starting or termination points.
Plans for and time frame of full cleanup and restoration of the parade route and assembly areas.
Such other information as the Chief of Police may deem necessary in order to properly provide for traffic control, street and property maintenance and the protection of the public health, safety and welfare.

§ 207-5 Standards for issuance of permit.

The Chief of Police shall issue a permit as provided for in this chapter unless, from a consideration of the application and from such other information as may be otherwise obtained, he finds that:
There is an outstanding approved permit for another parade or there is an established contractual obligation or prior historical relationship with the Village for a scheduled parade, event or occurrence for a time and place that is so proximate to that applied for as to constitute a conflict therewith.
The conduct of the parade will substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of pedestrian and vehicular traffic contiguous to its route.
The conduct of the parade will require the diversion of so great a number of police officers of the Village to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the Village.
The concentration of persons, animals and vehicles at the assembly point of the parade will unduly interfere with proper fire and police protection of, or ambulance service to, areas contiguous to such assembly area.
The conduct of such parade will interfere with movement of fire-fighting equipment en route to a fire.
The parade is not scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route.
The parade is to be held for the sole purpose of advertising any product, merchandise or event; is being held purely for private profit or commercial motive; or is for any unlawful purpose.
The parade will be held along a route or at a location adjacent to a school at a time when such school is in session and the noise created by the parade will substantially disrupt the educational activities of the school.
The parade will be held along a route or at a location where it will substantially interfere with Village construction or maintenance work previously scheduled to take place.
The information provided in the application is found to be false, misleading or incomplete in any material detail.
The applicant, sponsoring organization or any involved party to the application has on prior occasions damaged public or private property and has not paid for such damage or has not fulfilled agreed-upon obligations to the Village; owes the Village any reimbursement for costs associated with protecting the public welfare during prior parades or for cleanup of prior parades; or otherwise has not complied with the conditions of a previously issued parade permit.
The application was not submitted within the time frame outlined above in § 207-3.

§ 207-6 Approval and denial generally; notice; conflicting applications.

The Chief of Police shall act upon an application for a parade permit within three business days after the filing thereof and shall, within such time, notify the applicant of his action. In the event of a denial of the permit, the Chief of Police shall give the reasons therefor in writing to the applicant. If more than one application is received for parade permits on the same date, the application first received in the Village Clerk's office shall be approved if it complies with all the requirements of this chapter.

§ 207-7 Appeal from denial.

An appeal from a denial of a permit application may be made to the Village Manager in writing within three business days of such denial stating the description of the event, the relief sought and why such relief should be granted. The Village Manager shall act upon the appeal as soon as practicable after receiving notice of the appeal. The Village Manager will base his decision solely on the information contained in the permit application and the written notice of appeal.

§ 207-8 Indemnification agreement; insurance.

Prior to the issuance of a parade permit, the applicant and authorized officer of the sponsoring organization, if any, shall sign an agreement to reimburse (i) the Village, for any costs it incurs for repairing damage to Village property sustained in connection with and proximately caused by parade activities, for additional costs incurred by the Village for protecting the public welfare during the parade, and for costs incurred by the Village for cleanup and restoration of the parade route and assembly areas not properly cleaned up by applicant/sponsoring organization after the parade and (ii) Village residents, for any costs they incur for repairing damage to their private property sustained in connection with and proximately caused by parade activities. This agreement shall also provide that the applicant/sponsoring organization shall hold harmless, indemnify and defend the Village, its officials, agents and employees against any claims, costs, damages, demands, liability and notices resulting from any damage or injury proximately caused by parade activities and the actions of the permittee/sponsoring organization in connection with the parade.
The applicant/sponsoring organization of a parade shall possess or obtain public liability insurance in the minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate to protect against loss from liability imposed by law for damages on account of bodily injury and property damage arising from the parade. Evidence of insurance, satisfactory to the Chief of Police, must be filed with the Chief of Police no less than five days before the date of the event; provided, however, that where good cause is shown in writing by the applicant, the Chief of Police may waive the filing deadline. This insurance requirement shall be waived by the Chief of Police if the applicant/sponsoring organization signs a verified statement that he believes that the purpose of the parade or special event is First Amendment expression and that the cost of insurance is so financially burdensome that it would constitute an unreasonable burden on the right of First Amendment expression.

§ 207-9 Duties of permittee.

A permittee under this chapter shall comply with all permit terms and with all applicable laws and ordinances. The parade chairman or other person heading or leading such activity shall carry the parade permit upon his person during the conduct of the parade.

§ 207-10 Revocation of permit.

The Chief of Police shall have the authority to revoke a parade permit issued under this chapter if an applicant/sponsoring organization fails to comply with the standards for issuance of a permit as herein set forth in § 207-5.