Township of Falls, PA
Bucks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Falls Township 9-16-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-10.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Licensed businesses — See Ch. 145.
Parks — See Ch. 168.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 96, adopted 3-27-1961, as amended.

§ 96-1 Definitions and word usage.

A. 
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
Liquor or a malt or brewed beverage.
AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Any device used in a race or which is stationary or attached to, part of or drawn by a motorized device that carries or conveys a driver, passengers or occupants along, around or over a fixed or restricted route or course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving its driver, passengers or occupants amusement, pleasure or excitement.
APPLICANT
Any person or any sponsoring organization seeking a special event permit from the Township Manager in order to conduct or sponsor an event governed by this chapter. This term shall include, in the case of an organization applying for a special event permit, an individual designated by such organization as the responsible contact person.
ASSEMBLY
A gathering, meeting or rally of 25 or more people without vehicles, which interferes with the movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic on any street or sidewalk or other public property.
BLOCK PARTY
A festive gathering of the residents on a residential street requiring a closure of a street or a portion thereof to vehicular traffic and use of the street for social and/or entertainment purposes.
CARNIVAL
Any itinerant enterprise consisting in whole or part of temporary amusement devices or forms of entertainment such as shows, sideshows, games of skill or chance, contests and other characters of like character, including but not limited to circuses, fairs and other events of like nature.
FIRST AMENDMENT ACTIVITY
All expressive and associative activity that is protected by the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions, including speech, press, assembly, and/or the right to petition. For purposes of this chapter, commercial advertising that is regulated by the Falls Township Zoning Ordinance[1] or elsewhere in the Code of the Township of Falls is excluded from this definition.
LIQUOR
Any alcoholic, spirituous, vinous, fermented or other alcoholic beverage or combination of liquors and mixed liquor, a part of which is spirituous, vinous, fermented or otherwise alcoholic, including all drinks or drinkable liquids, preparations or mixtures and reused, recovered or redistilled denatured alcohol, usable or taxable for beverage purposes, which contain more than 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume, except pure ethyl alcohol and malt or brewed beverages.
MALT OR BREWED BEVERAGE
Any beer, lager beer, ale, porter or similar fermented malt beverage containing 1/2 of 1% or more of alcohol by volume, by whatever name such beverage may be called.
PARADE
A march or procession or motorcade consisting of persons, animals or vehicles, or any combination thereof, upon any public street, sidewalk, alley or other street right-of-way in the Township, which obstructs, delays or interferers with the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic or does not comply with traffic laws or controls.
PERMITTEE
Any person or any sponsoring organization to whom a special event permit is issued by the Township Manager.
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
RIGHT-OF-WAY
A public street, alley or crosswalk, including bike and pedestrian paths.
SPECIAL EVENT
A parade, assembly, athletic event, street fair, art and craft show, carnival, soap box derby, rally, trade show, race or other special event or activity that occurs on a Township street, sidewalk, alley or other street right-of-way and that obstructs, delays or interferes with the normal flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic or does not comply with traffic laws and controls, but excluding a block party. This definition shall also include indoor or outdoor concerts, displays, fairs and althletic events occurring on private property and designed to attract large crowds such that the event will interfere with normal traffic flow. This definition shall also include any parade, assembly, athletic event, street fair, art and craft show, carnival, soap box derby, rally, trade show, race or other special event or activity that is proposed to occur in or at any Township-owned park or other Township-owned property, regardless of the proposed event's effect on pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT
Written authorization issued as required by this chapter for the conduct or performance of a special event.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Falls, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
TOWNSHIP MANAGER
The Township Manager of Falls Township, or his/her designee.
TRADE SHOW
Any enterprise devoted to the exhibition of products of agriculture, industry, education, science, building, home products, automobiles, boats, or the like, having no amusement devices, entertainment or amusements within the definition of carnival or race.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 209, Zoning.
B. 
Usage. In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

§ 96-2 Permit required; exceptions.

A. 
Any person or organization seeking to conduct or sponsor a special event in Falls Township shall first obtain a special event permit from the Township Manager, except that a special event permit shall not be required for the following:
(1) 
Funeral processions.
(2) 
Any special event sponsored by the Township, whether or not occurring exclusively on Township property.
(3) 
Any activity held solely on private property that does not require for its successful execution the provision and coordination of Township services to a degree equal to and/or over and above that which the Township routinely provides.
(4) 
First Amendment activity on Township streets or sidewalks (including Township parks) that will not likely result in the obstruction of Township streets or sidewalks nor compromise the ability of the Township to respond to a public safety emergency.
(5) 
Wedding processions.
(6) 
Activities of governmental agencies.
B. 
No permit shall be issued authorizing the conduct of a special event intended to be held for the sole purpose of advertising any products, goods, wares, merchandise, or event, or designed to be purely for private profit.

§ 96-3 Application for permit.

A. 
At least 45 days prior to the proposed special event, an application for special event shall be fully completed and filed with the Township. The Township Manager may, in his/her discretion, consider any application for a permit to conduct or sponsor a special event not filed within the time frame required by this section, for good cause shown. The application shall be made in writing on a "special event permit application" form provided by the Township Manager. The Township Manager shall forward a copy of the application to the Chief of Police, the Director of Public Works, the Director of Parks and Recreation, the Chief Code Enforcement Officer and Zoning Officer, and the Township Fire Marshal, each of whom shall provide comments, in writing, to the Township Manager.
B. 
The application shall provide the following information:
(1) 
The name, address and telephone number of the applicant, the sponsoring person or organization, as well as contact information for an alternative contact person.
(2) 
The nature and/or purpose of the special event, the proposed date and location, and the estimated starting time and ending time.
(3) 
A description, where applicable, of the individual units which will be participating in the special event and a description of any sound-amplification equipment to be used.
(4) 
The estimated number of participants or spectators.
(5) 
The type and estimated number of vehicles, animals and structures that will be used at the event and whether water aid stations or first-aid stations will be provided.
(6) 
The provisions made for sanitary facilities for persons participating in or attending the event.
(7) 
Whether food or beverage or alcoholic beverages will be sold at the event and, if so, whether the applicant has obtained a temporary food license from the Bucks County Department of Health. Obtaining any and all necessary approvals from the Bucks County Department of Health is the sole responsibility of the applicant, and failure to obtain the requisite approvals will result in a denial of the application.
(8) 
A site plan or sketch plan which shows the location of all tents, structures, sanitary facilities, equipment and any other relevant information.
(9) 
Any supplemental information deemed by the Township Manager to be reasonably necessary to determine whether the special event permit shall be issued.

§ 96-4 Insurance and indemnification.

A. 
Every applicant shall submit a fully executed indemnity agreement, in a form satisfactory to the Township Solicitor. Such agreement shall include an agreement that the applicant shall reimburse the Township for any costs incurred in repairing damage to Township property occurring in connection with the permitted event and proximately caused by the permittee, its officers, employees or agents or any person under the permittee's control, including but not limited to participants and spectators of the event. Further, the permittee shall defend the Township against, and indemnify and hold the Township harmless from, any liability to any persons resulting from any damage or injury occurring in connection with the permitted event proximately caused by the actions of the permittee, its officers, employees or agents or any person under the control of the permittee, including but not limited to participants and spectators of the event.
B. 
Every applicant shall furnish a certificate of insurance, along with all required endorsements, naming the Township of Falls, its officers, employees, elected officials and agents as additional insureds, contemporaneously with the application described herein. If the applicant does not have such insurance at the time of application, the applicant shall provide written confirmation that the applicant possesses or will obtain public liability insurance in the form of a comprehensive general liability insurance policy and liquor liability coverage, if applicable, and will furnish copies of same to the Township no less than 10 days prior to the scheduled event. The policies described herein shall have the following minimum limits:
(1) 
$1,000,000 for each person for bodily injury; $3,000,000 for each occurrence of bodily injury; and $250,000 for each occurrence of property damage.
(2) 
$3,000,000 for each occurrence of combined single limit bodily injury and property damage.
(3) 
If food or nonalcoholic beverages are to be sold or served at the event, such policy shall also include an endorsement for products liability in an amount not less than $500,000. If alcoholic beverages are to be sold or served at the event, the policy shall also include an endorsement for liquor liability in an amount not less than $500,000.
(4) 
Upon request of the applicant, at the Township Manager's discretion, the provisions of this section may be waived or reduced. In no event shall the provisions of this section be waived for a large event, parade, race, carnival, or any event wherein the sale, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages is contemplated.

§ 96-5 Alcoholic beverages at special events.

For any event wherein the sale, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages is contemplated, the applicant shall furnish proof that it has obtained a "caterer's license" or other required license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and has complied with all special conditions imposed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. At no time shall the provisions of this chapter be construed as a waiver or reduction of any of the conditions imposed by the Liquor Control Board. No permit shall be issued for any event wherein the sale, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages is contemplated that will last more than five hours or which shall end later than 11:00 p.m.

§ 96-6 Issuance or denial of permit.

A. 
The Township Manager shall issue special event permits for First Amendment activity on a content-neutral basis to the extent required by law and shall evaluate applications for such special events as soon as reasonably practicable, when such First Amendment activity is intended to respond to current events and depends for its value on a timely response. The Township Manager shall impose only those conditions on such permit relating to time, place and manner of the proposed activity that are reasonably related to the Township's significant interests and shall impose only such administrative fees as necessary to defray the cost of evaluation and scheduling of the event.
B. 
Except for special events contemplating the sale, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages, the Township Manager shall approve or disapprove all other complete and timely applications for a special event permit, with modifications deemed appropriate, within 15 days prior to the scheduled date of the special event as shown on the application. All applications for special events contemplating the sale, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be considered by the Board of Supervisors at its next regularly scheduled meeting following the submission of the application. Each permit issued hereunder shall identify any special conditions imposed with regard to the event.
C. 
Standards of issuance. The Township Manager shall issue a special event permit upon approval of the special event application and upon agreement by the applicant, in writing, to the terms and conditions of the permit, provided that the Township Manager determines that:
(1) 
The time, route and size of the special event requested by the applicant will not disrupt to an unreasonable extent the movement of vehicle traffic in or through the Township.
(2) 
The time, route and size of the special event will not require the diversion of so great a number of police officers of the Township to properly police the parade route or event and the areas contiguous thereto that issuance of the special event permit will disrupt to an unreasonable extent police protection to the Township.
(3) 
The special event will not interfere with another special event for which a permit has been issued.
(4) 
The applicant has complied with the requirements of this chapter, including, without limitation, those provisions pertaining to indemnification, insurance and the payment of applicable fees and deposits.
(5) 
The applicant has not previously violated the provisions of this section and is otherwise in good standing with the Township of Falls.
(6) 
Where an application contemplates the sale, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages, the Board of Supervisors has granted the application.
D. 
Standards of denial. The Township Manager shall deny an application for a special event permit and notify the applicant of such denial, in writing, if any of the following applies:
(1) 
The information contained in the application is found to be false or incomplete in any material detail.
(2) 
The applicant refuses to comply with all conditions of the permit.
(3) 
A special event permit application submitted prior in time has been approved for an event at the same time and place requested, or so close in time and place as to cause undue traffic congestion, or approval of both events will render the Police Department unable to meet the needs for police services for both events.
(4) 
The proposed event will unduly disrupt the safe and orderly movement of traffic contiguous to the event site or will prevent proper police, fire or ambulance services to areas contiguous to the event site.
(5) 
The size of the event will require diversion of such police resources in order to ensure the orderly conduct of the special event that protection of the remainder of the Township will be compromised.
(6) 
The location of the parade or other special event will substantially interfere with construction or maintenance work scheduled to take place on Township streets, within the Township parks or with a previously granted permit for road work.
(7) 
More than one special event is proposed for the same date and time, and the Township is unable to accommodate the request. All applications shall be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
(8) 
No more than one such application shall be granted for any twenty-four-hour period wherein alcoholic beverages will be sold, distributed or consumed on Township-owned property.

§ 96-7 Qualified attendant required.

It shall be the duty of each person licensed under this chapter to have a qualified attendant or driver operating each amusement device at all times. Such attendant or driver shall meet all of the requirements of the Pennsylvania and federal laws.

§ 96-8 Application fee and deposit for Township expenses.

A. 
Except as provided herein, each applicant for a permit to conduct a special event shall pay an application processing fee, to defray the administrative costs of the Township in making preparations for such special event, in the amount of $50.
B. 
There shall be no application fee for block parties, as that term is defined herein.
C. 
For special events at which the sale, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not contemplated, prior to final approval of the application for a special event permit, the applicant shall deposit with the Township payment in an amount to be determined by the Township to cover any costs and expenses related to the required police presence at the event and an administrative fee of 10% of the total permit fee.
D. 
For special events at which the sale, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages is contemplated, the applicant shall submit a nonrefundable application fee of $5,000, which shall be submitted with the application described herein. Prior to the issuance of any permit, the applicant shall remit to the Township payment in an amount to be determined by the Township to cover any costs and expenses related to the required police presence at the event and an administrative fee of 10% of the total permit fee.
E. 
If a permitted special event exceeds the estimated time for the event as stated in the application by more than 1/2 hour, the permittee shall pay an additional fee to the Township for such excess time, in an amount to be determined by the Township.
F. 
Failure to remit the fees described herein shall result in a denial of the permit application.

§ 96-9 Appeal procedure.

A. 
Upon a denial or significant modification by the Township Manager of an application made pursuant § 96-3 of this chapter, the applicant may appeal from the determination of the Township Manager, within five days of personal delivery or mailing of such determination, to the Board of Supervisors by filing a written notice of appeal and request for a hearing. Such appeal must be submitted no less than seven days prior to a scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors in order to be considered at such meeting. The Board of Supervisors may affirm, reverse or modify in any regard the determination of the Township Manager. The decision of the Board of Supervisors shall be final.
B. 
In the event that an application is not filed within the time required by § 96-3 of this chapter, the applicant may request a waiver of such requirement by the Board of Supervisors at is next regularly scheduled meeting, and the Board of Supervisors, in its sole discretion, may waive such requirements if it finds unusual circumstances justifying the applicant's delay and may, in its discretion, assess an additional late fee of $100 to expedite the application.

§ 96-10 Additional inspections.

The Township Manager may cause an investigation or inspection related to the existence of any unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous conditions of the special event.

§ 96-11 Amendments to issued permits.

The Township reserves the right to change a parade route, assembly area, disbanding area and/or location of any special event from those proposed on the special event permit application to other routes and areas, at any time prior to the special event, if the Township Manager determines that the safety of the public or property requires such changes. Notice of such action shall be delivered in writing to the permittee by personal service or by certified mail.

§ 96-12 Revocation of permit.

Any special event permit issued pursuant to this chapter may be summarily revoked by the Township Manager, or his/her designee, at any time when any of the following applies:
A. 
The occurrence of a disaster, public calamity, riot or other emergency, or the Township Manager determines that the safety of the public or property requires such revocation.
B. 
The permittee violates any of the terms of this chapter or the conditions of the permit.

§ 96-13 Parking on parade route.

The Township Police Department shall have the authority, when reasonably necessary, to prohibit or restrict the parking of vehicles along the street or portion thereof which is within the route of a parade. The Police Department shall post signs giving notice of such restrictions, and it shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave unattended any vehicle in violation thereof.

§ 96-14 Discarding of containers.

No person shall discard alcoholic or other beverage containers upon any public sidewalk, street, lane, highway, parking lot, park or recreation area of public or private property within the Township of Falls.

§ 96-15 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 for each offense plus all court costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by the Township of Falls in the enforcement of this chapter. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township of Falls are hereby authorized to file a complaint for such violation and seek any other available relief at law or equity, including injunction, to enforce compliance with this chapter.
B. 
Any person conducting or sponsoring a special event without first providing the necessary fees and deposits as required by this chapter shall be billed for the actual costs to the Township for police and cleanup services. Failure to pay such costs billed by the Township for such services within 15 days shall result in the imposition of a ten-percent penalty and interest at the rate of 1% per month until said costs are collected.