Township of Montclair, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners (now Council) of the Town (now Township) of Montclair 4-15-1980 by Ord. No. 80-12 as Ch. 69 of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public — See Ch. 127.
Gambling devices — See Ch. 166, Art. II.
Glue sales and head shops — See Ch. 170.
Alcoholic beverages in parks — See Ch. 234, Art. I.
Alcoholic beverages at sidewalk cafes — See Ch. 276.
No person shall possess with intent to sell, distribute or transport any alcoholic beverages unless duly licensed therefor under, or otherwise in compliance with N.J.S.A. 33:1 et seq. and the amendments thereof and supplements thereto.
The Township Council shall constitute the issuing authority for the granting of all licenses for the retail sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within the Township pursuant to the authority of Title 33 of the Revised Statutes and the amendments thereof and supplements thereto.
No club licenses shall be issued or granted.
[Amended 10-26-1982 by Ord. No. 82-42; 2-7-1984 by Ord. No. 84-5; 1-19-2016 by Ord. No. O-15-039]
The number of licenses shall be:
A. 
Plenary retail consumption licenses: 13.
[Amended 8-7-2018 by Ord. No. O-18-036]
B. 
Plenary retail distribution licenses: 13.
C. 
Hotel consumption license pursuant to and meeting the conditions of N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.20 for a hotel of at least 100 guest sleeping rooms: one.
All license fees shall be paid in full, in advance, at the time of making application.
[Amended 9-9-2003 by Ord. No. 03-53; 4-19-2005 by Ord. No. 05-14]
The annual fees for licenses shall be:
A. 
Plenary retail consumption license: $2,500.
B. 
Plenary retail distribution license: $2,500.
C. 
Hotel consumption license issued pursuant to § 74-4C: $2,500.
[Added 12-19-2017 by Ord. No. O-17-043]
Each applicant for a license shall:
A. 
Execute the form of application prescribed by the Director of the State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
B. 
Comply with all the requirements of N.J.S.A. 33-1 et seq. and the amendments thereof and supplements thereto.
C. 
Agree that during the term of the license all duly constituted officers of the Township may have entrance to the premises at any time of day or night for the purpose of inspecting them to determine their sanitary conditions and the lawfulness of all enterprises therein.
D. 
Agree to be bound by and faithfully to adhere to and abide by the provisions of this chapter and all reasonable rules and regulations of the Police Department as presently or hereafter to be promulgated.
[Amended 12-19-2017 by Ord. No. O-17-043]
No license shall be issued for any location which is not within a business, commercial or manufacturing zone under Chapter 347, Zoning, except at a location where a business or manufacturing use is being conducted as a valid nonconforming use. Nothing in this section shall be construed to eliminate the necessity of obtaining a variance from the Board of Adjustment if a nonconforming use is being enlarged by the issuance of the license or if there is any other violation of Chapter 347, Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Montclair, nor shall this section apply to the issuance of a one-day permit authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on a designated premises pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 33:1-74.
No plenary retail consumption license shall be issued unless the premises on which such licensed business is to be conducted contains at least 400 square feet of floor space. Such premises shall be kept in a sanitary condition, shall fully comply with all rules and regulations of the State and Township Boards of Health and shall be at all times brightly lighted.
[Amended 11-10-1981 by Ord. No. 81-52; 10-17-1989 by Ord. No. 89-37; 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-09]
A. 
Consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted on licensed premises during the following hours:
(1) 
On any weekday between the hours of 12:00 midnight of the preceding day and 1:30 a.m. and between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight.
(2) 
On any Sunday between the hours of 12:00 midnight of the preceding day and 1:30 a.m. and between the hours of 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight.
(3) 
In addition to the foregoing hours, on New Year's Day from 12:00 midnight of the preceding day to 4:00 a.m.
B. 
Retail sale of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted on licensed premises during the following hours:
(1) 
On any weekday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. as provided in N.J.S.A. 33:1-1 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 13:2-38.1, except for the sale of wine and malt alcoholic beverages which shall be permitted during the hours set forth in § 74-10A(1) above.
(2) 
On any Sunday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the sale of wine and malt alcoholic beverages which shall be permitted during the hours set forth in § 74-10A(2) above.
(3) 
If Christmas Day or New Year's Day falls on a Monday, the sale of any alcoholic beverage for off-premises consumption shall be permitted on the preceding Sunday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., except for the sale of wine and malt alcoholic beverages which shall be permitted during the hours set forth in § 74-10A(2) above.
During the times when sales are prohibited by § 74-10, the entire licensed premises shall be closed. This requirement shall not apply to hotels, restaurants as defined in N.J.S.A. 33:1-1t or other establishments where the principal business is other than the sale of alcoholic beverages. All licensed premises where alcoholic beverages are kept for sale and display and which are open for any reason at the said prohibited times shall so arrange such beverages that during the times when sale thereof is herein prohibited, such beverages shall be and remain excluded from public view and from all access in a manner approved by the Police Department and the Building Department of the Township.
The barroom and any other room in which alcoholic beverages are served or consumed and any room where such beverages are sold for consumption off the premises shall, at the closing hour and from thenceforth until the opening hour, as prescribed in § 74-10, be open to full view from the public street or public thoroughfare or any other thoroughfare open to the public. During such period of time a full view of the interior of such premises from the said public street or public thoroughfare shall not be obstructed by the use of nontransparent glass or of any shade, blind, shutter, screen, merchandise or any other article placed within or without the licensed premises.
A. 
No licensee under this chapter shall employ in the conduct of his or her licensed business any person who shall not have first obtained an employment permit from the Chief of Police. No person shall permit or suffer himself or herself to be so employed without having first obtained such a permit from the Chief of Police.
B. 
No employment permit shall be issued to any person who:
[Amended 12-19-2017 by Ord. No. O-17-043]
(1) 
Requires a rehabilitation permit pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-26 and the amendments thereof and supplements thereto, unless said person shall first have obtained a permit from the Director of the State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control; or
(2) 
Is under the age of 18 years, unless said person shall first have obtained a permit from the Director of the State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
C. 
Each applicant for an employment permit shall be photographed and fingerprinted, without charge, under the supervision of the Chief of Police, at such time and place as shall be designated by the said Chief. The fingerprints shall be marked "noncriminal" and shall be kept on file in the Police Department.
D. 
The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to issue an employment permit to any person making such application therefor who is not disqualified under Subsection B hereof or is not otherwise disqualified from such employment. The employment permit shall state the name of the applicant, his or her age and date of birth, his or her height, color and any distinguishing marks or physical characteristics, and shall have attached thereto his or her photograph.
E. 
Each employment permit shall be issued only for one calendar year, from January 1 to December 31, both inclusive, and shall expire at 12:00 midnight of December 31 of the year for which issued.
[Amended 12-19-2017 by Ord. No. O-17-043]
No licensee under this chapter, his or her servant, agent or employee shall deliver or give away, or cause, permit or procure to be sold, delivered or given away, any alcoholic beverages to, or allow, suffer or permit the consumption of any alcoholic beverages by, or suffer in and upon the said licensed premises, the following:
A. 
Any person under the age of 21 years.
B. 
Any intoxicated person.
[Amended 12-19-2017 by Ord. No. O-17-043]
A. 
No person under the age of 21 years shall possess, carry, transport, distribute or consume any alcoholic beverage in or upon any street, highway, thoroughfare or other public place within the Township.
B. 
No person shall cause, allow, permit or suffer any person under the age of 21 years to possess, carry, transport, distribute or consume any alcoholic beverage in or upon any street, highway, thoroughfare or other public place within the Township.
No plenary retail consumption licensee shall permit dancing in any room where the sale of alcoholic beverages is permitted unless he or she shall first have secured a cabaret entertainment license therefor pursuant to §§ 78-3 and 78-4 of Chapter 78, Amusements.
No gambling devices of any kind shall be maintained and no gambling shall be permitted within any premises on which is conducted the business of selling alcoholic beverages for consumption either on or off said premises.
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Editor's Note: See also Ch. 166, Games of Chance, Art. II.
No licensee under this chapter shall discriminate against any person within said Township in contravention of N.J.S.A. 10:1-2 to 10:1-5, both inclusive, and the amendments thereof or supplements thereto.
The Township Council may suspend or revoke any license issued under this chapter for any violation of any provision of this chapter. This provision shall be deemed in addition to and not in limitation of the power, authority and right now or hereafter vested and possessed by the Township Council to suspend or revoke any license issued by it.
[Amended 5-23-2000 by Ord. No. 00-19; 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 07-17]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment in the county/municipal jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof as determined by the Municipal Court Judge. Each day on which a violation of an ordinance exists shall be considered a separate and distinct violation and shall be subject to imposition of a separate penalty for each day of the violation as the Municipal Court Judge may determine.
[Added 1-8-2008 by Ord. No. 07-61]
A. 
Any person who purposely or knowingly offers or serves or makes available an alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages shall be guilty of violating this section.
B. 
Any person who purposely or knowingly entices or encourages a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages to drink an alcoholic beverage shall be guilty of violating this section.
C. 
Subsections A and B of this section shall not apply a) to a parent or guardian of the person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages if the parent or guardian is of the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages, or b) to a religious observance, ceremony or rite. Subsections A and B shall also not apply to any person in his home who is of the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages who offers or serves or makes available an alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages or entices that person to drink an alcoholic beverage in the presence of and with the permission of the parent or guardian of the person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages if the parent or guardian is of the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages.
D. 
Any person who makes real property owned, leased or managed by him available to, or leaves that property in the care of, another person with the purpose that alcoholic beverages will be made available for consumption by, or will be consumed by, persons who-are under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages shall be guilty of violating this section. This Subsection D shall not apply if:
(1) 
The real property is licensed or required to be licensed by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 33:1-1 et seq.;
(2) 
The person making the property available, or leaving it in the care of another person, is of the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages and is the parent or guardian of the person who consumes alcoholic beverages while under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages; or
(3) 
The alcoholic beverages are consumed by a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages during a religious observance, ceremony or rite.
E. 
Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof; be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof as determined by the Municipal Court Judge.