[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of Bridgewater 8-1-1966 by Ord. No. 66-19. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 8-21-1978 by Ord. No. 78-19]
It shall be unlawful for any person or any body corporate to conduct a retail food establishment, as defined in and governed by the Retail Food Establishment Code of New Jersey (1965), as established by ordinance of the Board of Health in and for the Township of Bridgewater entitled "Bridgewater Township Board of Health (1966) Retail Food Handling Establishment Ordinance," which was finally passed on the 27th day of April 1966, or Chapter 12 of the New Jersey Sanitary Code without first having procured a license from the Board of Health in and for the Township of Bridgewater so to do or without complying with any or all of the provisions concerning operation and maintenance of the same as contained in the aforementioned Retail Food Establishment Code of New Jersey (1965) and in the aforementioned Bridgewater Township Board of Health (1966) Retail Food Handling Establishment Ordinance or Chapter 12 of the New Jersey Sanitary Code.
Editor's Note: The Retail Food Handling Establishment Code was adopted by the Board of Health 4-27-1966 by Ord. No. 66-2 and was omitted as being covered by the provisions of Chapter 12, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Retail Food Establishment, of the New Jersey State Sanitary Code which is recognized as being of full force and in effect in the Township of Bridgewater.
[Amended 10-3-1977 by Ord. No. 77-37]
The fees for licensure of retail food establishments are as provided in Chapter 94, Fees.
Any license issued under the terms and provisions of this chapter may be suspended or revoked by the Board of Health of this Township for the violation by the licensee of any provision of this chapter or the Retail Food Handling Establishment Code of New Jersey (1965) or the aforesaid ordinance entitled "Bridgewater Township Board of Health (1966) Retail Food Handling Establishment Ordinance" or Chapter 12 of the New Jersey Sanitary Code or whenever it shall appear that the business, trade, calling, profession or occupation of the person, firm or corporation to whom such license was issued is conducted in a disorderly or improper manner or in violation of any law of the United States, the State of New Jersey or any ordinance of this municipality, or that the person or persons conducting the retail food establishment are of an unfit character to conduct the same, or that the purpose for which the license has been issued is being abused to the detriment of the public or the license is being used for a purpose foreign to that for which it was issued.
[Amended 8-21-1978 by Ord. No. 78-19]
A license issued under the terms and provisions of this chapter shall not be revoked, canceled or suspended until a hearing thereon shall have been had by the Board of Health. Written notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be served upon the licensee at least three days prior to the date set for such hearing. Such notice shall also contain a brief statement of the grounds to be relied upon for revoking, canceling or suspending such license. Notice may be given either by personal delivery thereof to the person to be notified or by depositing the same in the United States Post Office in a sealed envelope, postage prepaid, addressed to such person to be notified at the business address appearing upon said license. At the hearing before the Board of Health, the person aggrieved shall have an opportunity to answer and may thereafter be heard, and upon due consideration and deliberation by the Board of Health, the complaint may be dismissed, or if the said Board concludes that the charges have been sustained and substantiated, it may revoke, cancel or suspend the license held by the licensee.
If any such license shall have been revoked, neither the holder thereof nor any person acting for him, directly or indirectly, shall be entitled to another license to carry on the same business within this Township unless the application for such license shall be approved by the Board of Health.
No provision of this chapter shall be applied so as to impose any unlawful burden on either interstate commerce or any activity of the state or federal government.
[Amended 10-3-1997 by Ord. No. 77-37]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and each violation of any of the provisions of this chapter and each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.