Township of Riverside, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Riverside 7-26-1967 by Ord. No. 1967-13 as Ch. III of the 1967 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Public entertainment — See Ch. 141.

§ 106-1
Number of licenses permitted. 

§ 106-2
License fees. 

§ 106-3
Hours of sale or service. 

§ 106-4
Dancing on premises where alcoholic beverages are sold. 

§ 106-5
Age restrictions. 

§ 106-6
Public consumption. 

§ 106-7
Prohibited entertainment; violations and penalties. 

§ 106-1 Number of licenses permitted.

A. 

There shall not be more than 11 plenary retail consumption licenses issued and outstanding in the Township of Riverside, in the County of Burlington, at the same time.

B. 

There shall not be more than three plenary retail distribution licenses issued and outstanding in the Township of Riverside, in the County of Burlington, at the same time.

C. 

There shall not be more than eight club licenses issued and outstanding in the Township of Riverside, in the County of Burlington, at the same time.

§ 106-2 License fees.

[Amended 5-28-1975 by Ord. No. 1975-15; 9-24-1975 by Ord. No. 1975-21; 10-27-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-16; 3-20-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-7; 3-29-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-4; 4-24-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-6]
A. 

The annual fee for each plenary retail consumption license hereafter issued in the township shall be $1,493.

B. 

The annual fee for each plenary retail distribution license hereafter issued in the township shall be $870.

§ 106-3 Hours of sale or service.

[Amended 12-13-1967 by Ord. No. 1967-18; 12-16-1970 by Ord. No. 1970-16; 12-6-1972 by Ord. No. 1972-14; 5-22-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-7; 7-24-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-11; 8-27-1980 by Ord. No. 1980-9; 3-10-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-3]
A. 

No plenary retail consumption licensee or club licensee shall sell, serve, deliver or allow, permit or suffer the sale, service or delivery of alcoholic beverage or allow the consumption of any alcoholic beverage on licensed premises between the hours of Sunday 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. on Monday; 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, except New Year's Day as herein provided. It is further ordered that no alcoholic beverages shall be served within 15 minutes prior to the closing hours set forth in this section, and all patrons and consumers of alcoholic beverages must vacate the premises not later than the closing hours herein set forth. It is further ordered that all owners or their agents, servants or employees must vacate and secure said premises no later than one hour after the closing hours herein set forth. It is further ordered that all owners or their agents, servants or employees must vacate and secure said premises no later than 1 1/2 hours after the closing hours herein set forth.

[Amended 3-10-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-3; 3-27-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-3]

B. 

No plenary retail consumption licensee or club licensee shall serve, sell, deliver permit or suffer the sale, service or delivery of any alcoholic beverage or allow the consumption of any alcoholic beverage on licensed premises on New Year's Day when it is a weekday between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. or on New Year's Day when it is a Sunday between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. It is further ordered that all patrons must leave the premises within 15 minutes of the closing hours set forth in this section; and it is further ordered that within 1 1/2 hours of the closing hours set forth in this section, all licensees and bona fide employees must be out of the premises and the premises must be closed and unoccupied.

[Amended 6-28-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-5]

C. 

No plenary retail consumption licensee or club licensee shall serve, sell, deliver or allow, permit or suffer the sale, service or delivery of any alcoholic beverages or allow the consumption of any alcoholic beverage on licensed premises on Saturdays between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

D. 

No plenary retail consumption licensee or club licensee shall sell, serve, deliver or allow, permit or suffer the sale, service or delivery of any alcoholic beverage or allow the consumption of any alcoholic beverage on licensed premises between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sundays except New Year's Day as herein provided.

E. 

The hours referred to shall be Eastern standard time, except such time as daylight saving time is in effect within the township, during which time the hours herein provided shall be one hour in advance of Eastern standard time.

F. 

No establishment licensed for the retail distribution of liquor shall be open to allow, permit or suffer the sale, service or delivery of any alcoholic beverage at retail in its original container for consumption off the licensed premises, or the removal of any alcoholic beverage in its original container from retail licensed premises: on all days of the week except Sundays prior to 9:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m.; and on Sundays any time prior to 1:00 p.m. and after 10:00 p.m., except if New Year's Eve or Christmas Eve is a Sunday then any time prior to 10:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m. The hours referred to shall be Eastern standard time; except such time as daylight savings time is in effect within the township, during which time the hours herein provided shall be one hour in advance of Eastern standard time.

[Added 2-27-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-3; amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-14]

§ 106-4 Dancing on premises where alcoholic beverages are sold.

The holders of plenary retail consumption licenses and the holders of club licenses in the Township of Riverside, in the County of Burlington, shall be permitted to permit patrons, members and guests to dance, in orderly manner, on said premises during the hours when the holders of said licenses are permitted to serve and sell alcoholic beverages, except that no such dancing shall be permitted on any Sunday.

§ 106-5 Age restrictions.

[Amended 9-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-10; 11-30-1998 by Ord. No. 1998-14; 11-27-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-12]
A. 

Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms are defined as follows:

GUARDIAN
A person who has qualified as a guardian of the underage person pursuant to testamentary or court appointment.
RELATIVE
The underage person's grandparent, aunt or uncle, sibling or any other person related by blood or affinity.
B. 

It shall be unlawful for a person under the age of 21 to enter any premises licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of purchasing or have served or delivered to him or her any alcoholic beverage or have another purchase for him or her any alcoholic beverage on any premises licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverage.

C. 

It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 21, without legal authority, to knowingly possess or knowingly consume alcoholic beverages or to have in his or her possession any opened bottle or can of alcoholic beverage on any private premises located within the township unless that possession or consumption is in connection with a legal observance, ceremony or rite, or the underage person possesses or consumes that beverage in the presence of and with the permission of a parent, guardian or relative who is of legal age. The possession thereof shall be prima facie evidence of having consumed or imbibed the contents thereof.

D. 

It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years to misrepresent or misstate his or her age for the purpose of inducing any retail licensee or any employee of any retail licensee to sell, serve or deliver any alcoholic beverage to him or her.

E. 

Possession of alcoholic beverages by any person under the age of 21 while actually engaged in the performance of employment by a person who is licensed under Title 33 of the Revised Statutes, or while actively engaged in the preparation of food while enrolled in a culinary arts or hotel management program, shall not be prohibited; however, this section shall not be construed to preclude the imposition of a penalty under this section, R.S. 33:1-81 or any other section of law against a person who is convicted of unlawful alcoholic beverage activity on or at premises licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages.

F. 

Any person who shall be adjudged guilty of violating this chapter before a proper court shall be fined $250 for a first offense and a fine of $350 for any subsequent offense, in the discretion of the court. The court also has the discretion to suspend or postpone the violator's driving privileges for six months. The postponement shall apply to violators under the age of 17, increasing the age at which they are eligible for a New Jersey driver's license from 17 to 17 years and six months.

G. 

All holders of plenary retail consumption licenses issued by the Township Committee of the Township of Riverside shall cause at least one copy of this chapter to be exhibited in a conspicuous place in the licensed premises.

§ 106-6 Public consumption.

[Added 7-23-1969 by Ord. No. 1969-9; amended 4-11-1979 by Ord. No. 1979-4]
A. 

No person shall:

(1) 

Consume or carry open containers of alcoholic beverages:

(a) 

While in or on a public street, lane, sidewalk, public parking lot, public or quasi-public place (a nonlicensed premises) or in any public conveyance;

[Amended 11-27-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-12]

(b) 

In a private motor vehicle while the same is in motion or parked in any public street, lane or public parking lot;

(c) 

While upon any private property not his own without the express permission of the owner or other person having authority to grant such permission; or

(2) 

Discard alcoholic beverage containers upon any public street, lane, sidewalk, public place or upon any private property not his own without the express permission of the owner.

B. 

Any person who shall violate the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.

[Amended 9-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-10]

§ 106-7 Prohibited entertainment; violations and penalties.

[Added 4-23-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-4]
A. 

No person or entity holding a Class C license in the Township of Riverside as defined by N.J.S.A. 33:1-12 shall permit or allow any person to perform or entertain upon said licensed premises in a lewd, immoral, lascivious or salacious manner.

B. 

In determining whether a performance is lewd, immoral, lascivious or salacious, consideration shall be given to whether the performance is intended to arouse and appeal to the sexual desires of the patrons or audience; whether the performance suggests lewd thoughts or excites sensual desire; and whether there is erotic allurement tending to excite lustful or lecherous desire. The above three criteria shall be considered as guidelines intended only to give meaning to the terms "lewd," "immoral," "lascivious" and "salacious" and are not intended to be all-inclusive definitions of those terms.

C. 

License suspension or revocation. Any Class C licensee who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the suspension or revocation of his license by the Township Committee and set forth in N.J.S.A. 33:1-31.

D. 

Violations and penalties. In addition to the license suspension or revocation as set forth above, any person or entity violating any provision of this section shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each day in which such violation continues shall constitute a separate violation or offense.

[Amended 9-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-10]