[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council 4-2-1991 (Ch. 123 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The taking of still or motion pictures, either on film, videotape or similar recording equipment, for commercial or educational purposes, intended for viewing on television or in theaters or for institutional use or for advertising purposes.
- PUBLIC LANDS
- Any and every public street, highway, sidewalk or square, public park or playground or other public place within the borough which is within the jurisdiction and control of the Township.
No person, firm or corporation shall film or permit filming within the Township of Bloomfield without first obtaining a permit therefor, which permit shall set forth the location of such filming and the date or dates when filming shall take place.
Permits shall be obtained in the office of the Township Clerk during normal business hours. Applications for such permits shall be in a form approved by the Township Clerk and shall be accompanied by a permit fee as set forth in § 228-14. Incidental use of a public sidewalk or street which does not result in the closing of the street or sidewalk to public use shall not be considered filming on public land.
Where filming takes place on private property, permission of the owner must be obtained in writing.
One permit shall be required for each location.
No permit shall be issued for filming at a particular location in a residential zone within the Township of Bloomfield which would permit filming at said location on more than four days during any one calendar year.
No permit shall be issued for filming upon public lands within the Township of Bloomfield unless the applicant for such permit:
Provides proof of insurance coverage as follows; for bodily injury for any one person, in the amount of $500,000; and for any aggregate occurrence, in the amount of $1,000,000.
Agrees, in writing, to indemnify and save harmless the Township of Bloomfield from any and all liability or damages from the use of such public lands.
The holder of a permit shall take all reasonable steps to minimize interference with the free passage of pedestrians and traffic over public lands and shall comply with all lawful directives issued by the Bloomfield Police Department with respect thereto.
The holder of a permit shall conduct filming in such a manner as to minimize the inconvenience or discomfort to adjoining property owners attributable to such filming and shall, to the extent practicable, abate noise and park vehicles associated with such filming off the public streets.
The holder shall avoid any interference with previously scheduled activities upon public lands and limit, to the extent possible, any interference with normal public activity on such public lands.
The holder of a permit shall take all reasonable steps to minimize the creation and spread of debris and rubbish during filming and shall be responsible for removing all equipment, debris and other rubbish from the filming location upon the completion of filming or the expiration of the permit, whichever comes first.
Filming shall be permitted only Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. or sundown, whichever is earlier, in residential zones.
The Township Clerk may refuse to issue a permit whenever he/she determines, on the basis of objective facts and after a review of the application and a report thereon by the Police Department and by other Township agencies involved with the proposed filming site, that filming at the location and/or the time set forth in the application would violate any law or ordinance or would unreasonably interfere with the public's use of public lands, unreasonably interfere with the use and enjoyment of adjoining properties, unreasonably impede the free flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic or otherwise endanger the public's health, safety or welfare.
Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Township Clerk denying or revoking a permit or a person requesting relief may appeal to the Mayor and Council. A written notice of appeal setting forth the reasons for the appeal shall be filed with the Township Clerk. An appeal from the decision of the Township Clerk. An appeal from the decision of the Township Clerk shall be filed within 10 days of the Township Clerk's decision. The Mayor and Council shall set the matter down for a hearing within 30 days of the day on which the notice of appeal was filed. The decision of the Mayor and Council shall be in the form of a resolution. A resolution supporting the decision of the Township Clerk or granting relief shall be approved by the Mayor and Council at the first regularly scheduled public meeting of the Mayor and Council after the hearing on the appeal, unless the appellant agrees, in writing, to a later date for the decision. If such a resolution is not adopted in the time required, the decision of the Township Clerk shall be deemed to be reversed and a permit shall be issued in conformity with the application or the relief shall be deemed denied.
The Mayor and Council may authorize a waiver of any of the requirements or limitations of this chapter and may authorize filming other than during the hours herein described or may permit filming at a particular location in a residential zone on more than four days during any one calendar year or may waive any other limitation or requirement of this chapter whenever it determines that strict compliance with such limitations will pose an unreasonable burden upon the applicant and that such a permit may be issued without endangering the public's health, safety or welfare.
The applicant shall notify the Fire Inspections Bureau 24 hours before filming takes place and permit the Fire Inspectors to inspect the site and the equipment to be used. The applicant shall comply with all firesafety instructions issued by the Fire Inspector.
The applicant will be required to hire one or more off-duty police officers when deemed necessary by the Police Chief.
[Amended 4-6-2009 by Ord. No. 09-28]
Permit fees shall be as follows:
[Amended 5-5-2008 by Ord. No. 08-18]
Any person violating this chapter or rules and regulations contained herein shall be subject to, upon conviction, the penalty as provided in § 1-15, General penalty, of this Code.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the filming of news stories within the Township of Bloomfield.