[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 11-5-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-03. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Prohibited conduct — See Ch. 176.
Curfew — See Ch. 188.
Graffiti — See Ch. 244.
Signs — See Ch. 383.
Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded former Ch. 322, Parades and Similar Assemblies, adopted 8-6-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-6.
The following meanings shall apply to words and phrases as used in this chapter:
- Any march, ceremony, show, exhibition, assembly, pageant, automobile road rally, motorcycle race or enduro, bicycle race, rally, tour, or similar function, procession, foot race, marathon or the like, of any kind or any similar display, or horse rides or events, in or upon any street, park or other public place under Township jurisdiction.
- PARADE/EVENT PERMIT
- A permit as required by this chapter.
No person shall engage in, organize, participate in, aid, form or start any parade or event unless a parade/event permit shall have been obtained from the Township Committee. This chapter shall not apply to:
Students going to and from school classes or participating in educational activities under the immediate direction and supervision of the proper school authorities.
Processions sponsored, sanctioned or approved by a governmental agency, including but not limited to the Township Committee, School Board, Fire Company or Ambulance Squad, acting within the scope of its functions.
Processions arising out of labor disputes.
Processions sponsored by houses of religious worship.
A person seeking issuance of a parade/event permit shall file an application with the Township Clerk not less than 45 days before the date on which the parade/event is scheduled to be held. The application shall set forth the following:
The name, address and telephone number of the person seeking to conduct the parade.
If the parade/event is proposed to be conducted for, on behalf of or by an organization, the name, address and telephone number of the headquarters of the organization and of the authorized and responsible head(s) of the organization.
The name, address and telephone number of the person who will be the parade/event chairperson and who will be responsible for its conduct, together with the address and telephone number where said person can be contacted on the parade date.
The date when the parade/event is to be conducted.
The route to be traveled; the starting point and the termination point. A map outlining said route shall be submitted with the application.
The approximate number of persons, animals and vehicles which will constitute the parade/event; the type of animals and a description of the vehicles.
The hours when the parade/event will start and terminate.
A statement as to whether the parade will occupy all or only a portion of the width of the streets proposed to be traversed.
The location, by street, of any assembly areas for the parade.
The time at which units of the parade will begin to assemble at the assembly area or areas.
The interval of space to be maintained between units of the parade.
If the parade is designed to be held by, on behalf of or for any person other than the applicant, the applicant for the permit shall file with the Township Clerk a communication, in writing, from the person proposing to hold the parade authorizing the applicant to apply for the permit on his/her behalf.
A description of any and all provisions for any necessary medical, ambulance or rescue services, police services and/or traffic control.
Any additional information which the Township Committee shall find reasonably necessary for a fair determination as to whether a permit should be issued.
The applicant shall file copies of the application a for parade/event permit with the Township Emergency Squad simultaneously with filing said application with the Township Clerk.
In the event the parade/event being applied for will traverse state or federal lands, the applicant shall file with the Township Clerk a copy of the application used by the Division of Parks and Forestry, State Park Service, Pinelands Commission, New Jersey State Police or other agency having jurisdiction over such state and/or federal lands, simultaneous with the filing of said application. Any revision or correction to any of the above-mentioned applications shall also be filed with the Township Clerk.
Each application for parade/event permit shall be accompanied by an application fee of $500. The Township Committee may in its discretion reduce or waive said fee. The Township may after a parade/event inspection, return up to $250 of the application fee to the applicant in the event there are no issues regarding trash, cleanup or other violations of Township rules.
The Township Committee shall issue a permit, as provided for hereunder, when, from a consideration of the application and from other information as may otherwise be obtained, it finds that:
The conduct of the parade/event will not substantially interrupt the safe and orderly movement of traffic contiguous to its route.
The conduct of the parade/event will not require the diversion of so great a number of police officers servicing the Township to properly police the line of movement and the areas contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection of the Township.
The conduct of the parade/event will not require the diversion of so great a number of ambulances as to prevent normal ambulance service to portions of the Township, other than that to be occupied by the proposed line of march and areas contiguous thereto.
The concentration of persons, animals and vehicles at assembly points of the parade will not duly interfere with proper fire and police protection of, or ambulance service to, areas contiguous to the assembly areas.
The conduct of the parade/event will not interfere with the movement of firefighting equipment en route to a fire.
The parade/event is scheduled to move from its point of origin to its point of termination expeditiously and without unreasonable delays en route.
The parade/event is not to be held for the sole purpose of advertising any product, goods or event and is not designed to be held purely for private profit.
The Township Committee shall act upon the application for a parade permit at the first public meeting at which action may be taken after the filing of a completed application. The Township Committee may in its discretion waive any of the requirements of this chapter upon good cause being shown. The Township Committee may further impose such other conditions on the permit that it deems necessary, reasonable and appropriate to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens and the participants.
Any person aggrieved shall have the right to appeal the denial of a parade/event permit to the Mayor. The appeal shall be taken within five days after notice. The Mayor shall act upon the appeal within two days after its receipt.
Immediately upon the issuance of a parade/event permit, the Township Clerk shall send a copy thereof to the Mayor, Township Attorney, Fire Chief, Ambulance Companies and Code Enforcement Officer.
Each parade permit shall state the following information:
Maximum interval of space to be maintained between the units of the parade, if applicable.
The portions of the streets to be traversed that may be occupied by the parade.
The maximum length of the parade in miles or fractions thereof.
Any other information which the Township Committee shall find necessary to the enforcement of this chapter.
The parade/event chairperson or other person heading or leading such activity shall carry the parade/event permit upon his/her person during the conduct of the parade.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty for each offense of not more than $500 or be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, for each offense.
Other remedies. No provision of this chapter shall be construed to impair any common law or statutory cause of action or legal remedy therefrom of any person for injury or damage arising from any violation of this chapter or from other law.