[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills 10-28-1986 by Ord. No. 86:72 as Sec. 3-5 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide regulations for the posting of campaign advertising material and to prescribe penalties for the violation of these regulations.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CAMPAIGN MATERIAL
- Any circular, handbill, banner, card, statement, advertisement, poster, printed sticker, painted words or material having reference to any primary, general or special election or to the adoption or rejection of any public question at any primary, general or special election.
- Any individual, candidate, corporation, political committee, citizens' committee, partnership, organization, association or any committee or group of persons.
- PUBLIC PLACE or PUBLIC FACILITY
- Any place or thing used for public purposes, including but not limited to traffic signal poles, traffic signal facilities, utility poles, parking meters, any other type of pole, trees, United States mail receptacles, litter receptacles, benches, bus shelters, vacant buildings, fences bordering vacant lots, public buildings, or any object affixed to or placed upon the street or sidewalks, which are affixed or placed thereon, for public purposes, or for the use of the public.
- SPECIAL EVENT MATERIAL
- Any sign, bulletin, poster or other written or printed advertising, or any such reference to a gathering, meeting, show or other event of a public, quasi-public or private nature.
Painting on streets or public facilities prohibited. No person, as defined herein, shall paint or cause to be painted any words or symbols upon any street or sidewalk, or upon any public facility, as defined herein.
Posting on public facilities prohibited. No campaign material or special event material shall be affixed upon any public place or public facility.
Signs on private property. No campaign or special event material shall be painted or affixed upon any private property or private fence or private tree without the consent of the owner.
Any campaign or special event material posted in a lawful manner upon any vacant or unattended place shall be removed by the person responsible not later than 14 days subsequent to the event or election to which it refers. All persons responsible for removal of the material who do not remove same within this fourteen-day time period shall receive by certified mail a warning of violation, requiring removal within seven days from receipt thereof. After expiration of this seven-day grace period, the penalty provision of § 334-7 shall go into effect.
All campaign material and special event material shall bear upon the face thereof a statement of the name and address of the person by whom the cost of the printing, copying or publishing and posting therefor has been or is to be defrayed and in a case of campaign material, shall bear the name and address of the person by whom the same is printed, copied or published in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:34-38.1.
Any other person who actually places the material in any place or facility, even though his name does not appear thereon, shall also be responsible for the removal thereof.
[Amended by Ord. No. 91:4]
The person responsible for removal of campaign or special event material in accordance with § 334-4 shall be liable for fines and penalties as described in Chapter 1 of the Township Code entitled "General Provisions," § 1-17 entitled "Violations and penalties," for any material which has been unlawfully posted or which has not been removed within seven days of receipt by certified mail of a warning of a violation pursuant to § 334-4. Each day the person responsible to remove said campaign or special event material shall fail to remove same, subsequent to the seven-day grace period, shall constitute a separate and distinct offense and shall be punishable as such.
The Police Department shall be charged with the enforcement of this chapter.