City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden as indicate in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]

Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 491.

Placement (§ 393-1 — § 393-12) 

[Adopted 7-13-1995 by Ord. No. MC-3135]

§ 393-1
License required. 

§ 393-2
Prohibited areas. 

§ 393-3

§ 393-4

§ 393-5
Issuance of license. 

§ 393-6
Revocation of license. 

§ 393-7

§ 393-8
Obligation of City; costs. 

§ 393-9
Removal of telephones; costs. 

§ 393-10
License application. 

§ 393-11
License year; fee. 

§ 393-12
Violations and penalties.  

No outdoor public pay telephones shall be placed on any City property, sidewalk or alley or other public right-of-way unless the owner of said device shall first obtain a license for said device which is issued pursuant to § 393-5 below.


No outdoor public pay telephones shall be placed on the sidewalk abutting or on the lawn or the exterior of any residential property.


No outdoor public pay telephone shall be placed within 200 feet of the main entrance of any church, school, tavern or liquor store or within 200 feet of another pay telephone; provided, however, more than one telephone may be clustered at one location. The distance between telephones and facilities or from telephone to telephone shall be measured by line of sight. In the event that two telephones located within 200 feet of each other are owned by different owners, the Supervisor of Licenses and Inspections shall draw lots to determine which telephone must be removed and establish a rotating system so that the impact of removal will not be disproportionately visited on any owner or owners.

No public pay telephones shall be placed on any public passageway in such a manner that it may obstruct or it may be expected that its use will obstruct the public passageway.

All outdoor public pay telephones shall have permanently affixed thereto a sign, placard, engraving or other device which contains the name, address and telephone number of the owner of the device.

Licenses to place public pay telephones on City property shall be issued by the Bureau of License and Inspections if:


An inspection of the location and a determination that the location shall not violate the restrictions set forth in § 393-1 to 393-3 above; and


A copy of the application is forwarded to the Police Department. If the Police Department reports within 20 days of transmittal of the application that the proposed site is one associated with loitering, drug activity or related criminal conduct, the license shall not be issued.

A license once issued may be revoked if, after a hearing, the director of the Division of Inspections shall determine:


The location of the telephone becomes the focus of frequent loitering or criminal activity.


The licensee fails to maintain an identifying marking on the telephone structure;


The licensee fails to pay the annual license fee;


Because of reasons related to the public need and convenience, the City determines that it is not desirable to maintain a public pay telephone at the site authorized by the licensee. In the event a license is terminated pursuant to this provision of this section, the licensee shall be given the opportunity to locate an available site within 150 feet of the telephone's existing location.

The owner of a telephone shall be given 10 days notice of a hearing conducted pursuant to the provisions of § 393-6. Notice shall be by regular and certified mail sent to the address contained in the application for license.

The City of Camden shall not be obligated to compensate the owner of any outdoor public pay telephone upon the termination or revocation of its license or place telephones on City property nor shall the City be responsible for costs of moving, relocating or reinstalling the telephone or its accoutrements in the event of repair or replacement of the public property.

All telephones not licensed in accordance with these regulations shall be removed by the owner within 45 days of the effective date of this article. Any outdoor public pay telephone that must be removed by the terms of this section or § 393-6 and is not removed by the owner within 15 days, may be removed or disabled by the City. The owner shall be responsible for reimbursing the City for the costs incurred by it in removing or disabling the device.

An application for a license to place a telephone on public property shall contain the following information:


The name, address and telephone number of the owner of the equipment.


The name, address and telephone number of the person designated by the owner, if different than the owner, to be contacted in the event any telephone must be removed or relocated.


An exact description of the site where the telephone is to be placed which description shall contain at least two measurements from permanent landmarks.


A description of and the number of telephones to be placed on the site.

The license year shall begin on January first of each year. The initial license fee shall be $200 which shall not be prorated. The fee for each renewal year shall be $40.

[Amended 9-14-1995 by Ord. No. MC-3153; 10-12-2006 by Ord. No. MC-4234]

Unless otherwise provided in the chapter, penalties against persons violating the provisions of this article shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of § 1-16A.