Borough of Paramus, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paramus as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 429.
[Adopted 9-13-1979 by Ord. No. 79-31]
The Mayor's Television and Motion Picture Advisory Committee shall be responsible for encouraging the use of site locations in the Borough of Paramus for the production of television and motion picture filming.
[Amended 4-8-1980 by Ord. No. 80-8; amended 12-20-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-27]
A. 
Fees. The Television and Motion Picture Advisory Committee shall solicit and interview representatives from the television and motion film industry to determine an appropriate license fee, to be determined by a majority of the Committee. The amount of the fee shall be dependent upon the size of the production budget. No fee shall be less than $300 for site locations on Borough-owned property, and no fee shall be less than $100 per day based on a twelve-hour-day maximum for privately owned property.
The Television and Motion Picture Advisory Committee shall be concerned with the safety and protection of the public when filming occurs within the Borough of Paramus.
The licensing fee shall be paid to the Borough Clerk, whereupon the Borough Clerk shall issue a license establishing the time and place permitted for filming. All expenses incurred by the Paramus Television and Motion Picture Advisory Committee shall be paid from the license fee.
[Added 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23; amended 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-2]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided by § 1-15 of this Code.
[Adopted 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 88-36]
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, firm or corporation to conduct, carry on, operate, exhibit or promote any motion picture exhibition business within the Borough of Paramus without first having obtained a license to do so.
[Amended 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23]
No license shall be issued under this article unless the applicant files with the Borough Clerk a written application, setting forth the following:
A. 
The name and address of the applicant.
B. 
The place, premises or location at which the business is to be conducted.
C. 
The number of seats available for public use.
D. 
The plans and specifications of the building, if it is not an existing structure.
E. 
If premises is an existing structure, a certificate of occupancy for such use issued by the Building Inspector and a certificate of approval by the Fire Commissioner, attached to the application.
F. 
An agreement to abide by all the requirements of this article and any amendments thereof.
A separate license shall be required for each place where said business is conducted.
A. 
The annual license fee, which must be paid before a license is issued, shall be as follows:
Capacity of Theater
Fee
Up to 500
$200
Above 500
$200, plus $50 for each 100 capacity or fraction thereof above 500
B. 
Licenses shall be issued for a period of one year running from January 1 through December 31. The license fee for licenses issued to cover only the period between January 1 and June 30, or a portion thereof, shall be 1/2 of the annual license fee.
Each license issued pursuant to this article shall be subject to the following terms and conditions, and each applicant for a license, in accepting the license, agrees to abide by and comply with the following:
A. 
The premises shall be kept neat and clean at all times.
B. 
The licensee shall be responsible for any disorder.
C. 
Any police officer, Fire Commissioner or Fire Company Chief, Building Inspector and Health Officer of the Borough of Paramus may enter the licensed premises at any time for the purpose of inspection and to enforce obedience of the laws of the state and the ordinances of the Borough of Paramus.
D. 
Whenever the licensed premises is open to the public, the licensee shall provide a security officer stationed on the premises.
[Amended 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23]
The license granted under this article shall be revoked by the Borough Council, following a hearing on at least five days notice to the licensee, if a majority of the Council shall determine that the operation of the licensed premises is detrimental to the preservation of public health, safety and welfare and public peace and order of the inhabitants of the municipality. The Mayor shall, upon the request of any Councilman, fix a date for such a hearing and cause a notice thereof to be served upon the licensee by the Borough.
Nothing in this article shall prevent motion picture exhibitions in school buildings within the Borough with the consent of the Board of Education, for charitable, benevolent, religious or educational purposes without payment of any license fee.
[Amended 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23; 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-2]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided by § 1-15 of this Code.