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.]
[Adopted 5-9-2006 by Ord. No. 06-11]
It shall be unlawful for any person subject to the registration requirements set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:7-1 et seq. (hereafter "sex offender"), to reside within 1,000 feet (hereafter "prohibited radius") of any public or private primary and/or secondary school or educational facility, or any public or private park, playground, tot-lot, library, recreational area, active and passive parkland or child-care facility (hereafter "prohibited area"). The facilities listed above do not necessarily have to be located within the boundaries of the Borough; so long as any portion of the prohibited radius around any such facilities is located within the Borough, it will be considered part of the prohibited area.
The prohibited area is depicted on a map entitled "Sex Offender Residency Prohibited Area Map" prepared by the Borough Engineer.
The Borough Clerk is hereby directed to receive and to keep on file the original of the map approved and adopted pursuant to § 365-2 and to provide at a reasonable cost a true copy to any person, agency or court which may request such a copy, along with a certification that such copy is a true copy of the map approved and adopted herein and kept on file. It is hereby further directed that a true copy of such map and of this chapter shall be provided without cost to the County Clerk.
A sex offender who resides within any prohibited area established pursuant to the provisions of this article shall have 60 days from the effective date of this article, or upon the termination of any residential lease entered into prior to the effective date of this article and the term of which is not longer than one year, whichever is later, to relocate outside the prohibited area. Failure to move to a location which is in compliance with this article within the prescribed time period shall constitute a violation of this article.
The provisions of this article shall not apply to any sex offender who has purchased property to be used as his/her primary residence which is located within the prohibited area prior to the effective date of this article.
A. 
Certificate of compliance. No owner, agent of an owner, real estate broker, firm, company, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, entity or person shall rent, re-rent, lease, release (hereafter "rental"), sell, re-sell or convey (hereafter "sale"), or suffer to allow any person or persons to live in or occupy as a tenant or otherwise, any multiple-dwelling unit, mobile home and/or single-family residence or dwelling which is located in the prohibited area, where there shall be a change in occupancy, unless a certificate of compliance, as hereafter described, shall be filed with the Construction Department, in the case of a sale, or the Planning Department, in the case of a rental. The certificate of compliance shall be executed by or on behalf of the owner of any property for sale or rental in the prohibited area and shall certify that the purchaser(s) or lessee(s), as the case may be, are not listed on the New Jersey State Sex Offender Internet Registry, maintained by the New Jersey State Police at www.state.nj.us/lps/njsp/info/regsexoffend.html), as of the date of the signature on the certification. The certificate of compliance shall be signed not more than 30 days prior to the transfer of title, in the case of a sale, or initial day of the lease term, in the case of a rental.
B. 
Monthly review of registry. Once each month, the Borough Clerk shall cause the New Jersey State Sex Offender Internet Registry maintained by the New Jersey State Police to be reviewed for names and addresses of those registrants living within the Township. If any such individuals reside within a prohibited area of the Borough, such fact shall be reported to the Code Enforcement Department which will initiate an investigation to determine if a violation of this chapter has occurred.
C. 
Borough Clerk's procedures. The Borough Clerk is hereby authorized to initiate and direct, by administrative order, such additional or supplementary procedures as the Clerk may determine will be likely to enhance compliance with this chapter.
Any violation of this article shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,250 and/or a period of incarceration up to 180 days in the Bergen County Jail.