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File #: 16-0559    Version: 1 Name: Ordinance Amendment to Sound Permits
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 3/23/2016 In control: Municipal Council and City Clerk
On agenda: 5/26/2016 Final action: 7/7/2016
Title: ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 20, OFFENSES, MISCELLANEOUS, CHAPTER 3, NOISE CONTROL; AND AMENDING TITLE 5, AMUSEMENTS AND AMUSEMENT BUSINESSES, CHAPTER 10, SPECIAL EVENTS, SECTION 5, PERMIT APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS, TO CENTRALIZE THE APPLICATION PROCESS RELATING TO ALL SOUND PERMITS OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, 2000, AS AMENDED AND SUPPLEMENTED.
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ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 20, OFFENSES, MISCELLANEOUS, CHAPTER 3, NOISE CONTROL; AND AMENDING TITLE 5, AMUSEMENTS AND AMUSEMENT BUSINESSES, CHAPTER 10, SPECIAL EVENTS, SECTION 5, PERMIT APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS, TO CENTRALIZE THE APPLICATION PROCESS RELATING TO ALL SOUND PERMITS OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, 2000, AS AMENDED AND SUPPLEMENTED.


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WHEREAS, the City of Newark authorizes the issuance of sound permits for amplified sound devices used during Special Events, regulated by Title 5, Amusements and Amusement Business, Chapter 10, Special Events, Section 5, Permit Application Requirements of the Revised General Ordinances of the City of Newark, New Jersey, 2000, as amended and supplemented; and, for all other outdoor and street assemblage purposes, in accordance with Title 20, Offenses, Miscellaneous, Chapter 3, Noise Control; and

WHEREAS, for a period of time prior to 2004, Sound Permits were issued by the Office of the City Clerk for only "Outdoor Religious Purposes," and in 2004, at the recommendation of the Corporation Counsel, Title 20, Offenses, Miscellaneous, Chapter 3, Noise Control was amended to delete the reference to religious purposes and replaced with "outdoor and street assemblage purposes;" and

WHEREAS, Title 5, Amusements and Amusement Businesses, Chapter 10, Special Events, Section 5, Permit Application Requirements, requires that for sound permits associated with a Special Event, the applicant must file an application with the Office of the City Clerk, despite the fact that applications for Special Event Permits are distributed and issued by the Department of Finance, Division of Special Taxes and Abatements, which in turn creates confusion and often results in the failure of the applicant for a Special Event to obtain the sound permit at all and litigation concerning the foregoing; and

WHEREAS, the Unit of the Office of the City Clerk that must process...

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