Hillside Township Ordinances

The following is a list of ordinances commonly enforced by the Hillside Police Department. For a complete list please contact the Township clerk's office at (973) 926-3000.

§ 291-18.1. Permit parking

 

A. Parking on certain streets limited to residents and guests. Except as otherwise provided within this section, no person shall park a vehicle upon any of the following streets unless that person is a resident or guest of a resident of the Township of Hillside and displays a valid residential parking permit or guest parking permit.

 

Street/Location Side  Hours   Permit limit per household
Queen Court Both All* two (2) registered to household
Beechwood Place  Both 11:00 pm – 6:00 am* n/a (registered to household)
Hurden Street Both 11:00 pm – 6:00 am* n/a (registered to household)
Looker Street Both 11:00 pm – 6:00 am*  n/a (registered to household)
Bailey Avenue Municipal Lot   11:00 pm – 6:00 am* one (1) registered to household
Irvington Avenue Both All^* n/a (registered to household)
Wilder Street Both All^* n/a (registered to household)

 

* Except major holidays as enumerated in Subsection G.

^ Except Saturday and Sunday

 

B. Residential parking permit requirements.

 

  1. Residents of any street enumerated in Subsection A shall be entitled to residential parking permits not to exceed the limits set forth above. Said permits shall be issued annually by the Chief of Police and shall expire on December 31 of the calendar year of issue.

  2. Residential parking permits for the Bailey Avenue Municipal Lot will be available to residents of the immediate area only. A limit on the number of permits available for this area may be imposed by the Chief of Police. All residential parking permits are issued on a first come, first served basis. Residents without access to a private driveway or other off-street parking shall have priority; however, the issuance of a permit does not guarantee a parking space except that vehicles without a permit shall not park in this lot.

  3. Residential parking and guest permits shall be for the exclusive use and convenience of Hillside residents, and their guests, and shall not be transferable or used by other persons.

  4. Any resident who shall apply for a parking permit as provided by this section shall present to the Chief of Police or his designee the following documents which shall demonstrate proof of residency:

    (a) New Jersey driver's license. (b) New Jersey Vehicle Registration and Insurance Card. (c) Permit fee as required by Subsection C of this section.


  5. Parking permits shall be prominently displayed in the manner prescribed by the Chief of Police on vehicles while parked in the locations enumerated in Subsection A of this section.

 

C. Guest permits.

 

  1. Guest permits shall be available for the use and convenience of any guest of a household located on a street/location enumerated in Subsection A and shall be transferable from vehicle to vehicle. At no time shall a guest permit be displayed on a vehicle owned by or registered to a resident or household member.

  2. The Chief of Police shall establish a convenient procedure for residents to obtain guest permits. Said procedure shall not require residents to provide the name, address or other information that would identify their guest(s) to any person; however, all guest permits shall be numbered and prominently displayed in a manner prescribed by the Chief of Police.

  3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the number of guests a resident may invite or suffer in his or her household at any time.

  4. Regular guest permits (reusable). (a) Residents of the streets/locations enumerated in Subsection A shall be entitled to obtain not more than one regular guest parking permit per household per year.(b) Regular guest parking permits shall be issued annually by the Chief of Police and shall expire on December 31 of the year issued.

  5. Temporary guest permits (nonreusable). (a) Temporary guest parking permits shall be available to residents and members of their households at a cost of $1 per permit and shall be valid for not more than 72 hours. Unless otherwise approved by the Chief of Police or his designee, no resident or household shall be eligible to receive more than three temporary guest permits in a seventy-two-hour period.(b) The Chief of Police shall be authorized to deny or rescind temporary guest parking permits as necessary to keep the peace, prevent crime, facilitate the unrestricted flow of traffic in the Township or for other good cause.

 

D. Permit fees; exemptions.

 

  1. The following fees for parking permits shall become effective on January 1, 2008 or as soon thereafter as this revised Ordinance shall become effective:
  2. Type

    First vehicle, per year
    Second and subsequent vehicles, per year
    Regular guest permit, per year (reusable, limit 1 per household)
    Temporary guest permit (valid for up to 72 hours)

    Fee

    $10.00
    $5.00
    $5.00
    $1.00

  3. The above fees shall be applied toward the cost of signs, placards and other miscellaneous materials and expenses associated with the administration of this section. 
  4. With the exception of the fees required for temporary guest permits, the above fees shall not apply to households wherein any member of the household is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States of America or the militia of the State of New Jersey, including but not limited to members of the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, or the New Jersey National Guard or Air National Guard. This fee exemption shall also be applicable to members of the Armed Forces who are on inactive or reserve status, and to honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces of the United States who present proof of same along with their application for a parking permit.
  5. Active members of the Township of Hillside Auxiliary Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department shall also be exempt from the above fees. 

E. Exceptions to permit requirement. Nothing in this section shall be applicable to the following vehicles:

  1. Emergency vehicles including but not limited to police, fire and ambulance;
  2. Vehicles engaged in the delivery of any public works services, including but not limited to street cleaning, leaf collection, snow removal, garbage removal or other essential service
  3. Clearly marked vehicles owned or operated by a public utility service (electric, gas, cable TV, etc.), provided said vehicle is used in connection with the delivery of service to a Township business or resident and does not block or impede the flow of other parked and moving vehicles,;
  4. United States Postal Service vehicles or any vehicle used by U.S. Postal Service employees who are engaged in the delivery of the United States Mail, provided said vehicle is clearly identified;
  5. Vehicles used by health care professionals including doctors, visiting nurses, private ambulance services, pharmaceutical services or other vehicles used in connection with the delivery of any health care service, medicine or physical rehabilitation equipment while engaged in the actual delivery of professional services, medicines or equipment to a resident or occupant of any building located on the streets/locations enumerated in Subsection A, where there is insufficient space or it is otherwise not feasible to park said vehicle in a private driveway or other suitable off-street parking area;
  6. Service vehicles clearly marked and displaying commercial license plates used in connection with the construction, repair or maintenance, including lawn and garden maintenance, of a residence or other property located on any street/location enumerated in Subsection A where there is insufficient space or it is otherwise not feasible to park said vehicle in a private driveway or other off-street parking area and does not block or impede the flow of other parked and moving vehicles;
  7. Vehicles used in connection with the delivery of any merchandise, goods or services to residents of the streets/locations enumerated in Subsection A, provided said vehicle is clearly marked, displays commercial license plates, is parked for a period of time not to exceed the time necessary to accomplish the delivery and does not block or impede the flow of other parked and moving vehicles,;
  8. Vehicles owned and/or operated by employees of New Jersey Transit while engaged in any public transportation service;
  9. Limousines, taxicabs, buses and other private coaches hired by a resident or guest of a resident of any street/location enumerated in Subsection A, provided said vehicle is parked for not more than 15 minutes, does not block or impede the flow of other parked and moving vehicles, and the operator remains with the vehicle; and
  10. Any vehicle that displays a valid handicapped parking permit or handicapped license plates issued by the Director of the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles or a temporary handicapped parking placard issued by the Chief of Police of any municipality or other political subdivision in the State of New Jersey.

§ 124-3. Numbers to appear on each building. [Amended 5-29-2007]

A. All public and privately owned buildings, including but not limited to single- and multifamily residences, commercial and industrial structures, restaurants, offices, schools, houses of worship and all other facilities now or hereafter erected within the Township shall bear in numeric figures the street number assigned to the building of the Tax Map of the Township. Such numeric figures shall be securely affixed by the owner or occupant to the front of the building and shall be clearly visible to persons passing by the structure or premises on the abutting street.

B. Numeric figures displayed in accordance with this chapter shall also meet the following specifications:

  1. Location. Numeric figures must be placed within 10 feet of the front entrance of the building.
  2. Height. Numeric figures shall be at least four inches in height.  
  3. Color. Numeric figures shall be reflective or painted in color(s) that contrast with the surface to which they are affixed.
  4. Visibility. Numeric figures shall not be obscured by shrubbery or other landscaping, screens, storm doors, mailboxes, electrical fixtures, signs, or any other object that would impair their visibility from the street. In addition, no other numeric figures shall be placed upon the building next to, within or near the area upon which the street number is affixed in a manner which would substantially diminish the visibility or clarity of the street number.

C. The display of alphabetic, lettered or Roman style numerals is prohibited unless displayed in addition to and in accordance with the above requirements.

Alarm Systems

§ 106-6a and 106-6b. Registration; Permits.

A. Any person who owns or operated a police alarm device or a local alarm shall make written application for the continuance thereof to the Police Chief, which application shall contain at least the location of the device, the name of the installer of the device the type of device, provisions relating to false alarms and testing procedures, a list of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm and other information as may be required by the Township Council.

B. [Amended 3-7-1995; 3-17-1998] Local alarms shall be registered providing such information and on such forms as the Police Department shall require; and (1) In the case of alarms in residential structures, a one-time registration fee of $10 shall be paid to the Township of Hillside contemporaneous with such registration by the owner or occupant and by each subsequent owner or occupant of such residence; or (2) In the case of alarms in commercial or industrial structures, a registration fee of $35 shall be paid to the Township of Hillside contemporaneous with such registration by the owner or occupant and by each subsequent owner or occupant of such commercial or industrial structure and annually thereafter on the anniversary date of such registration for so long as such structure maintains an alarm. Download a registration form here

§ 106-8c. General regulations; false alarms.

C. In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge of the same shall immediately notify the Police Department. In addition, in the case of a false alarm, the Police Chief shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of such alarms. For such alarms that are determined to be of a false nature, the Mayor, through the Hillside Police Department, shall cause the following action to be taken against the alarm owner/user:

  1. In the event of the occurrence of three false alarms in any calendar year, the alarm user shall, within three working days after notice to do so, complete a written report to the Police Chief setting forth the cause of the false alarm, if known; the corrective action taken; whether the alarm system has been inspected by an alarm service company; and any such other information and the Chief of Police may reasonably require.
  2. A warning shall be given upon the occurrence of a third false alarm in any calendar year by the Police Chief or his representative.
  3. For the fourth false alarm in any calendar year, an assessment of $75 shall be imposed against the alarm user and shall thereupon be payable to the Township of Hillside.
  4. For the fifth and all subsequent false alarm(s) in any calendar year, an assessment of $100 shall be imposed against the alarm user and shall thereupon be payable to the Township of Hillside.
  5. In addition to the assessed fees provided in § 106-8c of Chapter 106 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Hillside, 1971, if the fourth false alarm, or any succeeding false alarm, has resulted from a failure on the part of the alarm user to take the necessary corrective action after notification by the Police Department, the Police Chief may order such alarm user to disconnect such audible alarm or alarm system. Written notice of such an order shall be served on the alarm user who shall disconnect the system forthwith. An order may not be served upon a user whose system is required by law to be maintained.

Parking § 11-5A Overnight Parking of Trucks and/or Buses

  1. No person shall park the following vehicles overnight on any public street or municipal property in the Township of Hillside: Any tractor truck cabs with or without trailers attached; or any trailer or combination of trailer(s) incapable of being moved on its or their own power. Pick up trucks, vans or trucks or any type of commercial markings. Trucks or any type loaded or equipped in a manner that would lead a reasonable observer to believe that same was being used for commercial or industrial purposes. Buses of any type. Jitneys and taxi cabs.
  2. Overnight parking for the purposes of this ordinance shall mean and include parking after 11:00pm and before 6:00am of any day.
  3. (i) Any person, association or corporation who shall violate the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00, or imprisonment for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both, at the discretion of the court. (ii) In addition to the above penalties set forth in subsection
  4. (i) of this section of this ordinance, the Township Police Department, after the issuance of a second summons involving the same vehicle within a thirty (30) day period, may cause such vehicle to be towed or otherwise removed from the public street or municipal property, with the owner of such vehicle being responsible for the cost of such removal.
  5. The provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to vehicles owned by a public utility, as defined in N.J.S. 48:2-13, when such vehicles are being used for work in connection with the furnishing or supplying of the commodity which by law the public utility is authorized to furnish or supply.
  1. Section 2. All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby accordingly repealed to the extent of any such inconsistency.
  2. Section 3. This ordinance shall take effect twenty (20) days after final passage by the Township Council and approval by the Mayor, and according to law.

ADOPTED ON: May 18, 1999

11.3.7 Snow Emergency Routes

Parking Prohibited Temporarily on Certain Streets for Snow Plowing and Snow Removal. Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway, no vehicle shall be parked or permitted to be parked, or allowed to be parked on any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule V (listed below).

Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of this section shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic and any peace officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall pay the reasonable costs of the removal of and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.

The effectiveness of this section is contingent on signs being erected as required by law.

Schedule V:

Beechwood Place
Long Avenue Central Avenue
Maple Avenue Chestnut Avenue
Memorial Drive Conant Street
North Avenue Hillside Avenue/Bloy Street
North Broad Street Hollywood Avenue
Salem Avenue Liberty Avenue
Westminster Avenue

* YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TOWED AT YOUR EXPENSE IF PARKED ON A DESIGNATED SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTE DURING A SNOWSTORM.

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