The Brick Township council has proposed some minor changes to the township’s special events ordinance that could make it easier for neighborhoods to have parties and businesses to cover multiple events at once.
The ordinance, as it is currently written, requires individuals or businesses hosting events that are outside the normal use of a home or business to submit an application to the township that will be reviewed by officials to ensure the safety of guests and exemption from existing ordinances, if needed.
The proposed changes would exempt neighborhood block parties as long as the event is limited to 50 attendees or less, and there is no live, amplified music. Any event featuring live music using amplified music must be submitted to the township for approval under the ordinance – including the proposed revised ordinance.
The application fee for an event would be $100.
The proposal would also streamline the way businesses hosting recurring events would receive approval. Over the past summer, officials had to repeatedly approve outdoor afternoon music at the River Rock Bar and Grille since the restaurant was required to submit applications for each month’s worth of events. Under the revised ordinance, a business would pay an application fee of $250 for up to four events in a three month-long period.
The ordinance exempts the Board of Education, BTMUA and Housing Authority from having to pay the application fee on the ordinance, but not the requirement that an application be submitted, said township attorney Kevin Starkey.
The revisions will be up for a public hearing and final vote at the Nov. 25 council meeting.