New rules for charitable organizations

Charitable organizations now required to seek permits from township

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  • PHOTO BY ANN GENADER Charitable organizations planning roadside fund drives must first file a permit application with police Chief Timothy Storbeck. The application will also be reviewed by the township administrator.


The days of firefighters and other volunteers routinely standing in the road with a hat or boot to collect donations are over – unless they first comply with a new state law.

The legislation, recently adopted by the state Senate and General Assembly, prohibits such roadside solicitation unless authorized by the municipality where the roads are located.

The Town Council has adopted an ordinance to put the municipality in compliance with this law. It determined that collecting donations in this manner is "in the public interest" as long as it is done in "a safe and reasonable manner."

Any charitable organization planning such fund drives must first get a permit. Application forms are available from police Chief Timothy Storbeck.

Required information includes the organization's name, address, phone number, its contact person, as well as the location or locations, dates and times of the charitable solicitations.

If the organization plans to collect donations on a county highway or intersection of a county highway, its application must include a copy of an authorization from the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. And if a state highway intersection is involved, it needs to get the go-ahead from the state commissioner of transportation.

For safety's sake, the application must also identify the exact way in which the collections are to be made.

If approved by the police chief, applications go to the township administrator for further review. If the application passes muster there, Storbeck will issue a permit.

The township ordinance also prohibits anyone under 18 from taking part in roadside collections.

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James Cornelius Farley
  • Dec 8, 2017


West Milford, NJ