Atlantic City, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners (now City Council) of the City of Atlantic City 5-5-1960 by Ord. No. 7-1960. Section 81-7 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 81-1 Legislative findings; amusement and entertainment areas designated.

It is hereby determined, declared and found that the City of Atlantic City constitutes a seashore resort with parts thereof customarily constituting an amusement or entertainment area according to the customary understanding of said terms in the community and that certain ocean piers in said city are known as recognized amusement parks. The amusement or entertainment areas in said city are more particularly described as follows:
A. 
All of the lands located on the northerly side of the Boardwalk as follows: from the westerly side of Arkansas Avenue where the same intersects the Boardwalk and extending westwardly to the easterly side of Mississippi Avenue; from the westerly side of Georgia Avenue to the easterly side of Florida Avenue and from the easterly side of Texas Avenue to the westerly side of California Avenue.
B. 
All of the lands located on the north side of the Boardwalk from the easterly side of Virginia Avenue where the same intersects the Boardwalk and extending eastwardly to the westerly side of New Jersey Avenue where the same intersects the Boardwalk.
C. 
Premises known as "539 Boardwalk."
D. 
Premises known as "192 St. James Place."
E. 
Premises known as "2031-33 Boardwalk."
F. 
That part of Central Pier, Tennesse Avenue and the Boardwalk, known as "Number 4 Central Pier."
G. 
The amusement parks known as the "Million Dollar Pier" the "Steel Pier" and "Steeplechase Pier."
H. 
Premises known as "194 South Kentucky Avenue."
[Added 4-20-1961 by Ord. No. 17-1961]

§ 81-2 License required; issuance pursuant to law.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to own or operate within this municipality any amusement game or games, as said terms are defined by said Amusement Games Licensing Law (P.L. 1959, c. 109), whether said game or games are of skill or chance, or both, and whether said game or games are played and operated with or without numbers or figures, without first having obtained a license from the City Council of the City of Atlantic City so to do. Said license shall be issued pursuant to and subject to the provisions of the Amusement Games Licensing Law (P.L. 1959, c. 109).

§ 81-3 Filing of application for license.

Each applicant for such license shall file with the Municipal Clerk a written application in such form as prescribed by and in accordance with said Amusement Games Licensing Law, as amended and supplemented, and the Rules and Regulations promulgated by the Amusement Games Control Commissioner of the State of New Jersey.

§ 81-4 Annual license fee schedules.

The annual fees for the type of licenses to be issued hereunder shall be as follows, and said annual fees shall accompany the application for said licenses:
A. 
Games permitted under Category and Certification No. 1 of the Amusement Games Control State Commissioner; Said games being generally known as "balloon game," "barrel game," "basketball game," "bear pitch game," "break-the-dish game," "bullpen ball game," "cigarette cork rifle game," "cigarette dart game," "cigarette toss game," "dart game," "dodgem game," "glass pitch game," "hoopla game," "mammy doll game," "milk bottle game," "milk can game," "number dart game," "over and under game," "penny pitch game," "pig slide game" "ping-pong ball game," "ring toss game," "shooting gallery game," "stuffed cat game" and any similar type of game granted certification. The license fee shall be $100 per game.
B. 
Games permitted under Category and Certification No. 2 of the Amusement Games Control State Commissioner; arcade games generally known as "baseball machine," "basketball machine," "bouncing ball machine," "bowling machine," "crane machine," "dexterity tester machine," "digger machine," "football machine," "golf machine," "gun machine," "hockey machine," "intelligence tester machine," "pinball machine," "pokerino machine," "pool table machine," "pusher machine," "roll-down machine," "rotary arm machine," "shooting machine," "shuffle alley machine," "Skee-Ball machine," "skill tester machine," "strength tester machine" or any game of similar type granted certification. The license fee shall be $700 per arcade for no more than 50 machines. For each arcade having over 50 machines, there shall be an additional license fee of $15 for each machine over 50.
[Amended 7-11-1984 by Ord. No. 49-1984]
C. 
Games permitted under Category and Certification No. 3 of the Amusement Games Control State Commissioner; nondraw raffle games such as duck pond game, fish pond game, grab-bag game, pick-the-stick game or any game of similar type granted certification. The license fee shall be $100 for each game.
D. 
Games permitted under Category and Certification No. 4 of the Amusement Games Control State Commissioner; competitive game," "throw fascination game" or any game of similar type granted certification. The license fee, depending upon the seating capacity of the place to be licensed, shall be as follows:
[Amended 4-14-1966 by Ord. No. 5-1966]
(1) 
Up to 200 seats, $1,000.
(2) 
From 201 to 350 seats, $2,000.
(3) 
Over 350 seats, $3,000.
(4) 
Any other competitive game which does not have seats for the players shall pay a license fee of $100.
E. 
Games permitted under Category and Certification No. 5 of the Amusement Games Control State Commissioner; games commonly known as "stop-and-go" or like games granted certification. The license fee shall be $100 per game.
F. 
Games permitted under Category and Certification No. 6 of the Amusement Games Control State Commissioner; games commonly known as "guessing games" such as guess-your-weight game, guess-your age game or any like game granted certification. The license fee shall be $100 for each game.
G. 
Games permitted under Category and Certification No. 7 of the Amusement Games Control State Commissioner; a game wherein a single player attempts to ring a bell or gong by striking with a maul one end of a horizontal lever arm and the other end of which propels a weight upward along a vertical wire, at the top of which is a bell or gong, generally known as "ring-the-bell game" or "high striker game" or any like game granted certification. The license fee shall be $100 for each game.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 170, License and Fees, § 170-5, Fees Schedules, which was amended 7-11-1984 by Ord. No. 49-1984 to provide for a fee of $100 for each game permitted under category and certification No. 8 of the Amusement Games Control State Commissioner.
H. 
Any game not listed or subsequently certified by the State Commissioner, a license fee of $100.
I. 
Rides and amusements.
[Added 9-22-1998 by Ord. No. 40-1998]
(1) 
Circus: $1,500.
(2) 
Pier charging admission: $1,500; plus, each ride: $75.
(3) 
Pier making no entrance or admission charge: $500; plus, each ride: $75.
(4) 
Amusements, such as rides, open air or indoor and side shows, per unit: $75.

§ 81-5 Control and supervision.

The City Council of the City of Atlantic City shall have and exercise control and supervision over all amusement games held, operated or conducted under such license, with all the powers authorized or granted to it under the Amusement Games Licensing Law, and all amendments and supplements thereto, and the Rules and Regulations of the State Amusement Games Control Commissioner.

§ 81-6 Violations: forfeitures, revocations and suspensions.

In the event that any licensee shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or the Amusement Games Licensing Law or the Rules and Regulations promulgated by the State Amusement Games Control Commissioner or the terms of such license, such licensee shall be a disorderly person and, if convicted as such, shall, in addition to suffering any other penalties which may be imposed, suffer the forfeiture, revocation or suspension of any license issued to such licensee under this chapter.

§ 81-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-1-1989 by Ord. No. 2-1989; 11-25-2008 by Ord. No. 104]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject by the Municipal Court to a penalty not to exceed $2,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the judgment of said court, and the same shall be in addition to the powers of suspension or revocation of any such license as provided for herein by the City Council of the City of Atlantic City.