Township of Plymouth, PA
Montgomery County
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Sec. 12-33 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 390, § 1, 8-13-1962; Ord. No. 891, § 1, 2-14-1983]
As used in this article, unless the context otherwise indicates.
(1) 
Any automatic vending machine used for the sale of cigarettes and matches and controlled by the insertion of a coin or coins and commonly referred to as a "cigarette vending machine."
(2) 
Any music vending machine, contrivance or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate, disk or key into any slot, crevice or other opening, or by payment of any price, operates or may be operated, for the emission of songs, music or similar amusements and commonly referred to as a "jukebox."
(3) 
Any machine which upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disk, may be operated by the public generally for use as a game, entertainment, or amusement, whether or not registering a score. It shall include such devices as video and other electronic games, marble machines, pinball machines, bowling machines, skill ball, mechanical grab machines, and all games, operations or transactions similar thereto under whatever name they may be indicated, such machines commonly being referred to as "mechanical amusement devices."
(4) 
Any automatic food vending machine used for the sale of food or beverages and controlled by the insertion of a coin or coins, commonly referred to as "food vending or beverage vending machines."
(5) 
Any automatic vending machine used for the sale of any merchandise, article or service and controlled by the insertion of a coin or coins. The terms "merchandise article" shall mean any item or article dispensed by said machine.
PERSON
Any person, partnership, firm, corporation or association which owns any such machine; any person, firm, corporation or association in whose place of business any such machine is placed for use by the public; and any person, firm, corporation or association, having control over such machine; provided, however, that the payment of the license fee by any person, firm, corporation or association enumerated herein, shall be deemed in compliance with Section 12-42 of this article.

Sec. 12-34 Gambling devices not permitted.

[Ord. No. 390, § 2, 8-13-1962]
Nothing in this article shall in any way be construed to authorize, license or permit any gambling devices whatsoever, or any mechanism that has been judicially determined to be a gambling device, or in any way contrary to law, or that may be contrary to any future laws of the state.

Sec. 12-35 through Sec. 12-41. (Reserved)

Sec. 12-42 Required.

[Ord. No. 390, § 3, 8-13-1962]
Any person who shall conduct, maintain or operate any coin-operated machine shall be required to obtain a license annually, from the township manager.

Sec. 12-43 Information in application.

[Ord. No. 390, § 4, 8-13-1962]
The application for the license required by this article shall contain the following information:
(1) 
Name and address of applicant, age, date of birth and place of birth.
(2) 
Prior convictions of applicant, if any.
(3) 
Place where machine or device is to be displayed or operated and the business conducted at that place.
(4) 
Description of machine to be covered by the license, mechanical features, name of manufacturer and serial number.
(5) 
Such other information as is required by regulations prescribed by the township council.

Sec. 12-44 Fee.

[Ord. No. 390, § 5, 8-13-1962; Ord. No. 891, § 2, 2-14-1983]
The annual fee for the license required by this article shall be as follows:
(1) 
Vending machines described in Section 12-33(1), (2), (4) and (5): $25.00.
(2) 
Games of entertainment and/or amusement described in section 12-33(3): $100.00.

Sec. 12-45 Inspection prior to issuance.

[Ord. No. 390, § 6, 8-13-1962]
The code enforcement officer shall, in his discretion, cause investigation to be made of the following items and on the basis of this investigation, either approve or disapprove of the application:
(1) 
The location for such machine as it is proposed to be operated, and whether the applicant is a person of good moral character.
(2) 
All wiring in connection with the machine, to determine if the same complies with the electrical code and/or standards of the township.
(3) 
The handling and preparation of merchandise articles in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the ultimate consumers of such merchandise articles.

Sec. 12-46 Display.

[Ord. No. 390, § 7, 8-13-1962]
(a) 
The license or license stamp provided for in this article shall be posted permanently and conspicuously at the location where the machine is to be maintained.
(b) 
In no case shall more than one machine be operated under one license stamp and the applicant shall be required to secure a license stamp for each and every machine displayed, operated or maintained by him.

Sec. 12-47 through Sec. 12-59. (Reserved)