[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Babylon 12-9-1969. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Bazaars and fairs — See Ch. 79.
Bingo — See Ch. 84.
Games of chance — See Ch. 130.
Public assembly places — See Ch. 173.
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Town that in order to preserve public peace and good order and to safeguard the health, safety, welfare and morals within the unincorporated area of the Town, it is necessary to regulate and control the operations and conduct of places of public assembly conducted as cabarets, bars or lounges, dance halls, discotheques or the like in order to fix certain responsibilities and duties of persons owning, operating or controlling such establishments.
For the purposes of these provisions, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed herein:
- Any person applying for a license under this chapter.
- BARS AND/OR LOUNGES
- Any place of public assembly in which the business of directly or indirectly selling and/or serving drink to the public is conducted and in which any musical entertainment, singing, dancing in a designated area or other form of amusement is also permitted, but shall not include such a room, place or space which provides incidental musical entertainment by mechanical devices without dancing.
- Any place of public assembly in which the business of directly or indirectly selling or serving food or drink to the public is conducted and in which any musical entertainment, singing, dancing in a designated area or other form of amusement is also permitted, but shall not include such a room, place or space which provides incidental musical entertainment by mechanical devices without dancing.
- DANCE HALL
- Any place of public assembly in which dancing is carried on and to which the public may gain admittance, either with or without the payment of a fee.
- DISCOTHEQUE (AND THE LIKE)
- Any place of public assembly in which the business of directly or indirectly selling and/or serving food, drinks and/or beverages to the public is conducted, in which dancing is carried on by any musical entertainment and to which the public may gain admission, either with or without the payment of a fee.
- A permit issued by the Building Inspector in accordance with this chapter.
- PLACE OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
- Any room, place or space which is occupied or arranged to be occupied for recreational, amusement, social, sports or similar purposes or any building, shed or enclosure, whether indoor or outdoor, coming within the occupancy and other similar classifications of this section, as determined by the officer charged with the enforcement of this section. For the purpose of interpretation, the term "public assembly," where used in this chapter, shall include the terms "public assembly" or "assembly" as may be used in other codes, laws, ordinances, rules or regulations as may be applicable in the Town.
The Building Inspector of the Town, in accordance with this chapter, shall have the following functions, powers and duties, in addition to those provided in any other law, ordinance, rule or regulation:
To issue or refuse to issue any license or permit provided by this chapter.
To revoke, cancel or suspend for cause any license or permit issued under this chapter.
To inspect or provide for the inspection of any place of public assembly regulated hereunder at any reasonable time.
To prescribe forms of applications for licenses or permits under this chapter and of all reports which he deems necessary to be made by any licensee, permittee or applicant.
To hold hearings, subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, administer oaths, examine any person under oath and, in connection therewith, require the production of any books or papers relative to the inquiry, and otherwise fully enforce this chapter.
The powers provided in this section may be delegated by the Building Inspector to any employee of the Town designated by him.
It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct, maintain or operate or engage in the business of conducting, maintaining or operating a cabaret, bar and/or lounge, dance hall or discotheque establishment within the Town, unless the premises wherein the same is conducted, maintained or operated are licensed in the manner prescribed herein.
A license shall be issued for a place of public assembly operated as a cabaret, bar and/or lounge, dance hall or discotheque only after the Building Inspector:
Shall have caused an inspection to be made of the premises to be licensed and is satisfied that such premises comply with all the laws and ordinances that may be applicable thereto, including any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and such laws, rules or regulations enforceable by any governmental authorities.
Is satisfied that the premises to be licensed are a safe place to be used as such establishment.
In addition to such other information as the Building Inspector may determine shall be furnished in any application for a place of public assembly operating as a cabaret, bar and/or lounge, dance hall or discotheque establishment, the following information shall be given:
The name, age and residence address of each applicant and, if there is more than one and they are partners, the partnership name and the age and residence address of each partner.
If such applicant is a stock corporation, the name of the corporation, the names and residence addresses of its directors or other governing body, the names and residence addresses of its officers and, except in the discretion of the Building Inspector, the stockholders and the state under the laws of which it is organized.
The premises to be licensed, stating the street and number, if the premises have a street and number, and otherwise such description as will reasonably indicate the locality thereof.
The name and address of the owner of the building or premises wherein or whereon the licensed premises are located.
Whether the applicant is a lessee and if so, the name and residence address of the lessor.
If the applicant does not reside in the Town, the name and address of an agent who shall be a natural person and shall reside or have a place of business in the Town and who shall be authorized to and shall agree, by verified statement, to accept notices or summonses issued by the Building Inspector with respect to violations of any law or ordinance or rules or regulations thereunder, which are enforceable by the Building Inspector.
The name and residence address of each person interested or to become interested in the business covered by the license for which the application is made, together with the nature of such interests.
The nature of the applicant's interest in the business covered by the license for which application is made and the name of any other person, either as principal or associate, interested in the licensed premises or in the business to be covered by the license applied for.
That the person applying for a license has not been convicted of any crime, misdemeanor or violation of any local law or municipal ordinance and, if the person has been convicted, the nature of the crime or violation, the court where convicted and the date of the penalty assessed.
If there is any change, after the granting of a license hereunder, in any of the facts required to be set forth in the application for license, a supplemental statement giving notice of such change, duly verified, shall be filed with the Building Inspector within 10 days after such change. Failure to do so shall, if willful and deliberate, be cause for suspension or revocation of the license. This supplemental statement may be waived by the Building Inspector, in his discretion, to any corporation with regard to stockholders holding less than 10% of the issued stock.
In giving any notice or taking any action in reference to a licensee of licensed premises, the Building Inspector may rely upon the information furnished in the application for license and in any supplemental statement connected therewith, and such information may be presumed to be correct and shall be binding upon a licensee or licensed premises as if correct.
All applicants for cabaret, bar and/or lounge, dance hall or discotheque licenses shall be fingerprinted, unless the Building Inspector deems such fingerprinting unnecessary.
A license shall be issued for a cabaret, bar and/or lounge, dance hall or discotheque establishment only after the Building Inspector, in addition to those requirements set forth in § 94-5, is satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person.
The term of licenses issued hereunder shall be for a period of one year, commencing with March 1 and terminating at the end of the following February, except that an original license shall be effective from the date the license is granted to the end of the month of February following.
Renewal applications shall be submitted to the Building Inspector at least 30 days prior to expiration of the license. Renewals of license shall be effective for the one-year term above described.
Basis. Fees for cabaret, bar and/or lounge, dance hall or discotheque establishment licenses issued under this chapter shall be payable annually and shall be based on the number of persons such place is designed to lawfully accommodate and as certified by the Building Inspector.
Table of fees.
The table of annual fees for cabaret, bar and/or lounge, dance hall or discotheque establishment licenses shall be as follows:
Capacity in Persons
Fee Per Year or Fraction Thereof
0 to 100
101 to 300
301 to 600
601 to 1,000
An additional fee of $50 shall be charged for each 100 persons or fraction thereof in excess of 1,000. The maximum fee shall be $500 per year.
Payment; refund. The total fee shall be paid upon submission of the application for a license. In the event that a license is denied, a fee of $15 shall be retained for the processing of such application, and the remainder of the fee submitted shall be returned to the applicant. No fee or any part thereof shall be returnable if a license is suspended or revoked.
Occupancy requirements shall be determined by the Board of Standards and Appeals of the State of New York pursuant to Article 17 of the Labor Law and acts amendatory thereof.
If the Building Inspector shall disapprove an application for a license under this chapter, he or his duly designated agent shall endorse upon such application his disapproval thereof and shall attach thereto a statement of his reasons therefor. The Building Inspector thereafter shall notify the applicant of such action by regular mail.
Grounds. The Building Inspector, after a hearing upon notice, at which the licensee shall be given an opportunity to be heard, may suspend or revoke any license issued hereunder, in his discretion, for any of the following causes:
A person licensed hereunder making any false material statement in the application for license.
Violation of any provision of this chapter.
Violation of any law, ordinance, rule or regulation applicable to the licensed premises or enforceable by any governmental authority.
Conviction of any crime.
Failure to provide for the health, safety or welfare of any persons frequenting the licensed premises.
Other good cause.
Effect. Upon a license hereunder being suspended or revoked, it shall be unlawful to use or occupy any portion of said premises as a cabaret, bar and/or lounge, dance hall or discotheque during such period of suspension.
Notice required. The Building Inspector shall send notice of the suspension or revocation to the person licensed hereunder, and the Building Inspector or his duly delegated agent shall attach thereto a statement of his reasons therefor.
Any notice to be given by the Building Inspector under this chapter shall be deemed to have been duly given when:
Served personally upon the licensed person or sent by registered or certified mail addressed to his residence.
In the case of a corporate licensee, served personally upon an officer of said corporate licensee or sent by registered or certified mail addressed to an officer thereof at his residence, together with a copy of the notice by ordinary mail to the address of the licensed premises.
Served personally upon or sent by registered or certified mail to the agent designated under § 94-7F.
Served in any manner otherwise specifically provided in this chapter or in any other lawful manner.
Each license issued hereunder shall be kept conspicuously posted at the main entrance of every place licensed hereunder.
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, deface or alter any license issued hereunder.
No license issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be transferred or assigned to any person or used by any person other than the licensee to whom it was issued, nor shall such license be used on any location other than the location stated in such license.
Every person holding a license under this chapter and every place of public assembly licensed hereunder shall comply with the provisions of this chapter, and violation of any of said provisions shall be unlawful.
No light on any part of premises licensed hereunder shall be permitted to shine beyond the property line of the premises. All exterior lights on such premises shall be equipped with shielding devices so that the glow emanating therefrom shall be directed only on and toward such premises.
All garbage, rubbish and other refuse shall be stored until removed at the rear of premises licensed hereunder in watertight receptacles not exceeding 30 gallons' capacity and securely covered. Such receptacles shall be maintained in a sanitary condition and shall be cleaned at least three times weekly. No garbage, rubbish or other refuse shall be removed from the premises between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. following.
No soot, cinders, smoke, noxious acids, fumes, gases or disagreeable or unusual odors shall be permitted to emanate from the licensed premises in such manner as to be detrimental to any person or to the public or which either annoys, disturbs, injures, endangers or may have a tendency to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of any person or the public.
Generally. No loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise shall be permitted to be made, continued or caused to be made or continued, which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers or tends to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of other persons or the public.
Music. No music shall be played in any place of public assembly licensed hereunder either by mechanical device or live performance in such a manner that the sound emanating therefrom shall be audible beyond the property line of the premises whereon the place of public assembly is located. At no time shall music be played either by mechanical device or live performance in a manner which either annoys, disturbs, injures, endangers or tends to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of other persons or the public.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any of the rules and regulations adopted by the Building Inspector pursuant to this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000 must be imposed or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both. Each day's continued violation shall constitute a separate violation.
[Amended 10-7-2003 by L.L. No. 19-2003]
For the purpose of conferring jurisdiction upon courts and judicial officers generally, violations of this chapter shall be deemed misdemeanors, and for such purpose only, all provisions of law relating to misdemeanors shall apply to such violations.