City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 12-9-1971 as Art. 7 of Ch. 5 of the Revised Ordinances; amended in its entirety 11-24-1982 by Ord. No. MC-1910. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Arcades and amusement devices — See Ch. 135.

Licenses and business regulations — See Ch. 332.

Zoning — See Ch. 577.

§ 145-1
Definitions. 

§ 145-2
Notice of license application.  

§ 145-3
Proof of notice to be provided.  

§ 145-4
Hearing upon written objection by resident to application.  

§ 145-5
Action following hearing. 

§ 145-6
Action upon discovery of violation.  

§ 145-7
Investigation of applicants.  

§ 145-8
Number of tables limited. 

§ 145-9
Transferability of license between machines limited. 

§ 145-10
Inspections.  

§ 145-11
Maintenance and sanitary conditions. 

§ 145-12
Hours of operation. 

§ 145-13
Unobstructed view of premises. 

§ 145-14
Connections to places for gambling or immoral purposes. 

§ 145-15
Minors. 

§ 145-16
Games of chance and gambling. 

§ 145-17
Alcoholic beverages. 

§ 145-18
Failure to comply. 

§ 145-19
Violations and penalties. 

§ 145-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

BILLIARD OR POOL ROOMS
Any public place where the game known as "billiards" or "pool" is permitted to be played, in whatever form, including, but not by way of limitation, carom billiards, pocket billiards, pool, three-cushion billiards and English billiards; shall also include coin-controlled pool and/or billiard tables, in whatever form the game is permitted to be played.
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 135, Arcades and Amusement Devices.

§ 145-2 Notice of license application.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994]

A copy of the license application shall be served by the applicant upon the owners of all real property located within 200 feet of the location of any proposed billiard or pool room, together with a notice indicating that any written objections to such proposed billiard or pool room shall be filed with the Division of Inspections by the date specified therein, which date, as set by the Division of Inspections, shall not be more than 20 days nor less than 10 days after service of notice. Service of notice of hearing shall be made on the property owner either personally or by leaving a copy thereof at his usual place of abode or by registered mail, return receipt requested. In addition, such notice shall be posted upon the front of the premises proposed to be used as a billiard or pool room, such posting to take place not more than 20 days nor less than 10 days prior to the date specified therein for filing objections with the Division of Inspections.

§ 145-3 Proof of notice to be provided.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994]

At least three days prior to the filing date provided for in § 145-2, the applicant shall submit to the Division of Inspections proof of compliance with the notice provisions of § 145-2, such proof consisting of:

A. 

A plot plan showing all properties, including addresses, and streets located within 200 feet of the proposed billiard or pool room.

B. 

A list, obtained from the most recent tax list of the City of Camden, of the names and addresses of all owners of property located within 200 feet of the proposed billiard or pool room premises.

C. 

A statement of the date of service and the method of service upon each such property owner, such statement having been sworn to and subscribed before a notary public of the State of New Jersey.

§ 145-4 Hearing upon written objection by resident to application.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994]

In the event that any written objections are filed by any resident of the City of Camden, the Division of Inspections shall schedule a public hearing on the application for the proposed billiard and/or pool room, giving at least seven days' notice thereof to the applicant and to all persons filing written objections.

§ 145-5 Action following hearing.

A. 

Within 10 days after the public hearing, if objections have been filed, the Chief License Inspector either shall issue the requested license or shall forward to the applicant his reasons for denial of the application.

B. 

If, after a public hearing upon written objections of residents of the City of Camden or neighboring property owners held pursuant to §§ 145-2 through 145-6, the Chief License Inspector shall determine, upon considering all of the evidence and testimony, that issuance of the proposed license would be substantially detrimental to public health, safety and welfare or any proprietary interest of the inhabitants of the immediate area, the Chief License Inspector may then revoke, rescind, suspend or deny issuance of a license.

§ 145-6 Action upon discovery of violation.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994]

If, by independent inspections by the Division of Inspections, there is a determination by any court of competent jurisdiction that the licensed premises are in violation of any provision of this chapter or applicable municipal, state or federal law, then, after a hearing is held in conformity with this chapter, the Chief License Inspector may revoke, rescind, suspend or deny the issuance of a license.

§ 145-7 Investigation of applicants.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994; 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

The Division of Inspections shall cause an investigation to be made by the Division of Police as to the character of the applicant or applicants and the officers of the club, society or corporation making such application and of the person who is to have the general management of the business.

§ 145-8 Number of tables limited.

No licensee shall set up or have in use in the licensed premises a greater number of billiard or pool tables than are specified in or on the license.

§ 145-9 Transferability of license between machines limited.

No licensee shall use or permit to be used a license issued for a mechanical coin-operated device of one nature for a mechanical coin-operated device of a different nature in or on the licensed premises.

§ 145-10 Inspections.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994, 7-25-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2129; 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

The licensed premises shall be open for inspection by any authorized agent from the Division of Inspections, the Department of Human Services and by any police officer of the City.

§ 145-11 Maintenance and sanitary conditions.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

Billiard or pool rooms shall be kept at all times in a clean, healthful and sanitary condition and shall be subject to all sanitary rules and regulations prescribed therefor by the Department of Human Services.

§ 145-12 Hours of operation.

No licensee hereunder shall operate a billiard or pool room between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. or harbor or permit any person to be or remain in any such billiard room between said hours. This section, however, shall not be construed to prevent regular employees from performing necessary work within the premises.

§ 145-13 Unobstructed view of premises.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

An unobstructed view of the entire interior of the licensed premises must be maintained at all times. No licensee hereunder shall allow or permit any screens, curtains, blinds, partitions or other obstructions to be placed between the front windows and the back or rear wall of such billiard rooms. No partitions forming rooms, stalls or other enclosures where the public congregates shall be permitted. This provision, however, shall not be construed to preclude the maintenance of closets for storing purposes exclusively.

§ 145-14 Connections to places for gambling or immoral purposes.

No person shall maintain or permit to be maintained in any billiard or pool room any open or secret connections, through doors, windows, trapdoors, panels, stairways or other devices, with any place where gambling is conducted or where persons congregate for immoral purposes.

§ 145-15 Minors.

A. 

No person who has not reached the age of 18 years shall play billiards or pool or be permitted to remain in the billiard or pool room for any purpose, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

B. 

No person shall represent himself to have reached the age of 18 years in order to obtain admission to such billiard or pool room, nor be permitted to remain therein when such person in fact is under 18 years of age.

§ 145-16 Games of chance and gambling.

No licensee shall operate, conduct or carry on or permit to be operated, conducted or carried on, in or about any building, grounds or other place licensed under this chapter, any game of chance or gambling device or devices.

§ 145-17 Alcoholic beverages.

Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 129, Alcoholic Beverages.

No alcoholic beverage shall be sold, served, delivered or consumed, nor shall any licensee suffer to permit the sale, service, delivery or consumption of any alcoholic beverages, upon the premises licensed under this chapter, directly or indirectly, before, during or after any amusement activity open to the public or during the period of time in which the licensed premises are open to the public, provided that this section shall not apply to premises licensed pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-1 et seq. and the provisions of this Code implementing N.J.S.A. 33:1-1 et seq.

§ 145-18 Failure to comply.

[Added 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

It shall be unlawful for any person, as defined in § 332-1, to engage in the activity identified and regulated by this chapter, without first having obtained a license therefor and paid the fee required for such license, both as provided in Chapter 332, Licenses and Business Regulations. Any person engaging in such activity who shall fail to comply with any provision of this chapter or of Chapter 332 shall be in violation of the provisions of this chapter.

§ 145-19 Violations and penalties.

[Added 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]
A. 

Unless otherwise provided in the chapter, penalties against persons violating the provisions of this chapter shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of § 1-16A.

[Amended 10-12-2006 by Ord. No. MC-4234]

B. 

A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each and every day for each and every violation of this chapter.

C. 

A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation or violations occur or continue.

D. 

The imposition of a fine or imprisonment as punishment for a violation of any provision of this chapter shall not be deemed to be in lieu of any provision of this chapter or of Chapter 332 providing for revocation or suspension of any license issued under this chapter and Chapter 332.