Village of Haverstraw, NY
Rockland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw 4-12-1967. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees — See Ch. 132.

§ 120-1 License required.

It shall be unlawful to permit dancing in any public room or public place to which the public is admitted with or without payment of admission, or to maintain a public room or place where dancing is permitted and to which the public is invited or admitted with or without payment of admission unless and until a license shall have been issued by the Village Clerk of the Village of Haverstraw upon application made therefor and upon approval by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw and upon payment of a fee therefor in accordance with the schedule of fees hereinafter set forth.

§ 120-2 Application for license.

Every application shall set forth the name and address of the owner of the premises where dancing is to be permitted and the name and address of each lessee of the premises if the applicant is a lessee and not an owner of the premises. The application shall set forth the stated times or regular recurring intervals when dancing will be permitted, allowed or conducted and the period for which the application is made. The application shall describe the premises for which application for a license is being made, showing the overall dimensions of the premises as well as the dimensions of the space in which dancing will be permitted or conducted, the number and location of entranceways and exits, the number and location of toilet facilities for both sexes, whether or not food or beverages will be served, whether such food or beverages will be free or part of the cost of admission or whether additional charge therefor is to be made and whether alcoholic beverages will be served or permitted to be consumed in the premises.

§ 120-3 Public hearing.

No application for a license under this chapter shall be approved until after a public hearing is held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw after notice published once in the official newspaper of the Village of Haverstraw at least 10 days prior to the hearing. No license shall be approved unless it shall be found that the premises comply with and conform with all laws, chapters and regulations governing health and fire protection.

§ 120-4 Conditions to be contained in license.

[Amended 7-14-2008 by L.L. No. 10-2008]
The Board of Trustees of the Village shall be empowered to provide, by Village Board resolution, that the license, if issued, shall restrict the number of occupants who may be in the premises while such dance or dances are being conducted, shall restrict the hours during which such dance or dances may be conducted and may limit the age of those who are admitted to the dances conducted in the licensed premises. Dancing shall not be permitted in any licensed establishment after 2:00 a.m.

§ 120-5 Dancing for hire.

[Added 7-14-2008 by L.L. No. 10-2008[1]]
The act of paying for a person to dance with another person, or for another person, or for what is commonly referred to as "lap dancing" is prohibited. An establishment that permits or promotes such conduct shall be subject to the revocation of its dance hall license, as well as referral to the State Liquor Authority, if appropriate. Those individuals found to be engaged in such activities shall be subject to the revocation of their dance hall license as well as to the penalties set forth in renumbered § 120-11 below. Pending charges can be a basis to deny license renewal.
Editor's Note: This local law also provided that former §§ 120-5 through 120-8 and former § 120-9 be renumbered as §§ 120-6 through 120-9 and as § 120-11, respectively.

§ 120-6 Revocation of license.

Any license issued under this chapter may be revoked by the Board of Trustees of the village upon proof of the violation of the conditions under which the license was issued. Any person whose license shall have been revoked shall not thereafter be entitled to a license under any provision of this chapter.

§ 120-7 Exemptions.

The provisions and requirements of this chapter shall not be held to apply to any building, hall, room or rooms owned by a charitable, religious or educational organization or to any dance or dances conducted, the proceeds of which shall be applied to charitable, religious or educational purposes. Whenever in this section the term "charitable, religious or educational organization" is used, it shall be deemed to include also a subordinate lodge or branch of a duly constituted or incorporated fraternity, a war veterans' organization, a volunteer firemen's organization or any auxiliary body of the foregoing.

§ 120-8 Term of license; renewal.

The term for which an application for a license or a renewal thereof may be made and for which the license shall be valid, if granted, shall be for one month or more, but not exceeding one year. The licensee may apply for a renewal of the license three weeks before the expiration of any term. No public hearing shall be required by the Board of Trustees on an application for renewal of a license.

§ 120-9 Fees.

[Amended 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997]
There shall be submitted a fee as set forth in the village schedule of fees with each application for a license.[1] In the event that the application is denied, the sum submitted with the application shall be returned to the applicant, except for a sum which shall be retained by the Village of Haverstraw to cover the expense involved in processing the application.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 132, Fees.

§ 120-10 Facilitation of illegal activities.

[Added 7-14-2008 by L.L. No. 10-2008]
The permitting and/or facilitation of illegal sexual activities or the sale or use of illegal drugs and other controlled substances, either in or off the licensed premises, shall be grounds for suspension and/or revocation of the premises’ dance hall permit.

§ 120-11 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997; 7-14-2008 by L.L. No. 10-2008]
Any violation of the provisions of this chapter is hereby declared to be a violation and, upon conviction therefor, shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed the sum of $1,000, imprisonment for a period of not more than 15 days, or both. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. The Village of Haverstraw may enforce obedience of this chapter by injunction, and the pursuit of any one remedy shall not bar the invoking of any other remedy or penalty, all of which shall be cumulative.