[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Dennis 6-2-1981. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Selectmen may, in their discretion, grant the application of a suitable person for a license to keep and operate for hire, gain or reward an automatic amusement device or deny an application or revoke an existing license if they find the general good, the preservation of public order or the welfare of the town so requires; provided, however, that any such denial or revocation shall not be arbitrary or capricious.
All licenses granted for automatic amusement devices shall expire on December 31 of each year.
Application for such licenses in the first instance shall be considered and acted upon by the Selectmen after notice to abutter's and other interested parties, if any, and a public hearing.
In instances where renewal of an existing license is sought, a single Selectman, designated by the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized and empowered to grant such renewals for and on behalf of the Selectmen when and if he finds that no substantial change has occurred in the qualifications or operation of the applicant since the time the prior license was issued. If he finds such a change has occurred, the application for renewal of the license shall be treated as an application of first impression and considered and acted on by the full Board as provided above.
All automatic amusement devices licensed under this regulation shall be kept and operated in open view and shall not be offered or permitted to be used for gambling. Any violation of this section by any person managing or controlling the premises where a licensed automatic amusement device is kept or offered for operation shall be cause for revocation of all licenses for all such devices kept or offered for operation on such premises.
All licenses issued under this regulation shall comply substantially in form and content with the requirements of MGL C. 140, § 177A, Subsection 3.
No license shall be issued under this regulation until the fee therefor is paid in full. Fees for all such licenses, including renewals, shall be established and revised from time to time in the discretion of the Selectmen.
Applications for all automatic amusement devices shall be submitted to the Selectmen on a form approved by them and shall be processed in accordance with existing rules, procedures and policies of the Board of Selectmen.
For purposes of this regulation, the term "automatic amusement device" shall be construed to mean any machine, mechanism or other apparatus or device of whatsoever kind or nature which, upon payment, insertion or deposit of money, token or other thing of value or any substitute therefor, is caused or put in position to produce by any means whatsoever visual images or displays, sound, motion or any combination thereof for purposes of entertainment, recreation and/or play, including but not limited to such devices as are commonly called "pinball machines," "junkboxes," "video games," "simulated sport games" and "mechanical bulls."