[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 12-15-1947 as Ord. No. 361; amended and revised 10-5-1959 (Ord. No. 717) as Ch. 3, Article XVII, of the 1959 Revised Ordinances. Sections 51-2, 51-3A, 51-4, 51-5, 51-9, 51-14 and 51-15 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Article I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 3-2-1964 by Ord. No. 810]
This chapter is enacted for the regulation and control of automatic or mechanical coin-operated machines, games and devices in the City of Hackensack, County of Bergen and State of New Jersey, enumerated in § 51-2 of this chapter, and, when applicable, shall, in addition thereto, be used according to law for the purpose of raising revenue.
No person, firm or corporation shall install, place, maintain, operate or possess in any store, building or public place or quasi-public place wherein the public is invited or may enter, any automatic or mechanical machine, game or device of skill or entertainment or music vending machine which is or are operated or set in motion by the deposit therein of any coin or coins, tokens or slugs or the like thereof purchased for cash, within the city limits of the City of Hackensack, County of Bergen and State of New Jersey, without first applying for and obtaining a license therefor, as hereinafter provided and in conformance with Chapter 107, Licenses and Permits.
A separate application for each machine, game or device required to be licensed under this chapter shall be filed, together with the appropriate fee therefor, with the Police Department, and such applications shall, in addition to the information specified in § 107-6B and C(3) of Chapter 107, state:
The name, age and address of the owner or lessor of the machine, game or device, and the name and address of the bailee or lessee of the machine, game or device.
The location of the premises and the place within the premises where the machine, game or device is to be installed or used or kept.
A general description of the type of machine, game or device sought to be licensed, with its serial number or other means of identification.
The truth of the information submitted in any application under this chapter shall be sworn to, and any willful misstatement therein shall be considered a violation of this chapter and shall subject the offender to the penalties provided herein.
Upon receipt of an application for a license under this chapter, the Chief of Police shall make an examination of the game, machine or device to be licensed and the location at which such game, machine or device is to be used.
No license issued pursuant to this chapter is transferable, and no license fee shall be refunded upon the revocation or surrender of any license.
Issuance and posting of license cards.
License cards issued under this chapter shall specify the location of the premises at which the licensed machine, game or device is to be used or kept, a brief description of the machine, game or device, and the name and address of the owner and the lessee or bailee of the said machine, game or device.
All license cards issued under this chapter shall be posted and at all times displayed in a conspicuous place at or near the licensed machine, game or device.
Expiration. All licenses issued under this chapter shall expire on December 31 of each year. Upon the expiration of the license, the holder shall surrender the license card forthwith to the Police Department.
The licensee of the machine, game or device may change or exchange the licensed machine, game or device for one similar and in the same license type group upon application to the Chief of Police, who shall note the change, together with his approval, on the original license.
It shall be unlawful to install, maintain, operate or use any machine, game or device in the City of Hackensack for the purpose of gambling, wagering or betting, either for cash, merchandise or other property of any nature whatsoever.
It shall be unlawful to install, maintain and use any machine, game or device in the City of Hackensack for the purpose of giving, directly or indirectly, any prize, return or profit, whether by free play or otherwise.
It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 18 years to operate or play any of the machines, games or devices licensed under the provisions of this chapter.
No machine, game or device licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall be used, placed, maintained or operated in any premises within 200 feet of any school, church or place of religious worship.
No more than five machines or devices of the type or types herein mentioned shall be permitted to be used or operated in any one place, location or premises without special written permission of the City Manager of the City of Hackensack.
The Judge before whom the conviction is had shall forward a record of all proceedings brought before him under this chapter and terminating in conviction to the City Manager of the City of Hackensack within five days after the conviction thereof.