[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 5-6-1963 as Ord. No. 796. Sections 125-3, 125-4 and 125-6A and C amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Article I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall provide for licensing and regulation of pool halls, pool parlors, billiard halls, billiard parlors or any combination thereof, and those words describing the activity and the words "licensed premises" shall mean any place of public assemblage in which the game or games commonly known as "pool" or "billiards" or games of a similar nature are played; provided, however, that this chapter shall not apply to duly incorporated social clubs, golf clubs, field clubs and religious, charitable, benevolent or nonprofit associations or corporations or fraternal organizations having a membership in excess of 100 members, which organizations may include as part of their facilities certain pool or billiard tables solely for the recreation and amusement of their members, except that all such organizations as described aforesaid must be bona fide in character and not intended or created for the purposes of evading or defeating the regulations prescribed by the remainder of this chapter. This chapter shall not apply to the keeping of a pool or billiard table in a private residence.
No person or persons, firm, partnership, association, club (except those which are exempt by the provisions of § 125-1) or corporation shall establish, maintain, operate, conduct or pursue the business or occupation of keeping any public place or room open to the general public for hire or for membership on a periodic basis wherein the games commonly known as "pool" or "billiards" or similar games are played without first having obtained a license as herein required.
Application for a license hereunder shall be filed with the Community Affairs Department, shall conform to all provisions of Chapter 107, Licenses and Permits, and shall include every type of information specified in § 107-6B and C of said Chapter 107, and in addition thereto shall include the number of pool or billiard tables to be installed on the licensed premises. There shall accompany each application for a license under the terms of this chapter a license fee as set forth in Chapter 107, Licenses and Permits, and a certificate showing proof of insurance as prescribed by § 125-8 of this chapter.
Upon receipt of an application for a license under the terms of this chapter, the Community Affairs Department shall transmit copies thereof to the Police Chief and the Fire Chief, who shall investigate the aspects of the licensed premises in accordance with their respective jurisdiction and report back in writing to the Community Affairs Department their findings of fact and recommendations.
License cards issued under this chapter shall specify the location of the premises licensed and the number and kind of tables authorized for the licensed premises and shall be nonassignable, nontransferable and apply only to the premises for which the said license is issued. The license card shall include a reprint of this chapter and shall be conspicuously posted and displayed on the licensed premises along with a sign in bold print not less than two inches in height per letter, giving notice that no person under the age of 18 years is permitted as a participant in the licensed games.
All licenses issued under this chapter shall expire on February 1 of each year.
Licenses issued under this chapter may be transferred from one location to another upon application for such transfer having been made in the manner required by this chapter as if the applicant were applying for an original license and the same procedures shall obtain.
In cases where a licensee desires to increase the number of tables in operation on the licensed premises within the license year, application shall be made in the manner described aforesaid as in the case of original licenses or transfer of location of licenses.
When a transfer of the location of a license has been granted or permission has been granted to increase the number of tables in operation on the licensed premises, appropriate notation shall be made upon the license card, provided that the additional fees have been paid where required.
Editor's Note: Former § 125-7, Limitation on number of licenses, was repealed 12-20-1982 by Ord. No. 38-82.
No premises licensed under the terms of this chapter shall be operated unless there is in force a public liability insurance policy to cover any injuries suffered as a result of the use of the equipment or of the operation of the licensed premises, in the amount of $50,000 for any one occurrence and $25,000 for injury to any one person, and including a clause to the effect that the policy cannot be canceled during the license year without notification being given to the City of Hackensack.
No licensee shall be permitted to conduct his business in a disorderly manner or contrary to the peace and security of the community. Encouraging or permitting loitering within the licensed premises or on public or private property outside of and immediately adjacent to the licensed premises shall be considered for the purposes of this chapter as conducting the business in a disorderly manner.
No licensee shall operate at any time any greater number of tables than that stated upon the license card unless the same is modified in accordance with the provisions of § 125-6 of this chapter.
No licensee shall conduct the licensed business on any premises which shall be declared to be unsafe or a fire hazard by the proper authorities of the City of Hackensack.
No licensee shall operate the licensed premises between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., prevailing time, except on the first day of the week, commonly called "Sunday," when the licensed premises shall not be opened before 1:00 p.m., prevailing time.
No person under the age of 18 years shall be permitted as a participant in the licensed games.
No person under the age of 21 years shall be permitted to be employed by the licensee in any capacity in or at the licensed premises.
The licensee shall not suffer any intoxicated or disorderly person to be admitted to the licensed premises or to remain therein.
No licensee shall permit any person to cause any noise or loudness of such a nature as to disturb the peace and quiet in, upon and around the licensed premises.
No licensee shall permit card playing on premises licensed under this chapter, even if such card playing is for social purposes.
No licensee shall permit any minor under the age of 16 years to enter the licensed premises unless such minor is related to the owner, the licensee or the person in charge of the licensed premises.
No licensee shall permit any of the entrances to the licensed premises to be locked during the hours in which business is being conducted.