[Derived from Sec. 4-15 of the 2002 Revised General Ordinances, adopted 12-16-2002 by Ord. No. 02-27]
No person shall conduct a billiard room, poolroom, bowling alley or combination thereof, or such other place where the business of playing billiards, pool or bowling is conducted for gain, reward or profit, without first having obtained a license for that purpose in accordance with the provisions of this article as herein set forth.
An application for such license shall be made to the Township Clerk in accordance with the provisions of § 203-2 and, in addition to information required therein, shall specify the approximate size and the type and nature of the building and the structure, the number of tables and alleys to be licensed and such other information and data which, by the rules and regulations of the Township Council or the Township Clerk, shall be considered pertinent. Applicants shall furnish two-inch-by-two-inch photographs of owners, corporate officers, directors and stockholders.
All applications shall be submitted to the Chief of Police pursuant to § 203-4. The application shall also be submitted to the Fire Subcode Official, the Construction Code Official, Electrical and Plumbing Subcode Officials, the Health Officer and the Zoning Officer for inspection of the premises and investigation. They shall make notations thereon as to their approval or disapproval.
The Chief of Police, Fire Subcode Official, Construction Code Official, Electrical and Plumbing Subcode Officials, Health Officer and Zoning Officer shall respectively satisfy themselves as to the moral and public safety hazards, the sanitary requirements and conditions and the fire hazards involved and report thereon, together with their approval or disapproval, within 10 days after the application has been submitted to them.
Upon return of the application to the Township Clerk, the Clerk shall then refer the application to the Township Council for consideration and determination.
Upon favorable action of the Council, the license shall be issued to the licensee.
The annual fees for licenses shall be as set forth in Subsection C below, except that churches and bona fide veterans, charitable, educational, religious, civic and fraternal organizations organized on a nonprofit basis shall be exempt from the payment of the fee.
Fees shall be paid to the Township Clerk at the time the application for license is submitted. In the event the license is refused or not issued, the fees shall be refunded.
No license issued under this article shall be assigned or transferred from person to person or from place to place.
No license to operate or conduct a billiard room, poolroom or combination thereof, or such other place where the business of playing billiards or pool is conducted, shall be issued to any minor or person convicted of a crime or violation of any state law or Township ordinance involving gambling or moral turpitude.
No license shall be issued to conduct the business of billiards, pool or bowling within 500 feet of any school, library or church premises.
The owner or operator of every billiard room, poolroom, bowling alley or other place wherein billiards, pool or bowling is licensed hereunder shall not permit the use of the billiards and pool tables or the bowling alleys to be used for any purpose between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
A complaint may be filed by any interested citizen or by a member of the Police or Fire Department if the complainant has reason to believe that a violation of this article exists in any premises licensed in accordance with this article.
The license issued hereunder may be suspended or revoked by the Township Council upon a hearing to be held after notice to the licensee.