Township of Willingboro, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Derived from Sec. 5-3 of the 2003 Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Willingboro. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 94-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following words and terms shall have the meanings given herein:
DISTRIBUTOR OF JUKEBOXES
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association who leases or rents out or places under any kind of arrangement one or more jukeboxes.
DISTRIBUTOR OF MECHANICAL OR ELECTRONIC AMUSEMENT DEVICES
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association who leases or rents out or places under any kind of arrangement one or more mechanical or electronic amusement devices.[1]
JUKEBOX
Any music vending machine, contrivance or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate, disc or key into any slot, crevice, or other opening, or by the payment of any price, operates or may be operated for the emission of songs, music or similar amusement.
MECHANICAL OR ELECTRONIC AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Any machine which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disc, may be operated by the public generally for use as a game, entertainment or amusement, whether or not registering a score. It shall include such devices as marble machines; pinball machines; skill ball; mechanical grab machines; mechanical bowling machines; video games; and all games, operations or transactions similar thereto under whatever name they may be indicated.[2]
OPERATOR
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association in whose place of business any jukebox or mechanical or electronic amusement device is displayed for public patronage or is placed or kept for operation by the public.
OWNER-OPERATOR
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association who owns and operates any jukebox or mechanical or electronic amusement device.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 94-2 Licenses required.

A. 
Distributors. No distributor of mechanical or electronic amusement devices or jukeboxes shall distribute to any person or to the owner, occupant, lessee or licensee of any premises in the Township of Willingboro for the purpose of operation of any mechanical or electronic amusement devices or jukeboxes without first having obtained from the Township Clerk of the Township of Willingboro a license to do so.
B. 
Operators. No operator shall display for public patronage or keep for operation any jukebox or mechanical or electronic amusement device without first having obtained a license to do so from the Township Clerk.

§ 94-3 Applications for licenses.

A. 
Distributors of mechanical or electronic amusement devices. The application for the license for distributors of mechanical or electronic amusement devices shall contain the following information:
(1) 
Name and address of the applicant. If the applicant is an individual, the age, date and place of birth of the applicant. If the applicant is a firm, partnership or association, the names and addresses, ages and places of birth of all members of the firm, partnership or association.
(2) 
Prior criminal conviction of the applicant, if any, the term "applicant" meaning and including all persons whose names, addresses, ages and places of birth must be furnished under Subsection A(1) above.
(3) 
The particular number of mechanical or electronic amusement devices which the applicant will distribute in the Township of Willingboro.
(4) 
Such other information as the Township Council shall from time to time deem necessary and proper.
B. 
Distributors of jukeboxes. The application for the license for distributors of jukeboxes shall contain the following information:
(1) 
Name and address of the applicant. If the applicant is an individual, the age, date and place of birth of the applicant. If the applicant is a firm, partnership or association, the names and addresses, ages and places of birth of all members of the firm, partnership or association. If the applicant is a corporation, the name and address of the registered agent and the names and addresses, ages and places of birth of all the stockholders of the corporation owning 10% or more of all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of the corporation.
(2) 
Such other information as the Township Council shall from time to time deem necessary and proper.
C. 
Operators. The application for the license for operators shall contain the following information:
(1) 
Name and address of the applicant. If the applicant is an individual, the age, date and place of birth of the applicant. If the applicant is a firm, partnership or association, the names and addresses, ages and places of birth of all members of the firm, partnership or association. If the applicant is a corporation, the name and address of the registered agent and the names and addresses, ages and places of birth of all the stockholders of the corporation owning 10% or more of all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of the corporation.
(2) 
Prior criminal conviction of the applicant, if any, the term "applicant" meaning and including all persons whose names, addresses, ages and places of birth must be furnished under Subsection C(1) above.
(3) 
Place where machines or devices are to be displayed and the business conducted at that place.
(4) 
Description of the machine to be covered by the license, mechanical features, name of the manufacturer, serial number and the name and address of the owner of the machine.

§ 94-4 Age and citizenship requirements.

No license or licenses in this chapter provided for shall be issued to any applicant unless the applicant is over 21 years of age and a citizen of the United States.

§ 94-5 License fees.

A. 
Fees for distributors of mechanical or electronic amusement devices shall be as provided in § 150-9A of the Code of the Township of Willingboro.
B. 
License fees for distributors of jukeboxes shall be fixed in accordance with § 150-9A of the Code of the Township of Willingboro.
C. 
License fees for operators of mechanical or electronic amusement devices shall be per machine as provided in § 150-9A of the Code of the Township of Willingboro.
D. 
License fees for the operators of jukeboxes shall be per machine as provided in § 150-9A of the Code of the Township of Willingboro.
E. 
All license fees shall be payable upon the filing of the application, and if the application is rejected, the fee is to be returned.
F. 
License fees for an owner-operator of mechanical or electronic amusement devices shall be equal to the fees for distributors of jukeboxes and, in addition thereto, the fees for operators of jukeboxes, according to the fees set forth in Subsections B and D above.

§ 94-6 Investigation of applicants.

Application for all licenses herein provided shall be made to the Township Clerk.
A. 
The Director of Public Safety shall investigate all applicants and, in the case of an applicant for an operator's license, the location wherein it is proposed to operate the machine. The Director of Public Safety shall also ascertain if the applicant is a person of good moral character and, in the case of an application for an operator's license, whether the location is a fit place for the use and operation of a mechanical or electronic amusement device or jukebox and shall either approve or disapprove the application.
B. 
No license shall be issued to any applicant unless approved by the Director of Public Safety.

§ 94-7 Gambling devices.

Nothing in this chapter shall in any way be construed to authorize, license or permit any gambling device whatsoever, or any mechanism that has been judicially determined to be a gambling device or in any way contrary to law or that may be contrary to any future laws of the State of New Jersey, including any mechanical or electronic amusement device that dispenses any kind of payoff, prize or reward.

§ 94-8 Prohibitions and restrictions.

A. 
No operator holding a license for the operation of a jukebox under this chapter shall permit the playing of jukeboxes between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on any day.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 5-3.8a, prohibiting persons under 21 from operating mechanical amusement devices, which immediately preceded this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
No operator holding a license for the operation of a jukebox under this chapter shall permit the playing of jukeboxes or mechanical or electronic amusement devices within 200 feet of any church, public or parochial school or playground.
C. 
No distributor or operator of mechanical or electronic amusement devices shall offer or permit to be offered any prize, free games, or other reward to any person playing any machine required to be licensed by the provisions of this chapter.

§ 94-9 Seizure and destruction of machines.

If the Director of Public Safety shall have reason to believe any mechanical or electronic amusement device is used as a gambling device, the machine may be seized by the police and impounded, and if, upon trial of the operator for allowing it to be used as a gambling device, the operator is found guilty, the machine shall be destroyed by the police. Revocation and seizure are in addition to all other penalties.

§ 94-10 License display.

Every operator's license or licenses herein provided for shall be posted permanently and conspicuously at the location of the machine in the premises wherein the device is to be operated or maintained to be operated.

§ 94-11 Transfer of license.

A. 
Licenses may be transferred from one machine or device to another similar machine upon application to the Township Clerk to such effect and the giving of a description and the serial number of the new machine or device. No more than one machine shall be operated under one license, and the applicant or licensee shall be required to secure a license for each and every machine displayed or operated by the applicant or licensee.
B. 
If the licensee shall move the place of business to another location within the Township of Willingboro, the license may be transferred to such new location upon application to the Township Clerk giving the street and number of the new location. No transfer shall be granted unless the new location shall be approved by the Director of Public Safety.
C. 
A license shall not be transferable from operator to operator nor place to place by an operator of either mechanical or electronic amusement devices or jukeboxes, and the license shall be usable only at the place and by the operator designated in the license, except as provided in Subsection B above.

§ 94-12 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).