[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Morris 4-2-2003 by Ord. No. 8-03 (Ch. 26 of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following definitions shall be applied to terms used in this chapter:
- AMUSEMENT MACHINE
- Any device, game or contrivance, including but not limited to pinball machines, video games, computer games and electronic games, for which a charge or payment is received for the privilege of playing, using or operating the same and which, as a result of such use, operation or playing, does not entitle the person using, operating or playing such device, game or contrivance to receive the same return in market value in the form of tangible merchandise each time such device, game or contrivance is used, operated or played.
- OWNER OR OPERATOR OF AN AMUSEMENT MACHINE
- Any owner of an amusement machine who operates or permits the same to be played or operated in his place of business or in any place under his control or who installs or maintains the same in any place where the same can be played or operated by persons in or about such place, or any person in whose place of business any such amusement machine is placed for the use, amusement, patronage or recreation of the public or of persons in or about such place.
It is unlawful for any person to install, operate or maintain to be operated any amusement machine in the Township of Morris without first having obtained a license in writing to do so from the office of the Township Clerk.
Application for such a license under this chapter shall be made to the Township Clerk's office, upon a form furnished by the Township Clerk, and shall contain the following information and statements:
Name of the applicant.
Place where the amusement machine is to be placed, maintained or operated, and, if the amusement machine is to be placed, maintained or operated in connection with any other business or calling, the character of the business or calling.
The name of the owner of the location where the machine is to be placed, maintained or operated.
A complete description of the type of amusement machine and the manner in which it is to be placed, maintained or operated.
The total number of amusement machines to be placed, maintained or operated at the location for which the license is required.
A statement that the amusement machine for which a license is sought is not intended to be, and will not be permitted to be, used for any gambling purpose whatsoever.
Each application shall be accompanied by the applicable license fee.
The license fee for each amusement machine as mentioned in § 170-1 shall be $300 for the first machine and $100 for each machine thereafter. Said license shall be issued for the calendar year commencing January 1 and expiring December 31. Said license shall be renewed annually on or before December 31 by the filing of a written application accompanied by the license fee for each renewal. The license fee for any license issued in any calendar year after July 1 shall be 1/2 of the annual fee.
The holder of any license shall not be permitted to transfer the license within the calendar year for which it is issued to any other like device or machine to be maintained, operated or used in the same location in place of the machine mentioned in the license.
No more than four devices or machines of any type or types shall be permitted to be operated, maintained or used in any one place, location or premises.
No licensee shall offer any prize or other reward to any person playing any said machine, nor shall any licensee permit any said machine to be used for gambling purposes, and no free plays or prizes or return of any money shall be allowed.
Nothing in this chapter contained shall be construed to permit the licensing, maintenance or operation of any mechanical device or apparatus which is contrary to any of the laws of the State of New Jersey or the ordinances of the Township of Morris, nor to permit the operation of any amusement machine licensed hereunder in a manner as to be contrary to any of such laws or ordinances.
No license shall be granted for any machine which shall be in the nature of a gambling device or machine, nor any machine which states thereon that there is any free play or prize or the return of any money, and no such machine shall be placed, operated, maintained or used in the premises.
No licensee shall permit any person under 16 years of age to play or operate any such licensed device or machine unless such person is accompanied by his or her parents or guardian.
No machine shall be licensed or shall be placed, operated or used in any location, any entrance to which is within 300 feet of any entrance to a school, public playground or church, to be measured along the street line, and no machine shall be licensed or shall be placed, maintained, operated or used in any premises or on any grounds for which an alcoholic beverage license has been granted.
Before any such device or machine mentioned in § 170-1 shall be placed, operated, maintained or used in any place, there shall be affixed to said device or machine, in a conspicuous place so that the same shall be easily and quickly identified, the license so issued therefor, and no such device or machine shall be so placed, operated, maintained or used until this is done.
Each license shall be revocable for any violation of this chapter.