[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Watertown as §§ 9.13 and 9.20 of the former City Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended by Ord. No. 94-12; Ord. No. 98-15]
No person, business or corporation shall conduct, exhibit, operate or maintain within the City any circus, roller skating rink, pool or billiard hall, video game arcade, contest, concert or exhibit of any natural or artificial curiosity, or any other show, device or amusement to which admission may be had by the payment of a fee or by the purchase, possession or presentation of a ticket or token obtained for money, or in which a charge is made indirectly for admittance, unless a license shall be obtained therefor. This section shall not apply to events conducted by permanently organized clubs, societies or corporations where the attendance is restricted to the members of the society, club or corporation, or the guests thereof, and for which the guests do not have to pay a fee. This section also shall not apply to persons conducting public dances, operating bowling alleys, operating businesses for which any of the various City liquor licenses are required, or any other amusement for which a license is otherwise required by the City. This section shall also not apply to any premises having three or fewer video-arcade-type amusement devices.
Any person desiring to procure a license as herein provided shall file with the City Clerk/Treasurer a written application upon a form furnished by the City. Such application shall contain the names, residences and ages of applicants if an individual, firm or partnership, or the names of the principal officers, their residences and ages if the applicant is an association or corporation. It shall also contain the name or names of one or more persons whom such firm, partnership, corporation or an association shall designate as manager or person in charge, with the address or addresses of the same. Such application shall further state the following:
Whether applicant has been convicted of violating any law regarding the conduct of any public amusement and, if so, when and in what court.
The premises where such amusement is to be located or conducted, giving street and number of all entrances, the location of the room or rooms or space to be occupied and the total amount of space to be used for such purpose.
Whether the applicant or applicants or manager had, either alone or with someone else, previously engaged as owner or employee in conducting any public amusement, when and where and for how long.
The name and address of the person owning the premises for which a license is sought.
The specific nature of the amusement for which a license is sought.
Such other information as the City Clerk/Treasurer may from time to time require.
The City Clerk/Treasurer shall refer such application to the Chief of Police, Health Officer, Chief of the Fire Department and Building Inspector, who shall inspect or cause to be inspected each application to determine whether the place sought to be licensed complies with the regulations, ordinances and laws applicable thereto and is a proper place for the purpose for which it is to be used. These officials shall furnish to the City Clerk/Treasurer in writing the information derived from such investigation, accompanied by a recommendation as to whether a license should be granted or refused.
Upon the filing of the application and the information as provided in the previous section, the City Clerk/Treasurer may, upon his approval of such application and the payment to the City of the proper license fee, issue to the applicant a license to conduct and maintain a public amusement. No license is to be refused except for a specific reason and for the protection of the public safety, health, morals or general welfare.
Every license issued to conduct a public amusement shall specify the time of its duration and shall be of no validity after the expiration of such time.
All licenses shall be numbered in the order in which they are issued and shall state clearly the location, the exact nature of the amusement, the dates of issuance and expiration of the license, the fee paid and the name of the licensee. No applicant to whom a license has been refused shall make further application until a period of at least six months shall have elapsed since the last previous rejection, unless he can show that the reason for such objection no longer exists. No license shall be granted to a person under 18 years of age or renewed without a reinspection of the premises.
It shall be the duty of the City Clerk/Treasurer to keep in a book provided for that purpose a record of all licenses issued by him, showing when and to whom the same was issued, the amount paid therefor and when the same shall expire.
License fees as set by the Common Council and provided under separate fee schedule shall be charged for the following:
For the exhibition of a circus or menagerie.
For the operation of a roller skating rink.
For the operation of a carnival or other type of entertainment featuring rides or amusements or games of chance.
For the operation and maintenance of pool halls and billiard rooms, video game arcades, games, contests or any other type of amusements. No license is to be issued for a period of less than one month.
[Amended by Ord. No. 83-16; Ord. No. 95-77; Ord. No. 96-19]
No transfer of license as to location or ownership shall be granted except after application therefor upon a form provided by the City Clerk/Treasurer, who may grant or reject such application after investigation. If the application for transfer is approved, this action shall be endorsed upon the license by the City Clerk/Treasurer.
Every person licensed hereunder shall immediately post such license and keep same posted while in force in a conspicuous place on the premises mentioned in the application for such license. No person shall post such license upon premises other than those mentioned in the application or knowingly deface or destroy any such license. Whenever a license shall be lost or destroyed without fault on the part of the holder or its agent or employees, a duplicate license in lieu thereof under the original application may be issued by the City Clerk/Treasurer.
[Amended by Ord. No. 82-15]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code. Each violation and each day a violation continues or occurs shall constitute a separate offense. This action shall not preclude the City from maintaining any appropriate action to prevent or remove a violation of this chapter.