City of Lock Haven, PA
Clinton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lock Haven 5-19-1958 by Ord. No. 429A (Ch. 13, Part 1, of the 2003 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 6-27-1983 by Ord. No. 180B]
On or after July 1, 1958, no person or persons, firm, association or corporation shall at any time have in his, its or their possession or under control within the City of Lock Haven any music box, jukebox, phonograph, billiard table, pool table, gaming table or devices, machines or apparatus whatsoever, for the playing of games and amusement operated and played through the insertion therein of a coin or token, without first having secured a license therefor as hereinafter provided.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COIN-OPERATED AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Any amusement machine or device, whether for the playing of music or the playing of a game or games, operated by means of the insertion of a coin, token or similar object for the purpose of amusement or skill and for the playing of which a fee is charged. The term does not include vending machines in which are not incorporated gaming or amusement features.
OPERATOR
Any person, firm, corporation, partnership or association who sets up for operation by another or leases or distributes for the purpose of operation by another any device as herein defined, whether such setting up for operation, leasing or distributing be for a fixed charge or rental, or on the basis of a division of the income derived from such device or otherwise.
PROPRIETOR
Any person, firm, corporation, partnership, association or club who, as the owner, lessee or proprietor has under his, its or their control any establishment, place or premises in or at which such device is placed or kept for use or play, or on exhibition for the purpose of use or play.
[Amended 6-27-1983 by Ord. No. 180B]
No person, firm or corporation shall engage in business as an operator or proprietor of coin-operated amusement devices, billiard tables, pool tables or gaming tables and devices, without first having obtained a proper license therefor.
[Amended 3-7-1977 by Ord. No. 5B; 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 670]
The annual operator's license fee for each coin-operated table, machine or device shall be in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of City Council.
[Amended 1-17-1972 by Ord. No. 814A; 6-27-1983 by Ord. No. 180B; 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 670]
The license fee for each proprietor as herein defined shall be in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of City Council.
[Amended 1-17-1972 by Ord. No. 814A]
A. 
Application for license hereunder shall be filed, in writing, with the Chief of Police of the City of Lock Haven, on a form to be provided by the City of Lock Haven and shall specify:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant and, if a firm, corporation, partnership or association, the principal officers thereof and their addresses.
(2) 
The address of the premises where the licensed device or devices are to be operated, together with the character of the business as carried on at such place.
(3) 
The trade name and general description of the device or devices to be licensed, the name of the manufacturer and the serial number and, if the applicant is a proprietor, the number of devices to be licensed.
(4) 
The name and address of the operator of the device or devices, if other than the proprietor.
B. 
The proper license fee shall accompany such application. Upon receipt of an application for license hereunder, the Chief of Police shall cause to be made such investigation as he shall deem necessary. If the application is approved by the Chief of Police, a license shall be issued by him and he shall remit the fee to the City Treasurer. If the license is denied the fee shall be returned to the applicant. All licenses under this chapter shall expire on June 30 following their issuance. The license shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the establishment of the licensee. Such license shall be nonassignable and nontransferable, and in the case of a proprietor shall apply only to the premises for which such license is issued.
[Amended 1-17-1972 by Ord. No. 814A]
In case a proprietor licensed under this chapter desires, after the expiration of any portion of any license year, to increase the number of devices to be used or played, or exhibited for use or play in his establishment, he shall surrender his license to the Chief of Police, who shall issue a new license showing the number of devices licensed thereunder, upon payment of the proper license fee therefor.
[Amended 1-17-1972 by Ord. No. 814A]
Any proprietor who owns such device or devices at the time this chapter becomes effective shall file with the Chief of Police evidence of such ownership prior to the issuance of a license; and any proprietor purchasing a device or devices after the effective date of this chapter shall file with the Chief of Police evidence of ownership thereof before exhibiting or placing said device or devices for use or play.
[Amended 1-17-1972 by Ord. No. 814A]
The Chief of Police shall have the right to revoke any license issued hereunder for the violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 3-7-1977 by Ord. No. 5B; 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 670]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Added 6-27-1983 by Ord. No. 180B]
In the event the annual operator or proprietor license fee is not paid on or before July 1 of each year as aforesaid, there shall be added to said operator's license fee or proprietor's license fee a penalty of 10% of said fee for late payment in addition to any penalty set forth in § 177-10.