[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Boonton 12-17-1990 as Sec. 5-9 of the 1990 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person or persons, association, club or corporation shall maintain, conduct or pursue the business or occupation of keeping any pool or billiard rooms, without a license to do so as hereinafter provided.
Applications for licenses shall be filed with the Town Clerk on forms to be furnished by him, which forms shall show the following:
The name of the applicant.
Post office address.
Whether or not the person making the application has ever been convicted of a crime or violation of a Town ordinance involving gambling.
In the case of a corporation, it shall state the names and addresses of the officers and all stock holders presently holding stock, and all who for six months prior to the making of said application have held stock or who have been officers.
In the event any license is suspended or revoked, the licensee shall not be entitled to the return of any portion of the license fee.
All licenses herein provided for shall be granted and issued by the Town Clerk, but only after special resolution of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town shall have been adopted; and all such licenses shall be valid from January 1 of the year in which the license is issued until December 31 next after granting the same, unless sooner revoked.
Such licenses shall bear the date of issue, the name of the person or corporation to whom issued, and the purpose for which issued, and the location of the room or building wherein the licensee is authorized to carry on and conduct any such business. Such license may be transferred by the holder to another address, provided that the licensee shall make application in writing for such transfer to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
No license shall be issued for the operation of any pool or billiard room which is located within 200 feet of any school or church.
No license shall be issued for the operation of any pool or billiard room in any area of the Town other than on that portion of Main Street which is located between Myrtle Avenue and Hill Street.
The hours for operation of such pool or billiard rooms shall be between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, on weekdays and Saturdays. All pool and billiard rooms shall remain closed on Sundays.
No person under the age of 16 years shall be admitted to or permitted to play pool or billiards in any licensed premises or to frequent or lounge or congregate or gather in such room or place unless accompanied by his parents or person standing in loco parentis; and such games shall be confined to pool and billiards and shall not include card playing or any other games even for social purposes.
All premises in which the games of pool and billiards are played shall be on the street floor of any building and shall be so arranged and shall be so lighted that a full view of the interior may be had from the public thoroughfare or from adjacent rooms to which the public is admitted at all hours.
Any license issued under the terms of this chapter shall be conspicuously posted in the place of business of the licensee.
Proof of gambling in any licensed premises shall constitute sufficient reason for the suspension or revocation of such license, after not less than five days written notice of hearing shall have been served on the licensee, either in person or by registered mail, and after the licensee shall have been afforded an opportunity to be heard in his defense. The license may be suspended or revoked by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for violation of any of the terms of this chapter, or for gambling or any just and good cause, provided that the licensee is likewise served with notice of charges and given an opportunity to be heard.
Any premises which shall be declared to be unsafe or a fire hazard by the written recommendation of the Fire Department shall be deemed to be ineligible for a license.
This chapter shall not apply to any religious, charitable, benevolent, educational, incorporated or nonprofit association which operates or maintains any pool or billiard table solely for the recreation and amusement of its members, provided such organization is in such bona fide character and is not intended as a means or device for evading the terms and provisions of this chapter.