Village of Sea Cliff, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sea Cliff 12-16-1991 by L.L. No. 4-1991. Amendments noted where applicable]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Amusements and entertainment — See Ch. 34.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 90.
Signs and illumination — See Ch. 105.
Zoning — See Ch. 138.
It is hereby declared the policy of the Village of Sea Cliff that in order to preserve public peace and good order and to safeguard health, safety, welfare and morals, it is necessary to regulate and control the operations and conduct of places conducted as cabarets, bars, discotheques and places of entertainment so as to fix certain responsibilities and duties of persons owning, operating or controlling such establishments. This entire chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the police power of the State of New York and of the Village of Sea Cliff for the protection of the economic and social welfare, health, peace and morals of the people of the Village of Sea Cliff, and all of its provisions shall be liberally construed for the accomplishment of that purpose.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct, maintain or operate, or engage in the business of conducting, maintaining or operating, a cabaret, discotheque or similar place of entertainment within the Village of Sea Cliff, unless the premises wherein the same is conducted, maintained or operated is licensed in the manner prescribed herein.
B. 
Prerequisite to the application, the premises must have a valid and currently effective certificate of occupancy or certificate of preexisting use authorizing the use and occupancy of the premises as a bar, restaurant or other similar type of business legally permitted by and operating in accordance with Chapter 138, Zoning, of the Code of the Village of Sea Cliff.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPLICANT
Any person applying for a license under this chapter.
BAR and/or LOUNGE
Any place of public assembly in which the business of directly or indirectly selling and/or serving drink and/or food to the public is conducted and in which there is no dancing in a designated area or music, whether live or mechanical, other than incidental musical entertainment. If or when such business or premises shall engage in any business or conduct which falls within the definition of "cabaret" or "discotheque" or other similar or equivalent business, activity or place of entertainment, it shall be required to obtain a license pursuant to this chapter.
CABARET
Any place of public assembly in which the business of directly or indirectly selling and/or serving food and/or drink is conducted and in which any form of entertainment, whether live or mechanical, singing, dancing in a designated area or other form of amusement is also permitted, but shall not include a business or premises conducted strictly as a bar or lounge as the same is defined herein.
DISCOTHEQUE
Any place of public assembly in which the business of directly or indirectly selling and/or serving food, drinks and/or beverages to the public is conducted and in which dancing is carried on by any musical entertainment and to which the public may gain admission either with or without the payment of a fee, but shall not include a business or premises conducted strictly as a bar or lounge as the same is defined herein.
DOOR
A door of solid construction capable of diffusing and diminishing noise, either natural or mechanical, loud conversations or profane utterances or disturbing noises produced by a television set, radio, record player, jukebox or other mechanical device on the property or loud or boisterous singing or shouting which disturbs or intrudes the tranquility and peace of the immediate neighborhood and which carries outside of the building and/or which may be offensive to passersby.
INCIDENTAL MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
Music which is either live or provided by mechanical devices and kept at such volume that all persons at the premises are able to speak in a modulated voice and be heard by others with whom they are conversing over the background music.
PERSON
Any individual or partnership, firm, club, corporation, association, society or any other organized group of persons, including the officers, directors, stockholders and trustees of a club, corporation, association or society.
PLACE OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Any room, place or space which is occupied or arranged to be occupied for recreational, amusement, social, sports or similar purposes, or any building, shed or enclosure, whether indoor or outdoor, coming within the occupancy and other similar classifications of this chapter, as determined by the officer charged with the enforcement of this chapter. For the purposes of interpretation, the term "public assembly," where used in this chapter, shall include the term "public assembly," as may be used in other codes, laws, ordinances, rules or regulations as may be applicable in the Village of Sea Cliff.
Every applicant for a license shall file with the Village Clerk a statement signed and sworn to, by an individual, by all partners if a partnership and by the president or other duly authorized officer if a corporation, containing the following information:
A. 
The name, age and residence address of each applicant and, if there are more than one and they are partners, the partnership name and the age and residence address of each partner.
B. 
If such applicant is a stock corporation, the names and residence addresses of its directors or other governing body, the names and residence address of its officers and, except in the discretion of the Village Board, the stockholders and the state under whose laws it is organized.
C. 
The premises to be licensed, stating the street and number if the premises has a street and number, and otherwise such description as will reasonably indicate the location thereof.
D. 
The name and address of the building or premises wherein or whereon the licensed premises is located.
E. 
Whether the applicant is a lessee and, if so, the name and residence address of the lessor.
F. 
If the applicant does not reside in the Village of Sea Cliff, the name and address of an agent, who shall be a natural person and who shall reside or have a place of business in the Village of Sea Cliff and who shall be authorized and shall agree by verified statement to accept notices or summons issued by the Village Board or its designated employee or officer with respect to violations of any law or ordinance or any rules or regulations thereunder which are enforceable by said employee or officer.
G. 
A statement that the person applying for the license has not been convicted of any crime, misdemeanor or violation of any local law or ordinance of the Village of Sea Cliff, other than traffic and parking violations or, if the person has been convicted, the nature of the crime and violation, the court where convicted, the date of the penalty assessed and said penalty.
H. 
The precise purpose and the precise nature of the business to be conducted for which the license is sought, including the days and times when such proposed activity is to be conducted; the location within the establishment where dancing is proposed to take place; the location within the establishment where the entertainment, show and/or equipment for the conduct of the proposed activity is to be placed; and the number of tables and/or seats if any which will be displaced by the proposed conduct or activity.
I. 
Where the application is for a license for a place engaging in the sale of food or beverages, the applicant must present with the application a certification of approval by the Nassau County Department of Health.
J. 
The maximum number of occupants, as determined by the Nassau County Fire Marshal and the Building Inspector.
K. 
A description of the physical characteristics and appurtenances of the premises where the proposed business is to be conducted.
L. 
Such other information as the Village Board may determine shall be furnished.
The license to conduct, maintain, operate or engage in any of the aforesaid businesses or activities shall be issued only after the Village Board or its duly designated employee or officer shall have caused, at the option of the Board of Trustees, an inspection to be made of the premises to be licensed and is satisfied that such premises complies with all laws and ordinances that may be applicable thereto, including any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and such laws, rules and regulations enforceable by any governmental authority.
A. 
The Village Board shall thereafter hold a public hearing on the application on at least 10 days' notice, provided in the same manner as a hearing held before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
B. 
At such hearing, the applicant shall demonstrate that:
(1) 
The statements contained in the application are true.
(2) 
The premises described in the application comply with the requirements of this chapter and the laws, rules and regulations of the State of New York, County of Nassau and Village of Sea Cliff and is otherwise suitable as to its construction and location for the proposed business or activity and that the granting of such application is consistent with the public safety and welfare.
(3) 
The premises are properly and adequately equipped and screened from public view so as not to be inimical to the health, safety or welfare of patrons thereof or of the public at large.
(4) 
The premises where the proposed business or activity is to be located is sufficiently soundproofed to prevent any sounds or noise which may be produced from being heard beyond the property lines of the parcel upon which the proposed business or activity is to be located.
(5) 
The applicant (if a corporation, the holders of a majority of its capital stock), including any person having a direct or indirect interest in the ownership of the proposed business or activity or in the operation or management thereof, within the past five years has not been convicted of a misdemeanor, felony or violation relating to the operation of a similar business or activity which, in the judgment of the Village Board, renders such person unfit, undesirable or incapable of properly operating or managing the proposed business or activity.
(6) 
The premises comply with Chapter 138, Zoning, of the Village Code, specifically the parking requirements of Article X, or have received all necessary variances therefrom from the Zoning Board of Appeals; and the projected traffic will not adversely affect the public safety or welfare.
(7) 
The applicant can comply, to the satisfaction of the Board of Trustees, with the provisions set forth in § 50-16 of this chapter.
C. 
If after such hearing the Village Board shall find from a preponderance of the evidence that the foregoing facts have been established, it shall direct the Village Clerk to issue the license applied for, subject to such conditions as shall be directed by the Board of Trustees.
D. 
If after the hearing the Village Board shall find that the foregoing facts have not been established by the evidence, the application shall be denied. The decision of the Village Board upon such hearing shall be final.
If the Village Board shall disapprove an application for a license under this chapter, it shall cause to be endorsed upon such application its disapproval thereof and shall attach thereto a statement of its reasons therefor. The Village Clerk shall thereafter notify the applicant of such action by regular mail.
[Amended 7-13-2009 by L.L. No. 6-2009]
The term of all new, existing and renewal licenses shall be for a period of three years, commencing on February 1 and terminating at the end of January in the third year of the new, existing or renewal license. An original or existing license shall be effective from the date the license is granted to the end of the month of January in the third year of the license. Renewals of licenses shall be effective for the three-year term described herein.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct, maintain or operate, or engage in the business of conducting, maintaining or operating, a cabaret, discotheque or similar place of entertainment at any bar, lounge, restaurant or other similar or equivalent business, premises or place of entertainment within the Village of Sea Cliff on a special temporary basis, as hereinafter defined, unless the premises wherein the same is conducted, maintained or operated is licensed in the manner prescribed in this section.
B. 
A special temporary license may be issued on a special temporary basis, which is hereby defined as no more than three consecutive days with at least 30 days between the effective dates of any two such licenses for the same premises.
C. 
Prerequisite to the application, the premises must have a valid and currently effective certificate of occupancy or certificate of preexisting use authorizing the use and occupancy of the premises as a bar, lounge, restaurant or other similar or equivalent type of business legally permitted by and operating in accordance with Chapter 138, Zoning, of the Code of the Village of Sea Cliff.
D. 
Every applicant for a special temporary license shall file with the Village Clerk a statement signed and sworn to, by an individual, by all partners if a partnership and by the president or other duly authorized officer if a corporation, containing the information required by § 50-4A, B, C, D, E, H, I, J and L.
E. 
A hearing shall be conducted concerning the application for a special temporary license in the manner provided by § 50-6, except that at such hearing the applicant shall not be required to comply with provisions of § 50-6B(5). A determination shall be made as provided in § 50-6C and D.
F. 
Where a special temporary license has previously been issued to the applicant for the same premises and a violation of this chapter or any condition of the license has occurred, the Board of Trustees may deny the current application because of the prior violation.
G. 
The term of a special temporary license shall be determined by the Board of Trustees and shall be set forth on the license.
The fees for all licenses issued under this chapter shall be as set forth in Chapter A142, Schedule of Fees. Such fee shall accompany each application. Such license shall be at all times displayed in a conspicuous place at the place of business for which it is issued.
A. 
Any person desiring to procure a renewal of a license shall make application therefor to the Village Board at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current license.
B. 
The application shall thereafter be processed in accordance with the provision of this chapter as if the renewal application were an initial application for a license.
C. 
If the Village Board shall be unable to make a determination as to the approval or disapproval of the renewal application by the expiration date of the current license, then the Village Board may grant a temporary thirty-day extension license while it considers the merits of the renewal application. The fee for each such thirty-day extension license shall be as set forth in Chapter A142, Schedule of Fees. The Village Board may not grant more than three such extension licenses to the same applicant for the same year. If the Village Board has not acted on the renewal application by April 30, then the renewal application shall be deemed disapproved.
A. 
The Village Board, after a hearing, upon at least seven days' notice to the licensee, at which hearing the licensee shall be given an opportunity to be heard, may suspend or revoke any license issued, in its discretion, for any of the following causes:
(1) 
A person licensed hereunder making any false material statement in the application for license.
(2) 
A person licensed hereunder suffering or permitting any waitress, barmaid or other person who comes in contact with or is likely to come in contact with patrons of the licensed establishment to appear in the presence of such patrons with breasts or the lower part of the torso uncovered or so thinly covered or draped as to appear uncovered or suffering or permitting any person to appear in any scene, sketch, act or entertainment with breasts or the lower part of the torso uncovered or so thinly covered or draped as to appear uncovered.
(3) 
The violation of any provision of this chapter or any of the terms or conditions imposed upon the granting of a license.
(4) 
The violation of any law, ordinance, rule or regulation applicable to the licensed premises or enforceable by any government authority.
(5) 
Conviction of any crime as the same is hereinbefore referred to in this chapter.
(6) 
Failure to provide for the health, safety or welfare of any persons frequenting the licensed premises.
(7) 
Carrying on the licensed business, enterprise or activity in an unlawful manner or in such a way as to breach the peace or to constitute a menace to the health, safety or general welfare of the public.
(8) 
Any transfer or assignment of the license to any person, firm or corporation.
(9) 
Other good cause.
B. 
Upon the suspension or revocation of a license for premises hereunder, it shall be unlawful to use or occupy any portion of said premises as a cabaret, bar and/or lounge, dance hall, discotheque or place of entertainment during such period of suspension.
C. 
The Village Clerk shall send notice of the suspension or revocation to the person licensed hereunder and shall cause to be attached thereto a statement of the reasons therefor.
Any notice to be given under this chapter shall be deemed to have been duly given when:
A. 
Served personally upon the licensed person or sent by registered or certified mail addressed to his residence contained in the application or any supplemental application.
B. 
In the case of a corporate licensee, served personally upon an officer of said corporate licensee or sent by registered or certified mail addressed to an officer thereof at his residence, together with a copy of the notice sent by ordinary mail to the address of the licensed premises.
C. 
Served personally upon or sent by registered or certified mail to the agent designated under § 50-4F.
D. 
Served in any manner otherwise specifically provided for in this chapter or the Village Code.
No license issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be transferred or assigned to any person or used by any person other than the licensee to whom it was issued, nor shall such license be used for any location other than the location stated in such license.
A. 
Nonprofit organizations of the Village of Sea Cliff, including organizations of a charitable, religious, educational, veteran or firemanic nature, shall be exempt from the requirements of this chapter.
B. 
Anything herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding, no license shall be required to conduct, maintain or operate, or engage in the business of conducting, maintaining or operating, a cabaret within the Village of Sea Cliff on the holidays of New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day, provided that the premises comply with the provisions of § 50-2B and the laws, rules and regulations of the State of New York, the County of Nassau and all other governmental agencies having jurisdiction applicable to the proposed business or activity and do not violate the provisions of § 50-12A(2) or (7) or the provisions of § 40-16I or K.
Every person holding a license under this chapter shall comply with the following provisions:
A. 
No light on any part of the premises licensed hereunder or on any place of public assembly shall be permitted to shine beyond the property line of the premises. All exterior lights on such premises shall be equipped with shielding devices so that the glow emanating therefrom shall be directed only on and toward such premises.
B. 
All garbage, rubbish and other refuse shall be stored, until removed, in watertight receptacles and securely covered. Such receptacles shall be maintained in a sanitary condition.
C. 
No soot, cinders, smoke, noxious acids, fumes, gases or disagreeable or unusual odors shall be permitted to emanate from the premises so as to be detrimental to any person or to the public or which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of any person or the public.
D. 
No music shall be played either by mechanical device or live performance in such a manner that the sound emanating therefrom shall be audible beyond the property line of the premises for which the license has been issued. At no time shall music be played either by mechanical device or live performance in a manner which either annoys, disturbs, injures, endangers or tends to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of any residential, business or commercial property in the area or other persons or the public.
E. 
No loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise shall be permitted to be made or continued or caused to be made or continued which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers, or tends to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger, the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of other persons or the public.
F. 
No business or activity for which a license is required pursuant to this chapter shall be conducted, maintained or operated between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
G. 
Such other terms or conditions, including hours of operation, as the Village Board shall deem proper to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Village of Sea Cliff or of the persons attending such cabaret, discotheque or place of entertainment.
H. 
The maximum number of patrons safely permitted upon the licensed premises at one time as determined by the Village Board in order to prevent overcrowding and the resultant hazards to health and safety. Such maximum number so determined shall be stated on said license, and it shall be unlawful for the owner, proprietor, manager or person in charge of any premises licensed hereunder to allow or permit more patrons than the number stated on said license.
I. 
No licensee shall permit:
(1) 
Gambling at any licensed premises, except as may be permitted by the State of New York.
(2) 
The giving of any performance of a lewd, suggestive, vulgar or immoral type or the use therein of any indecent or obscene language or any behavior tending to corrupt the public morals or incite the public to break any law or ordinance.
(3) 
Any disorderly, lewd, dissolute, drunken or boisterous person, any person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a narcotic or hallucinogenic drug or any person whose conduct tends in any way to corrupt the public morals to be admitted to or to remain in or about any licensed premises.
(4) 
A child less than 16 years old to enter or remain in such place, unless the child is accompanied by his parent or guardian or an adult authorized by a parent or guardian.
J. 
Any person holding a license pursuant to this chapter shall permit the Village Board or its duly designated employee or officer to inspect the premises to satisfy the Village that such premises comply with all laws and ordinances that may be applicable thereto, including any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, the conditions and restrictions contained in the license and such laws, rules and regulations enforceable by any governmental authority.
K. 
No door of entry or exit shall be permitted or allowed to stand open or ajar during business hours if any violation of the sound, noise, music or any other provision of this chapter occurs as a result thereof.
A. 
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter or any restriction or condition contained in a license issued pursuant to this chapter shall be punishable as provided in the general penalty provisions of the Code of the Village of Sea Cliff.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 2, General Provisions, Art. II, Penalties.
B. 
Conviction for an offense as stated in Subsection A above shall constitute and effect immediate forfeiture and cancellation of any license issued hereunder.