[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Girard 3-11-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-77. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 200.
Pursuant to the authority granted in the Township Code to prohibit nuisances; to promote the health, welfare, cleanliness, comfort and safety of the citizens of Girard Township; and to regulate the time of opening and closing, and the conduct of places of public entertainment, amusement and recreation, the Township of Girard enacts this chapter to minimize and control the adverse secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses and thereby protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens; protect the citizens from increased crime; preserve the quality of life; preserve the property values and character of surrounding neighborhoods; and deter the spread of blight.
The Board of Supervisors has determined that licensing is a legitimate and reasonable means of accountability to insure that operators of sexually oriented businesses comply with reasonable regulations and to insure that operators do not knowingly allow their establishments to be used as places of illegal sexual activity or solicitation.
The Township does not intend this chapter to suppress any speech activities protected by the First Amendment, but to enact a content neutral ordinance which addresses the secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses. It is not the intent of the Township in enacting this legislation to deny any person rights of speech protected by the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of Pennsylvania, or both, nor is it the intent of the Township to impose by this chapter any additional limitations or restrictions on the contents of any communicative materials, including sexually oriented films, videotapes, books and other materials. Further, by enacting this legislation, the Township does not intend to deny or restrict the rights of any adult to obtain or view, or both, any sexually oriented materials or conduct protected by the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of Pennsylvania, or both, nor does it intend to restrict or deny any constitutionally protected rights that distributors or exhibitors of sexually oriented materials may have to sell, distribute, or exhibit these materials.
Legislative findings. The Girard Township Board of Supervisors finds:
Law enforcement personnel have determined, and statistics and studies performed in a substantial number of communities in this Commonwealth and in the United States indicate that sexually oriented business have adverse secondary effects, including those specified and recognized at 68 Pa.C.S.A § 5501(a), which secondary effects should be regulated to protect the public health, safety and welfare. These secondary effects include, but are not limited to, the spread of communicable diseases, performance of sexual acts in public places, presence of discarded sexually oriented materials on public and private property, sexual harassment, obscenity, prostitution and other illegal sexual activities, crime and neighborhood deterioration.
Based on evidence concerning the adverse secondary effects of adult uses on the community presented in depositions and hearings conducted by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Case No. 3: CV99-1801 (Judge Munley), and by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Case No. 98-1140 (Judge Lancaster); and in reports made available to the Township and on findings incorporated in the cases of City of Renton v. Playtime Theaters, Inc., 475 U.S. 41 (1986), Young v. American Mini Theaters, 426 U.S. 50 (1976), and Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc., 501 U.S. 560 (1991); and on studies in other communities, including, but not limited to, Phoenix, Arizona; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Houston, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Amarillo, Texas; Biloxi, Mississippi; Seattle, Washington; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Cleveland, Ohio; and Beaumont, Texas; and also on findings from the Report of the Attorney General's Working Group On the Regulation of Sexually Oriented Businesses (June 6, 1989, State of Minnesota), the Township finds:
Sexually oriented businesses lend themselves to ancillary unlawful and unhealthy activities that are presently uncontrolled by the operators of the establishments. Further, there is presently no mechanism to make the owners of these establishments responsible for the activities that occur on their premises.
Certain employees of sexually oriented businesses defined in this chapter as adult theatres and cabarets engage in higher incidence of certain types of illicit sexual behavior than employees of other establishments.
Sexual acts, including masturbation, and oral and anal sex, occur at sexually oriented businesses, especially those which provide private or semiprivate booths or cubicles for viewing films, videos, or live sex shows. Furthermore, adult bookstores tend to attract homosexual men who engage in unprotected, high-risk sexual activities.
Offering and providing such space encourages such activities, which creates unhealthy conditions.
Persons frequent certain adult theatres, adult arcades, and other sexually oriented businesses for the purpose of engaging in sex within the premises of such sexually oriented businesses.
At least 50 communicable diseases may be spread by activities occurring in sexually oriented businesses, including, but not limited to, syphilis, gonorrhea, human immune deficiency virus infection (HIV-AIDS), genital herpes, hepatitis B, non B amebiasis, salmonella infections and shigella infections.
The Surgeon General of the United States in his report of October 22, 1986, has advised the American public that AIDS and HIV infection may be transmitted through sexual contact, intravenous drug abuse, exposure to infected blood and blood components, and from an infected mother to her newborn.
According to the best scientific evidence, AIDS and HIV infection, as well as syphilis and gonorrhea, are principally transmitted by sexual acts.
Sanitary conditions in some sexually oriented businesses are unhealthy, in part, because the activities conducted there are unhealthy, and, in part, because of the unregulated nature of the activities and the failure of the owners and the operators of the facilities to self-regulate those activities and maintain those facilities.
Numerous studies and reports have determined that semen is found in the areas of sexually oriented businesses where persons view adult-oriented films.
Numerous studies have indicated that sexually oriented businesses have a substantial negative impact on property values and cause neighborhood blight, and the appropriate licensing regulation will help prevent the negative impact of these secondary effects of the community.
Sexually oriented businesses have adverse secondary effects in the nature of a public nuisance, which secondary effects should be regulated to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
Sexually oriented businesses have operational characteristics which should be reasonably regulated in order to protect those substantial governmental concerns.
A reasonable zoning regulation and permitting procedure is an appropriate mechanism to place the burden of that reasonable regulation on the owners and the operators of the sexually oriented business. Further, such a regulatory procedure will place a heretofore nonexistent incentive on the operators to see that the sexually oriented business is run in a manner consistent with the health, safety and welfare of its patrons and employees, as well as the citizens of the Township. It is appropriate to require reasonable assurances that the licensee is the actual operator of the sexually oriented business, fully in possession and control of the premises and activities occurring therein.
Removal of doors on adult booths and requiring sufficient lighting on premises with adult booths advances a substantial governmental interest in curbing the illegal and unsanitary sexual activity occurring in adult theaters and bookstores.
Requiring licensees of sexually oriented businesses to keep information regarding current employees and certain past employees will help reduce the incidence of certain types of criminal behavior by facilitating the identification of potential witnesses or suspects and by preventing minors from working in such establishments.
The disclosure of certain information by those persons ultimately responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the sexually oriented business, where such information is substantially related to the significant governmental interest in the operation of such uses, will aid in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
It is desirable in the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases to obtain a limited amount of information regarding certain employees who may engage in the conduct which this chapter is designed to prevent or who are likely to be witnesses to such activity.
The fact that an applicant for an adult or sexually oriented use license has been convicted of a sexually related crime leads to the rational assumption that the applicant is likely to engage in that conduct in contravention of this chapter.
The barring of such individuals from the management of sexually oriented uses for a period of years serves as a deterrent to and prevents conduct which leads to the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
The general welfare, health and safety of the citizens of the Township will be promoted by the enactment of this chapter.
The limitation of operating hours of sexually oriented businesses from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and closure of such businesses on Sundays and holidays reduces the adverse secondary effects of such businesses, including, particularly, but not limited to late night noise levels, crime and sexually offensive materials and activities in public areas, and promotes the public health, safety and welfare.
The reasonable regulation and supervision of sexually oriented businesses tends to discourage sexual acts and prostitution and thereby promote the health, safety and welfare of patrons, clients and customers of these businesses.
The continued unregulated operation of such sexually oriented businesses would be detrimental to the general health, safety and welfare of citizens of the Township of Girard.
As used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings indicated unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning.
- ADULT ARCADE
- Any place to which the public is permitted or invited wherein coin-operated, slug-operated, or for any form of consideration, or electronically, electrically, or mechanically controlled still or motion picture machines, projectors, video or laser disc players, or other image-producing devices are maintained, not located within viewing booths, to show images to five or fewer persons per machine at any one time, and where the images so displayed are distinguished or characterized by the depicting or describing of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas.
- ADULT BOOKSTORE, ADULT NOVELTY STORE or ADULT VIDEO STORE
- A commercial establishment which, as one of its principal business purposes, offers for sale or rental for any form of consideration any one or more of the following:
- A. Books, magazines, periodicals or other printed matter, or photographs, films, motion pictures, videocassettes or video reproductions, slides, CD ROM discs or other computer software, or other visual representations which are characterized by the depiction or description of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas; or
- B. Instruments, devices, or paraphernalia which are designed for use in connection with specified sexual activities.
- ADULT CABARET
- A nightclub, bar, restaurant, or other commercial establishment which features:
- A. Persons who appear in a state of nudity or seminudity; or
- B. Live performances which are characterized by the exposure of specified anatomical areas or by specified sexual activities; or
- C. Films, motion pictures, videocassettes, slides or other photographic reproductions or visual presentations of any other kind which are characterized by the depiction or description of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas.
- ADULT MOTION-PICTURE THEATER
- A commercial establishment where, for any form of consideration, films, motion pictures, videocassettes, slides, or similar photographic reproductions or visual presentations of any kind are regularly shown which are characterized by the depiction or description of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas.
- ADULT THEATER
- A theater, concert hall, dance hall, auditorium, or similar commercial establishment which regularly features persons who appear in a state of nudity or seminudity, or live performances which are characterized by the exposure of specified anatomical areas or by specified sexual activities.
- A person who performs any service on the premises of a sexually oriented business on a full-time, part-time or contract basis, whether or not the person is denominated an employee, independent contractor, agent or otherwise and whether or not said person is paid a salary, wage or other compensation by the operator of said business. "Employee" does not include a person exclusively on the premises for repair or maintenance of the premises or equipment on the premises, or for the delivery of goods to the premises.
- A person who, for consideration, agrees or offers to act as a companion, guide or date for another person, or who agrees or offers to privately model lingerie or to privately perform a striptease for another person.
- ESCORT AGENCY
- A person or business association who furnishes, offers to furnish, or advertises to furnish escorts as one of its primary business purposes for a fee, tip or other consideration.
- Includes any of the following:
- A. The opening or commencement of any sexually oriented business as a new business;
- B. The conversion of an existing business, whether or not a sexually oriented business, to any sexually oriented business;
- C. The addition of any sexually oriented business to any other existing sexually oriented business or to a non-sexually oriented business; or
- D. The relocation of any sexually oriented business.
- Having general knowledge of, or reason to know, or a belief or ground for belief which warrants further inspection or inquiry of both:
- A. The character and content of any material or performance described herein which is reasonably susceptible of examination by a license or person; and
- B. The age of the minor; provided, however, that an honest mistake shall constitute an excuse from liability hereunder if the licensee or person made a reasonable bona fide attempt to ascertain the true age of such minor.
- A person in whose name a license to operate a sexually oriented business has been issued, as well as the individual listed as an applicant on the application for a license; and in the case of an employee, a person in whose name a license has been issued authorizing employment in a sexually oriented business.
- NUDE MODEL STUDIO
- Any place where a person who appears seminude, in a state of nudity or who displays specified anatomical areas and is provided to be observed, sketched, drawn, painted, sculptured, photographed or similarly depicted by other persons who pay money or any form of consideration. "Nude model studio" shall not include a proprietary school licensed by the State of Pennsylvania or a college, junior college or university supported entirely or in part by public taxation; a private college or university which maintains and operates educational programs in which credits are transferable to a college, junior college or university supported entirely or partly by taxation; or in a structure:
- A. That has no sign visible from the exterior of the structure and no other advertising that indicates a nude or seminude person is available for viewing; and
- B. Where in order to participate in a class a student must enroll at least three days in advance of the class; and
- C. Where no more than one nude or seminude model is on the premises at any one time.
- NUDITY or A STATE OF NUDITY
- The showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area, vulva, anus, anal cleft or cleavage with less than a fully opaque covering, the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of the nipple, or the showing of the covered male genitals in a discernible turgid state.
- An individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association or other legal entity.
- SEMINUDE or IN A SEMINUDE CONDITION
- The state of dress in which clothing partially or nonopaquely covers specified anatomical areas.
- SEXUAL ENCOUNTER CENTER
- A business or commercial enterprise that, as one of its principal business purposes, offers for any form of consideration:
- SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESS
- An adult arcade, adult bookstore, adult novelty store, adult video store, adult cabaret, adult motion-picture theater, adult theater, escort agency, nude model studio or sexual encounter center.
- SPECIFIED ANATOMICAL AREAS
- Human genitals, pubic region, anus, buttocks, female breast(s) below a point immediately above the top of the areola or human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state, even if completely covered.
- SPECIFIED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
- Any of the following offenses:
- A. Prostitution or promotion of prostitution; dissemination of obscenity; sale, distribution or display of harmful material to a minor; sexual performance by a child; possession or distribution of child pornography; public lewdness; indecent exposure; indecency with a child; engaging in organized criminal activity; sexual assault; molestation of a child; gambling; or distribution of a controlled substance; or any similar offenses to those described above under the criminal or penal code of other states or countries;
- B. For which:
- (1) Less than two years have elapsed since the date of conviction or the date of release from confinement imposed for the conviction, whichever is the later date, if the conviction is of a misdemeanor offense;
- (2) Less than five years have elapsed since the date of conviction or the date of release from confinement for the conviction, whichever is the later date, if the conviction is of a felony offense; or
- (3) Less than five years have elapsed since the date of the last conviction or the date of release from confinement for the last conviction, whichever is the later date, if the convictions are of two or more misdemeanor offenses or combination of misdemeanor offenses occurring within any twenty-four-month period.
- C. The fact that a conviction is being appealed shall have no effect on the disqualification of the applicant or a person residing with the applicant.
- SPECIFIED SEXUAL ACTIVITIES
- Any of the following:
- TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OR CONTROL
- Of a sexually oriented business means and includes any of the following:
- A. The sale, lease or sublease of the business;
- B. The transfer of securities which constitute a controlling interest in the business, whether by sale, exchange or similar means; or
- C. The establishment of a trust, gift or other similar legal device which transfer the ownership or control of the business, except for transfer by bequest or other operation of law upon the death of the person possessing the ownership or control.
- VIEWING BOOTHS
- Booths, stalls, partitioned portions of a room, rooms or other enclosures which are available for viewing:
- A. Films, movies, videos or visual reproductions of any kind depicting or describing specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas; or
- B. Persons who appear in a state of nudity or seminudity or who offer performances or presentations characterized by the exposure of specified anatomical areas or by specified sexual activities.
It is unlawful:
For any person to operate a sexually oriented business without a valid sexually oriented business license issued by the Township pursuant to this chapter.
For any person who operates a sexually oriented business to employ a person to work for the sexually oriented business who is not licensed as a sexually oriented business employee by the Township pursuant to this chapter.
For any person to obtain employment with a sexually oriented business without having secured a sexually oriented business employee license pursuant to this chapter;
Beginning on the 60th day after enactment of this chapter, for any person to continue to operate any sexually oriented business in operation at the time of enactment of this chapter without a valid sexually oriented business license pursuant to this chapter.
Beginning on the 60th day after enactment of this chapter, for any person who operates a sexually oriented business in operation at the time of enactment of this chapter to employ a person to work for the sexually oriented business who is not licensed as a sexually oriented business employee by the Township pursuant to this chapter.
Beginning on the 60th day after enactment of this chapter, for any person to obtain employment with a sexually oriented business in operation at the time of enactment of this chapter without having secured a sexually oriented business employee license pursuant to this chapter.
An application for a license must be made on a form provided by the Township.
All applicants must be qualified according to the provisions of this chapter. The application may request and the applicant shall provide such information (including fingerprints) as to enable the Township to determine whether the applicant meets the qualifications established in this chapter.
If a person who wishes to operate a sexually oriented business is an individual, the person must sign the application for a license as applicant. If a person who wishes to operate a sexually oriented business is other than an individual, each individual who has a 20% or greater interest in the business must sign the application for a license as applicant. Each applicant must be qualified under the following section and each applicant shall be considered a licensee if a license is granted.
The completed application for a sexually oriented business license shall contain the following information and shall be accompanied by the following documents:
If the applicant is:
An individual, the individual shall state his/her legal name and any aliases and submit proof that he/she is at least 18 years of age;
A partnership, the partnership shall state its complete name, and the name of all partners, whether the partnership is general or limited, and a copy of the partnership agreement, if any;
A corporation, the corporation shall state its complete name, the date of its incorporation, evidence that the corporation is in good standing under the laws of its state of incorporation and qualified and authorized to conduct business in Pennsylvania, the names and capacity of all officers, directors and principal stockholders, and the names of the registered corporate agent and the address of the registered office for service of process.
Whether the applicant, or a person residing with the applicant, has been convicted of a specified criminal activity as defined in this chapter and, if so, the specified criminal activity involved, the date, place and jurisdiction of each.
Whether the applicant, or a person residing with the applicant, has had a previous license under this chapter or other similar sexually oriented business ordinance from another municipality, state or county denied, suspended or revoked, including the name and location of the sexually oriented business for which the permit was denied, suspended or revoked, as well as the date of denial, suspension or revocation, and whether the applicant or a person residing with the applicant has been a partner in a partnership or an officer, director or principal stockholder of a corporation that is licensed under this chapter whose license has previously been denied, suspended or revoked, including the name and location of the sexually oriented business for which the permit was denied, suspended or revoked as well as the date of denial, suspension or revocation.
Whether the applicant, or a person residing with the applicant, holds any other licenses under this chapter or other similar sexually oriented business ordinance from another municipality, state or county and, if so, the names and locations of such other licensed businesses.
The specific classification of sexually oriented use for which the applicant is filing along with a detailed description of each and every activity encompassed by the proposed sexually oriented business, which description shall thoroughly demonstrate compliance and/or intended compliance with all provisions of this chapter.
The location of the proposed sexually oriented business, including a legal description of the property, street address and telephone number(s), if any.
The applicant's mailing address and residential address.
A recent photograph of the applicant(s).
The applicant's driver's permit number, social security number, and his/her state or federally issued tax identification number.
A sketch or diagram showing the configuration of the premises, including a statement of total floor space occupied by the business. The sketch or diagram need not be professionally prepared, but it must be drawn to a designated scale or drawn with marked dimensions of the interior of the premises to an accuracy of plus or minus six inches.
A current certificate and straight-line drawing prepared within the 30 days prior to application by a registered land surveyor depicting the property lines, the property to be certified.
If an applicant wishes to operate a sexually oriented business, which includes viewing booths, then the applicant shall also comply with the application requirements set forth in § 67-11 and shall separately apply for and obtain a building and occupancy permit for the installation of the viewing booths.
The application form shall inform the applicant that:
Separate applications are required for any necessary zoning permits, subdivision and land development approvals and building and occupancy permits and that the applicant may apply for such permits by contacting the Township Code Enforcement Officer and the Erie County Planning Commission; and
That Department of Labor and Industry approval is required.
Before any applicant may be issued a sexually oriented business employee license, the applicant shall submit on a form to be provided by the Township the following information:
The applicant's name or any other name (including "stage" names) or aliases used by the individual;
Age, date and place of birth;
Height, weight, hair and eye color;
Present residence address and telephone number;
Present business address and telephone number;
Date, issuing state and number of driver's license or other identification card information;
Social security number; and
Proof that the individual is at least 18 years of age.
Attached to the application form for a sexually oriented business employee license, as provided above, shall be the following:
A color photograph of the applicant clearly showing the applicant's face, and the applicant's fingerprints on a form provided by any police department. Any fees for photographs and fingerprints shall be paid by the applicant.
A statement detailing the license history of the applicant for the five years immediately preceding the date of the filing of the application, including whether such applicant previously operated or is seeking to operate, in this or any other county, municipality, state or country, any business or has ever had a license, permit or authorization to do business denied, revoked or suspended. In the event of any such denial, revocation or suspension, state the name, the name of the issuing or denying jurisdiction and describe in full the reason for the denial, revocation or suspension. A copy of any order of denial, revocation or suspension shall be attached to the application.
A statement whether the applicant has been convicted of a specified criminal activity as defined in this chapter and, if so, the specified criminal activity involved, the date, place and jurisdiction of each.
Upon the filing of said application in a fully completed form for a sexually oriented business license or for a sexually oriented business employee license, the application shall then be referred to the Township Code Enforcement Officer for review and investigation. The Township Code Enforcement Officer shall utilize any available resources through the Pennsylvania State Police, the Erie County Sheriff, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and/or other law enforcement agencies as may be necessary to complete the review and investigation required by this chapter. Within 30 days from the date the completed application is filed, the Township Code Enforcement Officer shall issue a license, unless it is determined by the Township Code Enforcement Officer that one or more of the following findings is true:
The applicant has failed to provide information reasonably necessary for issuance of the license or has falsely answered a question or request for information on the application form;
The applicant is under the age of 18 years;
The applicant has been convicted of a specified criminal activity as defined in this chapter;
The sexually oriented business employee license is to be used for employment in a business prohibited by local or state law, statute, rule or regulation, or prohibited by a particular provision of this chapter; or
The applicant has had a sexually oriented business employee license revoked by the Township within two years of the date of the current application. If the sexually oriented business employee license is denied, the temporary license previously issued is immediately deemed null and void. Denial, suspension or revocation of a license issued pursuant to this subsection shall be subject to appeal as set forth in § 67-9.
The required application, investigation and license fees have not been paid.
An applicant's license to operate a sexually oriented business, issued by any jurisdiction, has been revoked within the preceding 12 months.
The proposed sexually oriented business is in violation of, or is not in compliance with, any of the provisions of this chapter.
A license granted pursuant to this section shall be subject to annual renewal upon the written application of the applicant and a finding by the Township that the applicant has not been convicted of any specified criminal activity as defined in this chapter or committed any act during the existence of the previous license which would be grounds to deny the initial license application. The renewal of the license shall be subject to the payment of the fee as set forth in § 67-5.
The license, if granted, shall state on its face the name of the person or persons to whom it is granted, the expiration date, the address of the sexually oriented business and the specific classification of sexually oriented use for which the license is issued. Licenses for sexually oriented businesses shall state that the sexually oriented business shall not commence until all necessary zoning, subdivision and land development, and/or building code approvals and Department of Labor and Industry approvals are obtained. All licenses shall be posted in a conspicuous place at or near the entrance to the sexually oriented business so that they may be easily read at any time.
Applications for building and occupancy permits shall be processed and either denied or approved within 30 days of a complete application by the Township.
A sexually oriented business license shall issue for the specific classification of sexually oriented use as permitted by ordinance and applied for.
Any person aggrieved by the grant of a license may appeal, in writing, within 10 days from the date of issuance of the license, to the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors shall then hold a Local Agency Law hearing within 20 days from the date of filing of the appeal and render a decision within 10 days from the end of the hearing. Appeals from a decision of the Board of Supervisors may be taken to court subject to § 67-9E of this chapter.
Every application for a sexually oriented business license (whether for a new license or for renewal of an existing license) shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable application and investigation fee in an amount set by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
In addition to the application and investigation fee required above, every sexually oriented business that is granted a license (new or renewal) shall pay to the Township an annual nonrefundable license fee in an amount set by resolution of the Board of Supervisors within 30 days of license issuance or renewal.
Every application for a sexually oriented business employee license (whether for a new license or for renewal of an existing license) shall be accompanied by an annual nonrefundable application, investigation and license fee in an amount set by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
All license applications and fees shall be submitted to the office of the Township Secretary/Treasurer, and, therefor, the applications shall be forwarded to the Township Code Enforcement Officer for review and investigation and approval of denial.
An applicant or licensee shall permit authorized Township officials and their agents or consultants to inspect the premises of a sexually oriented business for the purpose of insuring compliance with the law, at any time it is occupied or open for business.
A person who operates a sexually oriented business or his/her agent or employee commits a violation of this chapter if he/she refuses to permit such lawful inspection of the premises at any time it is occupied or open for business.
Each license shall expire one year from the date of issuance and may be renewed only by making application as provided in § 67-3. Application for renewal shall be made at least 30 days before the expiration date, and when made less than 30 days before the expiration date, the date of expiration of the license will not be extended.
When the Township denies renewal of a license, the applicant shall not be issued a license for one year from the date of denial. If, subsequent to denial, the Township finds that the basis for denial of the renewal license has been corrected or abated, the applicant may be granted a license if at least 90 days have elapsed since the date denial became final.
The Township Code Enforcement Officer shall suspend a license for a period not to exceed 30 days if he determines that a licensee or an employee of a licensee has:
The Township Code Enforcement Officer shall revoke a license if a cause of suspension in § 67-8 occurs and the license has been suspended within the preceding 12 months.
The Township Code Enforcement Officer shall revoke a license if he determines that:
A licensee gave false or misleading information in the material submitted during the application process;
A licensee has knowingly allowed possession, use or sale of controlled substances on the premises;
A licensee has knowingly allowed prostitution on the premises;
A licensee knowingly operated the sexually oriented business during a period of time when the licensee's license was suspended;
A licensee has knowingly allowed any act of sexual intercourse, sodomy, oral copulation, masturbation or other sex act to occur in or on the license premises; or
A licensee is delinquent in payment to the Township for any licensing fees past due.
When the Township revokes a license, the revocation shall continue for one year, and the licensee shall not be issued a sexually oriented business license for one year from the date the revocation became effective. If, subsequent to revocation, the Township finds that the basis for the revocation has been corrected or abated, the applicant may be granted a license if at least 90 days have elapsed since the date the revocation became effective.
All permit denial, renewal, suspension or revocation decisions shall be sent, in writing, to the applicant or licensee. All such decisions which deny, refuse to renew, suspend or revoke a permit shall state specifically the ordinance requirement not met and any other basis for the decision. After denial of an application, or denial of a renewal of an application, or after suspension or revocation of any permit, the applicant or permittee may appeal pursuant to procedures of the Local Agency Law (2 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.) to the Board of Supervisors, except as modified herein. Any such appeal must be filed, in writing, with the Township Secretary/Treasurer within 10 days from the date of the mailing of the decision appealed from and shall specify, in detail, the basis for the appeal. Failure or refusal to file said appeal or specify the basis of said appeal with the Township Secretary/Treasurer shall be deemed a conclusive determination as to the issues or matters addressed by the written decision. If an appeal is timely filed, the Board of Supervisors will then hold a Local Agency Law hearing, pursuant to 2 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq., within 20 days from the date the appeal is filed and will render a written decision within 10 days from the date such hearing concludes. In the case of a denial of renewal, or in the case of a permit suspension or revocation, the permittee may continue to operate to the same extent as immediately prior to the suspension or revocation until the earlier of:
Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Board of Supervisors may appeal to a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to the Local Agency Law (2 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.) and 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 933(a)(2). The Board of Supervisors shall, upon filing of such appeal, consent to any request by a permit applicant or permittee to the court to give expedited review of such appeal. The Board of Supervisors shall certify any record to the court within 20 days after the appeal is filed. In the case of a denial of a permit renewal, or in the case of a permit suspension or revocation, the permittee may continue to operate to the same extent as immediately prior to the denial, suspension or revocation until the earlier of:
A licensee shall not transfer his/her license to another, nor shall a licensee operate a sexually oriented business under the authority of a license at any place other than the address designated in the application.
A person who operates viewing booths or causes them to be operated shall comply with the following requirements:
Upon application for a sexually oriented business license, the application shall be accompanied by a diagram of the premises showing a plan thereof specifying the location of one or more managers' stations and the location of all overhead lighting fixtures and designating any portion of the premises in which patrons will not be permitted. A manager's station may not exceed 32 square feet of floor area. The diagram shall also designate the place at which the permit will be conspicuously posted, if granted. A professionally prepared diagram in the nature of an engineer's or architect's blueprint shall not be required; however, each diagram should be oriented to the north or to some designated street or object and should be drawn to a designated scale or with marked dimensions sufficient to show the various internal dimensions of all areas of interior of the premises to an accuracy of plus or minus six inches. The Township may waive the foregoing diagram for renewal applications if the applicant adopts a diagram that was previously submitted and certifies that the configuration of the premises has not been altered since it was prepared.
The application shall be sworn to be true and correct by the applicant.
It is the duty of the licensee of the premises to ensure that at least one licensed employee is on duty and situated in each manager's station at all times that any patron is present inside the premises.
The interior of the premises shall be configured in such a manner that there is an unobstructed view from the manager's station of every area of the premises to which any patron is permitted access for any purpose excluding rest rooms. Rest rooms may not contain video reproduction equipment. If the premises has two or more managers' stations designated, then the interior of the premises shall be configured in such a manner that there is an unobstructed view of each area of the premises to which any patron is permitted access for any purpose from at least one of the managers' stations. The view required in this subsection must be by direct line of sight from the manager's station. In addition, all viewing booths shall have at least one side fully open so that all of the area inside the booth is open to the view of persons in the public area of the establishment.
It shall be the duty of the licensees to ensure that the view area specified in Subsection A(4) remains unobstructed by any doors, curtains, partitions, walls, merchandise, display racks or other materials and, at all times, to ensure that no patron is permitted access to any area of the premises which has been designated as an area in which patrons will not be permitted in the application filed pursuant to Subsection A(1) of this section.
No viewing room may be occupied by more than one person at any time.
The premises shall be equipped with overhead lighting fixtures of sufficient intensity to illuminate every place to which patrons are permitted access at an illumination of not less than five footcandle, as measured at the floor level.
It shall be the duty of the licensees to ensure that the illumination described above as maintained at all times that any patron is present in the premises.
No licensee shall allow openings of any kind to exist between viewing rooms or booths.
No person shall make or attempt to make an opening of any kind between viewing booths or rooms.
The licensee shall, during each business day, regularly inspect the walls between the viewing booths to determine if any openings or holes exist.
The licensee shall cause all floor coverings in viewing booths to be nonporous, easily cleanable surfaces, with no rugs or carpeting.
The licensee shall cause all wall surfaces and ceiling surfaces in viewing booths to be constructed of, or permanently covered by, nonporous, easily cleanable material. No wood, plywood, composition board or other porous material shall be used within 48 inches of the floor.
A nude model studio shall no employ any person under the age of 18 years.
A person under the age of 18 years commits a violation of this chapter if the person appears seminude or in a state of nudity in or on the premises of a nude model studio. It is a defense to prosecution under this subsection if the person under 18 years was in a rest room not open to public view or visible to any other person.
A person commits a violation of this chapter if the person appears in a state of nudity, or knowingly allows another to appear in a state of nudity, in an area of a nude model studio premises which can be viewed from the public right-of-way.
A nude model studio shall not place or permit a bed, sofa or mattress in any room on the premises, except that a sofa may be placed in a reception room open to the public.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for a person who knowingly or intentionally in a sexually oriented business appears in a seminude condition unless the person is an employee who, while seminude, shall be at least 10 feet from any patron or customer and on a stage at least two feet from the floor.
A person commits a violation of this chapter if the person knowingly allows a person under the age of 18 years on the premises of a sexually oriented business.
No sexually oriented business shall be open for business before 8:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, or after 10:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sexually oriented businesses shall be closed at all times on Sundays and legal holidays.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.
The Township may commence civil enforcement proceedings to assess penalties for violations of this chapter. In addition to such civil enforcement proceedings, the Township may commence, at any time, appropriate actions in equity or otherwise to prevent, restrain, correct, enjoy or abate violations of this chapter.