City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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Editor's Note: For licensing provisions, see Ch. 332, Licenses and Business Regulations.
[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 11-24-1982 as Section 8-28 of Ord. No. MC-1910. Amendments noted where applicable.]

Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 129.

Arcades and amusement devices — See Ch. 135.

Billiard and pool rooms — See Ch. 145.

Bowling alleys — See Ch. 155.

Carousels and merry-go-rounds — See Ch. 169.

Circuses and exhibitions — See Ch. 180.

Dances and dance halls — See Ch. 205.

Entertainers, models and dancers — See Ch. 228.

Licenses and business regulations — See Ch. 332.

Motels and hotels — See Ch. 355.

Retail food establishments — See Ch. 448.

Theaters — See Ch. 526.

Zoning — See Ch. 577.

§ 231-1

§ 231-2

§ 231-3

§ 231-4

§ 231-5
Gambling and games of chance. 

§ 231-6
Alcoholic beverages. 

§ 231-7
Hours of operation. 

§ 231-8
Failure to comply. 

§ 231-9
Violations and penalties. 

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

Any location, place, building, resort or space, whether covered or uncovered, which is used to operate or conduct or maintain any type of show, concert, lecture, go-go dancing, entertainment, cabaret, performance, exhibition, amusement or resort or a place of entertainment, amusement or resort or public entertainment which is open to the public or to which the public is invited or may enter, including premises used as a clubhouse or club room.

This chapter and the general provisions of Chapter 332 of this Code shall apply to the business of amusement businesses.

No establishment or business that provides music by phonograph, radio, stereo or music transmitted into the establishment from outside or from a central source shall be required to obtain a license under this chapter, unless the amusement or entertainment is accompanied by a live master of ceremonies, disc jockey or entertainer; in the latter event, the establishment or business shall then be subject to the provisions of this chapter.

In addition to the general conditions of this chapter and Chapter 332 of this Code, each licensee hereunder shall be bound by the following listed terms and conditions:


No persons, patrons or spectators shall be permitted to occupy premises which are in excess of occupancy load as stated on license.


No place, building or resort hereunder shall have its seating capacity increased beyond that fixed in the license application and as stated on the license until such time that the licensee shall reapply for such increase and such license shall be approved by the Supervisor of License Inspections.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994]


No ticket of admission shall be sold or entrance fee charged to any such place, building or resort in excess of the seating capacity or occupancy load set forth in such license or application.


The Supervisor of License Inspections, the License Inspector, police officers or any city employee designated by the Supervisor of License Inspections shall be permitted to enter upon any such place, building or resort to inspect, count or observe the method of ticket sales or entrance fees charged or to inspect all tickets or other method of admission to ascertain that seating capacity and/or occupancy load limits, as approved and stated on the license and in the license application, have been or are being conformed to. Where such inspection reveals that holders of tickets of admission or entrance fees are being permitted to enter such place, building or resort in excess of the amounts licensed for, the licensee or person in charge shall be ordered to refuse admittance and return any fees collected, if any, for such excessive sales or admissions.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994]


Holders of licenses issued under this chapter shall make conspicuous display, at all times, and upon request, such other showing of their licenses, at the licensed premises, as shall reasonably serve the purpose of informing properly interested persons or officials that a currently valid license has, in fact, been duly issued to such holder.


No holder of a license under this chapter shall permit any type of amusement, entertainment or activity which shall be deemed to be lewd or lascivious and in violation of any ordinance of the City or law of the State of New Jersey or regulation of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of the State of New Jersey. Any violator of this chapter shall be subject to the provisions of § 231-9 and any other penalties or sanctions permitted under law.

No licensee shall operate, conduct or carry on or permit to be operated, conducted or carried on, in or about any building, grounds or other place licensed under this chapter, any game of chance, gambling or gambling device or devices.

Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 129, Alcoholic Beverages.

No alcoholic beverage shall be sold, served, delivered or consumed, nor shall any licensee suffer to permit the sale, service, delivery or consumption of any alcoholic beverages, upon the premises licensed under this chapter, directly or indirectly, unless those premises are licensed pursuant to Title 33, Intoxicating Liquors, of the statutes of the State of New Jersey.

No public amusement or amusement activity licensed under this chapter shall be permitted to continue operation between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. of any day, except premises holding valid liquor licenses.

[Added 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

It shall be unlawful for any person, as defined in § 332-1, to engage in the activity identified and regulated by this chapter, without first having obtained a license therefor and paid the fee required for such license, both as provided in Chapter 332, Licenses and Business Regulations. Any person engaging in such activity who shall fail to comply with any provision of this chapter or of Chapter 332 shall be in violation of the provisions of this chapter.

[Added 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

Unless otherwise provided in the chapter, penalties against persons violating the provisions of this chapter shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of § 1-16A.

[Amended 10-12-2006 by Ord. No. MC-4234]


A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each and every day for each and every violation of this chapter.


A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation or violations occur or continue.


The imposition of a fine or imprisonment as punishment for a violation of any provision of this chapter shall not be deemed to be in lieu of any provision of this chapter or of Chapter 332 providing for revocation or suspension of any license issued under this chapter and Chapter 332.