[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paramus 5-14-1969 by Ord. No. 608 (Ch. 4, Art. 3, of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall maintain, operate, conduct or pursue the business or occupation of keeping any public room or place wherein the game commonly known as "bowling" is played without having first obtained a license therefor from the Mayor and Council as hereinafter provided.
An application for a license shall be filed with the Borough Clerk on forms to be furnished by him, which forms shall include the following information:
The name and address of the applicant.
In the case of a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners.
In the case of a corporation, the names and addresses of the officers, directors and all stockholders presently holding stock and all who for six months prior to the making of said application have been officers, directors or stockholders.
In the case of clubs or associations, the names and addresses of all officers.
Whether or not the person or persons named in the application have ever been convicted of a crime in violation of any federal, state or municipal law; if so, state the crime and date and place of conviction.
The location of the premises to be licensed.
The number of bowling alleys to be located upon the premises to be licensed.
No license shall be issued until the designated premises are first inspected by the Building Inspector and the Fire Inspector, who shall file written reports with the Borough Clerk.
Any premises which shall be declared to be unsafe by the written report of the Building Inspector or a fire hazard by the written report of the Fire Inspector shall be deemed to be ineligible for a license.
All licenses shall be issued by the Borough Clerk only after the payment of the license fee herein provided for and approval thereof by the Mayor and Council.
All such licenses shall expire on the 31st day of December of the year in which issued, unless sooner revoked.
The fee to be paid for such license is hereby fixed as follows: for each bowling alley located upon the premises to be licensed, the sum of $10 per annum or any fraction thereof.
Such license shall bear the date of issue, the name of the licensee, 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.
No license shall be transferred by the holder to any other person, but such license may be transferred by the holder to another address, provided that the licensee shall make a written application for such transfer to the Borough Clerk and said proposed transfer shall be approved by the Mayor and Council.
The Mayor and Council may suspend or revoke any license on any one or more of the following grounds:
Violation of any of the laws of the State of New Jersey upon the licensed premises by the licensee or his agents, servants, employees or representatives.
Violation of any ordinance of the Borough upon the licensed premises by the licensee or his agents, servants, employees or representatives.
If said license was procured by fraudulent conduct or false statement of a material fact or if a fact concerning applicant was not disclosed at the time of filing the application where such fact would have constituted just cause for refusing to issue such said license.
Permitting or suffering any activity upon the licensed premises which is or may be detrimental to the public health, safety, welfare or morals.
In all cases, written notice of the charge or charges and the time and place of hearing thereon shall be served on the licensee, either in person or by certified or registered mail addressed to the licensed premises. No revocation or suspension shall occur unless the licensee shall have been afforded an opportunity to be heard in his defense.
In the event that any license is suspended or revoked, the licensee shall not be entitled to the return of any portion of the license fee.
The number of bowling alleys in operation on the licensed premises shall not be increased by the licensee except by making written application to the Borough Clerk on forms to be furnished by him for permission to do so and by having such application approved by an appropriate resolution of the Mayor and Council.
No license shall be issued for the operation of any bowling alley located within 200 feet of any school, church, publicly owned building or residence. The distance shall be measured between the structure containing the licensed premises and any structure used for a school, church, residence or publicly owned building. The determination of the compliance with this section shall rest solely and exclusively with the Building Inspector.
This chapter shall not apply to any religious, charitable, benevolent or nonprofit association or corporation which operates or maintains any bowling alleys for recreation and amusement of its members, provided that such organization is bona fide in character and is not intended as a means or device for evading the terms and provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23; 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-2]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided by § 1-15 of this Code. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.