[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 4, Art. 8, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC BILLIARD ROOM or PUBLIC POOL ROOM
- Refers to any place open to the public and containing one or more billiard or pool tables.
No person shall operate a public billiard or pool room unless he first obtains a license therefor as hereinafter provided in this chapter.
No more than five licenses under this chapter shall be issued and outstanding at the same time.
When the licenses issued and outstanding under this chapter shall be fewer than five, additional licenses may be granted, but only in sufficient numbers so that the number of licenses issued and outstanding at the same time does not exceed five.
The renewal of public billiard or pool room licenses which were issued and outstanding as of April 17, 1961; or
The transfer from person to person or from place to place of public billiard or pool room licenses which were issued and outstanding as of April 17, 1961, or to the renewal of licenses so transferred.
Every applicant for a license shall be at least 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States. The applicant shall be the actual owner or proprietor of the business for which he seeks a license.
No license shall be granted under this chapter covering any new location within 200 feet of the property line of a school or church edifice. Said 200 feet shall be measured in the normal way that a pedestrian would properly walk from the nearest entrance of said church or school to the nearest entrance of the premises sought to be licensed.
The application shall be addressed to the Council and filed with the Licensing Division on forms furnished by said Licensing Division and approved by the Council. The application shall be signed by the applicant and shall contain the following information:
The name of the applicant.
The residence of the applicant.
The date and place of birth.
The place where the licensed business is to be conducted.
The length of residence in the City.
Whether the applicant is a citizen of the United States.
Whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime or misdemeanor and, if so, the nature of each such crime or misdemeanor and date and place of conviction.
The application shall be accompanied by the fee prescribed in § 133-7. If the application is rejected or withdraw, the sum of $40 of said fee shall be returned to the applicant.
Notice of intention to apply for license.
Whenever any applicant shall apply for the issuance of an initial license, the applicant shall forthwith cause to be published a notice of his intention to apply for a license to operate or maintain a public billiard or pool room.
Said notice shall be published for two consecutive weeks, once each week, in a newspaper published and circulated in the City.
Proof of such publication shall be filed with the Licensing Division prior to consideration of the application by the Council.
[Amended 4-5-1983 by Ord. No. 83-020]
The license fee for each public billiard or pool room shall be $220 per year or any part thereof.
[Amended 11-25-2003 by Ord. No. 03-070; 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-062]
The term of the license shall be for the calendar year. Each license shall expire on December 31 of the year in which it is issued.
The license shall be issued by the Licensing Division after approval of the application by the Council.
The license shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the premises licensed under this chapter.
Every public billiard or pool room licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall close no later than 1:00 a.m. and shall remain closed until at least 7:00 a.m. No billiards or pool shall be played between these hours.
Each licensee shall maintain good order and observe existing laws and shall not harbor or allow persons under 18 years of age to congregate or play in the licensed premises.
Upon application made therefor, in accordance with § 133-6, a license may be transferred from person to person or from one location of business to another upon payment of a fee of $25 after approval of the transfer by the Council.
In the event of the death of a licensee, the license held by him may be extended to his executor, administrator or trustee and may be renewed or transferred by said executor, administrator or trustee.
In addition to the penalty prescribed in § 133-15, any license issued under this chapter may be revoked by the Council for cause, after notice and hearing, and pending such hearing, the license may be suspended.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000, by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service for not more than 90 days, or any combination thereof. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.