[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Freehold by Ord. No. O-89-29 (§ 7-13 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person or persons, firm, association, club or corporation shall maintain, operate, conduct or pursue the business or occupation of keeping any public room or place wherein the game commonly known as pool or billiards are played without having first obtained a license therefor pursuant to Chapter 195, Article I, and complying with all provisions of § 240-2.
This chapter shall not apply to any religious, charitable, benevolent or nonprofit association or corporation which operates or maintains up to three pool or billiard tables solely for the recreation and amusement of its members for no charge or fee, provided that such organization is bona fide in character and is not intended as a means or device for avoiding the terms and provisions of this chapter.
No licensee shall operate, conduct or allow the conducting of the business of operating a pool or billiard parlor unless complying with each of the following regulations:
Number of tables. No pool or billiard parlor shall have more than 20 pool or billiard tables.
Supervision. Each pool or billiard parlor must be supervised on a full-time basis from 3:00 p.m. until closing by a uniformed person 21 years of age or older who is trained in security. There shall be supervision provided by an adult management attendant during all times that the parlor is open for business.
Persons prohibited. The following persons are prohibited from entering or remaining within the pool or billiard parlor:
Anyone under the age of 17 years, before the hour of 3:00 p.m. on any day on which school is in session as established by the Freehold Regional High School District unless that person is accompanied by his parent or legal guardian.
Anyone under the influence of or in the possession of any alcoholic beverage or controlled dangerous substance.
Activities prohibited. The following activities are specifically prohibited within the pool or billiard parlor:
Gambling or wagering.
Offering or permitting to be offered any prizes or awards whether in cash or otherwise, as an inducement to using or playing the pool or billiard tables.
Possessing or use of an alcoholic beverage or any controlled dangerous substance.
Creating noise disturbing the peace and comfort of those within or outside the pool or billiard parlor.
Fighting or disorderly conduct.
Any act which would constitute a violation of any law of the State of New Jersey or of any ordinance of the Township of Freehold.
Blocking or obstructing any exit or passageway leading to an exit.
Permitting the location of a pool or billiard table in an area of the premises which would prohibit a full view of such table from the public areas outside the pool or billiard parlor.
Congregating or loitering of four or more persons immediately outside the licensed premises or in the parking area thereto such that they disturb the peace and comfort of those in the vicinity.
Hours of operation. A pool or billiard parlor shall be operated only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight if the billiard parlor is within 1,000 feet of any residential zone. If the pool or billiard parlor is more than 1,000 feet from any residential zone, then the hours or operation would be restricted to 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Other uses. No other recreational use shall be allowed to be carried on within any pool or billiard parlor.
Associate or employee. No licensee shall knowingly permit any person convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude to be associated with the licensee in the ownership or management of the business or to be in his/her employ.
Free unobstructed space. Five feet of free and unobstructed space shall be maintained around the perimeter of each pool or billiard table, exclusive of aisleways and passageways and exclusive of the unobstructed space to be maintained around every other pool or billiard table on the premises.
Noise. No noise in excess of 65 dba shall emanate from the pool or billiard parlor into adjoining uses, common areas, parking areas or other areas outside of the pool or billiard parlor.
Unobstructed view. The interior layout of the pool or billiard parlor shall be designed to allow a full view of each pool or billiard table from the public areas outside the parlor. The windows and/or doors through which such view is accommodated shall not be obstructed to prohibit such view.
Spectators. The interior layout of the pool or billiard parlor shall be designed to allow all spectators to be seated. All those visiting the parlor and not actively participating in a pool or billiard game shall remain seated in the area provided for spectators.
Required posting. The licensee shall be required to post the following within the premises upon which the licensed activity is conducted:
The regulations set forth in this chapter prominently displayed at each entrance to the premises and prominently displayed within the premises such that there is one such posting for every 500 square feet of area. The posting shall be headed "Rules of Conduct" in bold print designed to attract the attention of those within the premises.
No person shall violate any provision of § 240-3.
No employee, representative, agent or servant of the licensee shall permit any person to violate any of the provisions of § 240-3.