Town of Clinton, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Clinton 3-23-1982 by Ord No. 82-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Carnivals and circuses — See Ch. 52.
Minors loitering at places of amusement — See Ch. 60, § 60-2.
Amusement game license fee — See Ch. 73.
Games of chance — Ch. 81.

§ 35-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AMUSEMENT GAMES
Any mechanical, electric or electronic device used or designed to be operated for entertainment or as a game by the insertion of a piece of money, coin, token or other article or by paying money to have it activated. This definition does not include a jukebox, rides, bowling alleys, any device maintained within a residence for use of the occupants thereof and their guests or any device the possession or use of which is permitted by law.
OWNER
A record owner, contract purchaser, lessee, assignee, bailee, receiver or trustee.
PERSON
One or more individuals, a corporation, partnership, association, trust or firm and any trustee, receiver or assignee.
TOWN
Town of Clinton.

§ 35-2 License required.

No person shall operate an amusement game unless it is licensed under this chapter.

§ 35-3 Application for license.

A. 
An application for an amusement game license shall be made to the Town Clerk on forms and containing information prescribed by the Mayor and Council.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 85-4]
B. 
Upon receipt of an application for an amusement game license, the Town Clerk shall refer it to:
(1) 
The Zoning Officer to determine whether the premises comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
(2) 
The Chief of Police to cause an investigation to be made of the owner and operator of the amusement game.

§ 35-4 Review of application; issuance of license.

A. 
After a review of the application has been completed, the Town Clerk shall forward it with his report and the recommendations of the Zoning Officer and the Chief of Police to the Town Council for its review and approval.
B. 
In approving a license, the Town Council may establish conditions to promote and protect the health, safety and general welfare of the town and its inhabitants.
C. 
After approval by the Town Council, the Town Clerk shall issue an amusement game license upon payment of the license fee provided for in § 35-6, less the amount of the application fee. The license shall state any other conditions or restrictions imposed by the Town Council.

§ 35-5 Operation of games.

A. 
The owner of any amusement game within the town shall comply with all provisions of law, ordinance, rule or regulation applicable thereto and relating to the conduct of the business in connection with which the game is used and the maintenance of the premises where it is located.
B. 
The owner of the game shall maintain good order on the premises at all times. The lack of good order on the premises shall include but not be limited to the following:
(1) 
Fighting and rowdy behavior.
(2) 
Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages except upon premises licensed for on-premises consumption thereof.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 32, Alcoholic Beverages.
(3) 
Gambling.
(4) 
Permitting the use of marijuana or any controlled substance, possession of which is prohibited by New Jersey State law.
C. 
The owner of an amusement game shall not permit it to be played or operated after 10:00 p.m. by a person under the age of 16 unless accompanied by and under the supervision of a parent or other guardian over the age of 21.
D. 
The owner of an amusement game shall not allow it to be available for use or used unless it is under the control of and supervision by a person at least 18 years of age, who shall ensure that it is in compliance with this chapter.
E. 
No cash awards shall be offered or given in any contest, tournament, league or individual play on any amusement game, and no such game shall be permitted to operate if said game delivers or may readily be converted to deliver to the player any piece of money, coin, slug or token.
F. 
No credit, allowance, check, slug, token or anything of value shall be offered or given to any player of any amusement game as a result of plays made thereon.
G. 
No one premise can contain more than three amusement games.

§ 35-6 Fees.

[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 85-4]
A. 
An application for an amusement game license shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee provided for in Chapter 73, Fees.
B. 
The annual fee for an amusement game license shall be determined by the Town Council and published in Chapter 73, Fees.

§ 35-7 Inspection of premises.

Any premises in the town containing amusement games, when open for the transaction of business, shall be subject to inspection by any law enforcement officer.

§ 35-8 Expiration and renewal of license.

Amusement game licenses shall expire one year from date of issuance. Applications for renewal of licenses shall be submitted at least 30 days before the expiration of existing license.

§ 35-9 Revocation of license.

The Town Council may revoke an amusement game license for cause, after a public hearing.

§ 35-10 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or to both, for each and every offense.