Village of Amityville, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Amityville 12-14-2009 by L.L. No. 48-2009.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Block parties — See Ch. 46.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law provided that it shall take effect on 1-2-2010, subject to acceptance and filing by the Secretary of State.

§ 132-1 Declaration of policy.

It is hereby declared the policy of the Village that in order to preserve public peace and good order and to safeguard health, safety, welfare and morals, it is necessary to regulate and control the operations and conduct of places of assembly, conducted as cabarets, bars, dance halls and theaters so as to fix certain responsibilities and duties of persons owning, operating or controlling such establishments.

§ 132-2 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following definitions:
BAR
Any place of assembly in which the business of directly or indirectly selling or serving drink to the public is conducted, and which does not provide any form of entertainment, including music, whether live or mechanical, singing, dancing or any type of game of amusement.
CABARET
Any place of assembly in which the business of directly or indirectly selling or serving food or drink to the public is conducted and provides any form of entertainment, including music, whether live or mechanical, singing, dancing or any type of game of amusement.
DANCE HALL
Any place of assembly in which dancing is carried on and to which the public may gain admittance either with or without the payment of a fee.
PLACE OF ASSEMBLY
Any room, place or space, whether indoors or outdoors, which is occupied or arranged to be occupied for public recreational amusement, sports or similar purposes.
THEATER
Any place of assembly in which dramatic presentations or stage entertainment, live or on film or tape, are conducted or in which motion pictures are shown to the public.

§ 132-3 Powers and duties of Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees, in accordance with this chapter, shall have the following functions, powers and duties in addition to those provided in any other law, rule or regulation:
A. 
To issue or refuse to issue any license or permit provided by this chapter.
B. 
To revoke, cancel or suspend for cause any license or permit issued under this chapter.
C. 
To inspect or provide for the inspection of any place of assembly at any reasonable time.
D. 
To prescribe forms of application for licenses or permits under this chapter and of all reports which it deems necessary to be made by any licensee, permittee or applicant.
E. 
To hold hearings, subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, administer oaths, to examine any person under oath and, in connection therewith, to require the production of any books or papers relative to the inquiry, and to otherwise fully enforce this chapter.
F. 
To adopt such reasonable rules and regulations as it may deem necessary for:
(1) 
The proper control, operation and supervision of places of assembly.
(2) 
The manner, procedure and notice of hearings before the Board of Trustees.

§ 132-4 Issuance of license; information required.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct, maintain or operate, or engage in the business of conducting, maintaining or operating, a cabaret, dance hall or theater within the Village, unless the premises wherein the same is conducted, maintained or operated is licensed in the manner prescribed herein.
B. 
A license shall be issued for a place of assembly operated as a cabaret, dance hall or theater only after the Board of Trustees:
(1) 
Shall have caused an inspection to be made of the premises to be licensed and is satisfied that such premises comply with all the local laws of the Village and any applicable laws, rules and regulations of any other governmental authority, including but not limited to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and off-street parking requirements for places of assembly.
[Amended 1-24-2011 by L.L. No. 1-2011]
(2) 
Is satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person.
C. 
In addition to such other information as the Board of Trustees may determine shall be furnished in any application for a place of assembly operating as a cabaret, dance hall or theater, the following information shall be given:
(1) 
The name, age and residence address of each applicant, and, if there is more than one and they are partners, the partnership name and the age and residence address of each partner.
(2) 
If such applicant is a corporation, the name of the corporation, the names and residence addresses of its directors or other governing body, the names and residence addresses of its officers and, except in the discretion of the Board of Trustees, the stockholders and the state under the laws of which it is organized.
(3) 
The premises to be licensed, stating the street and number, if the premises have a street and number; otherwise, such description as will reasonably indicate the locality thereof.
(4) 
The name and address of the owner of the building or premises wherein or whereon the licensed premises are located.
(5) 
Whether the applicant is a lessee and, if so, the name and residence address of the lessor.
(6) 
If the applicant does not reside in the Village, the name and address of an agent who shall be a natural person and shall reside or have a place of business in the Village and who shall be authorized to and shall agree by verified statement to accept notices or summonses issued by the Code Enforcement Officer or the police with respect to a violation of any local law or rule or regulation thereunder.
(7) 
The name and residence address of each person interested or to become interested in the business to be covered by the license for which the application is made, together with the nature of such interests.
(8) 
The nature of the applicant's interest in the business to be covered by the license for which application is made, and the name of any other person, either as principal or associate, interested in the licensed premises or in the business to be covered by the license applied for.
(9) 
Whether the person applying for a license has been convicted of any crime, misdemeanor or violation of any local law or municipal ordinance and, if the person has been convicted, the nature of the crime or violation, the court where convicted and the date of the penalty assessed or sentence imposed.
(10) 
Fingerprints of the applicant, and in the case of a corporation or LLC, the shareholders or members thereof, taken as provided in § 7-3 of the Code, unless the applicant has a valid SLA license for said premises.
(11) 
A floor plan of the premises drawn to scale showing the location of the storage of alcoholic beverages and any other flammable products.
D. 
If there is any change, after the granting of a license, in any of the facts required to be set forth in such application, a supplemental statement giving notice of such change, duly verified, shall be filed with the Board of Trustees within 10 days after such change. Failure to do so shall be cause for suspension or revocation of the license. In giving any notice, or taking any action in reference to a licensee of licensed premises, the Board of Trustees or the Code Enforcement Officer may rely upon the information furnished in such application and in any supplemental statement connected therewith, and such information may be presumed to be correct and shall be binding upon a licensee or licensed premises as if correct. This supplemental statement may be waived by the Board of Trustees in its discretion for any corporation with regard to stockholders holding less than 10% of the issued stock.

§ 132-5 Term of licenses; renewals.

The term of licenses shall be for a period of one year, commencing on February 1 and terminating at the end of the following January, except that an original license shall be effective from the date on which the license is granted to the end of the month of January following. Renewal applications shall be submitted to the Board of Trustees at least 30 days prior to expiration of the license. Renewals of licenses shall be effective for the one-year term above described.

§ 132-6 Fees.

Fees for such cabaret, dance hall or theater licenses issued under this chapter shall be payable annually and shall be based on the number of persons such place is designed to lawfully accommodate. The table of annual fees for cabaret, dance hall or theater licenses shall be based on the capacity in persons and shall be established by the Board of Trustees by resolution.

§ 132-7 Waiver of fees.

The Board of Trustees may waive the payment of any fees established by this chapter in favor of any applicant whose activities are deemed to be benevolent by the Board of Trustees.

§ 132-8 Retention of fee upon denial.

The total fee shall be paid upon submission of the application for a license. In the event that a license is denied, an administration fee of $50 plus the actual cost of legal publication shall be retained for the processing of such application, and the remainder of the fee submitted shall be returned to the applicant. No fee or part thereof shall be returnable if a license is suspended or revoked.

§ 132-9 Denial of license.

If the Board of Trustees shall disapprove an application for license under this chapter, the Board of Trustees shall cause to be endorsed upon such application its disapproval thereof and shall attach thereto a statement of its reasons therefor. The Village Clerk thereafter shall notify the applicant of such action by regular mail.

§ 132-10 Suspension or revocation of license.

The Board of Trustees, after a hearing, upon notice, at which the licensee shall be given an opportunity to be heard, may suspend or revoke any license issued, in its discretion, for any of the following causes:
A. 
Material misrepresentation in the application for license by a person licensed hereunder.
B. 
Suffering or permitting, by a person licensed hereunder, any waitress, barmaid or other person who comes in contact with, or who is likely to come in contact with, the patrons of the licensed establishment to appear in the presence of such patrons with breasts or the lower part of the torso uncovered, or so thinly covered or draped as to appear uncovered, or suffering or permitting any person to appear in any scene, sketch, act or entertainment with breasts or the lower part of the torso uncovered, or so thinly covered or draped as to appear uncovered.
C. 
Violation of any provision of this chapter.
D. 
Violation of any law, ordinance, rule or regulation applicable to the licensed premises or enforceable by any governmental authority.
E. 
Conviction of any crime.
F. 
Failure to provide for the health, safety or welfare of any persons frequenting the licensed premises.
G. 
Any series of occurrences which cumulatively has the effect of disturbing the tranquility of the Village or a part thereof or causes reasonable apprehension of there being a disturbance of such tranquility.
H. 
Violation of any stipulation or condition imposed by the Board of Trustees upon the granting or renewal of any such license.

§ 132-11 Effect of suspension or revocation of license.

Upon a license for premises hereunder being suspended or revoked, it shall be unlawful to use or occupy any portion of said premises as a cabaret, dance hall or theater during such period of suspension.

§ 132-12 Notice of suspension or revocation of license.

The Board of Trustees shall send notice of the suspension or revocation to the person licensed hereunder and shall cause to be attached thereto a statement of its reasons therefor.

§ 132-13 Service of notice.

Any notice to be given by the Board of Trustees under this chapter shall be deemed to have been duly given when:
A. 
Served personally upon the licensed person, or sent by registered or certified mail addressed to his residence; or
B. 
In the case of a corporate licensee, served personally upon an officer of said corporate licensee or sent by registered or certified mail addressed to an officer thereof at his residence, together with a copy of the notice by ordinary mail to the address of the licensed premises; or
C. 
Served personally upon or sent by registered or certified mail to the agent designated under § 132-4C(6); or
D. 
Served in any manner otherwise specifically provided in this chapter or in any other lawful manner.

§ 132-14 Posting of license.

Each license issued hereunder shall be kept conspicuously posted at the main entrance of every place licensed hereunder. It shall be unlawful to remove, deface or alter such license.

§ 132-15 Transferability of license.

No license issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be transferred or assigned to any person or used by any person other than the licensee to whom it was issued, nor shall such license be used on any location other than the location stated in such license.

§ 132-16 Maximum occupancy.

The number of persons permitted to occupy a place of assembly operated as a cabaret or dance hall shall be determined in accordance with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.

§ 132-17 Additional regulations.

Every person holding a license under this chapter and every place of assembly shall comply with the following provisions. Violation of any of these provisions shall be unlawful.
A. 
No light on any part of premises licensed hereunder or on any place of assembly shall be permitted to shine beyond the property line of the premises. All exterior lights on such premises shall be equipped with shielding devices so that the glow emanating therefrom shall be directed only on and toward such premises.
B. 
All garbage, rubbish and other refuse shall be stored until removed at the rear of the premises in watertight receptacles, securely covered. Such receptacles shall be maintained in a sanitary condition. No garbage, rubbish or other refuse shall be removed from the premises between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
C. 
No soot, cinders, smoke, noxious acids, fumes, gases or disagreeable or unusual odors shall be permitted to emanate from the premises so as to be detrimental to any person or to the public, or which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers, or may have a tendency to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger, the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of any person or the public.
D. 
At no time shall music be played either by mechanical device or live performance in a manner which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers, or tends to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger, the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of other persons or the public.
E. 
No loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise shall be permitted to be made, continued or caused to be made or continued, which either annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers, or tends to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger, the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of other persons or the public.
F. 
No person operating a place of assembly, although not required to be licensed under this chapter, shall permit any waitress, barmaid or any other person who comes in contact with, or who is likely to come in contact with, the patrons of such place of public assembly to appear in the presence of such patrons with breasts or the lower part of the torso uncovered, or so thinly covered or draped as to appear uncovered, nor shall be permit any person to appear in any scene, sketch or act with breasts or the lower part of the torso uncovered, or so thinly covered or draped as to appear uncovered.