City of Pawtucket, RI
Providence County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Pawtucket: Art. I, approved 9-6-1979 as Ch. No. 1705; Art. II, approved 5-20-1982 as Ch. No. 1797. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Circuses and carnivals — See Ch. 167.
Entertainment — See Ch. 193.
Fortune telling — See Ch. 222.
Licensing — See Ch. 260.
[Approved 9-6-1979 as Ch. No. 1705]

§ 112-1 License required; term.

No person shall keep a billiard table, bagatelle table, pool table, scippio table or any table of a similar character in a saloon, shop or place of business within this city or own or keep any such table for public use or profit within this city or operate a pinball or game room without first obtaining a license from the City Council of the City of Pawtucket, and such Council may grant or refuse to grant said licenses therefor, and licenses so granted shall continue for a term not exceeding one (1) year.

§ 112-2 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GAME ROOM
Limited to those places which derive their principal source of income from such machines.
PINBALL OR GAME ROOM
Any public place, building or room where three (3) or more gaming devices, machines or apparatuses are kept for the use and entertainment of the public; or any place where the purpose of such business is to maintain three (3) or more machines, which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disc, may be operated by the public generally for use as a game or amusement whether or not registering a score and whether its operation demands skill or chance or both.

§ 112-3 Hearing notice.

[Amended 2-24-1983 by Ch. No. 1832]
A. 
The City Council, before granting a license under this Article, shall hold a public hearing, notice of which shall be given by advertisement published once a week for at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting of the City Council, where said license shall be considered. Said advertisement shall be published in a local newspaper, published in the city where the applicant proposes to operate. Said notice shall be given by the office of the City Clerk, and the cost thereof shall be borne by the applicant. Said notice shall state that remonstrants are entitled to be heard before the granting of said license and shall name the time and place of such hearing.
B. 
Notice of said application shall be given, by mail, to all owners of property whose property shall, in whole or in part, fall within two hundred (200) feet of the property line of the place of business seeking said application. The manner and method of such notification shall be done in accordance with the rules and regulations as provided by the Office of the City Clerk. All costs of such notification shall be borne by the applicant.

§ 112-4 Hours of operation.

Operation of said establishments shall be permitted only between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. each day.

§ 112-5 License fee.

The fee for said pinball, billiard, bagatelle, pool and scippio tables and game rooms shall be fifty dollars ($50.) per year for each establishment.

§ 112-6 Violations and penalties.

Failure to procure said license or operation of said establishment without said license shall incur a penalty of one hundred dollars ($100.) per day.

§ 112-7 Effective date; license renewals.

This Article shall take effect on October 1, 1979, with license renewals on June 1 each succeeding year.
[Approved 5-20-1982 as Ch. No. 1797]

§ 112-8 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MECHANICAL AMUSEMENT DEVICES
Any machine, which upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disc, may be operated by the public generally for the use as a game or amusement whether or not registering a score and whether its operation demands skill or chance or both. It shall include, but not be limited to, such devices as pinball machines, shuffleboard games, video or computer-type games, electronically operated or displayed games, air games, such as air hockey games, and all games and amusement devices similar thereto under whatever name they may be called.

§ 112-9 License required.

No establishment within the boundaries of the City of Pawtucket shall have a game or mechanical amusement device (as defined in § 112-8, above) without first obtaining a license approved by the City Council and issued from the office of the City Clerk of the City of Pawtucket.

§ 112-10 Types of establishments which may apply for license.

Types of establishments that may apply for a mechanical amusement device license are as follows:
A. 
Bowling alleys.
B. 
Places that hold Class B, C and D liquor licenses.
C. 
Roller-skating rinks.
D. 
Bona fide nonprofit youth service agencies, such as the YMCA, Boys Club or similar agencies.

§ 112-11 License fee.

The fee for each mechanical amusement device shall be fifty dollars ($50.) for each device.

§ 112-12 License term; display; nontransferability.

All licenses issued under this Article shall be for the term of one (1) year, renewed annually on June 1. All licenses shall be affixed to the mechanical amusement device so that it will be within the view of the public. All licenses shall be issued to the owner or operator of the mechanical amusement device, and said license shall not be transferable.

§ 112-13 Violations and penalties. [1]

Failure to procure a license for a mechanical amusement device or operation of said mechanical amusement device without such license shall incur a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.) per day.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.