City of Clifton, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 12-20-1960 by Ord. No. 3319 as Article 3 of Chapter 6 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Clifton, New Jersey, 1960; amended in its entirety 3-19-1968 by Ord. No. 3828. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Amusements — See Ch. 141.
Licensed businesses — See Ch. 303.

§ 163-1 License required; application; definitions.

A. 
No person shall pursue the business or occupation of keeping any hall, billiard room, poolroom or bowling alley until he shall have first obtained a license therefor as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 6-8-2016 by Ord. No. 7299-16]
B. 
Any person desiring a license under this chapter shall file with the City Clerk an original and four copies of an application, under oath, in writing, on a form furnished by the City Clerk.
C. 
The application shall set forth the following information:
(1) 
The applicant's name, business name and business address.
(2) 
Whether the applicant is an individual, a partnership, a corporation or another entity and, if another entity, a full explanation and description thereof.
(3) 
If the applicant is an individual, the applicant's residence address and date and place of birth.
(4) 
If the applicant is a partnership, the full names, residence addresses, dates and places of birth of each partner.
(5) 
If the applicant is a corporation, the full names, residence addresses, dates and places of birth of each major officer and each stockholder, the name and address of the registered agent and the address of the principal office [The term "stockholder," as used herein, means and includes any person owning or having an interest, either legal or equitable, in 10% or more of the stock issued and outstanding of the applicant corporation.]; if the applicant is another entity, the full names, residence addresses, dates and places of birth of each person owning or having any interest, either legal or equitable, aggregating in value 10% or more of the total capital of said entity, the name and address of the registered agent, if any, and the address of the principal office.
(6) 
Whether the applicant or any partners, major officers or stockholders thereof have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime and, if so, the name of the person arrested or convicted, the date of arrest, the crime or charge involved and the disposition thereof.
D. 
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
[Amended 12-7-1982 by Ord. No. 4765-82; 6-8-2016 by Ord. No. 7299-16]
HALL
Includes an assembly room used for the purpose of meeting or entertainments.
POOLROOM or BILLIARD ROOM
Includes any place of public assemblage in which the game or games commonly known as "pool" or "billiards" or other games of a similar nature are permitted to be played for a fee or to which an admission fee is charged; provided, however, that such terms shall not mean or include any religious, charitable, benevolent, fraternal or nonprofit associations, corporations or organizations which provide, as part of their facilities, tables for the plying of the game or games known as "pool" or "billiards" or other games of a similar nature for the recreation and amusement of its members; and provided further that such terms shall not mean and include commercial establishments which provide, as part of their facilities, two or less tables for the playing of the game or games known as "pool" or "billiards" or other games of a similar nature as an incidental activity for the entertainment and amusement of their patrons, if no fee is charged for the use of such tables and no admission fee is charged to the premises wherein such tables are located.

§ 163-2 Investigation of application; issuance of license.

A. 
Upon receipt of such application, the City Clerk shall submit the same to the Police Department, Fire Public Safety Department, Building Department and Health Department for reports with reference to the compliance or noncompliance of the licensed premises with municipal and state rules, regulations, statutes and ordinances; the truth of the matter contained in the application; a copy of any police record which the applicant, any partner, officer or stockholder thereof may have; such other facts as may apply to the applicant's character and business responsibility; and such facts concerning the application as may relate to the good government, order and protection of persons and property and the preservation of the public health, safety and welfare of the City of Clifton and its inhabitants.
[Amended 4-6-1971 by Ord. No. 4037-71]
B. 
Upon receipt of such application and reports, the City Clerk shall submit the same to the Municipal Council for its consent and approval to the issuance of the license for which application is made.
C. 
The Municipal Council shall consent to and approve the issuance of such license unless it reasonably finds that the applicant's character and business responsibility are not satisfactory; that a violation of municipal or state rules, regulations, statutes and ordinances exist; that untrue matters are contained in the application for such license; that the issuance of such license will tend to create a nuisance; or that the issuance of such license will adversely affect the good government, order and protection of persons and property and the preservation of the public health, safety and welfare of the City of Clifton and its inhabitants. The Municipal Council shall determine that the applicant's character and business responsibility are satisfactory unless the application, the reports of the various departments or other evidence presented shall tangibly disclose any of the following:
(1) 
Conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude.
(2) 
Prior violations of statutes, ordinances or regulations relevant to the keeping of any hall, dance hall, billiard room or bowling alley.
(3) 
Conviction for a crime or disorderly persons offense involving gambling.
(4) 
Concrete evidence of bad character.
(5) 
Grounds similar to those listed above which would reasonably cause the Municipal Council to determine that the character and business responsibility of the applicant or any partner, officer or stockholder thereof are not satisfactory.
D. 
Upon the consent and approval of the Municipal Council to the issuance of such license, the City Clerk shall issue the same.

§ 163-3 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 163-3, Applicant for dance hall license to notify property owners, was repealed 6-8-2016 by Ord. No. 7299-16.

§ 163-4 License fees.

[Amended 1-4-1983 by Ord. No. 4777-83; 4-7-1987 by Ord. No. 5146-87; 7-20-1987 by Ord. No. 5183-87]
A. 
The annual fees for licenses or renewals of licenses issued under this chapter due and payable shall be as follows:
[Amended 5-20-1991 by Ord. No. 5495-91; 6-8-2016 by Ord. No. 7299-16]
(1) 
Billiard room: $50 per non-coin-operated table per annum; and $50 per coin-operated table per annum.
(2) 
Poolroom; $50 per non-coin-operated table per annum; and $50 per coin-operated table per annum.
(3) 
Hall: $25 per annum.
(4) 
Bowling alley: $20 per alley, per annum.
B. 
Duly organized churches having not more than two bowling alleys are exempted from the payment of any license fee.

§ 163-5 General regulations.

[Amended 10-5-1976 by Ord. No. 4361-76]
A. 
All licenses issued under this chapter shall be posted and displayed in a conspicuous place in and upon the premises licensed.
B. 
Billiard rooms and poolrooms shall be permitted to be opened for business during the following hours only:
(1) 
Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
(2) 
Sunday: 12:00 noon to 3:00 a.m.
C. 
No playing of cards shall be permitted in any premises licensed under this chapter as a poolroom or billiard room even if such cardplaying is for social purposes.
D. 
All premises licensed under this chapter as a poolroom or billiard room shall be on the street floor of any building and shall be so arranged and so lighted that a full view of the interior may be had from the public thoroughfare or from adjacent rooms to which the public is admitted at all hours.
E. 
All premises licensed under this chapter as a poolroom or billiard room shall be kept clean and well lighted so that the rear of the premises is plainly visible from the front of the premises.
F. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection F, which prohibited alcohol use, sale, consumption or possession in a poolroom or billiard room, was repealed 8-21-2012 by Ord. No. 7044-12.
G. 
The holder of a license issued under this chapter for a poolroom or billiard room and his agents, servants and employees, upon the demand of the Police Department or other law enforcement agencies, shall hold open the licensed premises for inspection and supervision by said Police Department or other law enforcement agencies at all times when said licensed premises are occupied by anyone.

§ 163-6 Revocation of license.

Any license issued under this chapter may be revoked by the Council. If the Council shall determine that there is reasonable grounds to revoke any license, such grounds being the same grounds upon which the Council may refuse to consent to and approve the issuance of such license as set forth in § 163-2 above, it shall cause a notice to be served, in writing, upon the licensee, or other person in charge of the licensed place, citing him to appear before the Council at the time and place designated in the notice, to show cause why such license should not be revoked. Notice may be served upon the licensee by personal service or by registered or certified mail addressed to the licensee's last known address. The licensee shall be afforded a hearing before the Council, prior to the final revocation of his license.

§ 163-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-9-1969 by Ord. No. 3912; 3-17-1970 by Ord. No. 3969; 6-8-2016 by Ord. No. 7299-16]
A. 
Any person, partnership, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by one or more of the following:
(1) 
A fine not exceeding $2,000.
(2) 
Confinement in the municipal jail or in the county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days.
(3) 
A period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
B. 
The minimum penalty or fine for the violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be $100.
C. 
Each violation of any of the provisions of this chapter and each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.
D. 
In addition to the foregoing fines or penalties, any person, partnership, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter within one year of the date of a previous violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to be sentenced to an additional fine as a repeat offender. The additional fine shall not be less than the minimum nor exceed the maximum fine as set forth above and shall be calculated separate from the fine imposed for a violation of the provisions of this chapter.