City of Clifton, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 3-1-1977 by Ord. No. 4390-77 (Article 7 of Chapter 6 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Clifton, New Jersey, 1960). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Obscene materials — See Ch. 335.

§ 215-1 License required.

[Amended 6-8-2016 by Ord. No. 7298-16]
It shall be unlawful for any public assembly hall, cabaret, theater, movie house, social club, restaurant and/or any person, partnership or corporation holding a plenary retail consumption license occupying any buildings or parts of buildings to furnish in or on those premises occupied by the aforesaid establishments entertainment of any kind or nature, whether or not an admission charge, cover fee or minimum is charged, without first obtaining a license therefor from the governing body.

§ 215-2 Lewd entertainment prohibited.

No licensee shall engage in or shall allow, permit or suffer any person employed to perform dancing or other entertainment in or upon the licensed premises or to carry on any part of such dancing or other entertainment in a lewd, licentious or lascivious manner.

§ 215-3 Topless or bottomless dancing prohibited.

No licensee shall engage in or shall allow, permit or suffer any person to appear on the premises of any establishment licensed for entertainment in any act, scene, sketch or other form of entertainment, including dancing for the benefit of patrons, with either or both breasts or the lower part of the torso uncovered or so thinly covered or draped so as to appear uncovered, such as in the manner of topless or bottomless dancing.

§ 215-4 Indecent exposure by other employees.

No licensee shall employ, allow, permit or suffer any waitress, waiter, bartender, barmaid or any other person employed by the licensee for a purpose other than providing entertainment, which other person comes in contact with or is likely to come in contact with the patrons of said licensed establishment, to appear in the presence of such patrons with either or both breasts or the lower part of the torso uncovered or so thinly covered or draped so as to appear uncovered.

§ 215-5 Entertainers under eighteen prohibited.

No licensee shall engage, employ, allow, permit or use entertainers under the age of 18 years.

§ 215-6 Indecent movements by entertainers prohibited.

No licensee shall employ, allow, permit or suffer in and upon the licensed premises any person to perform for hire or for the entertainment of patrons any dances, ballet, acrobatics or public performances of any kind, in which body movement constitutes the principal or integral part of such performance, which body movement shall be representative of indecent acts or activity that would arouse the sexual desire of others. No licensee shall provide any entertainment which entertainment shall cause the aforesaid premises to be conducted in such a manner as to become a nuisance.

§ 215-7 Application for license.

A. 
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.
B. 
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 or other entity, in the case of 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.]; in the case of 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, 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. The term "officers," as used herein, means and includes the president, vice presidents, secretary and treasurer of a corporate applicant.
(7) 
The number of plenary retail consumption licenses held by the applicant.
(8) 
The applicant shall provide in the application a specific description of the nature and type of entertainment to be provided on the licensed premises. In the event of a substantial change in the format of the operation of the licensee's business or a change in the type of entertainment to be provided on the licensed premises, the licensee shall file an amended application with the City Clerk prior to instituting such change in the format of operation or the type of entertainment to be provided.
[Amended 12-4-1990 by Ord. No. 5463-90]
(9) 
No entertainment license shall be granted to any establishment that did not have an entertainment license prior to May 15, 2014, or to any establishment seeking any type of expansion of its previously approved entertainment license, or to any establishment seeking approval for a special event unless the applicant for such license shall first give notice, in writing, at least 10 days prior to the meeting at which the application will be heard and considered, of its intention to apply for such license to owners of all real property, as shown on the current tax duplicates, located within 200 feet in all directions of the property where such entertainment license is sought. The applicant shall file with the City Clerk an affidavit of proof of service of such notice 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing. Notice may be served upon the property owner either personally or by registered or certified mail, addressed to the last known address. The notice shall include a copy of the application for entertainment and the date, time and place for the hearing set in connection with the application for the entertainment license.
[Added 6-17-2014 by Ord. No. 7167-14]
(10) 
If an application requires a use variance, the applicant shall first be required to obtain the variance from the appropriate land use board.
[Added 6-17-2014 by Ord. No. 7167-14]
C. 
Upon receipt of such application or amended application, the City Clerk shall submit the same to the Police Department, Fire 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 and the truth of the matters contained in the application.
[Amended 4-6-1971 by Ord. No. 4037-71; 12-4-1990 by Ord. No. 5463-90]
D. 
Upon receipt of such application or amended application and reports, the City Clerk shall submit same to the Municipal Council for its consent and approval.
[Amended 12-4-1990 by Ord. No. 5463-90]
E. 
The Municipal Council shall consent to and approve the issuance of such permit 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 permit; that the issuance of such permit will tend to create a nuisance; or that the issuance of such permit 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 furnishing of entertainment.
(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.
F. 
Upon the consent and approval of the Municipal Council to the issuance of such permit, the City Clerk shall issue the same; subject, however, to such appropriate conditions and safeguards, if any, consistent with the intent and purpose of and reasonably necessary to accomplish the objectives of this chapter and the statutory authority for the same as may be imposed by the Municipal Council, to include the following:
[Amended 3-1-1988 by Ord. No. 5250-88; 7-3-2001 by Ord. No. 6209-01]
(1) 
All new licenses shall be issued for a period of 90 days. At the end of said ninety-day period, the City Clerk shall have the authority to issue a license for a period of one year, provided that there have been no complaints received by the City of Clifton during said ninety-day period resulting from the entertainment license issued.
(2) 
The number of standard nights and optional nights hours that entertainment is permitted.
(3) 
The standard hours and optional hours that the entertainment is permitted.
(4) 
The type of entertainment that is permitted.
(5) 
The necessity for security to be provided by the applicant.
(6) 
The prohibition of loud or offensive music; go-go or exotic dancers; dancing and other entertainment of a lewd, licentious or lascivious manner; topless, bottomless or indecently exposed entertainers or service employees; entertainers under 18 years of age.

§ 215-8 Suspension or revocation of permit.

[Amended 8-20-1991 by Ord. No. 5529-91]
Any permit issued under this chapter may be suspended or revoked by the Municipal Council. If the Municipal Council shall determine that there are grounds upon which to suspend or revoke any such permit, such grounds being the same grounds upon which the Council may refuse to consent to and approve the issuance of such permit as set forth in § 215-7E above, it shall cause a notice to be served, in writing, upon the permittee or other person in charge of the premises for which such permit has been issued, citing the permittee to appear before the Municipal Council at the time and place designated in the notice, to show cause why such license should not be suspended or revoked. Notice may be served upon the permittee by personal service or by registered or certified mail addressed to the permittee's last known address. The permittee shall be afforded a hearing before the Municipal Council prior to the suspension or revocation of such permit. In addition to either a suspension or revocation of the permit, the Municipal Council may impose such conditions and safeguards for the continuation of said permit as it may deem necessary to provide for the public health, safety and welfare.

§ 215-9 Permit fees; expiration.

[Amended 5-20-1991 by Ord. No. 5498-91]
A. 
The permit fee for an entertainment license shall be as follows:
[Amended 4-1-1997 by Ord. No. 5883-97; 12-16-2003 by Ord. No. 6387-03; 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 6646-07; 1-5-2009 by Ord. No. 6788-09]
(1) 
Occupancy up to 100: $125.
(2) 
Occupancy of 101 to 150: $235.
(3) 
Occupancy of 151 to 200: $400.
(4) 
Occupancy of over 200: $750.
B. 
The occupancy capacity for each licensee shall be the exact number on file for said premises in the Building Department of the City of Clifton.
C. 
All permits shall accompany the application for the permit. All permits shall run from July 1 and expire on June 30 of the next succeeding year of its issuance.

§ 215-10 Seating requirement.

No entertainment permit shall be granted unless the licensed premises shall have provisions for seating 25 or more persons.

§ 215-11 Violations and penalties.

Any person, partnership or corporation who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.

§ 215-12 Additional days to constitute separate violations.

Except as otherwise provided, each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this chapter exists shall constitute a separate violation.

§ 215-13 Severability.

[Added 3-1-1988 by Ord. No. 5250-88]
The invalidity of any section, paragraph, subparagraph, subdivision or provision of this chapter shall not invalidate any other section, paragraph, subparagraph, subdivision or provision of this chapter.