[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood 8-16-1971 by Ord. No. 662 as Ch. 78 of the 1971 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person or persons, firm, association, club or corporation shall maintain, operate or conduct any public room or place wherein the games commonly known as "pool" or "billiards" are played, whether said rooms or place of business be used solely for the playing of pool or billiards or in conjunction with some other business, without having first obtained a license therefor from the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood as hereinafter provided.
An application for a license shall be filed with the Borough Clerk on forms to be furnished by him, which forms shall require to be included the following information:
The name and address of the applicant.
In the case of a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners.
In the case of a corporation, the names and addresses of the officers, directors and all stockholders presently holding stock and all who, for six (6) months prior to the making of said application, have been officers, directors or stockholders.
In the case of clubs or associations, the names and addresses of all officers.
Whether or not the person or persons named in the application have ever been convicted of a violation of any federal, state or municipal law.
The location of the premises to be licensed.
The number of pool tables and billiard tables to be located upon the premises to be licensed.
All licenses herein provided for shall be issued by the Borough Clerk only after a resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood shall have been adopted approving said application and only after the payment of the license fee herein provided for. All such licenses shall be valid from the date of issuance until the 31st day of December next after the same is issued, unless sooner revoked. Any license issued on or after August 1 shall be for one-half (1/2) of the annual fees provided in § 223-5 hereof.
Such license shall bear the date of issue, the name of the licensee, the purpose for which issued and the location of the room or building wherein the licensee is authorized to carry on and conduct any such business. Such license shall not be transferable by the holder to any other person or persons, firm, association or corporation; but such license may be transferred by the holder to another address, provided that the licensee shall make written application for such transfer to the Borough Clerk and such transfer is approved by resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood.
[Amended 12-15-1975 by Ord. No. 708]
The annual fees to be paid for such license are hereby fixed at the sum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) for each pool or billiard table located upon the premises to be licensed.
The Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood may suspend or revoke the license of any licensee on any one (1) or more of the following grounds:
Violation of any of the laws of the State of New Jersey upon the licensed premises by the licensee or its agent, servants, employees or representatives.
Violation of any ordinance of the Borough of Collingswood upon the licensed premises by the licensee or its agents, servants, employees or representatives.
If said license was procured by fraudulent conduct or false statement of a material fact or if a fact concerning the applicant was not disclosed at the time of filing the application, where such fact would have constituted just cause for refusing to issue said license.
Permitting or suffering any activity upon the licensed premises which is or may be detrimental to the public health, safety, welfare or morals.
In all such cases, written notice of the charge or charges and the time and place of hearing thereon shall be served on the licensee either in person or by certified or registered mail addressed to the licensed premises. No revocation or suspension shall occur unless the licensee shall have been afforded an opportunity to be heard to his defense.
In the event that any license is suspended or revoked, the licensee shall not be permitted to a return of any portion of the license fee.
Any premises which shall be declared to be unsafe by the written report of the Code Enforcement Officer or to be a fire hazard by the written report of the Chief of the Fire Department shall be deemed to be ineligible for a license.
No license shall be issued for the operation of any pool or billiard room which is located within two hundred (200) feet of any entrance to a school, church or publicly owned building.
The hours of operation of such pool or billiard rooms shall be as follows: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and shall not operate on Sunday.
No person under the age of eighteen (18) years shall be admitted to or permitted to play pool or billiards in any licensed premises or to frequent or lounge or congregate or gather in such room or place unless accompanied by his or her parent or guardian.
In no event shall card playing be permitted on premises licensed under this chapter, even if such card playing is for social purposes.
All premises in which the games of pool or billiards are played shall be on the street floor of any building and shall be so arranged and shall be so lighted that a full view of the interior may be had from the public thoroughfare or from adjacent rooms in which the public is admitted at all hours.
This chapter shall not apply to any religious, charitable, benevolent or nonprofit association or corporation which operates or maintains any pool or billiard table solely for the recreation and amusement of its members, provided that such organization is bona fide in character and is not intended as a means or device for evading the terms and provisions of this chapter; nor shall this chapter apply to the keeping of any pool or billiard table in private residences.
There shall be conspicuously posted and displayed in any premises licensed under this chapter:
The license issued pursuant to this chapter.
A copy of this chapter, which shall be supplied by the Borough Clerk.
Not less than one (1) sign giving notice that no person under the age of eighteen (18) is permitted on the licensed premises unless accompanied by his or her parent or guardian.
No minor under eighteen (18) years of age shall be employed, permitted or suffered to work in, about or in connection with any licensed premises.
No proprietor nor owner or operator shall permit or allow any person to play billiards or pool for money or other valuable thing.
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to see that the licensed premises are inspected periodically by a member of the Police Department to ensure conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
Any person or persons, firm, association, club or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.), confinement in the county jail for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days or a period of community service for not more than ninety (90) days, or any combination thereof, in the discretion of the Judge of the Municipal Court; and each day that such violation shall be continued shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.