[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken 3-13-1978 by Ord. No. 78-3 as Ch. 97 of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall place or maintain or permit or suffer to be placed, operated, used or maintained in any public or quasi-public place or in any building, store or other place wherein the public is invited or wherein the public may enter, including premises used as a clubhouse or clubrooms, within the limits of the Township of Pennsauken, any coin-controlled amusement device or any coin-controlled automatic music device or record playing machine without first having obtained a license for each such device or machine.
[Amended 3-13-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9]
As used in the chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COIN-CONTROLLED AMUSEMENT DEVICE
- Includes any machine which, upon the insertion of a coin or slug, operates or may be operated for use as a game, contest or amusement of any description or which may be used for any such game, contest or amusement and which contains an automatic payoff device for the return of slugs, money, coin, checks, tokens or merchandise; and shall include pinball machines and other coin-controlled devices in which marbles, balls or pellets are projected or propelled by spring or plunger, or by any other means, whereby such marbles, balls or pellets fall into slots, tracks, grooves or strike pins or objects, which machine may be used as a game of skill or amusement; and also includes particularly, but not by way of limitation, those machines commonly known as bagatelle, baseball or pin amusement machines and photoelectric shooting or target machines. This definition shall include coin-operated pool or billiard tables.
- COIN-CONTROLLED AUTOMATIC MUSIC DEVICE OR RECORD-PLAYING MACHINE
- Includes any machine, device or instrument which, upon the insertion of a coin or slug, operates or may be operated to play music from a record or other sound- or music-making device, or by any means whatsoever. For the purpose of this chapter, any music-making device which emits music from a central sound system, i.e., phonograph, tape recorder or radio, and subsequently transmits the music to secondary outlets, commonly known as "coin-operated jukeboxes" at restaurant tables shall not be considered separate devices, but shall be defined as one coin-operated device for purposes of payment of licensing fees.
- Includes any individual, corporation, firm, association, partnership, trustee or receiver.
The license for the placing, operation, maintenance or use of such coin-controlled amusement device or coin-controlled automatic music device or record-playing machine shall be issued by the Township Clerk of the Township of Pennsauken to and in the name of the owner of such device or machine.
All licenses issued hereunder shall expire on the 31st day of December of each year.
The license fee shall be $25 for each coin-controlled amusement device and for each coin-controlled automatic music device or record-playing machine.
A separate license shall be obtained for each device or machine and shall be affixed thereto.
Applications for licenses hereunder shall be made to the Township Clerk of the Township of Pennsauken upon a form furnished by the Township of Pennsauken and shall contain the following information:
Name of applicant; if applicant is a corporation, the names of the officers and directors of the corporation.
Residence of applicant.
Place of business of applicant.
Character of each machine or device to be licensed.
Number of licenses desired.
Address or addresses where each machine or device is to be located.
No coin-controlled amusement device or coin-controlled automatic device or record-playing machine shall be placed, operated, maintained or used, or suffered or permitted to be placed, operated, maintained or used, in the Township of Pennsauken until the license required hereunder shall be affixed thereto in a conspicuous place so that the same may be easily identified. Any such device or machine which shall not have a license, as required herein, affixed thereto shall be deemed to be an unlicensed device or machine.
Any person having supervision or control over any building, store or other place where the public may enter or over any clubhouse or clubroom wherein any such device or machine without a license affixed thereto is operated, used or maintained shall be deemed to have suffered or permitted such unlicensed device or machine to be placed, operated, used and maintained therein in violation of the provision of this chapter.
Every license issued hereunder shall be numbered and shall disclose on its face the name and post office address of the licensee to whom it is issued and the address of the establishment wherein the licensed device or machine shall be located.
The holder of a license issued hereunder shall be permitted to transfer such license from any machine or device to any other like or similar machine or device operated in the same premises for which the license is issued by removing the license from such machine or device and affixing it to such other machine or device. The holder of a license issued hereunder shall also be permitted to transfer such license from a machine or device in any establishment to a like or similar machine or device in another establishment by surrendering such license to the Township Clerk of the Township of Pennsauken and by obtaining a new license for such machine or device for the location to which the license is transferred upon the payment to said Township Clerk of a transfer fee of $1.
No person shall use, or permit or suffer to be used, any coin-controlled amusement device licensed hereunder for the purpose of gambling.
This chapter is enacted for the purpose of regulating and controlling coin-controlled amusement devices and coin-controlled automatic music devices or record-playing machines.
[Amended 9-12-1984 by Ord. No. 84-26]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,250 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.