Township of Riverside, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Riverside 7-23-1975 as Ord. No. 1975-17 (Section 7:12 of the 1967 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 106.

Peace and good order — See Ch. 199.

§ 205-1
License required for operation. 

§ 205-2
Application for license. 

§ 205-3
Term of license; nontransferability. 

§ 205-4
Conspicuous posting of license. 

§ 205-5
Annual fee; when payable; refunds. 

§ 205-6
Standards of conduct; age requirements. 

§ 205-7
Proximity to schools, libraries or churches. 

§ 205-8

§ 205-9
Interior of premises to be visible from the outside. 

§ 205-10
Hours of operation. 

§ 205-11
Complaints; hearings; suspension of license. 

§ 205-12
Violations and penalties. 

§ 205-13

§ 205-14
Certain provisions not applicable to licensed taverns. 

§ 205-15
Number of licenses to be issued. 

It shall be unlawful in the Township of Riverside to conduct a billiard room, poolroom or combination thereof or such other places where the business of playing billiards or pool are conducted for gain, reward or profit without first having obtained a license for that purpose in accordance with the provisions of this chapter as herein set forth.


An application for such license issuable under this chapter shall be made to the Township Clerk in writing, signed by the person or persons, society, club, corporation or association intending to conduct such place of business, and said writing shall specify the location of the premises, the approximate size and the type and nature of the building and the structure thereon, the nature of the business to be conducted therein, the name, residence, age and occupation of the applicant, the number of tables to be licensed and such other information and data which, by the rules and regulations of the Township Committee, shall be considered pertinent. Applicants shall furnish two-by-two-inch photographs of owners, corporate officers, directors and stockholders. Applicants shall submit to being fingerprinted.


All applications shall be submitted to the Director of Public Safety for his inspection and investigation, and he shall report thereon his approval or disapproval of the application. The application shall also be submitted to the Fire Marshal for his inspection of the premises and investigation, and he shall make notation thereon as to his approval or disapproval.

[Amended 3-28-1994 by Ord. No. 1994-4]


Where the Township Clerk considers it appropriate, the application shall also be submitted to the Health Officer, who shall investigate and who shall indicate upon said application his approval or disapproval.


The Director of Public Safety, Fire Marshal and Health Officer shall respectively satisfy themselves as to the moral and public safety hazard, the sanitary requirements and conditions and the fire hazards involved and shall make report thereon, together with their approval or disapproval, within 10 days after the application has been submitted to them.

[Amended 3-28-1994 by Ord. No. 1994-4]


Upon return of said application to the Township Clerk by the Director of Public Safety, Health Officer and Fire Marshal, the Township Clerk shall then refer the application for license to the Township Committee of the Township of Riverside for its consideration and determination.

[Amended 3-28-1994 by Ord. No. 1994-4]


Upon favorable action of the Township Committee, the license herein provided shall be issued to the licensee.


The term of each license issued hereunder shall run from January 1 and expire December 31 following the issuance thereof. Any and all licenses covered by this chapter now issued and outstanding shall expire as of December 31, 1975. Any games now being conducted and covered by this chapter which are not licensed shall be licensed in accordance herewith and the persons conducting the same shall be given 30 days after final passage of this chapter in which to secure said license.


Any license issued after August 1 of any year shall require payment of one-half (1/2) of the full license fee for the year, and such license shall expire on December 31 after its issuance.


Each license issued shall apply only to the person, firm or corporation specified therein and shall not be transferable to any other firm or corporation or to any other place or location other than that shown or set forth in said license.

The license herein provided for shall be posted and displayed in a conspicuous place in the billiard room, poolroom or such other place where the business of playing billiards or pool is conducted under such license.


The annual fee payable for licenses to be issued under this chapter shall be the sum of $100 for one pool or billiard table and an additional sum of $25 for each additional pool or billiard table on the premises.


The aforesaid fees shall be paid to the Township Clerk of the Township of Riverside at the time the application for license is submitted. In the event that the license is refused or not issued, then the aforesaid license fees shall be refunded.

No license to operate or conduct a billiard room, poolroom or combination thereof or such other place where the business of playing billiards or pool is conducted shall be issued to any minor or person convicted of crime or violation of any state law or municipal ordinance involving gambling or moral turpitude.


No person operating or having control of any billiard or pool table for profit or who has the control of any room or rooms wherein is kept, used or operated for profit any billiard or pool table of any kind whatsoever shall permit or allow any minor under the age of 18 to play thereon or to use any such table or to be, remain in or frequent or loiter in any such room, nor shall any person known to have been convicted of a crime or violation of a state law or municipal ordinance involving gambling be permitted to use any such table or to remain in or frequent any such room.


It shall be the duty of any person who is the proprietor or keeper of a billiard parlor or poolroom to post conspicuously in his place of business the following sign: MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS NOT ALLOWED HERE.

No license shall be issued to conduct the business of billiard or pool rooms within 1,500 feet of any school, library or church premises.

This chapter shall not apply to any duly authorized church or to any bona fide veterans, charitable, educational, religious, civic or fraternal organizations; provided, however, that such organizations are organized on a non-pecuniary-profit basis and do not have a plenary retail consumption license issued by any Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Every licensed poolroom or billiard room or combination thereof shall be established to admit a view of the interior thereof from the entrance to licensed premises; provided, however, that a curtain or other means of screening may be used on windows or doors of the premises to a height of five feet from the floor of said premises; provided, however, that said screening shall not obstruct or prevent the view of examination of the interior of the premises by a police officer or any inspection by any other officer of the law.

The owner or operator of every billiard room, poolroom or such other place as may exist wherein billiards or pool is licensed hereunder shall not permit the use of the billiards and pool tables to be used for any purpose between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on weekdays, and between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. The hours herein mentioned refer to standard time or daylight saving time, whichever time shall then be in effect and shall apply thereto.


A complaint may be filed by any interested citizen or by a member of the Police or Fire Department of the Township of Riverside if said complainant shall have reason to believe that a violation of this chapter exists in any premises licensed in accordance with this chapter.


The license issued hereunder may be suspended or revoked by the Township Committee upon a hearing to be held after notice to the licensee.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

Any person, firm or corporation who or which violates any provisions of this chapter or fails to comply with the same, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during and on which a violation occurs, upon conviction in any court having competent jurisdiction.

This chapter is enacted for the purpose of revenue as well as for the proper regulation, control and operation of the business and premises described herein.

Section 205-5 of this chapter shall not apply to licensed taverns. In such taverns, the annual license fee shall be $10 per table. No person operating such a tavern shall permit any minor under the age of 18 years to play on or use any pool or billiard table.

The number of licenses issued or to be issued under this chapter for the conduct of a billiard room, poolroom or combination thereof shall not exceed one for every 10,000 residents of the Township of Riverside according to the last federal census.