City of Scranton, PA
Lackawanna County
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The following words and phrases, when used in this Article, shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them:
COIN-OPERATED AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Any amusement machine or device operated by means of the insertion of a coin, token or similar object, for the purpose of amusement or skill and for the playing of which a fee is charged. The term does not include vending machines in which are not incorporated gaming or amusement features, nor does the term include any coin-operated mechanical musical devices or pinball machines.
OPERATOR
Any person who sets up for operation by another or leases or distributes for the purpose of operation by another, any device as herein defined, whether such setting up for operation, leasing or distributing be for a fixed charge or rental, or on the basis of a division of the income derived from such device, or otherwise.
PROPRIETOR
Any person who, as the owner, lessee or proprietor has under his or its control any establishment, place or premises in or at which such device is placed or kept for use or play, or on exhibition for the purpose of use or play.
The provisions of this Article shall not apply to homes, churches, welfare organizations, social organizations, patriotic organizations, educational organizations or charitable organizations.
No person shall engage in the business of an operator or proprietor of coin-operated amusement devices without first having obtained the proper license therefor under this Article.
A. 
Application for a license under this Article shall be filed, in writing, with the Director of the Department of Public Safety, on a form to be provided by the city, and shall specify:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant, and if a firm, corporation, partnership or association, the principal officers thereof and their addresses.
(2) 
The address of the premises where the licensed device or devices are to be operated, together with the character of the business as carried on at such place.
(3) 
The trade name and general description of the device to be licensed, the name of the manufacturer and the serial number and, if the applicant is a proprietor, the number of devices to be licensed.
(4) 
The name and address of the operator of the device, if other than the proprietor.
B. 
The proper license fee shall accompany the application.
[Amended 10-9-1996 by Ord. No. 112-1996]
The license fee for the operator of each machine for the period commencing January 1 of each year or any fractional part thereof shall be thirty dollars ($30.) per machine.
[Amended 10-9-1996 by Ord. No. 112-1996]
The license fee for each proprietor shall be thirty dollars ($30.) per year for each device used or played or exhibited for use or play. All proprietor's license fees shall be payable annually in advance, provided that where application is made after the expiration of any portion of any license year a license may be issued for the remainder thereof upon payment of a proportionate part of the annual fee. In no case shall any portion of such license fee be repaid to the licensee.
Application for a license under this Article shall be first referred by the Director of the Department of Public Safety to the Director of the Department of Community Development who shall make or cause to be made such investigation as they deem necessary. If the application is approved by the Director of the Department of Public Safety, the license shall be issued and fee collected by the Director of the Department of Community Development. If the license is denied the fee shall be returned to the applicant.
All licenses under this Article shall expire on December 31 of the year of their issuance.
The license obtained under this Article shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the establishment of the licensee.
The license obtained under this Article shall be nonassignable and nontransferable and in the case of a proprietor shall apply only to the premises for which such license is issued.
A seal bearing the same number as the license shall be obtained from the Director of Public Safety and securely attached to the licensed machine under this Article. No license or seal shall be transferable from one machine to another, nor from one location to another location without permission of the Department of Public Safety.