Borough of New Hope, PA
Bucks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of New Hope 4-26-1982 by Ord. No. 233 (Ch. 13, Part 4 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 122.
Fee Schedule — See Ch. A280.
[Adopted 4-26-1982 by Ord. No. 233 (Ch. 13, Part 4 of the 1990 Code)]
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Borough of New Hope Pinball Arcade and Pinball Machine Ordinance."
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
OPERATOR
Proprietor, lessee, manager, or employee of any pinball arcade or business.
PINBALL ARCADE
Any place of business or establishment or any structure containing four or more pinball machines.
PINBALL MACHINE
Any mechanical or electrical device which provides amusement or entertainment, which may be operated or set in motion upon the insertion of a coin or token. This definition shall not include jukeboxes, telephone devices, or machines that sell merchandise.
PREMISES
A building, or a part of a building where pinball machines are located, under the ownership or control of the operator.
[Amended 8-13-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-2]
A. 
No pinball machine shall be installed, operated or maintained in any store, shop, tavern, restaurant or other place of business, or in or about any private club or organization, or in or about any structure open to the public unless the proprietor of the premises shall have first obtained a license for that purpose from the Secretary of the Borough.
B. 
As of the effective date of this article, the Secretary of the Borough may issue to said proprietor a license as provided for in Subsection A above, provided that one machine shall be allowed for the first 200 square feet of floor area and an additional machine shall be allowed for each additional 200 square feet of floor area. For purposes herein, floor area shall be defined as the floor area within a structure intended to be used by patrons, guests, members, parishioners, clients or customers. Additionally, said machine(s) shall be permitted on the premises only in conformance with the provisions of the New Hope Zoning Chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 275, Zoning.
C. 
The requirements set forth in Subsection B hereof shall not be applicable to machine(s) which are used in educational facilities.
D. 
Any licensee pursuant to Subsection A hereinabove who would not be in conformance with the provisions as set forth in Subsection B hereof as of the effective date of this article shall be permitted to continue said nonconformance beyond the effective date of this article, provided that no additional skill amusement machine licenses shall be granted to said licensee which would increase said nonconformance. However, any provisions to the contrary herein contained notwithstanding, a license shall be procured for each pinball machine as required herein.
E. 
Every person, firm, or corporation desiring to obtain a pinball machine license as required by Subsection A hereof shall file a written application to the Secretary of the Borough of New Hope on forms provided by the Borough, together with an application fee as established from time to time by the Borough Council for each pinball machine payable to the Borough of New Hope. The form of application shall be such as is approved by the Borough Council of the Borough of New Hope by resolution. A separate license shall be required for each pinball machine, and the license shall be prominently displayed on the machine for which it is issued. Prior to any new machines being installed on the premises, a new license shall be procured for that machine. Licenses may be transferred from one machine to another; however, a machine shall not be moved to another premises without a license having first been acquired.
F. 
Before any pinball machine license shall be issued, an inspection of the premises shall be made by the Building Inspector, who shall determine that all the requirements of this article have been met.
G. 
The Borough Secretary, upon receiving such an application, if presented in due form and upon being advised by the Building Inspector that said premises conforms to the requirements hereof, shall grant such pinball machine license to the applicant for a term expiring on the 31st day of December of each year. All such licenses shall be in such form as the Borough Council may prescribe by resolution and shall contain the name, address of business, and the date of expiration of said license, and shall be authenticated by the signature of the Borough Secretary. All licenses shall be issued to a specific person, firm, or corporation and for a specific location. Furthermore, said license shall identify the pinball machine for which it is issued.
H. 
The provisions of this section of this article and each part thereof are intended to apply only to places of business or establishments or structures having fewer than four pinball machines and do not apply to pinball arcades as that term is defined in this article.
[Amended 8-13-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-2]
No pinball arcade shall be established, maintained, or conducted in the Borough of New Hope by any person, firm, or corporation without first obtaining a license to operate such a place from the Secretary of the Borough of New Hope and no operator, as defined herein, shall allow or permit the use of four or more pinball machines unless a pinball arcade license for such use shall have been obtained from the Secretary of the Borough of New Hope.
A. 
Every person, firm, corporation desiring to obtain a license for a pinball arcade as required by this article shall file a written application to the Secretary of the Borough of New Hope on forms approved by the Borough Council of the Borough of New Hope by resolution, together with an application fee as established from time to time by the Borough Council or such other fee as may hereafter be required by resolution of Borough Council.[1] In addition to the aforementioned application fee, said application shall also be accompanied by a fee as established from time to time by the Borough Council for each pinball machine to be situate on the said premises.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A280, Fee Schedule.
B. 
Each operator or licensee shall, at all times, display the pinball arcade license granted hereunder in a conspicuous place near the entrance to the licensed establishment. Furthermore, each licensed machine shall have a license for that machine attached thereto.
C. 
Licenses may be transferred from one machine to another, however, a machine shall not be transferred to another premises without the obtaining of a license.
D. 
Before any license for a pinball arcade and before any pinball machine licenses for pinball machines to be located within a pinball arcade shall be issued, inspection of the premises shall be made by the Building Inspector. Before such licenses shall be issued, the Building Inspector shall determine that the applicant has conformed to all requirements of this article.
E. 
The Borough Secretary, upon receiving application for licenses for a pinball arcade and pinball machines, if presented in due form, and upon being advised by the Building Inspector that the said premises conform to the requirements hereof, shall grant such pinball machine license and pinball arcade license to the applicant for a term expiring on the 31st of December of each year. All such licenses shall be in such form as the Borough Council may prescribe by resolution and shall contain the name, address, place of business, and the date of expiration of said license, and shall be authenticated by the signature of the Borough Secretary.
F. 
All licenses shall be issued to a specific person, firm or corporation and for a specific location.
G. 
In the event additional machines are added to the arcade after the initial application is filed, then in that event, an additional application fee as established from time to time by the Borough Council shall be filed for the additional machines together with a fee as established from time to time by the Borough Council.
No pinball arcade licenses shall be issued:
A. 
Where the individual operator, managing agent of a corporation, or partner has been convicted of a crime involving a controlled substance, alcohol, or minors.
B. 
For any premises, unless the Building Code, Fire Code, and other pertinent provisions of all Borough ordinances, as far as can be determined, are being complied with.
C. 
For any premises that have living quarters with direct entry to the premises.
D. 
Whenever the Council shall find that the denial of such license is necessary for the protection and conservation of the character and social and economic stability of the surrounding area, and is necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of New Hope Borough.
A. 
No operator of a pinball arcade or no licensee for a pinball arcade shall:
(1) 
Open the licensed premises for business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. (local time).
(2) 
Permit any persons under the age of 16 years who are students in the New Hope-Solebury School District to be on the premises during the hours of 7:30 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. (local time) on such days as any school within the school district where the premises is located is open for school attendance.
B. 
There shall be an attendant on duty on the premises at all times that a licensed premises shall be open for business.
Any license issued in accordance with this article may be renewed for an additional year on the same terms and subject to the same requirements as provided herein for an original license. Whenever the holder of said license desires to affect a change in the place of doing business, he shall make application for the required licenses for such new place in the same manner as in the first instance. Furthermore, the application for a renewal of an existing license shall be subject to the same application fees as an application for an initial license. No license issued pursuant to this article shall be assignable or transferable nor shall any person nor entity excepting the person or entity to which it was issued be permitted to do business thereunder either directly or indirectly.
A. 
The Borough Council shall have the right to revoke any license once granted when it appears to its satisfaction that any operator or licensee has violated this article, any ordinance of the Borough of New Hope or statute of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or of the United States involving controlled substances, alcohol, or minors.
B. 
The revocation of any license shall not be made without a hearing. Notice shall first be given to the operator or licensee setting forth the time and place of hearing and the reasons for such revocation upon receipt of a written request for a hearing from such operator or licensee. All requests for hearings shall be made within 30 days of the date of revocation of a license.
Any application for license not acted upon by the Borough Secretary within 30 days from the date of application shall be deemed to be denied. Any applicant refused the issuance of a license shall have the right to have a hearing before the Borough Council. No hearing shall be scheduled unless requested in writing by an applicant refused the license within 30 days of the denial of the license. Upon the request for a hearing, the Secretary of the Borough of New Hope shall give written notice to the applicant of the time and place of the hearing and the reasons for the denial of the license.
All licenses shall be issued for the calendar year. All fees as set forth in this article or as changed by resolution shall be effective and in force regardless of whether the licenses are in effect for the whole calendar year or only a portion thereof. Application and license fees shall not be prorated for portions of the calendar year.
All fees set forth herein may be changed from time to time by the Borough Council by resolution.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A280, Fee Schedule.
[Amended 8-13-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-2]
Any person, partnership, corporation or entity who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this article, shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs, or in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense. All fines collected for the violation of this article shall be paid over to the Borough of New Hope.