[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Monroe 1-11-1960 (Ch. 35 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall use any premises or part thereof for holding, conducting, producing or displaying, indoors or outdoors, any exhibitions, public amusements or sporting events for which an admission charge or other charge is made unless he shall have an amusement license of the proper class issued by the Chief of Police for the premises so used. The provisions of this section shall apply to exhibitions, public amusements or professional or amateur sports conducted by public or private schools or charitable, religious, welfare, fraternal, civic or volunteer firemen's organizations or bona fide veterans' organizations, as well as any person who engages in the business of holding, conducting, producing or displaying exhibitions, public amusements or professional sports as principal, agent, employee or contractor. Events held on municipally owned property are exempt from the provisions of this section if sponsored by the municipality.
Amusement licenses shall be classified according to the purpose for which issued, as follows:
Amusement license, theatrical, which shall permit the conduct of theatrical performances, whether with living actors or by motion pictures.
Amusement license, dance, which shall permit the conduct of dances.
Amusement license, carnival, which shall permit the conduct of a circus, carnival or other portable show or exhibition.
Amusement license, sport, which shall permit the conduct of a sporting contest.
Amusement license, musical, which shall permit the conduct of concerts and other musical performances, whether indoors of outdoors.
Amusement license, other, which shall permit the conduct of various events and gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, which do not fall into any of the above categories, e.g., beer festivals, wine-tasting parties, etc.
Application for license.
Any person desiring an amusement license shall make application to the Chief of Police for such license on a form provided by such officer. Such application shall state the class of license desired, the name and address of the applicant and, if the applicant is a partnership or corporation, the names and addresses of the partners or principal officers. Each application shall describe the premises proposed to be used by the applicant.
Upon the receipt of any application for an amusement license, the Chief of Police shall cause an inspection to be made of the premises described in such application. Said inspection shall take into consideration the following standards for issuance of a license: general site location, public access and egress, accessibility to emergency vehicles and apparatus, public capacity, parking capacity, traffic congestion, hours of operation, duration of event, impact on the environment and adjoining property owners and such other factors as may bear upon the application. Any standard which cannot be met and creates a condition which is deemed to be detrimental to the general health, safety and public welfare shall be grounds for denial of the requested license.
The Chief of Police shall determine if the event for which a license is sought requires the presence of one or more police officers and shall make such requirement a condition of the license. Whenever special police officers are required at an event, the applicant shall make arrangements for such police protection with the Chief of Police and shall pay for such services at the current rate.
Each applicant for an amusement license who intends to use or employ passenger-carrying devices shall furnish proof of financial responsibility in the form of a certificate that the applicant and the owner and operator of each such device, if the applicant is a person other than the owner and operator, is insured, with respect to each such passenger-carrying device, for liability for personal injury and property damage and that such insurance has personal injury limits of $100,000/$300,000 and property damage limits of $5,000/$25,000. Such certificate of insurance shall provide that such insurance will not be canceled except upon five days' notice of cancellation to the Chief of Police of the Town of Monroe. Each applicant may be required to furnish a certificate of inspection by a licensed engineer certifying that such passenger-carrying device has been examined within 30 days of the date of application and has been found to be safe for the carrying of passengers.
Each applicant for an amusement license for the conduct of a circus, carnival or other portable show or exhibition to be presented out of doors or under a tent or other portable shelter and involving the assembly of 100 or more persons shall furnish proof that a license for the operation of such circus, carnival or portable show or exhibition has been issued by the Commissioner of Public Safety.
Term. Amusement licenses issued by the Chief of Police shall remain in force for such period, not exceeding six days, as shall be stated on the license.
Sign. The Chief of Police shall furnish with each license a suitable sign to be posted on the premises to be used.
An amusement license may be issued upon the condition that the amusement be policed by such number of regular or special policemen as the Chief of Police may deem necessary in the interests of public safety. The compensation of the regular or special policemen shall be paid by the licensee.
No amusement license shall be issued by the Chief of Police where he deems the proposed event to be to the detriment of public health, welfare or safety or to create what he deems to be a public nuisance. A determination by the Chief of Police that an amusement license will not issue shall be appealed, if the applicant objects thereto, to the Town Council of Monroe, where an affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of the Council will reverse the decision of the Chief of Police.
[Amended 5-13-1976; 12-10-1990]
The following fees shall be charged for amusement licenses:
Amusement license, theatrical: $10 for the first day and $2 for each additional day.
Amusement license, dance: $10 for the first day and $2 for each additional day.
Amusement license, carnival: $25 plus $5 for each passenger-carrying device.
Amusement license, sport: $10 for each day
Amusement license, musical: $10 for the first day and $2 for each additional day.
Amusement license, other: $10 for each day.
The above fees shall be waived where the applicant for a license is a local public or private school or a charitable, religious, welfare, fraternal, civic or volunteer firemen's organization or a bona fide veterans' organization.
Each person holding an amusement license shall display in a conspicuous place on the premises to which such amusement license applies a sign issued by the Chief of Police indicating that a license has been issued. Such sign shall contain the amusement license number and the date of expiration of such license.
No person conducting any professional sport, exhibition or public amusement under an amusement license shall permit any person under the age of 12 years, unaccompanied by an adult, to enter or remain upon the premises where such sport, exhibition or public amusement is being conducted after 8:00 p.m.
Any amusement license may be revoked by the Chief of Police upon the failure of the licensee to provide such insurance or police protection as may have been required under these regulations.