[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Clinton 12-14-1971 as Section 7-4 and portions of Subsections 7-1.5 and 7-1.7 of Ch. VII of the Revised General Ordinances, 1971. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall conduct a circus, fair, carnival, rodeo or similar public exhibition within the town without having first obtained a license.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 85-4]
The fee for a license under this chapter shall be as provided in Chapter 73, Fees, for each day the activity is to be conducted. Religious, charitable, fraternal and similar nonprofit organizations conducting activities licensed by this chapter in order to raise money for charity or some other public purpose or for the entertainment or recreation of the residents of the town shall not be required to pay any fee but shall comply with all the other provisions of this chapter.
Every applicant for a license under this chapter shall file with the Town Clerk a sworn written application, in duplicate, on a form to be furnished by the Clerk, which shall give the following information:
Name and description of the applicant.
Permanent home address and full local address of the applicant.
A brief statement of the nature of the business.
The length of time for which the license is desired.
A photograph of the applicant taken within 60 days immediately prior to the date of application, which photograph clearly shows the head and shoulders of the applicant and measures two inches by two inches.
The fingerprints of the applicant.
Two business references located in the County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey, or in lieu thereof such other available evidence of the character and business responsibility of the applicant as will enable an investigator to properly evaluate his character and responsibility.
A statement as to whether the applicant has been convicted of any crime, misdemeanor or violation of any municipal ordinance, the nature of the offense and the punishment or penalty assessed therefor.
In addition to the application information required by § 52-3, an application for a license under this chapter shall contain the following information:
The date or dates and the hours during which the licensed activity will be conducted.
A list of all the games, attractions, contests or performances that will be included in the activity to be conducted; a general description of each; and, if not operated by the licensee or his employees, the name and address of the concessionaire or other person operating them.
A description of the off-street parking and sanitary facilities available at the location at which the activity is to be conducted.
Appropriate evidence that the licensee has made adequate provision for the payment of worker's compensation to any of his employees who may be injured, as required by N.J.S.A. 34:15-71.
When the application is properly filled out and signed by the applicant, the original and duplicate shall be filed with the Town Clerk. The Clerk shall refer the original to the Chief of Police, who shall make or cause to be made such investigation of the applicant's business responsibility and moral character as he deems necessary for protection of the public good.
If as a result of the investigation the applicant's character or business responsibility is found to be unsatisfactory, the Chief of Police shall endorse on the application his disapproval and the reasons therefor and return the application to the Town Clerk, who shall notify the applicant that the application is disapproved and that no license shall be issued. Any determination by the Chief of Police that an application is unsatisfactory shall be based on one or more of the following findings with respect to the applicant:
In the absence of any such finding, the Chief of Police shall find the application satisfactory.
[Amended 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 85-4]
In addition to the investigation required by § 52-5, the premises at which the licensed activity is to be conducted shall be inspected by the Chief of Police or a police officer designated by him to determine if there is adequate off-street parking available that the licensed activity can be conducted without undue interference with vehicular or pedestrian traffic on public streets. The application shall also be investigated by the Building Subcode Official, a representative of the Board of Health and a representative of the Bureau of Fire Prevention to determine if the licensed activity can be conducted without endangering public health or safety. These officials shall report the results of their investigation to the Town Clerk within a reasonable time.
Upon receiving the reports of the results of the investigations, the Town Clerk shall transmit them, together with the information contained in the application for the license, to the Mayor and Council. The Mayor and Council shall approve or disapprove the application within a reasonable time. Upon the approval of the Mayor and Council, the Clerk shall immediately issue the license. The license shall be valid only on the date or dates and during the hours set forth in the application.