Borough of Homestead, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Homestead as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Health clubs — See Ch. 151.
Live shows — See Ch. 215.
Zoning — See Ch. 260.
[Adopted 11-10-1982 by Ord. No. 945]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ADULT BOOKSTORE
Is an establishment or place of business having a significant or substantial portion of its stock-in-trade, including but not limited to books, magazines, periodicals, visual representations, writings, records, recordings, photographs, movies and/or films distinguished or characterized by emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to specified anatomical areas or to specific sexual activities or sexual conduct or an establishment with a segment or section devoted to the sale or displaying of such materials.
ADULT MINI MOTION-PICTURE THEATER
An enclosed building used for presenting material distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to specific sexual activities or specified anatomical areas for observation by patrons therein.
ADULT MOTION-PICTURE THEATERS
Establishment which presents adult motion pictures to its customers, business invitees, patrons (paying customers) in an enclosed building presenting material distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas for observation by patrons therein.
CABARET
Establishment which presents singing and dancing and showing specific, sexual activities or sexual conduct to its customers, business invitees, patrons (paying customers) with emphasis on matter depicting or describing, specific or relating to specific sexual activities or specified anatomical areas for observation by patrons therein.
A. 
Acts of human masturbation;
B. 
Sexual intercourse, whether genital-genital, oral-genital, oral-anal, anal-genital or sodomy; human male genitals in a sexual stimulation or arousal;
C. 
Any erotic fondling or touching of covered or uncovered genitals, buttocks, pubic area or any part thereof, the breasts of a female. Fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttocks or female breasts;
SPECIFIED ANATOMICAL AREAS
Including but not limited to human genitals, pubic region, buttocks and female breasts below a point immediately above the top of the areola.
The Borough of Homestead's business and residential districts are in serious danger of blight and decay, and concentrations of adult businesses in the neighborhood discourages people from locating their homes and businesses nearby. The Borough recognizes and is quite concerned that there are some business uses, which because of their very nature and purpose, are recognized as having serious objectionable operational characteristics, particularly when several of them are concentrated in certain areas which could have a deleterious effect upon the adjacent areas. In these instances it becomes quite necessary that special ordinances and regulations be passed and followed to ensure that these adverse effects will not contribute to the blighting or downgrading of the surrounding business and residential neighborhoods.
It is shall be unlawful to establish or maintain any adult bookstore, adult motion-picture theater, adult mini motion-picture theater or cabaret within 500 feet of any area zoned for residential use in the Borough of Homestead.
It shall be unlawful to establish or maintain any adult bookstore, adult motion-picture theater, adult mini motion-picture theater or cabaret any closer than 1,000 feet of any of the following uses:
A. 
Adult theater, adult mini motion-picture theater, amusement enterprise, cabaret, dance hall, hotel or motel, pool hall, licensed liquor establishment, massage establishment, model studio or sexual encounter or meditation center.
The Council of the Borough of Homestead, recognizing the above problems as stated in § 85-2 and finding a compelling public interest in the preservation of residential and business areas nevertheless, delegates to its Board of Adjustment the authority that these prohibitions in §§ 89-3 and 89-4 may be waived upon the determination of the following:
A. 
That the public health, safety, welfare, order, comfort, will not be adversely affected by this type of establishment.
B. 
That the proposed use will not be contrary to the public interest or injurious to near or adjacent properties.
C. 
That the property located within the distance sought to be permitted will not be injuriously affected as to continuing long-term residential occupancy or business expansion or development, as to value or otherwise, nor contribute, enlarge or encourage the development of a blighted or downgraded area surrounding residential neighborhood or business districts.
D. 
That the additional regulated use in the area will not be contrary to any program of neighborhood conservation or business growth or expansion nor interfere with urban renewal.
E. 
That such location will be in conformity with all federal and state laws and applicable ordinances and regulations.
F. 
That all applicable regulations of Chapter 260, Zoning, be observed.
G. 
That the spirit and intent of Chapter 260, Zoning, will be observed.
The proper enforcement of the provisions of this article shall be controlled/maintained by the Council of the Borough of Homestead, through its agents, officers, servants and/or employees. The Borough of Homestead acting through its agents, servants, officers and employees upon receiving notice of a violation of this article shall give notice upon the person in charge of the establishment, including but not limited to owners, tenants, lessees, employees, occupants of the premises or agent thereof, that such violation shall cease immediately upon notice.
Any person, including but not limited to tenants, lessees, employees, occupants or agents and any person who knowingly commits, participates and permits any such violations, after receiving notice thereof, shall be convicted of violating or failing to comply with the provisions of this article before any District Justice or court of common jurisdiction, be sentenced to pay a fine not more than $300 for each offense and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to be imprisoned in the Allegheny County jail for a period not exceeding 90 days for each offense. In cases of persons, partnerships, associations, firms or corporations the penalty may be imposed upon the parties or members thereof, in case of corporations upon the officers thereof. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.
[Adopted 11-10-1982 by Ord. No. 946]
As used in this article, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
COMMUNITY
For the purpose of applying the contemporary community standards, means the state.
HARMFUL TO MINORS
That quality of any description or representation, in whatever form, of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse, when it:
A. 
Predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors; and
B. 
Is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for minors; and
C. 
Is utterly without redeeming social importance for minors.
KNOWING
Having general knowledge of, or reason to know or a belief or ground for belief which warrants further inspection or inquiry of, the character and content of any material described therein which is reasonably susceptible of examination by the defendant.
KNOWINGLY
Having general knowledge of, or reason to know, or a belief or ground for belief which warrants further inspection or inquiry of both:
A. 
The character and content of any material described herein which is reasonably susceptible of examination by the defendant; and
B. 
The age of the minor; provided, however, that an honest mistake shall constitute an excuse from liability hereunder if the defendant made a reasonable bona fide attempt to ascertain the true age of such minor.
MINOR
Any person under the age of 18 years.
NUDITY
The showing of human male or female genitals, pubic area or buttocks with less than a fully opaque covering or the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple or the depiction of covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state.
OBSCENE MATERIALS
Any literature, including any book, magazine, pamphlet, newspaper, storypaper, comic book or writing and any figure, visual representation or image, including any drawing, photograph, picture or motion picture, if:
A. 
The average person applying contemporary community standards would find that the subject matter taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest;
B. 
The subject matter depicts or describes in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct of a type described in this section;
C. 
The subject matter, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, educational or scientific value.
SADOMASOCHISTIC ABUSE
Flagellation or torture by or upon a person clad in undergarments, a mask of bizarre costume, or the condition of being fettered, bound or otherwise physically restrained on the part of one so clothed.
SEXUAL CONDUCT
Patently offensive representations or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated and patently offensive representations or descriptions of masturbation, excretory functions and lewd exhibitions of the genitals, acts of homosexuality or sexual intercourse or of physical contact with a person's clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks or breasts if such person is a female.
SEXUAL EXCITEMENT
The condition of human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal.
TRANSPORTATION FACILITY
Any conveyance, premises or place used for or in connection with public passenger transportation, whether by air, rail, motor vehicle or any other method, including aircraft, watercraft, railroad and bus terminals and stations.
No person, knowing the obscene character of the materials involved shall:
A. 
Display or cause or permit the display of any obscene materials in or on any window, showcase, newsstand, display rack, billboard, display board, viewing screen, motion-picture screen marquee or similar place, in such manner that the display is visible from any public street, highway, sidewalk, transportation facility or other public thoroughfare.
B. 
Sell, lend, distribute, exhibit, give away or show any obscene materials to any person 18 years of age or older, or offer to sell, lend, distribute, exhibit or give away or show, or have in his possession with intent to sell, lend, distribute, exhibit or give away or show any obscene materials to any person 18 years of age or older, or knowingly advertise any obscene materials in any manner.
C. 
Design, copy, draw, photograph, print, utter, publish or in any manner manufacture or prepare any obscene materials.
D. 
Write, print, publish, utter or cause to be written, printed, published or uttered any advertisement or notice of any kind giving information, directly or indirectly, stating or purporting to state where, how, from whom, or by what means any obscene materials can be purchased, obtained or had.
E. 
Hire, employ, use or permit any minor child to do or assist in doing any act or other mentioned in this section.
No person shall knowingly disseminate by sale, loan or otherwise explicit sexual materials to a minor. Explicit sexual materials, as used in this section, means materials which are obscene or:
A. 
Any picture, photograph, drawing, sculpture, motion picture film or similar visual representation or image of a person or portion of the human body which depicts nudity, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse and which is harmful to minors.
B. 
Any book, pamphlet, magazine, printed matter however reproduced, or sound recording which contains any matter enumerated in Subsection A hereof, or explicit and detailed verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sexual excitement, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse, and which, taken as a whole, is harmful to minors.
No person shall knowingly exhibit for monetary consideration to a minor or knowingly sell to a minor an admission ticket or pass or knowingly admit a minor for a monetary consideration to premises whereon there is exhibited a motion-picture show or other presentation which, in whole or in part, depicts nudity, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse, and which is harmful to minors, except that the foregoing shall not apply to any minor accompanied by his parent.
No person shall knowingly require any distributor or retail seller as a condition to sale or delivery for resale or consignment of any literature, book, magazine, pamphlet, newspaper, storypaper, paper, comic book, writing, drawing, photograph, figure or image or any written or printed matter or any article or instrument to purchase or take by consignment for purposes of sale, resale or distribution any obscene literature, book, magazine, pamphlet, newspaper, storypaper, paper, comic book, writing, drawing, photograph, figure or image or any written or printed matter of an obscene nature or any article or instrument of an obscene nature.
Nothing in this article shall apply to any recognized historical society or museum accorded charitable status by the federal government, any county, city, borough, township or town library, any public library, any library of any school, college or university or any archive or library under the supervision and control of the Commonwealth or a political subdivision thereof.
Any person including, but not limited to tenants, lessees, employees, occupants or agents and any person who knowingly commits, participates and permits any such violations, after receiving notice thereof, shall be convicted of violating or failing to comply with the provisions of this article before any District Justice or court of common jurisdiction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not more than $300 for each offense and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to be imprisoned in the Allegheny County jail for a period not exceeding 90 days for each offense. In cases of persons, partnerships, associations, firms or corporations, the penalty may be imposed upon the parties or members thereof, in case of corporations upon the officers thereof. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons, allowing or permitting the continuation of a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense. The Mayor or Borough Council may institute proceedings in equity in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County when any person violates or clearly is about to violate this article for the purpose of enjoining such violation.