City of Meriden, CT
New Haven County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Meriden 10-7-1963 as Ch. 4 of the 1963 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 107.
Signs and posters — See Ch. 174.
Zoning — See Ch. 213.
STATUTORY REFERENCES
Authority to legislate — See C.G.S. § 21-6.
No person shall display or produce publicly, in the City, to be seen, heard or attended, any sport; public amusement; dance; musical, operatic, dramatic, theatrical or pictorial performance; circus or other exhibition; or any public assemblage for any purpose whatsoever which is held or conducted wholly or partly under a tent or other temporary structure or advertise the same by any illustrated bill, poster, hanger or display card, without a license so to do, which license shall be issued by the Chief of Police.
Every licensee, as a condition of obtaining the license required by this chapter, shall, when applying therefor, provide facilities for the Chief of Police to enter and inspect his place of amusement and view the exhibition or performances conducted therein at any time while such license is in force and effect.
The Chief of Police may revoke any license issued under the provisions of this chapter at any time for cause, and the operations conducted thereunder shall cease immediately upon such revocation and shall not be resumed until such license is reinstated.
[Amended 9-15-1980]
Before any license required under this chapter is issued for any performance to which admission is obtained by the payment of money or the delivery of any valuable thing, or by any ticket or voucher obtained for money or any valuable thing, the applicant shall pay for such license a fee determined by the City Council which shall be uniform as to activities falling within the following classifications and not in excess of the amounts provided herein therefor:
A. 
Tent performances. Circuses, wild west shows and other outdoor and tent performances of an itinerant or transient character, except carnivals: $150 per day.
B. 
Theaters. Theaters, for all performances that may be held in them, as follows:
(1) 
Any theater having a seating capacity of 1,000 persons or more and which regularly gives performances during the year for seven consecutive days in any week: $200 per year.
(2) 
Any theater having a seating capacity of fewer than 1,000 persons and more than 500 persons and which regularly gives performances during the year for seven consecutive days in any week: $150 per year.
(3) 
Any theater having a seating capacity of 500 persons or fewer and which regularly gives performances during the year for seven consecutive days in any week: $100 per year.
(4) 
Any theater which gives performances for less than seven consecutive days in any week: $100 per year.
(5) 
Any theater which gives fewer than 40 performances per year: $50 per year.
C. 
Athletic contests. Athletic contests, baseball games, football games, hockey games and basketball games, for each game or contest: $1, provided that no fee shall be paid in any case where such athletic contest or game is conducted or played by a regularly organized team of an educational institution incorporated under the laws of the state on the premises of such institution or of a high school or public school of the City.
D. 
Athletic halls. Athletic halls used exclusively for holding athletic games, contests and exhibitions: $75 per year.
E. 
Dances.
(1) 
Public dance halls, whether operated in connection with hotels or restaurants or otherwise: $100 per year, or $2 per day.
(2) 
Public dances not held in public dance halls: $2 per day.
F. 
Other. All other performances, public shows and exhibitions, other than for charitable or benevolent purposes: $2 per day.
The Chief of Police shall keep a record, in a book provided for that purpose, of all licenses issued by him under the provisions of this chapter, containing the names of the persons licensed and the date of revocation of any license revoked.
No person owning or operating any public hall in the City shall permit such hall to be used for the purpose of giving any performance or exhibition for which a license is required under this chapter unless he has first received from the owner, operator or agent of the owner or operator of such performance or exhibition a copy of the license issued therefor. Every place in the City in which any performance or exhibition for which a license is required under this chapter is given or held shall be deemed a public hall within the meaning of this section.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 99-7, Police required to be in attendance, which immediately followed this section, as amended 9-15-1980, was repealed 11-2-1981.
Any public performance, exhibition, sport or other form of amusement or entertainment which is authorized to be held on Sunday under provisions of the General Statutes may be held in the City on that day, provided that any such activity shall be held or conducted in accordance with the provisions of this Code and any General Statutes relating thereto.
[Amended 2-20-1990]
It shall be unlawful for any person to exhibit, open, maintain or operate performances or shows commonly known as "carnivals" anywhere in the City, provided that this section shall not apply to any amateur show, bazaar, festival or other similar amusement conducted for the benefit of a church or religious or educational institution, or by a nonprofit organization which donates all profits to a charitable cause, whether or not it is carried on in a hall used occasionally for such affairs and located in an edifice maintained in connection with or as a part of the religious or educational work of such organization or upon the grounds thereof.
No person in the City shall act in, exhibit, show or perform in, or cause to be acted in, shown or performed, or be in any manner concerned in the acting in, exhibition, showing or performance of, any indecent, immoral, indecorous or improper dance, play, farce, opera, public exhibition, show, entertainment or performance whatsoever.