[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Putnam 4-16-2018 STM. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: By referendum held on 12-29-1955, the Town voted in favor of allowing the operation of bazaars and raffles, and the provisions of Special Act 409 of the 1955 Session of the General Assembly were adopted. See C.G.S. §§ 7-170 through 7-186.
Bazaars and raffles are permitted in the Town as authorized by Connecticut state statutes, including without limitation C.G.S. § 7-170 et seq., as the same may be amended from time to time. In accordance with Public Act No. 17-231, effective January 1, 2018, the Town will be responsible for the permitting and enforcement of all bazaars and raffles. In addition, the Town will be responsible for receiving and monitoring the post-event reporting by the organization.
Bazaar and raffle permits may be issued to qualifying nonprofit organizations by the Mayor. Permit application forms are available on the Town's website or at the Town Clerk's office. The permit application, proof of nonprofit status and fees shall be submitted to the Town Clerk.
Bazaar permits may be issued to qualifying nonprofit organizations wishing to run a bazaar in the Town of Putnam. Bazaar permit application fees are on a per-day basis. Examples of bazaar games are 50/50, tea cup, and blower ball games. If total prizes exceed $7,500, the Town shall investigate the qualifications of the organization and verify the facts on the application.
After each bazaar has been permitted and completed, a verified statement to include gross receipts, expenses, net profit and prizes awarded is to be filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of Putnam by the organization at the end of the next succeeding month. There is no payment to the Town in conjunction with the verified statement.
Raffle permits are issued to qualifying nonprofit organizations wishing to run a raffle in the Town of Putnam. There are various classes of raffle permits which are based on factors such as length of time tickets will be sold and the aggregate value of prizes to be awarded. The application fees differ for each raffle permit type. Examples of raffles are cash prizes, duck race, cow chip, frog race, golf ball drop, etc. If total prizes exceed $7,500, the Town shall investigate the qualifications of the organization and verify the facts on the application.
After each raffle has been permitted and completed, a verified statement to include gross receipts, expenses, net profit and prizes awarded is to be filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of Putnam by the organization at the end of the next succeeding month. There is no payment to the Town in conjunction with the verified statement.
The Mayor shall have the authority to investigate potential violations of this chapter and the applicable state statutes and, in his or her discretion, to protect the public welfare, may immediately suspend or revoke any permit issued under this chapter and to order that the person holding such permit cease and desist from the actions constituting any such violation. Any person aggrieved by such order shall have the right to appeal such decision as provided by state statute. In the event the Mayor revokes a permit issued pursuant to this section, no bazaar or raffle permit shall be issued to such permittee for a period of one year after the date of such revocation.
Failure of any organization to file the required permit application or verified statement shall be in violation of this chapter. Any organization violating any provision of this chapter shall be fined not less than $200 nor more than $1,000.