City of Yonkers, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Yonkers 2-14-1961 by G.O. No. 3-1961; amended in its entirety 7-2-1991 by G.O. No. 15-1991. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 28-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Includes one or more persons of either sex, natural persons, partnerships, corporations, associations, joint-stock companies, societies and all other entities of any kind capable of being sued.
Includes any place and/or building within which the game or pastime known as "bowling" is played or conducted and to which the public is invited, with or without the payment of a fee.

§ 28-2 License required.

[Amended 7-18-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996]
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, maintain or operate a public bowling alley within the City of Yonkers without having first obtained a license therefor from the Director of the Office of Licensing.

§ 28-3 Application for license.

[Amended 7-18-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996]
Application for such license shall be made to the Director of the Office of Licensing upon such forms as he shall prescribe. Such application shall contain the name of the person and, if a partnership, the names of the partners and, if a corporation, association, joint-stock company or society, the names of the officers thereof; the specific location where such public bowling alley is to be or is established, operated and maintained; together with the home address of all persons listed in the application.

§ 28-4 Inspections.

[Amended 7-18-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996]
The Director of the Office of Licensing shall, before issuing a license, cause an inspection to be made of the place and/or location for which an application is made to determine whether or not it is kept and maintained in good order. Subsequent to the issuance of the license, the Director of the Office of Licensing shall cause periodic inspections to be made and may, if any such place and/or location is found not to be maintained in good order, revoke the license therefor.

§ 28-5 License fees; expiration; transferability.

[Amended 7-18-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996; 8-12-2004 by G.O. No. 5-2004; 6-26-2012 by L.L. No. 10-2012; 6-1-2017 by L.L. No. 10-2017]
The applicant for a license shall pay to the Comptroller, before the issuance thereof, an annual license fee of $400. Each such license shall expire on the 31st day of December following the date of its issuance, unless sooner suspended or revoked by the Director of the Office of Licensing, and shall not be transferable from person to person nor from the place and/or location for which it was originally issued.

§ 28-6 Regulations and standards.

Bowling alleys shall conform to all applicable requirements of the laws and regulations of the State of New York and this chapter as well as the Code of the City of Yonkers.
No bowling alley shall be licensed unless the bowling alley is equipped with an approved automatic sprinkler system. No bowling alleys will be licensed in places of assembly, multiple residences, schools or supermarkets except upon a permit issued and written plans approved by the Fire Commissioner.

§ 28-7 Permit and regulations for pin refinishing and alley resurfacing.

A permit issued by the Fire Commissioner shall be required prior to commencing any bowling-pin refinishing and bowling lane resurfacing operations involving the use and application of flammable liquids or materials.
All pin refinishing and alley resurfacing shall comply with the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of the Code of the City of Yonkers and the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.

§ 28-8 Alley resurfacing operations.

Resurfacing operations shall not be carried on while the establishment is open for business. The Fire Department shall be notified when alleys are to be resurfaced. Proper ventilation shall be provided. Heating, ventilating or cooling systems employing recirculation of air shall not be operated during resurfacing operations or within one hour following the application of flammable finishes. All electric motors or other equipment in the area which might be a source of ignition shall be shut down and all smoking and use of open flames is prohibited during the application of flammable finishes and for one hour thereafter. All flammable liquids shall be properly stored in a fireproof room after the finish of the working day or, if this is not possible, the same shall be removed from the premises. At no time shall the flammable liquids be kept on the premises when the operation of resurfacing is completed.

§ 28-9 Pin refinishing.

Pin refinishing involving the application of flammable finishes shall be done in a special room of noncombustible construction having a fire resistance rating of not less than one hour. Such room shall not be located below grade, nor shall it have communication with any pits, wells, pockets or basements. Openings to other rooms or buildings shall be provided with noncombustible liquidtight sills or ramps at least six inches in height and with approved self-closing fire doors. Where other portions of the building or other properties are exposed, windows shall be protected in an approved manner. Proper ventilation shall be provided, and natural ventilation is preferred over mechanical ventilation. Heating shall be restricted to low-pressure steam or hot water. All power tools in the room shall be effectively grounded. A substantial metal box or other receptacle approved by the Fire Department shall be provided for lathes and sanding or buffing machines for catching dust thrown off during operations. Contents shall be removed daily and disposed of safely.
Storage of flammable liquids in such rooms shall not exceed a combined aggregate of 60 gallons in original metal containers or in approved safety containers not exceeding five gallons' individual capacity. A metal waste can with a self-closing cover shall be provided for all waste materials and rags; and its contents shall be removed daily. Smoking shall be prohibited at all times in refinishing rooms. All electrical installations shall conform to the National Electrical Code.

§ 28-10 Attendance by children.

The owner, lessee, proprietor, operator, attendant or employee of any public bowling alley shall be permitted to admit and allow to remain in any such public bowling alley and to bowl therein any child between the ages of nine and 16, daily, except Sunday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. when school is not in session and on Sunday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; and during the months of July and August, daily, except Sunday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.:
When such child is accompanied or directly supervised at such bowling alley by a parent or by a responsible adult;
When such child is a member of an organized group under the supervision of a responsible adult; or
When such child is participating in an organized bowling league under the supervision of a responsible adult, provided that no alcoholic beverages of any kind are dispensed on such premises during the time that such child is on the premises as a member or participant of such organized group or league.

§ 28-11 Penalties for offenses. [1]

A violation of this chapter shall constitute a Class II offense.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.