City of Parkville, MO
Platte County
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Section 620.010 Scope.

[Ord. No. 886 §1, 6-21-1983]
No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of keeping, operating, or exhibiting three (3) or more coin-operated amusement devices without first obtaining an occupational license pursuant to Chapter 605. No such license shall be transferable or assignable. Each license that is issued to a designated address or location shall not be used for any other location with the City of Parkville unless application for a different address or location shall first have been made to the Board of Aldermen and permission granted by the Board of Aldermen

Section 620.020 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 886 §2, 6-21-1983]
COIN-OPERATED AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Includes pinball machines, pool tables, coin-operated shuffleboard, video games and any other devices operated by the insertion of a coin, disc, or other insertion piece, whether or not manipulated by the operator, and which operate for the amusement of the operator, whether or not by registering a score. It shall not include "slot machines," "claw machines," or other machines prohibited by State law, nor shall it include machines or devices used bona fide and solely for the vending of cigarettes, food confections, merchandise, jukeboxes, or coin-operated radio or television devices in a private room of a hotel or motel.
ARCADE
Applies to any premises where three (3) or more coin-operated amusement devices are exhibited or maintained for operation.
ARCADE OPERATOR
Includes any person who exhibits or maintains for operation three or more coin-operated amusement devices on the same premises within the City.
PERSON
Any person, firm, corporation, or association which exhibits or maintains for operation three or more coin-operated amusement devices.
MISCELLANEOUS
The term "other coin-operated amusement devices" shall include all devices not specifically defined herein.

Section 620.030 Gambling Devices or Gambling Not Permitted.

[Ord. No. 886 §3, 6-21-1983]
A. 
No license shall be issued to any person, firm, partnership or corporation operating any coin-operated amusement device which is so constructed as to make possible either directly or by use of an adjustment the return of cash, tickets, discs, or other tokens or certificates of any kind, to a player operating the same, whether or not such tokens or certificates have a value of any kind. Only operators who operate machines exclusively for the amusement provided by the operation thereof shall be licensed, and no machine shall return and no operator shall offer or give any reward or thing of value as reward for the making of any score or accomplishing any result in the playing of the machines, except that, as a reward for his skill, the player may be given free plays.
B. 
Slot Machines, Similar Devices. Machines commonly known as "slot machines," "claw machines," and other machines prohibited by State law shall not be licensed nor shall their use be permitted in any place for which a license is issued.
C. 
No arcade operator or agent thereof shall knowingly allow gambling among customers or other persons on the premises for which a license has been issued.

Section 620.040 License Required.

[Ord. No. 886 §4, 6-21-1983]
Any person exhibiting or maintaining for operation three (3) or more coin-operated amusement devices at one (1) location shall be required to purchase an occupational license for maintaining a coin-operated amusement arcade as required by Section 605.030 of this Title and shall be considered a Merchant for purposes of Section 605.130 of this Title.

Section 620.050 License — Application.

[Ord. No. 886 §5, 6-21-1983; Ord. No. 1459 §§1 — 2, 9-20-1994]
A. 
The application for a license under the provisions of this Chapter shall be made on forms provided by the City Clerk and shall include the following information:
1. 
Name, home address, age, and date of birth of the applicant.
2. 
Business address of the place in which the coin-operated amusement device or devices will be located and the phone number of said business.
3. 
A description of each device to be located at the premises, its trade or popular name, mechanical or electronic features, and the owner of the machine, if other than applicant.
B. 
No license shall be issued to any applicant unless that individual is at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older, of good moral character and has never been convicted of a felony.
C. 
Any false representation made in the application for this license or permit shall be considered a violation of Section 215.560 of the Criminal Code, and penalties as prescribed therein shall apply.

Section 620.060 Display of License.

[Ord. No. 886 §6, 6-21-1983]
The license shall be displayed conspicuously at the location of the amusement devices.

Section 620.070 Prohibitions and Restrictions.

[Ord. No. 886 §7, 6-21-1983]
A. 
No coin-operated amusement device or arcade shall be operated so as to constitute a public nuisance.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the licensee to maintain order and prevent loitering on the premises where any device is maintained for operation.
C. 
It shall be the duty of the licensee to see that the premises on which a device is maintained for operation do not become overcrowded so as to constitute a hazard to the health and safety of the persons therein.
D. 
The license required and described in this Chapter shall be purely a personal privilege and shall not constitute property nor shall any license granted be transferable to any other person, premise or device.
E. 
There shall be a minimum of one hundred (100) square feet premise floor space allotted for each coin-operated amusement device exhibited or maintained for operation on the premises for which a license is granted.
F. 
The premises where coin-operated amusement devices are maintained for operation shall at all times during business hours have an attendant present who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age, of good moral character, and has never been convicted of a felony.
G. 
It shall be the duty of the arcade operator to provide separate restrooms for each sex on the premises for which a license is granted.
H. 
The permissible hours of operation for any premises qualifying as a coin-operated amusement arcade shall be between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M., Sunday through Thursday, and 10:00 A.M. and 11:30 P.M. on Friday and Saturday.
I. 
No arcade operator shall allow any controlled substances or alcoholic beverages to be bought, sold, or consumed on the premises for which a license has been granted.
J. 
It shall be the duty of the arcade operator to provide parking spaces for the premises in compliance with the zoning laws of the City of Parkville.
K. 
The premises where coin-operated amusement devices are maintained for operation shall be located or situated at a greater distance than two hundred fifty (250) feet from any school, church or place of worship.

Section 620.080 Enforcement.

[Ord. No. 886 §8, 6-21-1983]
The Chief of Police shall be charged with the duty and authority to enforce the provisions of this Chapter and to report any violations thereof.

Section 620.090 Suspensions or Revocation of License.

[Ord. No. 886 §9, 6-21-1983]
A. 
Licenses issued under the provisions of this Chapter may be suspended or revoked by the Mayor or Board of Aldermen of the City of Parkville for any of the following causes:
1. 
Fraud, misrepresentation or any false statement contained in the application.
2. 
Any violation of the provisions of this Chapter.
3. 
Conducting the business licensed under the provisions of this Chapter in an unlawful manner or in such manner as to constitute a breach of peace or be detrimental to the public health, encourage juvenile delinquency, or constitute a breach of rules of safety, morals or welfare.

Section 620.100 Seizure and Destruction of Machines.

[Ord. No. 886 §10, 6-21-1983]
If the Chief of Police shall have reason to believe any amusement device is used as a gambling device, such device may be seized by the police and impounded, and if upon trial for allowing it to be used as a gambling device said arcade operator is found guilty, such device shall be destroyed by the police.

Section 620.110 Penalty.

[Ord. No. 886 §11, 6-21-1983]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter shall upon conviction thereof be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisoned in the City Jail not exceeding ninety (90) days or both fine and imprisonment. Each violation or failure to comply with the above provisions shall constitute a separate misdemeanor and shall be punished as above indicated.