[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wood-Ridge as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-26-1975 by Ord. No. 700 as § 4-7 of the 1975 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 94 of the 1986 Code)]
No person shall install, place, maintain, operate or possess in any store, building or place wherein the public is invited or may enter or wherein any club or organization meets or maintains quarters any automatic or mechanical machine, game or device of skill or entertainment, music-vending machine, motion-picture machine and television machine which is operated or set in motion by the deposit therein of any coin, token or slug or the like, which is purchased for cash within the Borough, without first applying and obtaining a license therefor.
[Amended 1-1-1982 by Ord. No. 10-81]
A separate application for each machine, game or device shall be filed with the Chief of Police, addressed to the Borough Council and, in addition to the requirements of § 343-2, shall contain the name and address of the bailee and the age of the owner. Each application shall be accompanied by the fee as set forth in § 183-4 herein.
Upon receiving any application, the Chief of Police shall make an examination of the place and machine and shall forward the application with the license fee and his recommendation to the Borough Clerk, who shall present it to the Borough Council for approval or disapproval.
[Amended 1-1-1982 by Ord. No. 10-81; 12-19-1983 by Ord. No. 22-83; 10-20-1986 by Ord. No. 86-16]
The initial license fee for each game or machine licensed is $250. Said fee shall be payable upon filing of the application. For each application denied, the Borough shall retain 50% of the application fee for administrative expenses and return the balance to the applicant.
No license issued pursuant to this article shall be transferable, and no license fee shall be refunded upon the revocation or surrender of any license.
Each machine, game or device shall be separately licensed, and the license shall describe the machine, game or device generally, set forth its license fee and contain the name and address of its owner and bailee.
When the licensee is a bailee of the machine, game or device, he may change or exchange the licensed machine, game or device for one similar and in the same license group upon application to the Chief of Police, who shall note the exchange with his approval on the original license.
[Amended 12-19-1979 by Ord. No. 765]
It shall be unlawful to install, maintain or operate any machine, game or device for the purpose of gambling, wagering or betting, either for cash, merchandise or other property, or for the purpose of giving directly or indirectly any prize or return of profit by free play or otherwise.
[Added 12-19-1979 by Ord. No. 765; amended 1-1-1982 by Ord. No. 10-81; 10-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
No more than four machines or devices as described in this article shall be permitted to be used or operated in any one place, location or premises.
[Amended 12-19-1979 by Ord. No. 10-81; 10-20-1986 by Ord. No. 86-16]
It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 18 years to operate or play any of the following machines, games or devices: pin amusement games, ballyhoo tables and similar machines, games and devices; electric and manual crane machines; and baseball, football, gun, bowling or similar machines, games and devices.
[Added 12-19-1979 by Ord. No. 765]
A license may be renewed by the Borough Council without a hearing, upon the licensee's filing with the Borough Clerk during the last month of the licensed term a sworn statement that there have been no changes in the information contained in the initial application and upon payment of the required license fee.
[Added 12-19-1979 by Ord. No. 765]
Every license issued hereunder is subject to the right, which is expressly reserved, to revoke the same should the licensee directly or indirectly permit the distribution or operation of any machine or device as described in this article contrary to the provisions of this article or any other ordinance, rule or regulation of this Borough or the laws of this state. Any material misstatement or omission in the license application or in any information submitted therewith shall constitute sufficient ground for revocation of the said license. Such revocation shall be by the Borough Council after a hearing upon 10 days' written notice to the licensee by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the licensee at the address designated in said license, which notice shall specify the violations charged. At such hearing, the licensee and his attorney may present evidence or witnesses in his defense.
[Added 10-20-1986 by Ord. No. 86-16]
[Adopted 12-26-1975 by Ord. No. 700 as § 4-5 of the 1975 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 106 of the 1986 Code)]
No person shall own or operate within the Borough a billiard or pool room or any other place where billiard tables are kept for hire without having first obtained a license from the Borough Council to do so.
All applications for the licensing of billiard or pool rooms shall be made to the Borough Council. In addition to the information required by § 343-2 of this Code, the applicant shall furnish recommendations as to his character and fitness from at least three respectable freeholders of the Borough. The Council shall fix a time for hearing such application and thereafter may grant or deny the same.
[Amended 10-20-1986 by Ord. No. 86-16]
No application shall be heard or granted unless accompanied by a license fee of $250, to be retained by the Council regardless of the disposition of the application.