Township of Cranford, NJ
Union County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford 10-10-1968[1] (Ch. 62 of the 1992 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1]
Editor's Note: The provisions of this chapter are derived from Ch. 4 of the former Revised Ordinances, adopted 10-10-1968.
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 95-34]
No person shall:
A. 
Open or conduct any theater, cinema and show house, concert hall, dance hall, pool or billiard parlor, bowling alley, exhibition grounds or any other place of public amusement to which any admission fee or fee for playing is charged without first obtaining a license therefor from the Township Clerk.
B. 
Hold, give or conduct any circus, traveling or other show, play, dance, exhibition, concert or theatrical performance or street parade in connection therewith to which an admission fee is charged without first obtaining a license therefor from the Township Clerk.
A. 
Applications for a license under this article shall be made to the Township Clerk, accompanied by the fee specified in § 147-3.
B. 
The application shall state:
(1) 
The name of the applicant and trade name, if any.
(2) 
The location of the premises to be licensed.
(3) 
Whether the applicant is an individual, partnership or corporation.
(4) 
The residence of the applicant, if an individual; the name and residence of each partner, if a partnership; or the name, residence and title of each officer and address of principal office, if a corporation.
(5) 
The maximum seating capacity of the premises to be licensed.
(6) 
Convictions.
(a) 
Whether or not any person named in the application has ever been convicted of:
[1] 
Any crime.
[2] 
Any violation of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice (N.J.S.A. 2C:1-1 et seq.).[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[3] 
Any Township ordinance involving breach of the peace or immorality.
(b) 
If the answer to either Subsection B(6)(a)[1], [2] or [3] is "yes," the applicant shall state the date and nature of each conviction.
(7) 
The period for which the license is sought, viz., the number of days, weeks, months or other longer period and the dates thereof if less than the entire year.
(8) 
Such other information as the Township Clerk may require.
C. 
The application shall be signed by each individual applicant; by each partner, if a partnership; or by the president or other authorized officer of any corporate applicant and shall have attached to it a floor plan of the premises to be licensed, showing clearly all entrances and exits, including fire exits.
D. 
The Township Clerk shall cause such investigation to be made as may be deemed necessary. No license shall be issued by the Township Clerk unless it appears that:
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 95-34]
(1) 
The applicant and all persons described in Subsection B of this section are of good moral character.
(2) 
The premises to be licensed complies with the applicable requirements of the laws of New Jersey and the building, zoning, health and fire prevention ordinances of the Township or otherwise does not constitute a hazard to the health, safety or morals of the public.
E. 
If the application is approved, the Township Clerk shall issue the license and shall give notice thereof to the Police Department.
A. 
The license fee for a theater, cinema and show house, opera house, concert hall or dance hall shall be $200.
B. 
The license fee for a pool or billiard parlor, bowling alley, exhibition grounds or any other place of public amusement shall be $100.
C. 
The license fee for holding, giving or conducting any circus, traveling or other show, play, dance, exhibition, concert or theatrical performance or street parade in connection therewith, when conducted in a place not licensed for the purpose, shall be $25 for each day on which the same is held, given or conducted, provided that no fee shall be required for licenses for concerts, readings, theatricals, moving pictures or entertainments of like nature given for religious or educational purposes or where the proceeds are for the benefit of any charity, school, religious or civic organization or public library in the Township.
Every license shall specify its serial number, the place or places of such exhibition or performance, the time or term during which the license shall be valid, the purpose for which it is granted, the fee collected and the name and residence of the licensee or the responsible agent thereof.
All licenses issued under this article shall expire on December 31 next following the date of their issue, unless an earlier expiration date appears thereon.
No place or performance within the scope of this article shall operate between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. of any day.
Any license issued under the provisions of this article may be suspended or revoked, without rebate of fee, by the Township Committee or, when it is not in session, by its Chairperson for any of the following reasons:
A. 
Failure to maintain a good standard of conduct in and about the place licensed.
B. 
Permitting gambling or loud or raucous noise.
C. 
Any other reason considered by the Township Committee to be detrimental to the public health, safety or general welfare of the community.
[Added 5-18-1993 by Ord. No. 93-27]
No person or organization shall conduct any parade, foot race or other activity in the public streets of the Township of Cranford which impedes or prevents vehicular traffic without first obtaining a permit therefor from the Chief of Police.
[Added 5-18-1993 by Ord. No. 93-27]
A. 
No permit for any activity described in § 147-8 shall be applied for by or granted to any person or organization other than a nonprofit, charitable, religious or educational organization.
B. 
Applications for permits pursuant to § 147-8 et seq. shall be obtained from the Chief of Police and shall be submitted to the Chief of Police for approval by and issuance of a permit by said Chief of Police. The Chief of Police may cause such investigation to be made as may be deemed necessary. There shall be no fee for such permit.
[Amended 6-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-19[1]]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, of this Code.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 95-34]
No person shall maintain, operate or possess in any store, building or other place wherein the public is invited or where the public may enter or in any building or other place wherein any club or organization meetings are held, within the Township, any coin-operated amusement device, including but not limited to pinball, bowling, shuffleboard, video games and jukeboxes, without first obtaining a license therefor. No licenses shall be granted for electric crane machines, and no person shall maintain, operate or possess an electric crane machine in any store, building or other place where the public is invited or where the public may enter or in any building or other place wherein any club or organization meetings are held within the Township.
[Amended 11-23-1976 by Ord. No. 76-52; 1-27-1981 by Ord. No. 81-2; 2-24-1981 by Ord. No. 81-5; 5-28-1991 by Ord. No. 91-12; 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 95-34; 2-26-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-2]
A. 
The license fee for each such coin-operated amusement device shall be $200, except that for those solely used for the purpose of rendering music (jukeboxes), the fee shall be $50.
B. 
All licenses shall expire on December 31 of each year. The Police Department shall be responsible for the enforcement of this section.
C. 
There shall be a limit of three coin-operated amusement devices to a single premises. There shall be no limit for those used solely for the purpose of rendering music (jukeboxes).
D. 
Premises which are owned and/or operated solely by a nonprofit corporation or charitable, religious or educational organization shall be exempt from the fees set forth in Subsection A above.
A. 
The Township Clerk shall provide the necessary form of application for a license to maintain such games or machines, which application shall set forth:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant and the location of the premises to be licensed; in the case of a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners; and in the case of a corporation, the names and addresses of the officers, directors and stockholders thereof for a period of six months prior to the date of the application. Such persons may be required to furnish fingerprints and photographs.
(2) 
Whether or not any of the persons, partners, officers, directors or stockholders described in Subsection A(1) of this section have ever been convicted of:
(a) 
A crime.
(b) 
A violation of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice (N.J.S.A. 2C:1-1 et seq.).[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(c) 
A violation of any ordinance of the Township involving gambling or morals.
B. 
The signed application, accompanied by the fee, shall be filed with the Township Clerk.
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 95-34]
A. 
The Township Clerk shall refer the application to the Chief of Police.
B. 
The Chief of Police shall make or cause to be made an inspection of the premises described in said application. The Chief shall attach to the application his report thereon, in writing, which shall also state his approval or disapproval and the reasons therefor.
C. 
Upon receipt of said application and inspection report, the Township Clerk shall either approve or disapprove the issuance of a license to said applicant.
D. 
No license shall be issued by the Township Clerk if it appears that:
(1) 
The applicant or any partner or any officer, director or stockholder of a corporate applicant shall have been convicted of:
(a) 
A crime.
(b) 
A violation of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice (N.J.S.A. 2C:1-1 et seq.).[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(c) 
A violation of any ordinance of the Township involving gambling or morals.
(2) 
The premises in which the games or machines to be licensed are to be placed does not comply with the applicable requirements of the laws of New Jersey and the building, zoning and fire prevention ordinances of the Township or otherwise constitutes a hazard to the safety or morals of the public.
E. 
If the application is approved, the license shall be issued by the Township Clerk and affixed to the game or machine covered by the license.
Nothing contained in this article shall prohibit the holder of a license herein provided for from substituting another game or machine at the location set forth in said license, but at no time shall more than one game or machine be operated under one license.
Any person holding a license herein provided for who shall knowingly or willfully use or permit to be used any of the machines or games herein described for the purpose of gambling shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this article, and the applicable license shall be revoked without rebate.
[Amended 6-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-19[1]]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, of this Code.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).