[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Denville by Ord. No. 1/63 (Ch. 4, Sec. 4-2, of the 1978 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall maintain, operate, conduct or pursue the business or occupation of keeping any public room or place wherein the games commonly known as pool or billiards are played without having first obtained a license therefor from the Township Council as hereinafter provided.
An application for a license shall be filed with the Township Clerk, on forms to be furnished by him, which forms shall require to be included the following information:
The name and address of the applicant;
In the case of a partnership, it shall state the names and addresses of all partners;
In the case of a corporation, it shall state the names addresses of all officers, directors and all stockholders presently holding stock and all who for six months prior to the making of the application have been officers, directors or stockholders;
In the case of clubs or associations, it shall state the names and addresses of all officers;
Whether or not the person or persons named in the application have ever been convicted of a violation of any federal, state or municipal ordinance;
The location of the premises to be licensed;
The number of pool tables and billiard tables to be located upon the premises to be licensed.
All licenses herein provided for shall be issued by the Township Clerk only after a resolution of the Township Council shall have been adopted approving the application and only after the payment of the license fee herein provided for. All such licenses shall be valid from the first day of February of the year in which the license is issued, until the 31st day of January next after the same is issued, unless sooner revoked.
Such license shall bear the date of issue, the name of the licensee, the purpose for which issued, and the location of the room or building wherein the licensee is authorized to carry on and conduct any such business. The license shall not be transferable by the holder to any other person, but such license may be transferred by the holder to another address, provided that the licensee shall make written application for such transfer to the Township Clerk and such transfer is approved by resolution of the Township Council.
The annual fees to be paid for such license are hereby fixed as follows:
The Township Council may suspend or revoke the license of any licensee on any one or more of the following grounds:
Violation of any of the laws of the State of New Jersey upon the licensed premises by the licensee or its agents, servants, employees or representatives;
Violation of any ordinance of the Township upon the licensed premises by the licensee or its agents, servants, employees or representatives;
If the license was procured by fraudulent conduct or false statement of a material fact or if a fact concerning applicant was not disclosed at the time of filing the application where such fact would have constituted just cause for refusing to issue the license;
Permitting or suffering any activity upon the licensed premises which is or may be detrimental to the public health, safety, welfare or morals.
In all such cases, written notice of the charge or charges and the time and place of hearing thereon shall be served on the licensee, either in person or by certified or registered mail addressed to the licensed premises. No revocation or suspension shall occur unless the licensee shall have been afforded an opportunity to be heard in his defense. In the event any license is suspended or revoked, the licensee shall not be entitled to the return of any portion of the license fee.
Any premises which shall be declared to be unsafe by the written report of the Building Inspector or a fire hazard by the written report of the Fire Marshall, shall be deemed to be ineligible for a license. Licenses issued hereunder shall be renewed annually and prior to renewal thereof the licensed premises shall be inspected by the Building Inspector and by the Fire Marshall who shall issue their written reports to the Township Council. Any unsafe conditions found by the Building Inspector or the Fire Marshall shall be corrected in a satisfactory manner before a license hereunder shall be renewed. Applications for license renewal shall be received by the Township Clerk on and after December 1 annually and licenses shall be issued only upon resolution of the Township Council and only upon receipt of the annual license fee thereof.
No license shall be issued for the operation of any pool or billiard room which is located within 200 feet of any school, church or publicly owned building. Said 200 feet shall be measured in the normal way that a pedestrian would properly walk from the nearest entrance of the premises sought to be licensed.
The hours of operation of such pool or billiard rooms shall be between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on weekdays and Saturdays. All licensed pool and billiard rooms shall remain closed on Sundays.
No person under the age of 18 years shall be admitted to or permitted to play pool or billiards in any licensed premises or to frequent or lounge or congregate or gather in such room or place unless accompanied by his parent or guardian.
In no event shall card playing be permitted on premises licensed under this chapter, even if such card playing is for social purposes.
All premises in which the games of pool and billiards are played shall be on the street floor of any building and shall be so arranged and shall be so lighted that a full view of the interior may be had from the public thoroughfare or from adjacent rooms to which the public is admitted at all hours.
This chapter shall not apply to any religious, charitable, benevolent or nonprofit association or corporation which operates or maintains any pool or billiard table solely for the recreation and amusement of its members, provided such organization is bona fide in character and is not intended as a means or device for evading the terms and provisions of this chapter, nor shall this chapter apply to the keeping of any pool or billiard table in private residence.
There shall be conspicuously posted and displayed in any premises licensed under this chapter:
The license issued pursuant to this chapter;
A copy of this chapter, which shall be supplied to the licensee by the Township Clerk; and
Not less than one sign giving notice that no person under the age of 18 years is permitted upon the licensed premises unless accompanied by his parent or guardian.