City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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CROSS REFERENCES
Power to license — See 3rd Class § 2601 (53 P. S. § 37601).
Amusement device distributors — See BUS. REG. Art. 307.
Miniature billiard and bowling games and jukeboxes — See BUS. REG. Art. 311.
[Ord. 5-1965 § 1, passed 1-27-1965]
The following words, when used in this article, shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
(a) 
MECHANICAL AMUSEMENT DEVICE — Any mechanical device, machine or apparatus which, upon the insertion of a coin, token, slug or plate therein, or upon the payment of a fee, may be operated by the public generally for the playing of games and/or amusements, the object of which is to secure a special number, symbol, figure or groups thereof, arrangement, pattern or score, by the exercise of skill in the operation or manipulation of such device.
(b) 
PERSON — As used herein, includes any person, firm, corporation or association which shall, at any time, have in its possession for use or operation within the City any mechanical amusement device for use or operation by the general public of the City.
[Ord. 5-1965 § 2, passed 1-27-1965]
Nothing in this article shall in any way be construed to authorize, license or permit any gambling devices whatsoever, or any mechanism that has been judicially determined to be a gambling device or in any way contrary to law, or that may be contrary to any future laws of the State of Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 5-1965 § 3, passed 1-27-1965]
No person shall have in his possession or control any mechanical amusement device, unless he shall have applied for and procured a license therefor from the Bureau of Regulation, Inspection and Licensing, and such application shall set forth the name and residence of the person so applying, together with the present and previous occupation of the applicant and the length of residence at the present and previous place of residence, the name of the owner of the premises upon which the aforesaid machines are to be used and installed and, if the owner of the premises is not the applicant, then the applicant shall set forth the length of time for which the premises has been leased and whether the applicant is a citizen of the United States. The application shall also set forth the manufacturer and nature of the machine to be installed and used.
The foregoing information required in this section shall be furnished over the signature of the applicant and shall be made under oath or affirmation.
No license shall be granted until a period of seven days shall have elapsed from the date of application, during which time an investigation of the facts set forth in the application may be made, and no license shall be granted to any person not a citizen of the United States.
[Ord. 1-2003, passed 1-8-2003]
No license shall be issued until an annual fee therefor shall have been paid to the City Treasurer in the sum of $75 for each and every device so installed and used in the City, under the terms of this article, which amount, paid as aforesaid, shall be a license fee until December 31 of each year. The license fee hereby imposed shall be due and payable on or before February 1 in the applicable year for all mechanical amusement devices in operation on that date and shall thereafter become immediately due and payable on each mechanical amusement device placed in use or operation within the City.
However, upon application and notification to the Bureau of Regulation, Inspection and Licensing, any mechanical amusement device on which the foregoing tax has been paid may be transferred from the premises for which the aforesaid tax has been paid to any other premises. Further, upon application and notification to the Bureau of Regulation, Inspection and Licensing, any mechanical amusement device on which the foregoing tax has been paid may be replaced by another similar device as defined herein.
In the event of the nonpayment of the tax or failure to file application and notification of transfer or replacement, the particular mechanical amusement device shall be confiscated by the City, in addition to any other penalty herein provided.
[Ord. 5-1965 § 5, passed 1-27-1965]
Upon the payment of the license fee provided by this article, the Bureau of Regulation, Inspection and Licensing shall issue a metal disc or plate setting forth the number of the license for each machine so licensed, which disc or plate shall be attached and fastened to the respective machine or device so that the same may be clearly observable and readable.
[Ord. 47-1966 § 1, passed 9-28-1966]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $300 or imprisoned not more than 90 days, or both.