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.
Mechanical amusement devices — See BUS. REG. Art. 309.
[Ord. 6-1965 § 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) 
MINIATURE BOWLING GAME — Any platform, stand, table or structure for the playing of miniature bowling games, which is operated after the insertion of a coin, token, slug or plate in the machine or, upon payment of a fee, may be operated by the public generally for the playing of the bowling game. The operation of the bowling game is so mechanically arranged that the player, by propelling a small disc, puck or ball, can knock over any of the 10 pins mechanically adjusted on the platform of the bowling ball game and, by a mechanical or electrically controlled device, the score obtained by knocking over any of the pins is automatically registered after each operation by the player. The object of the game is to secure a score by the exercise of skill in the throwing of the disc, puck or ball at the 10 pins.
(b) 
BILLIARD TABLE GAME — Any platform, table or structure for playing the game of billiards or pool, which is operated after 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 the billiard game, the insertion of the coin or the payment of the fee being necessary to release the billiard balls so that the players can use the billiard balls on the table by contacting the balls with a cue stick, and propel the balls across the table into the several pockets which are arranged on a billiard table. The object of the game is to secure a score by the exercise of skill in striking the billiard balls so as to propel the balls into the respective billiard pockets.
(c) 
JUKEBOX — Any device, machine or apparatus whatsoever for the playing or furnishing of music by means of records or tapes by the insertion of a coin or any other metal disc, slug or token whatsoever or, upon the payment of a fee, may be operated by the public generally.
(d) 
PERSONS, FIRM, CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION — As used herein, includes the following: any person, firm, corporation or association which shall, at any time, have in its possession for use or operation within the City any miniature bowling game, billiard table game or jukebox, for use or operation by the general public of the City.
[Ord. 6-1965 § 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. 6-1965 § 3, passed 1-27-1965]
No person shall have in his possession or control any miniature bowling game, billiard table game or jukebox, unless he shall have applied for and procured a license therefor from the Bureau of Regulation, Inspection and Licensing. 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 have 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 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. No license shall be granted to any person not a citizen of the United States.
[Ord. 6-1965 § 4, passed 1-27-1965; Ord. 5-1979 § 1, passed 1-10-1979; Ord. 10-1982 § 1, passed 2-3-1982]
No license shall be issued until an annual fee therefor shall have been paid to the City Treasurer in the sum of $25 for every jukebox and $60 for every miniature bowling game and billiard table game 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 miniature bowling games, billiard table games and jukeboxes in operation on that date and shall thereafter become immediately due and payable on each and every miniature bowling game, billiard table game and jukebox placed in use or operation within the City.
However, upon application and notification to the Bureau of Regulation, Inspection and Licensing, any miniature bowling game, billiard table game or jukebox 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 miniature bowling game, billiard table game or jukebox 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 miniature bowling game, billiard table game or jukebox shall be confiscated by the City, in addition to any other penalty herein provided.
[Ord. 6-1965 § 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.