[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Town of Mount Airy 8-2-1982 by Ord. No. 123. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FOR PROFIT
- The charging of anything of value by the owner or possessor of a video game to permit another to use the video game machine.
- VIDEO GAME
- Any game that has an electronic display screen such as a cathode ray tube.
On and after September 1, 1982, no person shall operate for profit within the Town limits any machine or device which displays a video games unless a license has first been obtained therefor.
Applications for licenses, known as "video game machine licenses," shall be made at the Town Hall upon forms to be prepared by the Town Clerk with the approval of the Mayor. Applicants shall be required to state their name, permanent address, a description of the machine or device, disclosing the manufacturer, with the popular name of the video game or games to be displayed by the machine or device and any serial or identification number of the machine and the address of the location where it will be operated. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age and must be the actual owner or lessee of the machine applied for licensing. Upon being satisfied as to the correctness and completeness of the application, the license may be issued by the Town Clerk or the Mayor upon payment of the proper fee.
Licenses terminate automatically at the end of the period for which they were issued. Licensees may renew licenses only by filing new applications with current information. Such applications may be filed prior to a termination date to avoid any unlicensed period of time.
Surrender or abandonment of any license or of any licensed machine shall not entitle the licensee to any refund of license fees.
Licenses shall be securely affixed to the machine for which issued or to the premises for which issued in close proximity to the machine so as to be readily visible. Failure to have such a license displayed shall create a presumption that the license was never issued.
Licenses may not be transferred from one person to another and are valid only for the machine and for the premises described in each application.
There shall be no more than three such machines on any one premises, except that this restriction shall not apply to premises the principal use of which is as a bowling alley, arcade or recreation center.
Violation of this chapter shall constitute a municipal infraction, subject to a fine not to exceed $100 upon conviction and a fine not to exceed $200 for each repeated offense.