Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 11-12-1991 by Ord. No. 9-91-0181 as Ch. 8, Art. I, Secs. 8-2 through 8-4, of the 1991 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 89.
License fees — See Ch. 122.

§ 153-1 Issuance of Class C liquor license prohibited.

Pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 3-5-8, the issuance of Class C liquor licenses is hereby prohibited.

§ 153-2 Closing hours for shops, saloons and other places of resort.

All persons keeping, maintaining or in any way in charge of any shop, saloon or other place of resort within the limits of the Town shall close such shop, saloon or other place of resort not later than 12:00 midnight.

§ 153-3 Obstructing view into shops and other places of trade.

No shop, store, restaurant or other place of trade shall have any curtain, drapery, screen or other device so placed as to obscure the view through the window from the street or sidewalk into such shop, store, restaurant or other place of trade while such place is open for business. All glass in the windows of any shop, store, restaurant or other place of trade shall be transparent.
Every keeper or person in charge of any shop, store, restaurant or other place of trade which is in violation of Subsection A of this section, and every person who sells any article in such place, shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this section.

§ 153-4 Closing hours for asphalt plants, cement plants, firewood and mulch processing and production facilities.

[Added 5-13-2013 by Ord. No. 05-13-289; amended 1-11-2016 by Ord. No. 01-16-307]
All persons, partnerships or corporations which manufacture asphalt and/or asphalt products and/or cement and/or cement products or produce or process firewood or mulch using raw materials from without the property used for production or processing within the limits of the Town shall close such operation Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., Saturdays between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight, unless a license for extended operating hours has been granted by the Coventry Town Council following a public hearing. It shall be unlawful for any such asphalt or cement plant or firewood or mulch processing or production facility to operate on Sundays. The Town Council may permit operation outside of the above permitted hours following a public hearing for a period not to exceed 10 days per calendar year and notification of the Town's Police Chief at least 72 hours in advance of said operation. For purposes of this section "operation" shall include without limitation "warming up" machinery and queuing or loading trucks.
The Town Council shall not grant such license until a public hearing shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town for not less than once per week for two successive weeks prior to the day of hearing.
A filing fee of $50 plus advertising fees shall be paid by the applicant at the time of application for such license. Such licenses must be renewed annually.
The applicant shall in its application for such extended hours state the reasons and shall include the nature of the business to be conducted during the extended hours, the need for such extended hours, and any restrictions to be placed on the business operation during such extended hours to minimize the effect on other property in the neighborhood.
After such hearing, the Town Council shall have the authority to grant the license, grant the license with reasonable restrictions as it alone shall determine, or deny said license.
Any violation of the hours set forth in Subsection A or this section shall result in the violator being subject to a fine of up to $500 for a first offense, up to $1,000 for a second offense and up to $1,500 for a third and/or subsequent offense.
For a third and/or subsequent offense. the Town Council. at its option, may require the operator of said asphalt plant or cement plant, or firewood or mulch production/processing facility to appear before it to show cause why its license should not be suspended.