[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Boonton 12-17-1990 as Sec. 5-10 of the 1990 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person unless duly licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall have, keep, own or maintain or use within the town, any public dance hall where dances are conducted as a business unless a license is obtained as herein as set forth.
An applicant for a license to conduct a public dance hall shall furnish the following information to the Town Clerk:
The name of the applicant, or if a company, the name of its officers, and if a partnership, the name of the partners.
Applicant's address, or if a corporation or partnership, its main office.
A description of the business to be licensed.
A description of the building or grounds where the business is to be conducted.
A resume of the business experience of the applicant for the past five years.
Complete information as to any arrests or convictions within the past 10 years.
Upon receiving such application, the Town Clerk shall submit the application to the Chief of Police, the Building Official, the Health Officer, and the Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau. Such officials shall satisfy themselves, respectively, as to the moral and public safety hazards involved, the fire hazards, the safety of the structures and the health hazards. No official to whom the application shall be submitted for approval shall delay action for more than seven days from the time the application shall be submitted to him for action. Any of the officers may make recommendations for reasonable structural changes or alterations of the building where the business is to be conducted, and regulations governing the conduct of business therein, if in his opinion the same are necessary for the public health, safety and welfare. The Town Clerk shall promptly notify the applicant of any requirements or conditions recommended by any such official, and upon the applicant's compliance the Clerk shall forward the application, along with his recommendations, to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, who shall then have the power, in the exercise of a reasonable discretion, to issue a license to the applicant upon payment of the fee hereinafter prescribed. The applicant, upon request, shall be given a hearing by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
The license fee shall be $100 per year.
Licenses may be issued for a period of one year, and before renewal, a further inspection and recommendation shall be made by the public officials hereinabove stated.
The license shall be displayed by the applicant in a conspicuous place at his place of business.
No license issued in accordance with this chapter shall be transferred.
Any such license may be revoked or suspended by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for violation of any provision of the license or this chapter, the violation of any other municipal ordinance, state or federal statute, for falsification of any facts in the application for a license, or for conduct constituting a public nuisance. Before revocation or suspension of any such license, the licensee shall, upon request, be given a hearing.
The place where the business is conducted shall at all times be open to inspection by the public officials hereinabove stated, and shall be under the continuing control and supervision of the Town Police Department.
No license shall be issued to conduct any such business where the place in which it is intended to conduct the same shall be below the level of the surface of an adjoining street.
No person under the age of 16 years shall be permitted to use any facilities licensed pursuant to this chapter.
A licensee under this chapter may conduct business only on weekdays between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. No business may be conducted on Sundays.
No games of chance, gaming, gambling, playing for money among contestants, or any such practices, shall be permitted in any place where the business shall be conducted pursuant to this chapter.
This chapter shall not affect any church, fraternal order or other private nonprofit association which conducts a dance or dances solely for the benefit of its members. Such organization may also permit the use of or rent premises owned or controlled by it for like organizations for dances for which an admission fee is charged, provided such charges or fees are for the sole benefit of such organization operating or renting the premises.