[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Elm Grove 10-8-1956; amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Any person desiring to procure a license for any room or building in which to conduct public or private dances within the limits of the Village of Elm Grove shall file with the Village Clerk a written application therefor upon a form furnished by the village. Such applications shall then be referred to the Finance and Licensing Committee of the Village Board for the purpose of investigation and recommendation to the Village Board, which alone shall have the right to issue to such applicant a license to conduct and maintain a public dance hall. No license shall be refused except for a specific reason based on the protection of public safety, health, morals or general welfare. Licenses shall expire on the 30th day of June each year, and the license fee therefor shall be $25 per year.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association conducting a public dance hall to:
Permit the sale or serving of liquor in such dance hall.
Permit any person under the influence of liquor or drugs to participate in or remain in such premises where dances are being conducted.
Hold such dances or keep the premises in which such dances are being held open later than 1:00 a.m.
Permit any person under the age of 18 years to enter or remain in a public dance hall unless such person is accompanied by his or her parents or legal guardian or unless such dance is being supervised by properly qualified chaperons.
The Village Clerk shall refer any application for a license for a public dance hall to the Fire Inspector, who shall inspect or cause to be inspected the premises for which a public dance hall license is requested to determine whether such premises sought to be licensed complies with all regulations, ordinances and laws applicable thereto. The Fire Inspector shall transmit to the Clerk, in writing, the information derived from such inspection, accompanied by a recommendation as to whether a license should be granted or refused.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the conducting of dancing lessons or instructions or dance exhibitions in which the audience and persons paying for admission do not participate nor to dances held in churches and schools.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any rule or regulation made under this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-16 of this Code.
Upon written complaint to the Village Clerk that there has been disorderly or immoral conduct upon premises licensed as a public dance hall under this chapter or that there has been any violation of any of the rules, regulations, ordinances or laws governing or applying to dance halls, the Clerk shall set a hearing upon such complaint before the Finance and Licensing Committee of the Village Board, which may recommend that the dance hall license heretofore granted be revoked for the reason set out in the complaint or for the protection of the public health, safety, morals or general welfare. Upon receiving such recommendation, the Village Board may revoke such license for such reason. Whenever any license shall be revoked, no refund of any unearned portion of the fee paid shall be made, and at least six months from the time of such revocation shall elapse before another license shall be granted for the same premises. Written notice of such hearings and reasons therefor shall be served by the Clerk upon the person named in the application by mailing the same to the address given in said application.