City of Paterson, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Amusements and amusement devices — See Ch. 117.
Entertainment and shows — See Ch. 203.
[Adopted 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 4, Art. 5, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DANCE HALL
Any room, premises, structure or other place in the City in which dancing is carried on and to which the public may obtain admission by payment of a fee or by the purchase, possession or presentation of a ticket or token or in which a charge is made for caring for clothing or other property.
Dancing, as used in this article, shall not apply to exhibitions or performances in which the persons paying for admission do not participate.
No person shall conduct or operate a dance hall in the City without a license for that purpose obtained as provided for in this article.
A. 
Each application for a license required by this article shall be filed with the Licensing Division on forms approved by the Council and shall be accompanied by payment of the license fee prescribed in § 191-6.
B. 
The application shall state:
(1) 
The name of the applicant.
(2) 
Location of the premises to be licensed.
(3) 
Trade name of the applicant, if any.
(4) 
Whether the applicant is an individual, partnership or corporation.
(5) 
The name and residence of the applicant, if an individual; the name and residence of each partner, if a partnership; the name, title and residence of each director and officer, if a corporation.
(6) 
Address of principal office and date of incorporation, if the applicant is a corporation.
[Added 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
(7) 
Whether or not any person named in the application has ever been convicted of:
(a) 
Any crime.
(b) 
A disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense relating to gambling.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
(c) 
Any violation of a City ordinance involving breach of the peace or immorality.
(8) 
What portion of the building in which the dance hall is located will constitute the licensed premises.
(9) 
The number of fire exits.
(10) 
Whether the applicant owns the premises to be licensed and, if not, from whom the premises is leased or rented.
C. 
If the answer to either Subsection B(7)(a), (b) or (c) is "yes," the applicant shall state the date and nature of each conviction.
D. 
The application shall be signed by each individual applicant; by each partner, if a partnership; or by the President or other authorized officer of any corporate applicant.
A. 
The license shall be issued by the Licensing Division after approval thereof by the Council.
B. 
No license under this article shall be granted unless it appears that the place, premises or structure to be licensed complies with the applicable requirements of the laws of New Jersey and of the building, zoning, fire prevention and health ordinances of the City; that the place, premises or structure to be licensed is a safe and proper place for the purpose for which it is to be used, is properly ventilated and is supplied with sufficient toilet conveniences and an adequate supply of pure, cold water in an accessible place; and that it does not constitute a hazard to the health, safety or morals of the public. A favorable written report of the Fire Chief and of the Health Division, after investigation and inspection, shall be taken as evidence of compliance with the requirements of this subsection.
C. 
No license under this article shall be granted unless the applicant and all persons named in the application are of good moral character. A favorable written report of the Chief of Police shall be taken as evidence of good moral character.
[Amended 4-5-1983 by Ord. No. 83-023; 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-061]
A. 
The fee for each license issued under this article shall be $110.
B. 
Each license issued under this article shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance thereof.
A. 
Each license issued pursuant to this article shall be posted at the main entrance of the place, premises or structure licensed.
B. 
Said license shall not be transferable.
No licensee or owner or operator of any licensed room, premises, structure or other place shall permit or allow:
A. 
Dancing to be taught therein for a fee unless a license therefor is obtained as provided by Article II of this chapter.
B. 
The use of confetti or any other matter of a similar nature in any dance hall licensed under this article.
C. 
The extinguishment of any lights which are necessary for proper lighting a reasonable time before, during and after the dancing program is to commence or to be terminated.
Dancing shall not be permitted in any premises licensed under this article between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., except on January 1 of any year.
A. 
A license inspector shall make inspections of all dance halls licensed under this article where a complaint with respect thereto has been made of a violation therein of an applicable state law or of the provisions of this article or of any applicable ordinance of the City. The inspector shall make full reports of his inspections to the Council.
B. 
The licensee, owner or operator of every dance hall shall give the license inspector free access to all dance halls licensed under this article, at all reasonable times and whenever they are open.
In addition to the penalty prescribed in § 191-12, any license issued under this article may be revoked upon proof, after due notice and hearing before the Council, that the licensee has permitted any disorderly or immoral conduct to take place on or in the place, premises or structure licensed or that the premises licensed constitutes a hazard to the health, safety or morals of the public or that there has been a violation of the provisions of any applicable state law or ordinance of the City or of this article or for any cause that would be grounds for a denial of the license in the first instance.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000, by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service for not more than 90 days, or any combination thereof. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
[Adopted 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 4, Art. 6, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DANCING ACADEMY
A building, room or place in which the business conducted or carried on is the teaching of dancing for a fee.
No person shall conduct or operate a dancing academy in the City without a license for that purpose obtained as hereinafter provided in this article.
A. 
Each application for a license required by this article shall be filed with the Licensing Division, upon forms approved by the Council, and shall be accompanied by payment of the license fee prescribed in § 191-17.
B. 
The application shall state:
(1) 
The name of the applicant.
(2) 
Location of the premises to be licensed.
(3) 
The trade name of the applicant, if any.
(4) 
Whether the applicant is an individual, partnership or corporation.
(5) 
The name and residence of applicant, if an individual; the name and residence of each partner, if a partnership; the name, title and residence of each director and officer, if a corporation.
(6) 
The address of the principal office and date of incorporation, if the applicant is a corporation.
(7) 
Whether or not any person named in the application has ever been convicted of:
(a) 
Any crime.
(b) 
A disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense relating to gambling.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
(c) 
Any City ordinance involving breach of the peace or immorality.
(8) 
What portion of the building in which the dancing academy is located will constitute the licensed premises.
(9) 
The number of fire exits.
(10) 
Whether the applicant owns the premises to be licensed and, if not, from whom the premises is leased or rented.
C. 
If the answer to either Subsection B(7)(a), (b) or (c) is "yes," the applicant shall state the date and nature of each conviction.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
D. 
The application shall be signed by each individual applicant; by each partner, if a partnership; or by the president or other authorized officer of any corporate applicant.
A. 
The license shall be issued by the Licensing Division, after approval thereof by the Council.
B. 
No license under this article shall be granted by the Council if it appears that the place, premises or structure to be licensed does not comply with the applicable requirements of the laws of New Jersey and the building, zoning, health and fire prevention ordinances of the City or otherwise constitutes a hazard to the health, safety or morals of the public. A favorable written report of the Fire Chief and of the Health Division, after investigation and inspection, shall be taken as evidence of compliance with the requirements of this subsection.
C. 
No license under this article shall be granted by the Council unless the applicant and all persons named in the application are of good moral character. A favorable written report of the Chief of Police shall be taken as evidence of good moral character.
[Amended 4-5-1983 by Ord. No. 83-016; 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-061]
A. 
The fee for each license issued under this article shall be $66.
B. 
The license shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance thereof.
A. 
Each license issued pursuant to this article shall be displayed in a conspicuous part of the place, premises or structure licensed.
B. 
Said license shall not be transferable.
In addition to the penalty prescribed in § 191-20, any license issued under this article may be revoked upon proof, after due notice and hearing before the Council, that:
A. 
The licensee has permitted any disorderly or immoral conduct to take place on or in the place, premises or structure licensed.
B. 
The place, premises or structure licensed constitutes a hazard to the health, safety or morals of the public.
C. 
The premises has been used for general dancing without a license as required by § 191-3 of this chapter.
D. 
The licensee has violated any applicable state law or ordinance of the City.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000, by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a period of community service for not more than 90 days, or any combination thereof. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.