City of Paterson, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 79-111 as Ch. 4, Art. 10, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Bazaars — See Ch. 129.
Dance halls and dance academies — See Ch. 191.
Municipal facilities — See Ch. 209.
Parades and processions — See Ch. 355.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 363.
A. 
No performance, show or entertainment of any kind shall be given on any street or in any building or other place in the City for any price or gain without first having obtained a license therefor as hereinafter provided by this chapter.
B. 
No owner, occupant or other person having the ownership, possession or control of any house or other building or of any lot or premises in the City shall knowingly suffer or permit any of the performances, shows or entertainment specified in this chapter to be shown, given or performed thereon or therein unless a written license therefor has been issued as provided by this chapter.
A. 
Each application for a license required by this chapter shall be filed with the Licensing Division upon forms approved by the Council and shall be accompanied by payment of the appropriate license fee prescribed in § 203-4 of this chapter.
B. 
The application shall state:
(1) 
The name of the applicant.
(2) 
The trade name of the applicant, if any.
(3) 
The location of the premises to be licensed.
(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 officer, if a corporation.
(6) 
The address of the principal office and date of incorporation, if the applicant is a corporation.
(7) 
The number of balconies in the auditorium, if any.
(8) 
Maximum seating capacity of each floor.
(9) 
Number of fire exits on each floor.
(10) 
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.
(11) 
The period for which the license is sought, viz., the days, weeks, months or other longer period and the dates thereof if less than the entire year.
(12) 
Such other information as the Council may require.
C. 
If the answer to either Subsection B(10)(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 and shall specify the place in which and the period (days, weeks, months or year) during which the performance, show or entertainment is authorized to be given.
B. 
No license under this chapter shall be granted or approved 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 or regulations of New Jersey and the building, zoning, health or fire prevention ordinances of the City or otherwise constitutes a hazard to the health, safety or morals of the public.
The fees of licenses required by this chapter shall be as follows:
A. 
Theatrical performances or moving pictures, per year: $350.
B. 
Circus or menagerie:
[Amended 4-5-1983 by Ord. No. 83-017; 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-057]
(1) 
For the first day of performance: $225.
(2) 
For each subsequent day of performance: $125.
C. 
Any other kind of show or entertainment:
[Amended 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 10-057]
(1) 
For the first day of performance: $50.
(2) 
For each subsequent day of performance: $25.
(3) 
Maximum fee for any continuous show or entertainment in any one year: $400.
D. 
Any show or entertainment of any kind, consisting of moving pictures, for gain or reward not exceeding one show per week, given or sponsored by a public or private school or religious or charitable organization of the City, where such gain or reward is to be devoted to some educational, philanthropic, religious, charitable or similar purpose, for each day of performance: $1.
In addition to the penalty prescribed in § 203-6, any license issued under this chapter may be revoked upon proof, after due notice and hearing before the Council, that an immoral, obscene or indecent performance has been held in the building or place licensed pursuant to this chapter or that the building or place 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 state regulation or ordinance of the City or of this chapter.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter 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.