Town of Manchester, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Directors of the Town of Manchester as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Disorderly conduct — See Ch. 161.
Massage establishments — See Ch. 214.
Nightclubs — See Ch. 220.
[Adopted as Secs. 9-190 to 9-195 of the 1996 Code]
Adult entertainment businesses are prohibited within:
A. 
One thousand feet of any school or child day-care enter.
B. 
One thousand feet of any church or other permanent house of worship.
C. 
One thousand feet of any park, recreation facility or library owned or operated by the Town of Manchester.
The distances provided in this chapter shall be measured by following a straight line, without regard to intervening buildings, from the nearest point of the property parcel upon which the adult entertainment business is to be located to the nearest point of the parcel of property from which the adult entertainment business is to be separated.
Words and terms used in this article shall have the following meanings:
ADULT ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS
A public establishment which features topless or bottomless dancers, nude dancers, or strippers, either male or female, or persons or employees appearing in a topless or bottomless or nude state.
BOTTOMLESS
Exposition to the public view of any portion of the pubic hair, anus cleft of the buttocks, vulva or genitals.
CHILD DAY-CARE CENTER
A facility in which care is provided for more than 12 related or unrelated children outside their own homes on a regular basis for part of the 24 hours in one or more days of the week.
NUDE
The showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area or buttocks with less than a fully opaque covering or the showing of covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state.
PUBLIC ESTABLISHMENT
Includes:
A. 
Any nightclub, bar, cafe, restaurant or retail establishment which is open to the public either for a fee or for free; or
B. 
Any private club which has a membership or more than 10 persons.
SCHOOL
Any public or private preschool, elementary school, junior high school or high school.
TOPLESS
The showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering, below a point immediately above the top of the areola.
A. 
Any person, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation or other entity who is found to have violated this article shall be fined $100 for each such violation.
B. 
Each violation of this article shall be considered a separate offense. A violation shall be construed as each incident in which a person appears nude, topless or bottomless.
C. 
This Town may also maintain an action or special proceeding for an injunction or other equitable relief to compel compliance with, or to restrain the violation of, this article. The use of any remedy shall not prevent the use of any other remedy hereunder. The listing of remedies herein shall not deprive the Town of the use of any other remedies provided by other provisions of law.
Nothing in this article shall be construed to condone, sponsor or authorize any adult entertainment business which is not allowed under the zoning regulations of the Town.
[Adopted 4-2-1996 (Secs. 9-210 to 9-214 of the 1996 Code)]
A. 
The Board of Directors of the Town of Manchester, Connecticut, finds:
(1) 
There are adult-oriented establishments located in the Town of Manchester which require special supervision from the Towns public safety agencies in order to protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the patrons of such establishments, as well as the health, safety and welfare of the Town's citizens.
(2) 
Statistics and studies performed by a substantial number of cities and towns in the United States indicate that:
(a) 
Large numbers of persons, primarily male, frequent such adult-oriented establishments, especially those which provide closed booths, cubicles, studies and rooms for the private viewing of so-called adult motion pictures and/or videotapes and/or live entertainment; and
(b) 
Such closed booths, cubicles, studios and rooms have been used by patrons, clients or customers of such adult-oriented establishments for the purpose of engaging in certain sexual acts; and
(c) 
Male and female prostitutes have been known to frequent such establishments in order to provide sex for hire to the patrons, clients or customers of such establishments within such booths, cubicles and rooms; and
(d) 
Doors, curtains, blinds and/or other closures installed in or on the entrances and/or exits of such booths, cubicles, studios and rooms which are closed while such booths, cubicles, studios and rooms are in use encourage patrons using such booths, cubicles, studios and rooms to engage in sexual acts therein with prostitutes and/or with other members of the same sex, thereby promoting and encouraging prostitution and the commission of sexual acts which cause blood, semen and urine to be deposited on the floors and/or walls of such booths, cubicles, studios and rooms, which deposits could prove detrimental to the health and safety of other persons who may come into contact with such deposits; and
(e) 
The regulation and supervision of such adult-oriented establishments tends to discourage such sexual acts and prostitution, and thereby promotes the health, safety and welfare of the patrons, clients and customers of such establishments.
(3) 
The continued unregulated operation of adult-oriented establishments, including, without limitation, those specifically cited at Subsection A(1) hereof, is and would be detrimental to the general welfare, health and safety of the citizens of Manchester.
(4) 
The Constitution and laws of the State of Connecticut grant to the Town powers, especially police power, to enact reasonable legislation and measures to regulate and supervise adult-oriented establishments as hereinafter defined in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
B. 
It is not the intent of the Board of Directors, in enacting this article, to deny any person rights to speech protected by the United States and/or State Constitutions, nor is it the intent of the Board of Directors to impose any additional limitations or restrictions on the contents of any communicative materials, including sexually oriented films, videotapes, books and/or other materials. Further, by enacting this article, the Board of Directors does not intend to deny or restrict the rights of any adult to obtain and/or view any sexually oriented materials protected by the United States and/or State Constitutions, nor does it intend to restrict or deny any constitutionally protected rights that distributors or exhibitors of such sexually oriented materials may have to sell, distribute or exhibit such materials.
For the purpose of this article, the words and phrases used herein shall have the following meanings, unless otherwise clearly indicated by the context:
ADULT BOOKSTORE
An establishment having a substantial or significant portion of its stock and trade in books, films, video cassettes, or magazines and other periodicals which are distinguished or characterized by their emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to "specified sexual activities" or "specified anatomical areas" as defined below, and in conjunction therewith has facilities for the presentation of adult entertainment, as defined below, and including adult-oriented films, movies or live entertainment, for observation by patrons therein.
ADULT ENTERTAINMENT
Any exhibition of any adult-oriented motion picture, live performance, display or dance of any type, which has as a significant or substantial portion of such performance any actual or simulated performance of "specified sexual activities" or exhibition and viewing of "specified anatomical areas," removal of articles of clothing or appearing unclothed, pantomime, modeling, or any other person services offered customers.
ADULT MOTION-PICTURE THEATER
An enclosed building with a capacity of 50 or more persons regularly used for presenting material distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to "specified sexual activities" or "specified anatomical areas," as defined below, for observation by patrons therein.
ADULT MINI MOTION-PICTURE THEATER
An enclosed building with a capacity of less than 50 persons regularly used for presenting material distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing or relating to "specified sexual activities" or "specified anatomical areas," as defined below, for observation by patrons therein.
ADULT-ORIENTED ESTABLISHMENT
Includes, without limitation, adult bookstores, adult motion-picture theaters, adult mini motion-picture theaters and further means any premises to which the public, patrons or members are invited or admitted and which are so physically arranged as to provide booths, cubicles, rooms, studies, compartments, or stalls separate from the common areas of the premises for the purpose of viewing adult-oriented motion pictures, or wherein an entertainer provides adult entertainment to a member of the public, a patron or a member, when such adult entertainment is held, conducted, operated or maintained for a profit, direct or indirect. An "adult-oriented establishment" further includes, without limitation, any adult entertainment studio or any premises that are physically arranged and used as such, whether advertised or represented as an adult entertainment studio, rap studio, exotic dance studio, encounter studio, sensitivity studio, modeling studio, or any other term of like import.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors of the Town of Manchester, Connecticut.
DIRECTOR
The Director of Health of the Town of Manchester.
EMPLOYEE
Any and all persons, including independent contractors, who work in or at or render any services directly related to the operation of any adult-oriented establishment.
ENTERTAINER
Any person who provides entertainment within an adult-oriented establishment as defined in this section, whether or not a fee is charged or accepted for entertainment and whether or not entertainment is provided as an employee or an independent contractor.
INSPECTOR
An employee of the Manchester Public Health Department authorized and designated by the Director of Health, or an employee of the Health Department, authorized and designated by the Director of said Department, or an employee of the Manchester Fire Department, authorized by the Fire Marshal, to inspect premises regulated under this article and to take the required actions authorized by this article in case of violations being found on such premises, and to require corrections of unsatisfactory conditions found on said premises.
MINOR
Refers to a person under the age of 18 years.
OPERATOR
Any person, partnership or corporation operating, conducting or maintaining an adult-oriented establishment.
SEXUAL ACTIVITIES
Is not intended to include any medical publications or films or bona fide educational publication or films, nor does it include any art or photography publications which devote at least 25% of the lineage of each issue to articles and advertisements dealing with subjects of art or photography. Nor does this definition apply to any news periodical which reports or describes current events and which, from time to time, publishes photographs of nude or seminude persons in connection with the dissemination of the news. Nor does this definition apply to publications or films which describe and report different cultures and which, from time to time, publish or show photographs or depictions of nude or seminude persons when describing cultures in which nudity or seminudity is indigenous to the population.
A. 
Less than completely and opaquely covered:
(1) 
Human genitals, pubic region;
(2) 
Buttocks;
(3) 
Female breasts below a point immediately above the top of the areola; and
B. 
Human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state, even if completely opaquely covered.
A. 
Human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal;
B. 
Acts of human masturbation, sexual intercourse, or sodomy;
C. 
Fondling or erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttock or female breasts.
A. 
No operator or employee of an adult-oriented establishment shall allow or permit any minor to loiter in any part of such establishment, including parking lots immediately adjacent to such establishment used by patrons of such adult-oriented establishment.
B. 
Every adult-oriented establishment doing business in the Town on and after October 1, 1995, shall be well lighted at all times and be physically arranged in such a manner that the entire interior portion of the booths, cubicles, rooms or stalls, wherein adult entertainment is provided, shall be clearly visible from the common areas of the premises. Visibility into such booths, cubicles, rooms or stalls shall not be blocked or obscured by doors, curtains, partitions, drapes, or any other obstruction whatsoever. It shall be unlawful to install enclosed booths, cubicles, rooms or stalls within adult-oriented establishments for whatever purpose, but especially for the purpose of providing for the secluded viewing of adult-oriented motion pictures, or other types of adult-oriented entertainment.
C. 
On and after May 1, 1996, the operator of each adult-oriented establishment shall be responsible for and shall provide that any room or other area used for the purpose of viewing adult-oriented motion pictures or other types of live adult entertainment shall be well lighted and readily accessible at all times and shall be continuously open to view in its entirety. The premises shall be equipped and overhead lighting fixtures of sufficient intensity to illuminate every place to which patrons are permitted access at an illumination of not less than 1.0 footcandle as measured at the floor level. It shall be the duty of the operator and its agents to ensure that the illumination described above is maintained at all times that any patron is present in the premises.
D. 
Every act or omission by any employee constituting a violation of the provisions of this article shall be deemed the act or omission of the operator if such act or omission occurs either with the authorization, knowledge or approval of the operator, or as a result of the operator's negligent failure to supervise the employee's conduct, and the operator shall be punishable for such act or omission in the same manner as if the operator committed the act or caused the omission.
E. 
An operator shall be responsible for the conduct of all employees while on the licensed premises, and any act or omission of any employee constituting a violation of the provisions of this article shall be deemed the act or omission of the operator for purposes of determining whether the operator shall be subject to the penalties imposed by this article.
F. 
All adult-oriented establishments shall be open to inspection at all reasonable times by the Manchester Police Department, inspectors employed by the Town, or such others persons as the Board of Directors may designate.
A. 
Any person, partnership or corporation who is found to have violated this article shall be fined a definite sum not exceeding $100 for each such violation.
B. 
Each violation of this article shall be considered a separate offense, and any violation continuing more than one hour of time shall be considered a separate offense for each hour of violation.