[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Breckenridge 10-2-1972 by Ord. No. 266; amended 2-22-1983 by Ord. No. 382. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC DANCE HALL
- Any room, place or space open to general public patronage in which dancing is carried on wherein the public may participate and to which admission may be had by the general public by payment either directly or indirectly of an admission fee or price for dancing, except cafes, restaurants, hotels and similar places of business where food is prepared and served for consumption on the premises and where dancing is permitted and for which a direct charge or admission fee is not made.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, lodge or society to operate, maintain, conduct or lease a public dance hall to others for the purpose of conducting a dance therein without first having procured a license therefor as hereinafter provided; provided, however, that no license to conduct a dance in such public dance hall shall be required of a person, lodge, club or society who shall rent such public dance hall from a duly licensed owner thereof.
Any person, firm, corporation, lodge or society desiring to obtain such license shall make written application therefor to the City Council, specifying the place for which license is desired and the name of the person, firm, corporation, lodge or society owning, managing, conducting or operating the same. Before any such license is granted, careful investigation shall be made by the Chief of Police as to the character of the applicant and the reputation of the place for which such license is desired.
An applicant may procure a license either on an annual basis or for each dance. The license fee for the annual license shall be as provided in Chapter 86, Fees. If a license is procured for each dance, the license fee shall be as provided in Chapter 86, Fees. All annual licenses shall expire on the 31st day of December of the year of their issue. If the annual licenses are procured after the first of the year, the license fee shall not be prorated.
No such license shall be granted to conduct any such public dance hall in any private residence, tent or bowery, or any other place, except in a hall, opera house or other like place in any business district of said City of Breckenridge.
No dance shall be conducted in any such public dance hall on Sunday between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 12:00 thereof, and no such place shall conduct or permit dancing therein on any other day between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.