Village of Churchville, NY
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Churchville during codification; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 42-1
License required; fee. 

§ 42-2
Sideshows; inspection of equipment; public liability policy. 

§ 42-3
Fire equipment and security officers; deposit required. 

§ 42-4
Conditions for issuance of circus license. 

§ 42-5
General regulations. 

§ 42-6
Bond; insurance. 

§ 42-7
Penalties for offenses. 


No person shall carry on the exhibition of any circus, natural or artificial curiosities, caravans of animals, theatrical performance or carnival, without a license for such purpose.


The license fee shall be $100 for each performance or exhibition. There shall be no fee if all proceeds of a circus performance or carnival, after expenses, are used for a charitable purpose or for the benefit of a charitable or religious corporation.


All licenses shall be for the period therein stated.


No sideshows may be operated or maintained in connection with or incidental to any carnival.


No circus or carnival operator or any other person shall operate or maintain any devices or mechanisms on which the public rides or in which the public participates unless such devices or mechanisms are approved by the Building Inspector.


All proprietors or operators of carnivals shall file with the Village Clerk a policy of public liability of $500,000/$1,000,000 before opening for public patronage.

Upon receipt of an application for a circus license, the Village Clerk shall immediately refer the same to the Building Inspector, who shall cause an investigation to be made. Said Building Inspector shall determine the amount of the fire equipment and number of security officers which he deems necessary to be in attendance at the location of the proposed exhibition during the time of the performance, and the applicant shall deposit with the Village Treasurer a sum equal to the reasonable value of the use of said equipment and the furnishing of the necessary personnel for such time as will be required, in order to reimburse the Village for such expense.

No circus license shall be issued until the plans aforesaid have been approved by the Building Inspector, the deposit for fire and security protection has been made with the Village Treasurer and the insurance specified in § 42-6 has been approved by the Village Attorney.


The operator of a circus or carnival shall comply with the following regulations:


Adequate aisles, sets, platforms and poles shall be maintained.


Sufficient exits, well marked and properly lighted, shall be provided.


Lighted and unobstructed passageways to aisles leading away from the structure wherein the performance is to take place shall be provided.


Any pole, rope or other construction in any aisle or exit shall be removed before the structure is used as a place of public assembly.


"No smoking" signs, visible at all times, shall be posted in such manner and places as the Building Inspector may deem necessary.


An employee shall be stationed at each entrance and shall require the extinguishing of all cigarettes, cigars and smoking materials.


Announcements shall be made at frequent intervals to persons in the assembly of the fact that smoking within the structure is prohibited.


Any use of open flames shall be safeguarded in a manner required by the Building Inspector or entirely prohibited if, in his judgment, it is deemed necessary.


Proper facilities shall be maintained for calling the Fire Department.


Such fire equipment of the Village as may be deemed necessary by the Chief of the Fire Department shall be present on the grounds during each circus performance.


Such security officers and firemen as the Building Inspector may deem necessary shall be in attendance during the performance.


Inspection shall be made before the opening of each performance by the Building Inspector, and any defects which may be found shall be corrected before the performance takes places.


The operator of such circus or carnival shall conform to any additional rules or regulations which in the judgment of the Building Inspector may be necessary to render the occupation or use of the premises safe.


Bond. The applicant for a circus license shall file with the Village a bond in the sum of $25,000 conditioned upon saving harmless the Village of Churchville from any and all liability or causes of action which might arise by virtue of the granting of a permit to the applicant and conditioned further that no damage will be done to the streets, sewers, trees or adjoining property and that no dirt) paper, litter or other debris will be permitted to remain upon the streets or upon private property by the applicant, either during or after the performance.


Insurance. The applicant for a circus license shall file with the Village Clerk evidence, deemed by the Village Attorney sufficient, that a public liability insurance policy in the amounts of not less than $500,000/$1,000,000 will be in force and effect at the time such structure shall be occupied as a place of public assembly.

Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, of the Code of the Village of Churchville.