[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of Borough of Palisades Park 7-8-1976 as Section 4-8 of the Revised General Ordinances of 1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Both the plural and the singular, and shall be construed to mean any individual, firm, member of a firm, partnership, member of a partnership, company or corporation or any officer, director or stockholder of such company or corporation or voluntary association or incorporated association. When construing and enforcing any provisions of this chapter, the act, omission or failure of any officer, agent or other person acting for or employed by any individual, association, company or corporation within the scope of his agency, employment or office shall in every case be deemed to be the act, omission or failure of such individual, association, company or corporation, as well as that of the person.
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
It is unlawful for any person to install, use, operate, maintain or exhibit, in any public or quasi-public place or in any building, store or other place wherein the public is invited or wherein the public may enter or in any clubroom, any automatic amusement game, video game or device or machine of the type commonly known as pinball, bagatelle, baseball, ballyhoo or pin amusement games or similar machines or devices and particularly, but not by way of limitation, any coin-operated automatic game, machine or device of the type heretofore mentioned, including jukeboxes, within the limits of the borough, unless the owner of the game, device or machine shall have first obtained a license for that purpose from the Mayor and Council.
[Amended 6-11-1981 by Ord. No. 935; 5-13-1982 by Ord. No. 955; 3-14-1985 by Ord. No. 1016; 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
All licenses for the installation, operation, maintenance and exhibition of these games, devices or machines shall be issued, at the discretion of the Mayor and Council, to and in the name of the owner of the machine for the term of one year commencing on July 1 of each year and expiring on June 30 at 12:00 midnight of the following year. The fee for the issuance of the license shall be $30 for each jukebox and $50 for each other machine, for the term of one year as aforesaid or any part thereof.
The license shall be affixed in a conspicuous place to the machine for which it was issued and shall state the name and post office address of licensee, the manufacturer's serial number and the amount of money required to operate the game, device or machine and shall state that the device to which the same is affixed is licensed by the borough.
Any person desiring to install, operate, maintain or exhibit any amusement games within the borough shall first make application to the Mayor and Council for a license, which application shall set forth the name and address of the applicant, the location and name of the premises where the game shall be installed, the kind of machine, device or contraption to be installed and whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted of any crime involving gambling or of violating any municipal ordinance involving gambling and such other information as the Mayor and Council shall deem necessary and proper. The application shall be in writing and properly sworn to by the applicant. A separate application shall be required for each machine. The license fee shall accompany each application filed, and, if the application is denied, the fee shall be returned.
Every such license shall apply only to the person to whom granted and for the premises stated in such application and shall not be transferable to any other person nor to any other premises.
At any time after the granting of the license, the Mayor and Council may, in its discretion, revoke the license for any false statement in the application or for any violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or of any other ordinance of the borough applicable to the licensee or the licensed premises. The license shall also be revocable in the event that the licensee shall be convicted of any crime.
No person under the age of 16 years shall be permitted to play or operate any of the games or machines.
No more than five machines or devices of the type or types herein mentioned shall be permitted to be used or operated in any one place, location or premises.
Any person who shall use or permit to be used any of the machines or devices licensed hereunder for the purposes of gambling shall be deemed to be guilty of a violation of this chapter and punishable therefor as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
This chapter is enacted for the purpose of the regulation and control of automatic amusement games, video games or devices of the type commonly known and designated as pinball, bagatelle, baseball, ballyhoo or pin amusement games and jukeboxes or similar machines or devices.