[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saco 5-19-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the issuance of special amusement permits for carnivals and circuses.
The City Council may grant licenses for exhibitions or performances of traveling amusement shows or circuses upon payment of the required fees by the person owning or operating such circus or show. The fee of such license will be set from time to time and a schedule of such fee is on file in the City Clerk’s office.
Application for such license shall be made to the City Clerk, and notice of such application shall be published in a newspaper published in the City at least seven days prior to a hearing on such application by the Council. The applicant shall prepay for the cost of such notice.
A license provided by this chapter shall be granted, by the City Council, only for locations where the performance will not interfere with or obstruct traffic on main highways.
Circuses or traveling amusement shows shall be located at least 1,000 feet from a compact or built-up section of residences. The Council may make exceptions to the setback if the Council makes one of the following findings that:
The Council will determine the hours of operation at the time of approval.
Reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure that the sounds of the performance will not carry unreasonably beyond the boundaries of the area and will comply with the Standards of Article 8, § 801, Noise, of the Saco Zoning Ordinance.
The person owning, operating or sponsoring a circus or show shall file a performance guarantee with the City Clerk with the condition that the grounds are to be properly cleaned and any damages properly repaired to the satisfaction of the Public Works Director within 24 hours after the circus or show closes.
A performance guarantee of $2,500 cash deposit shall be provided to the City by the applicant. A performance bond is not acceptable. The guarantee may be used by the City to perform the cleanup and repair damage outlined under § 80-7A, if the applicant does not perform it. Any funds not used for the purpose outlined under § 80-7A will be returned within 45 days.
A fee shall be established after a public hearing.