Chapter 5.02
AMUSEMENT CENTERS AND AMUSEMENT DEVICES

Sections:

5.02.010    Definitions.

5.02.020    Licenses required.

5.02.030    Amusement center license and fee.

5.02.040    Operator’s license and fee.

5.02.050    Amusement device license and fee.

5.02.060    Violation – Penalty.

5.02.010 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings as hereinafter set forth:

A. “Amusement center” means an amusement arcade, penny arcade, shooting gallery or any other commercial amusement place in which there are six or more amusement devices installed for purposes of play, use or operation.

B. “Amusement device” means any machine or device requiring the deposit or payment of money or other thing of value for its play, use or operation, and which is based on skill and is played, used or operated for amusement and entertainment of the player. The term includes, but is not limited to, flipper games, foosball games, electro-dart games, video games, coin-operated shuffleboards and coin-operated bowling games. The term does not include juke boxes, billiard tables, pool tables, or any machine or device used exclusively for the vending of merchandise.

C. “Operator” means any person, firm or corporation whose business establishment has amusement devices for purposes of play, use or operation. (Ord. A-13 § 1, 1982).

5.02.020 Licenses required.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to conduct or operate an amusement center or to have amusement devices in a place of business in the city without having first obtained an applicable license from the city clerk and having paid the applicable license fee(s) pursuant to the requirements of this chapter.

Amusement center licenses, operator’s licenses, and amusement device licenses shall not be required for the play, use, or operation of amusement devices in the following places: private recreational areas, noncommercial recreational areas, public and private schools and governmental buildings.

Applications for licenses under the provisions of this chapter shall be made at the office of the city clerk. Licenses shall be issued for the calendar year and shall expire on December 31 of each year. The license fee for the first year of operation shall be prorated from the first of the month in which the license is obtained. During the year, licenses are subject to revocation for cause or for violation of any of the laws of the state or ordinances of the city.

Amusement center licenses and operator’s licenses must be posted in a conspicuous place within the business. Each amusement device within the business must have an amusement device license affixed to the device. (Ord. A-13 § 1, 1982).

5.02.030 Amusement center license and fee.

An annual amusement center license must be obtained for each amusement center within the city. The license fee for each amusement center shall be the sum of $300 per year. (Ord. A-13 § 1, 1982).

5.02.040 Operator’s license and fee.

An operator’s license shall be required for any person, firm or corporation who has amusement devices for purposes of play, use or operation. A separate operator’s license shall be required for each establishment or place of business in which amusement devices are located, except for those places which require an amusement center license.

The license fee for an operator’s license shall be the sum of $200 per year. (Ord. A-13 § 1, 1982).

5.02.050 Amusement device license and fee.

A separate amusement device license shall be required for each amusement device placed for operation in an amusement center or other business in the city. Such license shall be transferable from one amusement device to another within a business, provided the total number of devices placed for play, use or operation shall not at any time exceed the number of amusement device licenses issued to the business.

The license fee for each amusement device shall be the sum of $50 per year. (Ord. A-13 § 1, 1982).

5.02.060 Violation – Penalty.

Any person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. A-13 § 1, 1982).