Chapter 5.24


5.24.010    Amusement devices and centers – Definitions.

5.24.020    Prohibition and regulation.

5.24.030    Amusement devices – License fees effective.

5.24.040    Amusement devices – License required.

5.24.010 Amusement devices and centers – Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings set forth in this section:

A.    “Amusement center” means an amusement arcade, penny arcade, shooting gallery or any other commercial amusement place in which there are amusement devices installed for purposes of play, use or operation. The term does not include billiard clubs, as defined herein, in-home use of amusement devices not for hire or profit, or places having six or less amusement devices, the play, use or operation of which is incidental to the primary use of the premises.

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 played or used for amusement and entertainment of the player. The term includes, but is not limited to, flipper games, foosball games, pinball machines, electro-dart games, video games, coin-operated shuffleboards, coin-operated bowling games, klondike tables, and billiard tables and pool tables not located within a billiard club as defined herein.

C.    “Billiard club” means a restaurant in which there are 20 or less billiard and/or pool tables, and an equal or lesser number of electro-dart games and/or coin-operated shuffleboard games. (Ord. 1577 § 1, 1994; Ord. 1117 § 2, 1984).

5.24.020 Prohibition and regulation.

A.    It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to conduct or operate an amusement center in the city.

B.    Any person, firm or corporation operating amusement devices or billiard clubs which do not constitute an amusement center shall have an employee 21 years of age or older who is responsible for supervising the activities of persons operating the amusement devices whenever the premises are open to the public.

C.    It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to keep or maintain amusement devices for hire or profit within the corporate limits of the city without obtaining a license therefor from the city clerk. (Ord. 1577 § 2, 1994; Ord. 1117 § 4, 1984).

5.24.030 Amusement devices – License fees effective.

There is levied a license tax upon amusement devices, payable in advance. The amount of said fee shall be established by a resolution of the city. (Ord. 1414 § 5, 1991; Ord. 1128 § 1, 1984; Ord. 1117 § 5, 1984; Ord. 466 § 1, 1965; Ord. 138 § 1, 1949; Ord. 129 § 2, 1946; Ord. 100 § 1, 1937).

5.24.040 Amusement devices – License required.

A.    Before use, display or operation of any amusement device, the owner or operator thereof shall:

1.    Apply to the city clerk for a license to use, display and operate such amusement device; and

2.    Pay the applicable tax or license fee specified in BMC 5.24.030.

B.    The license and fee provisions do not apply to the use, display or operation of any in-home amusement devices not for hire or profit.

C.    Upon issuing a license under this chapter the city clerk shall deliver a receipt or certificate, bearing his seal, stating the date of issuance of the license, the period for which it is issued, and the amount of the license fee paid.

D.    It is unlawful for any person to counterfeit, or display or use any counterfeited receipt or certificate under the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 1117 § 6, 1984; Ord. 138 §§ 3, 4, 1949; Ord. 131 § 2, 1947; Ord. 129 § 3, 1946; Ord. 100 § 2, 1937).