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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.100 Theaters, Shows and Other Public Amusements Part II

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Chapter 8.100
Theaters, Shows and Other Public Amusements
PART II SHOWS, EXHIBITS AND ROUNDABOUTS

Sections:

8.100.020 Definitions.
8.100.030 License--Required.
8.100.040 License--Fee--Circuses.
8.100.050 License--Fee--Transient tent show.
8.100.060 License--Fee--Roundabout.
8.100.080 License--Charitable purposes.
8.100.090 License--Permit required.
8.100.100 License--Transfer.
8.100.110 Permit--Conditions for granting.
8.100.120 Designated areas--When use required.
8.100.130 Designated areas--Procedures.
8.100.140 Designated areas--Character.
8.100.150 Designated areas--Public hearing.
8.100.160 Designated areas--Filing.
8.100.170 Designated areas--Records.
8.100.180 Designated areas--Amendments and modifications.
8.100.190 Contents of permits and licenses.
8.100.210 Revocation of license--Notice--Refund.
8.100.220 Revocation of license--Show to cease.

McQuillin:

316.010 et seq. Shows, circuses and amusement buildings

8.100.020 Definitions.

When used in this part, the following words shall have the following meanings:

A. "Menagerie" means an exhibition of wild animals for which an admission fee is charged;

B. "Musical entertainment" means any public exhibition in which music is a feature, but not within the definition of a concert, for which admission fee is charged;

C. "Side show" means an entertainment connected with a circus or menagerie and carried on under separate canvas or in a separate apartment.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 5: 1960 C. 726.010.)

8.100.030 License--Required.

Every person desiring to conduct any show, exhibition or the amusement known as roundabout or flying horses shall be required to obtain a license from the License Collector.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 6: 1960 C. 726.020.)

8.100.040 License--Fee--Circuses.

The license fee for each circus, circus and menagerie, or menageries in which such entertainment is to be given, which has a seating capacity or area sufficient to accommodate more than five thousand persons, the license fee shall be two hundred dollars per day; more than three thousand persons, but not more than five thousand persons, one hundred twenty-five dollars per day; more than fifteen hundred persons, but not more than three thousand persons, seventy-five dollars per day; more than seven hundred and fifty persons, but not more than fifteen hundred persons, fifty dollars per day; more than four hundred persons, but not more than seven hundred fifty persons, twenty dollars per day; not more than four hundred persons, fifteen dollars per day.
(Ord. 44798 1 (6), 1949: 1948 C. Ch. 67 7: 1960 C. 726.050.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9606

8.100.050 License--Fee--Transient tent show.

The license fee for each transient exhibition or show, except a circus, given in a tent or other temporary enclosure, ten dollars per day for each enclosure for entrance to which an admission fee is charged.
(Ord. 44798 1 (7), 1949: 1948 C. Ch. 67 9: 1960 C. 726.040.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9606

8.100.060 License--Fee--Roundabout.

The license fee for the amusement known as roundabout or flying horses, forty dollars for a period not exceeding six months.
(Ord. 44798 1 (9), 1949: 1948 C. Ch. 67 8: 1960 C. 726.030.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9606

8.100.080 License--Charitable purposes.

Any circus, circus and menagerie, or menageries conducted wholly for religious, educational, benevolent or charitable purposes and not for private gain, and the licensee or any agent, officer or employee thereof receives no compensation or profit of any kind therefrom, shall not be required to pay the license provided for in this part.
(Ord. 44938 2, 1949: 1960 C. 726.060.)

8.100.090 License--Permit required.

Before any license for any show, exhibition or the amusement known as roundabout or flying horses, shall be granted to any person by the License Collector, the person applying therefor must obtain a written permit from the Board of Public Service and present the same to the License Collector.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 10: 1960 C. 726.080 (part).)

8.100.100 License--Transfer.

The License Collector is hereby authorized and directed to transfer any license issued by him for the operation of a roundabout or flying horses when an application is filed in writing for such transfer by the person to whom the license was originally issued, signed by a majority of the residents in the city block to which the transfer is to be made.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 11: 1960 C. 726.070.)

8.100.110 Permit--Conditions for granting.

No permit shall be granted by the board of public service to any person under the provisions of this part unless the person shall satisfy the board that no immoral, unlawful or improper business is intended to be carried on at the show or exhibition for which the permit is requested.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 12: 1960 C. 726.080 (part).)

8.100.120 Designated areas--When use required.

In addition to the requirement provided in Section 8.100.110, that before the board of public service can grant its approval for a license for an operator of amusement riding devices, it shall be satisfied that no immoral, unlawful or improper business is to be carried on at the premises for which the approval is requested, it shall also be required that before the board of public service can grant approval for the issuance of a license and approval permit to locate and assemble the devices on a lot for a period of time to exceed ninety-six hours and to operate the amusement riding devices for a total period of time to exceed twenty-six hours, the period to be measured by continuous or sporadic operation time, the board of public service must determine that the applicant intends to operate the amusement riding devices in a geographic area that has been previously designated by the board of public service as an acceptable area for the location and operation of amusement riding devices for the periods of time set out in this section.
(Ord. 56570 1 (part), 1973: 1960 C. 726.085 (part).)

8.100.130 Designated areas--Procedures.

The procedure to be followed by the board of public service for designating the aforesaid geographic districts shall be as follows:

The board of public service shall, within one hundred twenty days of July 12, 1973, cause to be prepared an amusement riding device geographic district bill designating areas where the amusement riding devices which are to be located and assembled on a lot for a period of time exceeding ninety-six hours and which are to be operated for a total period of time in excess of twenty-six hours, the period to be measured by continuous or sporadic operation time, shall be allowed, for consideration by the board of aldermen. The area designation recommendations by the board of public service shall be based on certain objective standards as set out in this part. The bill shall include but not be limited to:

A. A general location map and description of the boundaries of the districts which description shall describe the streets which bound the district or if the boundary lines are not along streets the description shall be by metes and bounds, or other legal and readily identifiable designation;

B. A statement documenting the area's suitability for the location of amusement riding devices for a period in excess of forty-eight hours, as defined above, with regard to the standards set out in this part.
(Ord. 56570 1 (part), 1973: 1960 C. 726.085 (1).)

8.100.140 Designated areas--Character.

The board of public service in recommending areas for designation and the board of Aldermen in designating recommended areas shall make the following factual determinations inserting recommended or designated areas;

A. That the area is characterized by intense commercial or industrial activity or is reasonably proximate to such areas; or

B. That the area is such that amusement riding devices be operated within it for a period in excess of forty-eight hours would not constitute a source of public annoyance, or intrude in any substantial way upon adjacent residential or commercial uses.
(Ord. 56570 1 (part), 1973: 1960 C. 726.085 (2).)

8.100.150 Designated areas--Public hearing.

After a bill designating the districts is introduced in the board of aldermen and assigned to the board's zoning and city planning committee, the bill shall not be voted on by the board until a public hearing on same is held by the committee. At least fifteen days prior to the public hearing the committee shall require the clerk of the board of aldermen to cause to be published in two daily newspapers of general circulation in the city, preferably in one each of the morning and evening dailies, a notice of the pendency of the general advertising district bill. The notice shall contain relevant facts and information pertaining to the bill, including a clear description of the location of the area and the date when property owners affected thereby, or others interested therein, may appear before the committee and be heard.
(Ord. 56570 1 (part), 1973: 1960 C. 726.085 (3 part).)

8.100.160 Designated areas--Filing.

On passage of any bill designating such areas by the board of aldermen and approval by the mayor, the clerk of the board shall forthwith file a copy of same with the office of the building commissioner, the president of the board of public service and the recorder of deeds.
(Ord. 56570 1 (part), 1973: 1960 C. 726.085 (3 part).)

8.100.170 Designated areas--Records.

The city plan commission shall maintain with the building commissioner's officer a current record of designated districts.
(Ord. 56570 1 (part), 1973: 1960 C. 726.085 (3 part).)

Editor's Note:

Ordinance 56708 created the Community Development Agency and assumed the duties of the City Plan Commission.

8.100.180 Designated areas--Amendments and modifications.

The original bill designating the districts submitted by the board of public service to the board of aldermen is subject to any change or modification made to the bill by the board of aldermen. After the bill's final passage and approval by the mayor it may be changed or modified at any time and in any way whatsoever by the board of aldermen upon recommendation of the board of public service or by the board of aldermen at its own volition but any changes will only be made by an amending ordinance written in conformance with this part and after a public hearing held in conformance with this part. The board of public service shall review the districts in effect on a periodic basis, or at least every two years, to determine if the area designations contained in the bill are still in conformance with the standards set out in this part. If the board of public service shall decide that changes or modifications should be made to the existing districts after periodic review, it shall present its changes or modification to the board of aldermen through an amending ordinance and the ordinance shall be subject to a public hearing held in conformance with this part.
(Ord. 56570 1 (part), 1973: 1960 C. 726.085 (4).)

8.100.190 Contents of permits and licenses.

Permits and the license granted thereon shall distinctly describe and specify the character and nature of the show or exhibition for which such permit and license is granted, and must designate the place at which the show or exhibition shall be carried on.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 13: 1960 C. 726.090.)

8.100.210 Revocation of license--Notice--Refund.

All licenses granted under this part may be revoked by the board of public service by its giving three days' notice to the person licensed. The licensee shall thereupon be entitled to have an amount of money proportionate to the unexpired time of his license refunded to him and the comptroller is authorized to draw his warrant upon the treasurer for the amount so due.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 15: 1960 C. 726.110.)

8.100.220 Revocation of license--Show to cease.

Any person holding a license, who shall carry on his show, exhibition or amusement known as roundabout or flying horses more than three days after the notice of the license being revoked has been served upon him, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 67 16.)

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