As used in this Article, the following terms shall mean as indicated below:
License: The license required by the provisions of this Article.
Licensee: A person holding a license required by the provisions of this Article.
Places Of Public Amusement: This term shall include the following:
Amusement park, which shall mean any place commonly known as an
amusement park, amusement ground or amusement center where swimming,
dancing, games, exhibits or shows are carried on, conducted or allowed
whether an admission fee is charged or not; provided that beer, wine or liquor
is not sold, kept, provided or given away in connection with such amusement
All public amusements which are subject to license under this Article shall close and
cease operation continuously between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of each day.
(Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537)
Any person wishing to operate, maintain or conduct a place of public amusement shall
first obtain a license to do so. No license shall be issued, however, until all conditions
required have been met and fulfilled. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537)
Any person desiring to operate or conduct a place of public amusement shall file a written
application (consisting of an original and five (5) copies) with the Police Jury, which shall
contain the following facts and information:
(1) The name, age, residence and mailing address of the person making said
application. If the application is made by a partnership the names and addresses
of the partners must appear. Where the applicant is a corporation, the application
must be signed by the President, Vice-President and Secretary thereof and must
contain the address of said corporate officers; and a certified copy of the Articles of
Incorporation shall be submitted with the application.
The Clerk of Court shall collect from the license applicant a filing fee of Twenty-Five
Dollars ($25.00) which shall be non-refundable. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537; Ord. No. 86-
(1) Upon receipt of the license application, the Clerk of Court shall file the original
application and distribute one copy thereof to the Sheriff, the Parish Health Officer, the
Director of the Department of Public Works, and the District Attorney. These Parish
Department heads shall thereupon cause an investigation of the application.
(2) The Secretary of the Police Jury shall set the matter for public hearing at a regular meeting of the Jury, which shall be not later than sixty (60) days from the date of the filing of the application. Ten (10) days written notice of the date of such hearing shall be given to the applicant and to the Parish Departments receiving a copy of the application.
(3) The Police Jury shall, based upon the reports of the interested Parish Departments and on the testimony of witnesses and evidence presented at said hearing, grant the application, deny the application, or set conditions which must be met before a license may be granted.
(4) Where conditions are imposed pertaining to Section 12-030.14 of this Code, the parish clerk must certify to the Tax Collector that all conditions have been met before a license may be issued. The clerk shall require written notice from Parish Departments charged with responsibility under said Section, that conditions have been met before issuing its certification.
(5) When the Clerk of Court certifies that conditions have been met, the Tax Collector shall immediately issue a license specifying the name and address of the licensee, the
premises licensed and the number of days operation authorized. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7,
After holding the required public hearing, the Police Jury may deny issuance of a license if
it finds any of the following:
(1) That the applicant fails to meet the conditions imposed in this Article.
(2) That the proposed public amusement will be conducted in a manner and/or location not meeting the health or safety standards established by the Ordinances of the Parish or the laws of the State.
(3) That the applicant has knowingly made a false, misleading or fraudulent statement of material fact in the application for license, or in any other document required by this Article.
(4) That the applicant, his employee, agent or any person connected or associated with the applicant as partner, director, officer, stockholder, associate or manager, has previously conducted the type of public amusement being applied for which resulted in the creation of a public or private nuisance.
(5) That the applicant, his employee, agent or any person associated with applicant as partner, director, officer, stockholder, associate or manager has been convicted in a court of competent jurisdiction, by final judgment of:
(1) An offense involving the presentation, exhibition, or performance of an obscene production, motion picture or play; or of selling obscene matter; or
(2) An offense involving lewd conduct; or
(3) An offense involving the use of force and violence upon the person of another; or
(4) An offense involving misconduct with children.
Where the application is denied, the Secretary of the Police Jury shall mail to the applicant written notice of denial within fourteen (14) days of said action, which notice shall include a statement of the reasons the application was denied. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537)
(1) A person desiring a license shall pay the appropriate fee indicated below:
(1) For a dance hall, the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) per year, payable in
four (4) equal quarterly installments in advance.
(2) For an amusement park, the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) per year, payable in four (4) equal quarterly installments in advance.
(3) For a public swimming pool, the sum of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) per year, payable in four (4) quarterly installments in advance.
(4) For a circus show, the sum of Two Thousand Four Hundred Dollars ($2,400.00) per year, payable in four (4) equal quarterly installments in advance; provided, however, that a license may be issued on a daily basis, a fee for which is hereby set at Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per day of operation.
A license authorizes the conduct of a public amusement for a maximum of three hundred
sixty-five (356) days and shall be thereafter renewed. A license may be renewed upon the
same terms, conditions and pursuant to the same procedures required herein for the
issuance of an initial license. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537)
A licensee shall keep his license posted in a conspicuous place upon the premises at
which the public amusement is conducted. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537)
The Police Jury shall have the power to revoke any license, or to revoke and reinstate any
license upon suitable conditions, when the following causes exist:
(1) The licensee fails, neglects or refuses to pay to the Tax Collector the fee
prescribed by this Article.
(2) The licensee, his employee or agent, fails, neglects or refuses to fulfill any or all of the conditions imposed with reference to this Article.
(3) The public amusement violates any law or regulations established by the Ordinances of the Parish or the laws of the State.
(4) The licensee allows the public amusement to be conducted in a disorderly manner or knowingly allows any person to remain on the premises of the meeting while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or any narcotic or dangerous drug.
(5) The licensee, his employee or agent, is convicted of any of the offenses enumerated under Section 12-030.14 of this Code. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537)
Any person may file a complaint with the Secretary of the Police Jury or may petition the
Police Jury to conduct a hearing concerning the revocation of the license of any licensee.
The Secretary of the Police Jury shall give notice of the petition for hearing in accordance
with the provisions of this Article. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537)
At the hearing required under Section 12-030.14 hereof, the Police Jury may
establish conditions which must be met prior to the issuance of any license under this
Article, except that the Police Jury may take a matter under submission before
determining which conditions shall be imposed. Where the Jury takes a matter under
submission, written notice of any conditions imposed as prerequisite to the issuance of
a license must be mailed to the applicant within fifteen (15) days of the original
(2) The conditions which may be imposed by the Police Jury regarding the Parish's general police power for the protection of health, safety and property of local residents and persons attending such public amusements in the Parish, are as follows:
(1) Police Protection: Every licensee shall employ at his own expense at least one private patrolman or guard, approved by the Sheriff whose duty shall be the preservation of order and protection of property in and around the place of public amusement.
In the case of public amusements expected to attract large numbers of persons, provision for additional private patrolmen and security guards may be required. One patrolman or security guard for every three hundred (300) persons expected to be in attendance may be required.
Said patrolmen may be required to be licensed and to be in attendance, wearing uniforms, at all times the public amusement is in operation. Where the Sheriff authorizes the employment of off-duty peace officers to meet the requirements of this Article, said peace officers shall be under the direction and control of the Sheriff. The Sheriff must be satisfied that the requisite number of private patrolmen or guards will be provided at all times of operation, before a license is issued. Submittal by the applicant of a written agreement between said applicant and a licensed private patrol agency may be required.
(2) Water Facilities: Every licensee shall provide an ample supply of water for drinking and sanitation purposes on the premises of the public amusement. Quality and quantity of water and location of facilities must be approved by the Parish Health Officer prior to the issuance of a license.
In the case of outdoor public amusements, a supply of ten (10) gallons of water for each person expected to be in attendance may be required. All water shall meet U.S. Public Health Service Standards. Public and/or private lavatories and drinking facilities may be required. Drainage and sewage systems relating
to such facilities shall be adequate to the satisfaction of the Parish Health
Officer and shall be subject to his prior approval.
(3) Food Concessions: In case of public amusements proposed to be held in areas located a substantial distance from markets, restaurants or like eating es tablishments, applicant may be required to demonstrate that food will be available at the premises for each day of operation to adequately feed the number of persons expected to be in attendance. Concessionaires must be licensed pursuant to local regulation and State laws. Quality and quantity of food and location of concessions must be approved by the Parish Health Officer prior to the issuance of any license.
(4) Sanitation Facilities: Every licensee shall provide at least one closed toilet facility marked "MEN" and one such facility marked "WOMEN" on the premises of a public amusement. If large crowds are expected, a toilet for each forty (40) males and for each forty (40) females expected to be in attendance may be required.
Chemical toilets must be emptied at licensee's expense as necessary and according to procedures established by the Parish Health Officer.
Every licensee shall be required to furnish at least one trash can with thirty- two (32) gallons capacity for every twenty-five (25) persons expected to be in attendance. Proof that the requisite quantity of trash and refuse receptacles will be available must be made to the Parish Health Officer. Trash and refuse shall be emptied at licensee's expense as necessary and pursuant to procedures established by the Parish Health Officer.
(5) Medical Facilities. Where a proposed public amusement is expected to attract large numbers of persons and is planned for a site which is located a substantial distance from existing medical treatment facilities, the applicant may be required to provide emergency medical treatment facilities on the premises of the public amusements. The location of such facilities, number of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and other aids needed to staff said facilities and the quantity of medical supplies, drugs, ambulances and other equipment that must be on the site, must be approved by the Parish Health Officer prior to the issuance of any license under this Article.
The Parish Health Officer shall calculate the need for medical service, based on the number of person expected to attend a public amusement, their expected age group, the duration of events planned and the possibility of exposure to inclement weather and outdoor elements.
(6) Parking Areas. Persons desiring to operate or conduct public amusements may be called upon to provide a separate parking space for every two (2) persons ex pected to attend the public amusement by motor vehicle. Such individual parking spaces shall be clearly marked and shall be not less than nine (9) feet wide and twenty (20) feet long.
The Sheriff or his designated agent must approve an applicant's "parking plan" before a license shall be issued.
(9) Overnight Camping Facilities. Every licensee authorized to allow persons who
attend the public amusement to remain on the premises overnight shall provide
camping facilities and overnight areas. Such areas and facilities must be
approved by the Parish Health Officer and Department of Permits and Inspections
prior to the issuance of any license.
(10) Bonds. Any licensee may be called upon to post an indemnity bond and/or a performance bond in favor of the Parish in connection with the operation of a public amusement. Bonds required by this Article must be approved by the District Attorney prior to issuance of a license.
An applicant may be required to submit a surety bond written by a corporate bonding company authorized to do business in the State by the Department of Insurance, in an amount determined by the Police Jury. Said bond shall indemnify the Parish, its agents, officers, servants, employees and the Police Jury against any and all loss, injury and damage of any nature whatsoever arising out of, or in any way connected with, said public amusement and shall indemnify against loss, injury and damage to both person and property.
Additionally, the Parish may demand that applicant provide a corporate surety bond written by a corporate bonding company authorized to do business in the State, indemnifying the Parish and the owners of property adjoining the public amusement site for any costs necessitated for cleaning up and/or
removing debris, trash, or other waste from, in and around the premises. Said
bond shall be in an amount determined by the Police Jury.
(11) Miscellaneous. Any applicant may be required to meet any other condition prior to receiving a license to conduct a public amusement which is reasonably calculated as necessary to protect the health, welfare and property of local residents and persons attending a public amusement. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537)
It shall be unlawful for any person acting alone or in concert with another person to do any
(1) Operate a public amusement, as herein defined, without first procuring license to do so.
(2) Advertise, or otherwise publicly announce, that a public amusement will be held in the Parish without a license first having been received for the conduct thereof.
(3) Provide entertainment at a public amusement whether or not compensation is paid for the performance of said entertainment, with the knowledge that a license has not been obtained.
(4) Operate, conduct or carry on any public amusement in such a manner as to create a public or private nuisance.
(5) Exhibit, show or conduct within said place of public amusement any obscene, indecent, vulgar or lewd exhibition, show, play, entertainment or exhibit, no matter by what names designated.
Any of the above enumerated violations shall constitute a criminal act and shall be punishable pursuant to Ordinances of the Parish and the laws of the State. It is provided however, that the Parish retains any and all civil remedies, including the right of civil injunction for the prevention of said violations and for the recovery of money damage therefor. (Ord. No. 628, Bk. 7, P. 537)
SECS. 12-030.15 - 12-036.99 Reserved.