City Code: 435:0

Section 435 - Public Dances

Section 435:00. Definitions.

Subd 1. Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the words, combinations of words, terms and phrases, as used in Section 435:00 et seq., shall have the meanings set forth in the subdivisions of this section which follow.

Subd. 2. Public Dance. Public dance shall mean any dance wherein the public may participate by payment, directly or indirectly, for an admission fee or price for dancing, or by a fee for a membership in a club, and shall include any manner of holding a dance which may be participated in by the public through the payment of money, directly or indirectly.

Section 435:05. License Required. No person, persons, partnership, club, committee, association, society or corporation, except as hereinafter provided, shall hold, conduct or give any dance or dances within this municipality without first obtaining a license therefor, as provided herein, any complying with all the terms and conditions of this ordinance and any license issued pursuant hereto.

Section 435:10. Application. Any person, persons, partnership, club, committee, association, society or corporation desiring to obtain a license to give or hold or conduct any dance or dances shall make a verified application upon blanks to be furnished by the Clerk-Treasurer, setting forth the name and address of the applicant, the time and place of the dance and describing the building proposed to be occupied and any other information which may be required by the Council or municipal officials having a duty of investigation under this ordinance. Such application shall be accompanied by the required fee, as stipulated in Section 510:00 of this Code, and if the applicant has not previously paid an investigation fee as prescribed in Section 510:00, he shall pay said investigation fee. Such application shall also be accompanied by a certificate from the Building Inspector that the building where such dance or dances is or are to be held complies with all the requirements and regulations relating to ventilation, toilet facilities, lighting facilities and other regulations relating to the public health. The Clerk shall forward a copy of the application to the Chief of Police who shall investigate statements made in such application and affidavits and return a report to the Clerk.

Section 435:20. Issuance. The Clerk-Treasurer shall present such application and reports to the Council. The Council shall either grant or reject the same. If said license is granted by the Council, said applicant shall pay to the Clerk-Treasurer the charge for officers in attendance as stipulated in Section 435:45, and thereupon the Clerk-Treasurer shall issue and deliver to the applicant a license authorizing said applicant to hold, conduct or give a public dance at the place and within the time designated in the license and subject to any conditions stated in such license and this ordinance. The license as issued shall specify the names and addresses of the persons to whom issued, the amount paid therefor, and the time and place where the public dance is to be held and such other conditions and requirements as shall be established by the Council.

Section 435:21. Police Officer Costs for Annual License. In lieu of payment for police officers at the time of issuance of license, a licensee whose license is issued for a period of one (1) year may make arrangements with the Chief of Police at least five (5) days before any scheduled dance, for provision of officers at each dance and at that time pay to the City the cost of officers for the scheduled dance.

Section 435:25. Display of License. The license shall be posted in a public location in the place of the dance described therein during the time such public dance is being given.

Section 435:30. Responsibility for Conduct of Public Dance. The persons named in the license shall be responsible under the law for the manner in which such dance is being held and conducted.

Section 435:35. Term. Such license may be issued for one (1) or more public dances or for a period of time not exceeding one (1) year.

Section 435:45. Officer Must be in Attendance at All Public Dances. Every licensee shall have in attendance at all such public dances, one (1) or more officers of the law designated by the Chief of Police, during all of the time the public dance is being held, and shall pay to the City of Owatonna the cost of said officers for the time beginning one-half hour before the scheduled time of the dance and ending one-half hour after the close of the dance.

Section 435:50. Conduct Regulations. No person or persons shall dance, nor shall any proprietor or person in charge thereof permit or suffer a person or persons to dance at any public dance in any indecent or immodest dance. No person or persons shall at any public dance act or speak in rude, boisterous and indecent manner nor shall any proprietor or person in charge of a public dance permit any person or persons to so act or speak therein.

Section 435:55. Persons Forbidden to Attend A Public Dance. No person in charge of any licensed public dance shall permit to be or remain therein, any intoxicated person.

Section 435:60. Exemptions. Any club, lodge, society or fraternal organization not organized for profit, or municipality or school district, may hold, conduct or give a dance or dances without reference to the provisions of this ordinance requiring the investigation of applicant or making of an application for the issuance of a license and the payment of a license fee therefor.

Section 435:65. Hours of Operation. No public dance shall be held or conducted between the hours of one o'clock (1:00) a.m. and six o'clock (6:00) a.m. any day, nor on Sunday between the hours of one o'clock (1:00) a.m. and twelve o'clock (12:00) noon thereof. In all other cases the Council, in issuing any permit for such public dance, may fix the hours within which such dance may be held, not inconsistent with the foregoing.

Section 435:70. Revocation of License. The Council may at any time revoke such license when it shall determine upon public hearing that such dancing is being conducted contrary to this ordinance or any other applicable law, and shall revoke any such license held by any persons convicted of violating any of the provisions of this ordinance or of State laws regulating public dance places or public dances.

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