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Title Statute: An Ordinance to Provided for the License & Regulation of Dance Halls; Buildings & Places Used for Dancing & Fixing the License Fee Therefor. Hoboken, March 20, 1928.
Object Name Statute
Catalog Number 2013.069.0012

Collection Hoboken Government & Politics Collection
Credit Gift of Estate of Robert Maier by sister, Michelle Maier.
Scope & Content An Ordinance to Provided for the License and Regulation of Dance Halls; Buildings and Places Used for Dancing and Fixing the License Fee Therefor. Hoboken, March 20, 1928.

Printed pamphlet, 2-3/4" x 4" high, 8 pp plus covers. Full text is in notes.
law / liquor / music / dancing /
Notes Archives 2013.069.0011

[cover title]

Dance Halls


ORDINANCE to provide for the license and regulation of dance halls, buildings and places used for dancing and fixing the license fee therefor.

The Board of Commissioners of the Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken for the good government, order, protection of persons and property, and for the preservation of the public health, safety and prosperity of the City of Hoboken and its inhabitants, do ordain as follows:

Section 1. The words "public dance hall," when used in this ordinance, shall be taken to mean any room, place or space in the City of Hoboken in which dancing is carried on and to which admission can be had by payment of a fee, or by the purchase, possession or presentation of a ticket or token, or in which a charge is made for caring for clothing or other property, or to which the public may gain admission either with or without the payment of a fee.


The word "dancing" as used in this ordinance shall not apply to exhibitions or performances in which the persons paying for admission do not participate.

2. No public dance hall shall be conducted, nor shall dancing be taught or permitted in any public dance hall unless it shall be licensed pursuant to this ordinance and the license be in force and not suspended.

3. The application for such license shall be made in writing to the Board of Commissioners of the City of Hoboken on forms furnished by the City Clerk, designating the location of such dance hall and the person or persons intending to conduct the same, accompanied with a fee of five ($5.00) dollars; the City Clerk shall then present the same to the Board of Commissioners at their next regular meeting and said board shall order the chief of police to make an investigation as to the moral character of the applicant and the attendants or servants intended to be employed or permitted in such dance hall and order an inspection of the premises of the applicant to be made by the building inspector. The reports of the chief of police and building


inspector shall be submitted to the Board of Commissioners, who may, by resolution passed by at least three concurring votes, grant a license to said applicant. If the applicant or premises fail to meet the requirements of this ordinance the city clerk shall return the fee to the applicant or to his authorized agent.

No license shall be issued or renewed unless the place designated in such application complies with all laws, ordinances and the provisions of any building, fire or health code or ordinance applicable thereto, and is a safe and proper place for the purpose for which it shall be used, properly ventilated and supplied with sufficient toilet conveniences.

Licenses shall be granted for one (1) year from the day of granting and shall be posted at the entrance of the hall or building where dancing is conducted. Such licensed places shall provide, throughout the whole period of dancing, an ade-quate supply of pure cold water in an accessible place. Dancing in such licensed places shall not be permitted between the hours of 1 a. m and 7 a. m.



4. No intoxicating liquors shall be sold, served, given away or drunk in any public dance hall as heretofore defined.

5. The license aforesaid may be forfeited for disorderly or immoral conduct permitted on the licensed premises or on conviction of any person for violation of any provision or section of this ordinance, or any statute or of any common law offense. Such license may be suspended by order of the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and may be revoked by a majority vote of the Board of Commissioners of the City of Hoboken for any such violations, or whenever the licensed premises shall not comply with any requirement contained in this ordinance; provided that the licensee or person named in said license shall be served with a copy of complaint and order to appear before said Board of Commissioners and show cause why said license should not be revoked. Said order and copy of complaint, shall be served at least five (5) days prior to a regular or special meeting of the said Board of Commissioners by mailing the same to the licensee at the address given in the application for said license.



6. It shall be unlawful for any operator or licensee of a dance hall in the City of Hoboken to hereafter permit the use of confetti or any other material of a similar nature in any dance hall conducted in the City of Hoboken.

7. All dance halls shall be properly lighted at all times, when such dance halls shall be used for dancing, and for a reasonable time before and after the dancing program is to commence or be terminated. At no time shall any dance hall owner or licensee permit the extinguishment of any light or lights in any dance hall during the course of any dancing program or any intermission that may be provided in said program. Neither shall any lights in said dance hall be permitted to be extinguished for the purpose of operating any spot light or other similar apparatus while dancing is in progress or during any intermission.

8. Any person, persons, co-partnerships or corporation who shall violate any provision of this ordinance shall upon conviction thereof be fined in a sum not to exceed one hundred ($100.00) dollars, or shall, at the option of the Recorder of



the City of Hoboken, or such committing magistrate as shall have jurisdiction in the premises, be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed thirty (30) days, or may be subjected by the said recorder or committing magistrate to both said fine and imprisonment.

9. This ordinance shall become effective when adopted and published as required by law.

B. N. M'FEELY [McFeely],

Passed March 20, 1928.
City Clerk.


Date 1928
Year Range from 1928
Year Range to 1928
Search Terms Board of Commissioners, Hoboken
Caption front cover
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Classification Government & Politics
Business & Commerce