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A R T I C L E I V .

– Public E ntertainment Permit

Sec.18-70. - Purpose and authority.


Sec. 18-71. - Definitions.
Sec. 18-71.1- E xceptions.
Sec. 18-72. - Permit required; application for permit.
Sec. 18-73. - Issuance of permit.
Sec. 18-74. - A nnual permit fee.
Sec. 18-75. - Inspection.
Sec. 18-76. - W aiting lines.
Sec. 18-77. - O n-site O perator.
Sec. 18-78. - Reporting requirement.
Sec. 18-79. - Public nuisance prohibited.
Sec. 18-80. - E vent Promoters.
Sec. 18-81. - Notices.
Sec. 18-82. - Notice of violation and suspension of permit.
Sec. 18-83. - Revocation of permit.
Sec. 18-84. - A ppeal of denial, suspension, or revocation of permit.
Sec. 18-85. - T ransfer of permit.
Sec. 18-86. - E xpiration of permit.
Sec. 18-87. - Persons under 18 permitted in adult public entertainments.
Sec. 18-88. - Security.
Sec. 18-89. - Zoning.
Sec. 18-90. - E xisting businesses.
Sec. 18-91. - Penalties and remedies.
Sec. 18-92. - C ivil injunction.
Secs. 18-93—18-100. - Reserved.

Sec. 18-70 - Purpose and authority.

It is the purpose of this article to:


(1) Regulate the entertainment business in order to promote the health, safety, and
welfare of the citizens of the city; and
(2) Establish reasonable and uniform regulations to prevent the harmful effects
associated with late night entertainment businesses or nightclubs.

Sec. 18-71 - Definitions.

T he following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings
ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different
meaning:

Breach of the peace means an act that disturbs the public order, including, but not limited
to, assault, unlawful possession of dangerous or deadly weapons, discharge of firearms and
homicide.

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Chief of police means the chief of the G reensboro Police Department, or his designee.

City Manager means the city manager, or his designee, who shall not be an employee of the
G reensboro Police Department.

Conviction and convicted mean a finding of guilt for a violation of a municipal or county
ordinance or state or federal law, an adjudication withheld on such a finding of guilt, an
adjudication of guilt on any plea of guilty or nolo contendere, or the forfeiture of a bond or
bail when charged with a violation of a municipal or county ordinance or state or federal
law.

Employee describes and pertains to any person who performs any service or entertainment
upon the premises of an entertainment business, whether the person is denominated an
employee, independent contractor, agent, or otherwise, and regardless of whether the
person is paid a salary, wage, or other compensation by the owner or operator of the
business. T he term " employee " does not include a person exclusively on the premises for
any of the following:
(1) T he repair or maintenance of the premises;
(2) T he delivery of goods to the premises; or
(3) T he delivery of services, such as legal, accounting, insurance, or other similar
services provided to businesses generally.

Event Promoter means any person or entity that conducts, manages, mar kets, promotes,
organizes, aids or solicits attendance at any public entertainment activity.

Juvenile means a person less than 18 years of age.

Knowingly means with actual knowledge of a specific factor, or with reasonable inquiry,
what a reasonable person should have known as a specific fact.

Operator means and includes any person who is both present on and in charge of any
entertainment business or performs duties of the manager.

Owner means the legal owner of an entertainment business and includes the following:
(1) T he owner of a sole proprietorship;
(2) E ach member of a firm, association, or general partnership;
(3) E ach general partner in a limited partnership; or
(4) E ach officer, director, and owner of 10 percent or more of the stock of a
corporation.

Patron means any person present at the entertainment business, whether such person is a
paying customer or guest. “Patron” does not include owners or employees of the public 
entertainment business.

Permittee means a person in whose name a permit to operate an entertainment business has
been issued, as well as the individual listed as an applicant on the application for an
entertainment permit.
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Person means any individual, group of individuals, corporation, partnership, association or
other entity formed for the purpose of conducting business, or any combination of such.

Premises means the interior of a structure and all exterior areas owned or leased by the
permittee and the areas immediately adjacent to the premises that patrons utilize to stand
in line to the premises and areas utilized by patrons to smoke before reentering the public
entertainment business.

Public E ntertainment means any of the following activities:


(1) L ive entertainment;
(2) Dancing; or
(3) A udience participation in the entertainment.

Public E ntertainment Business means any business open to the public where alcohol is sold
or allowed on the premises or any Sexually O riented Business regardless of the sale of
alcohol, and where the premises has a maximum occupant load that exceeds one hundred
fifty persons (150), as determined by the fire marshal of the G reensboro fire department,
and where one or more public entertainment activities are also provided or allowed.

Public E ntertainment Business shall not include taverns, bars, lounges, cocktail lounges and
other drinking establishments with a capacity of less than one hundred fifty (150) persons.
T his exception does not apply when such establishments are hosting or sponsor ing special
events.

E ntertainment Permit means the public entertainment business permit required by this
Code.

Security Personnel means any person(s) who perform(s) security related tasks on behalf of
the permittee including, but not limited to: removing problem patrons from the premises,
removing illegal contraband from patrons at the premises, checking identifications of
patrons to ensure minimum age compliance with local and state laws, and escorting
patrons from the premises.

Sec. 18-71.1. - E xceptions.

A n entertainment business permit shall not be required for persons conducting, managing
or operating a place of public entertainment which is conducted in accordance with any of
the following criteria:
(1) O n outdoor public property owned or controlled by the city;
(2) In city owned or controlled facilities; or
(3) As an incidental or accessory use to the operation of a bona fide public eating
establishment.

Sec. 18-72. - Permit required; application for permit.

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(a) No entertainment business shall be allowed to operate without a valid public
entertainment permit issued by the chief of police. It shall be unlawful for any
person to operate or cause to be operated a public entertainment business without
the permit or without the presence of an operator who has been disclosed pursuant
to subsection (b)(9) of this section.
(b) A n application for a permit must be made by the owner of the business on a form
prescribed by the chief of police and submitted to the G reensboro Police
Department V ice and Narcotics Bureau. T he completed application shall contain the
following information and shall be accompanied by the following documents:
(1) T he full true name of the applicant;
(2) T he full true name under which the public entertainment business will be
operated and, if the business will be operated in a name other than that of
the applicant, a certified copy of the assumed name certificate prepared and
recorded in the office of the county register of deeds pursuant to G.S. 66-68
et seq.;
(3) T he type of public entertainment business the applicant intends to operate or
operates;
(4) W hether the applicant intends to serve alcoholic beverages at the public
entertainment business and/or apply for an A B C permit;
(5) T he address where the public entertainment business is to be operated and
where the books and records are maintained and available for examination
by the tax collector;
(6) If the owner of the real property upon which the public entertainment
business is to be operated is not the applicant, the name and address for the
owner of the real property upon which the business is to be operated and a
copy of the lease or rental agreement;
(7) T he principal telephone number to be used by the entertainment business;
(8) If the applicant is:
a. A n individual, the applicant shall appear in person and deliver a
completed and signed application form and provide the following
information:
i. H is present residence and business addresses and telephone
numbers;
ii. A valid driver's license or other government-issued picture
identification;
iii. Social security number ; and
iv. Date of birth, to include month, day, and year;
b. A partnership, corporation, or limited liability company, the
applicant shall designate one of its general partners, officers, or
managers to act as its agent. Such person shall appear in person and
deliver a completed and signed application form and shall provide the
following information:
i. H is present residence and business addresses and telephone
numbers;
ii. A valid driver's license or other government-issued picture
identification;
iii. Social security number ; and
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iv. Date of birth, to include month, day, and year;
c. A partnership, the person designated as agent in the partnership’s 
application for a permit shall also provide the following information:
i. T he name, residence address and telephone number, social
security number, and date of birth, to include month, day, and
year, of each partner, including limited partne rs; and
ii. A copy of the partnership agreement.
Should one or more of the partners be a corporation, the
provisions of this subsection pertaining to corporations shall
apply.
d. A corporation, the person designated as agent in the corporation’s 
application for a permit shall also provide the following information:
i. A certified copy of the articles of incorporation, a certified
copy of the certificate of authority, and a certified copy of the
most recent annual report filed with the secretary of state;
ii.. T he name, residence address and telephone number, social
security number, and date of birth, to include month, day, and
year, of each of its cur rent officers and directors, and of any
stockholder holding 10 percent or more of the stock of the
corporation; and
iii. T he name and address of the corporation's registered agent for
service of process.
e. A limited liability company, the person designated as agent in the
limited liability company’s application for a permit shall also provide 
the following information:
i. A certified copy of the articles of organization, a certified copy
of the certificate of authority, and a certified copy of the most
recent annual report filed with the secretary of state;
ii. T he name, residence address and telephone number, social
security number, and date of birth, to include month, day, and
year, of each of its cur rent members, and of any member
holding 10 percent or more interest in the company; and
iii. T he name and address of the corporation's registered agent for
service of process.
(9) T he name, residence address and telephone number, social security number,
and date of birth, to include month, day, and year, of each individual who
will be an operator of the business;
(10) A federal tax identification number assigned to the public entertainment
business and a completed tax information authorization form (I RS Form
8821) authorizing only the verification of such number ; and
(11) A sketch or diagram showing the configuration of the premises, including a
statement of total floor space occupied by the business. T he sketch need not
be to scale but must provide accurate measurements.
(c) T he application shall be sworn to be true and cor rect by the applicant.
(d) A n applicant for a permit under this section shall have a continuing duty to
promptly supplement the application information required by this section if the
information changes in any way from what is stated on the application. T he
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applicant shall supplement the application on file with the vice and narcotics bureau
within 30 days from the date of such change.
(e) If the vice and narcotics bureau determines or learns at any time that the applicant
has improperly completed the application for a public entertainment permit, it shall
promptly notify the applicant of such fact and allow the applicant ten days to
properly complete the application. T he time period for granting or denying a permit
shall be stayed during the period in which the applicant is allowed an opportunity to
properly complete the application.
(f) T he applicant shall be required to pay a nonrefundable application and
investigation fee established by the city manager.
(g) Issuance of a public entertainment permit does not excuse a permittee from
compliance with any other applicable ordinance, regulation, or statute. By issuing a
public entertainment permit, the chief of police has not determined that the
recipient is in compliance with any applicable local, state, or federal regulation or
law or that the recipient is otherwise engaged in a legal activity or operating a
business in a legal manner.

Sec. 18-73. - Issuance of permit.

(a) W ithin 30 days after receipt of a completed application for a public entertainment
permit, the chief of police will approve or deny the application for a permit. Upon
the expiration of the 30th day, unless the applicant requests and is granted a
reasonable extension of time, the applicant shall be permitted to begin operating an
entertainment unless and until the chief of police notifies the applicant of a denial of
the application and states the reason for the denial.
(b) T he chief of police shall deny the application for any of the following reasons:
(1) A n applicant or any individual identified in the application under section 18-
73(b) (8) or (9) is under 18 years of age;
(2) T he application and investigation fee has not been paid;
(3) A n applicant or any individual identified in the application under section 18-
73(b) (8) or (9) has refused to allow an inspection of the premises as
authorized by section 18-73;
(4) A n applicant or any individual identified in the application under section 18-
73(b) (8) or (9) has overdue permit fees associated with the operation of a
public entertainment business;
(5) A n applicant or any individual identified in the application under section 18-
73(b) (8) or (9) has a permit under this article that is suspended or revoked;
(6) A n applicant failed to provide the information necessary to determine the
qualifications of the applicant or any individual identified in the application
under section 18-73(b)(8) or (9) for issuance of the permit, or provided
materially false or misleading information on the application form;
(7) A n applicant or any individual identified in the application under section 18-
73(b) (8) or (9) has been convicted of a crime:
a. Involving:
i. A ny felony;
ii. A ny misdemeanor offense of or equivalent to G.S. 14-190.9,
indecent exposure; G.S.14-202, secretly peeping into room
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occupied by female person; G.S. 14-33, assault; G.S14-34,
assault by pointing gun; G.S. 14-32.1, assault on handicapped
person; G.S. 14-288.9, assault on emergency personnel; G.S.
14-318.2, child abuse; G.S. 14-401.14, ethnic intimidation; G.S.
14-277.1, communicating threats; G.S. 14-196, harassing phone
calls; G.S. 14-277.3, stalking; G.S. 14-269, car rying concealed
weapon; G.S. 14-269.7, possession of handgun by minor; G.S.
14-315.1, storage of firearm to protect minors; G.S. 14-269.3,
car rying weapon where alcoholic beverages are sold and
consumed; G.S. 14-277.2, weapons at parades; G.S. 14-204, 14-
204.1, prostitution, loitering for prostitution; G.S. 14-190.5,
preparation of obscene photographs; G.S. 14-190.14, 14-
190.15(a), displaying / disseminating material harmful to
minors; G.S. 14-190.15(b), exhibiting harmful performances to
minors; G.S. 14-316.1, contributing to the delinquency of a
minor; any misdemeanor offense under G.S. 90-86—90-
113.249;
iii. Common law offenses of false imprisonment or going armed to
the ter ror of the people; or
iv. A ny violation of any of the sections of this article or any
violation of public entertainment regulations of any other city,
county, or state.
b. for which:
i. L ess than two years have elapsed since the date of conviction
or the date of release from confinement imposed for the
conviction, whichever is the later date, if the conviction is for a
misdemeanor offense;
ii. L ess than five years have elapsed since the date of conviction
or the date of release from confinement for the conviction,
whichever is the later date, if the conviction is for a felony
offense; or
iii. L ess than five years have elapsed since the date of the last
conviction or the date of release from confinement for the
conviction, whichever is the later date, if the convictions are for
two or more misdemeanor offenses or combination of
misdemeanor offenses occur ring within any 24-month period.
A n applicant who has been convicted of an offense listed in
subsection (b)(7)a of this section may qualify for a public
entertainment permit only when the time period required by
subsection (b)(7)b of this section has elapsed. T he fact that a
conviction has been appealed has no effect on the denial of the
permit; or
(8) T he application demonstrates or reveals information showing that the
proposed business fails to meet the requirements of this article.
(c) T he permit must be posted in the public entertainment in a conspicuous place
at or near the entrance to the business so that it can be read easily at any time.

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Sec. 18-74. - A nnual permit fee.

T he annual permit fee of a public entertainment business shall be established annually by


the C ity M anager.

Sec. 18-75. - Inspection.

A n applicant or any individual identified in the application under section 18-72 (b)(8) or (9)
shall permit entry of the C ity of G reensboro’s officers and employees for the purpose of 
inspecting the public entertainment premises and ensuring compliance with this article
prior to the issuance of a permit under this article.

Sec. 18-76. - W aiting lines.

T he permittee shall at all times manage waiting lines outside the premises to ensure there
are no impediments to pedestrian travel in the pedestrian walkway, no blockage of
neighboring businesses, and no disturbances of the public peace.

Sec. 18-77. - O n-site O perator.

A t least one operator shall be on the premises at all times while entertainment is being
provided. Said operator shall cooperate fully with the chief of police, or any city official
responsible for enforcing the provisions of this code, with any inquiry, inspection,
reasonable request, or investigation necessary to implement the requirements of this code
or to enforce any other local, state or federal law.

Sec. 18-78. - Reporting requirement.

T he permittee shall report to the chief of police any conditions on the premises that
substantially affect the public safety which the permittee or the manager knows or
reasonably should know exist at the time of occur rence.

Sec. 18-79. - Public nuisance prohibited.

T he permittee shall not conduct the permitted business in a manner that creates or results
in a public nuisance, as defined in C hapter 17 of the Code of the C ity of G reensboro and
the North C arolina G eneral Statutes.

Sec. 18-80. - E vent Promoters.

E vent promoters may only be used when such promoter knowingly and willingly agrees, in
writing, to abide by the provisions referenced herein. T he existence of an event promoter
shall not absolve the owner of the public entertainment business from any liability or
responsibility for violations of this A rticle that occur red during the promoted event.

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Sec. 18-81. - Notices.

A ny notice required or permitted to be given by the chief of police or the city manager
under this article to any applicant, permittee, owner, or operator of a public entertainment
business may be given either by personal delivery or by certified United States mail,
postage prepaid, return receipt requested, to the most cur rent address as specified in the
application for the permit or any notice of change of address which has been received by
the chief of police. Notices mailed as provided in this section shall be deemed given upon
their deposit in the United States mail and shall be presumed to have been received on the
third regular postal delivery day thereafter.

Sec. 18-82. - Notice of violation and suspension of permit.

(a) T he chief of police shall issue a notice of violation if he determines that a permittee,
owner, operator, or employee has violated or is not in compliance with any section
of this article. T he notice shall specify the section of this article that has been
violated.
(b) T he chief of police shall initially suspend a public entertainment permit for a period
of seven (7) calendar days if the violation has not been cor rected or abated within
fourteen (14) calendar days after the notice of violation has been received by the
permittee, owner, or operator. T he second violation will result in a suspension of
thirty (30) calendar days. A ny further violations will result in a suspension of one (1)
year.
(c) A decision by the chief of police to suspend a license shall not become final until
fourteen (14) calendar days after notice of the decision has been received by the
permittee, owner, or operator.
(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or cause to be operated a public
entertainment business and such person knows or should know that the business has
a permit which has been suspended.

Sec. 18-83. - Revocation of permit.

(a) T he chief of police shall revoke a public entertainment permit if a suspension of the
permit becomes effective following a notice of violation that was issued within 12
months of the effective date of a previous suspension.
(b) T he chief of police shall revoke a public entertainment permit if he determines that:
(1) A n applicant or permittee provided materially false or misleading
information in the material submitted in the application process;
(2) A permittee, owner, operator, or employee has knowingly allowed the sale,
possession, or use of controlled substances in or on the premises;
(3) A permittee, owner, operator, or employee of an adult public entertainment
has served alcoholic beverages to a patron in or on the premises in violation
of G.S. ch. 18B;
(4) A breach of the peace has occur red in or on the premises;
(5) A permittee, owner, operator, or employee has knowingly permitted dancing
or a live performance in or on the premises during a period of time when the
public entertainment permit was suspended; or
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(6) A permittee, owner, or operator is convicted of an offense listed in section 18-
73(b) (7) a since the permit was issued. T he fact that a conviction is being
appealed shall have no effect on the revocation of the permit.
(c) A decision by the chief of police to revoke a permit shall not become final until
fourteen (14) calendar days after the permittee, owner, or operator has received
notice of the decision.
(d) W hen the chief of police revokes a permit, the revocation shall continue for one
year, and the permittee shall not be issued a public entertainment permit for one
year from the date the revocation became effective.
(e) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or cause to be operated a public
entertainment business and such person knows or should know that the business has
a permit that has been revoked.

Sec. 18-84. - A ppeal of denial, suspension, or revocation of permit.

(a) A fter a denial of an application for a public entertainment permit, a denial of an


application for renewal of a public entertainment permit, or a suspension or
revocation of a public entertainment permit, the applicant or permittee may appeal
the denial, suspension, or revocation in writing to the city manager within 20 days
after notice of the denial, suspension, or revocation has been received. T he city
manager shall hold a hearing on whether to issue/renew the permit or uphold the
denial, suspension, or revocation within five days after the receipt of the appeal. T he
applicant or permittee shall have the right to present evidence at the hearing. T he
decision to issue/renew the permit or uphold the denial, suspension, or revocation
shall be based solely on the criteria set forth in this article. T he city manager shall
render a decision on the appeal within five business days after the date of the
hearing.
(b) Upon receipt by the city manager of a written appeal pursuant to subsection (a) of
this section, a denial of an application for renewal of the permit or a suspension or
revocation of the permit shall be stayed until a decision is rendered by the city
manager. In addition, upon receipt by the city manager of a written appeal
pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the denial of an initial application for a
permit by any public entertainment existing prior to the effective date of the
ordinance from which this article derives shall be stayed until a decision is rendered
by the city manager.
(c) T he decision of the city manager is subject to review in the superior court of the
county by proceedings in the nature of certiorari. A ny petition for a writ of
certiorari for review shall be filed with the cler k of superior court within 30 days
after notice of the decision has been received by the applicant or permittee. A denial
of an application for renewal of the permit or a suspension or revocation of the
permit shall be stayed until a decision is rendered by the superior court or the time
to petition the superior court for a writ of certiorari has expired. In addition, the
denial of an initial application for a permit by any public entertainment business
existing prior to the effective date of the ordinance from which this article derives
shall be stayed until a decision is rendered by the superior court or the time to
petition the superior court for a writ of certiorari has expired. T he following shall
apply to any appeal to superior court from a decision of the city manager:
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(1) Unless good cause exists to contest a petition for a writ of certiorari, the city
shall stipulate to certiorari no later than five business days after the
petitioner requests such a stipulation;
(2) T he city shall transmit the record to the court no later than five business
days after receiving the order allowing certiorari; and
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of any local rule of the reviewing court which
allows for a longer time period, the city shall file its brief within 15 days after
it is served with the petitioner's brief. If the petitioner serves his brief by
mail, the city shall add three days to this time limit, in accordance with G.S.
1A-1, rule 5. If the local rule is subsequently amended to provide for a
shorter time period for the filing of any brief, the shorter time period shall
control.
(d) A n appeal by an applicant or permittee from the superior court of the county shall
be governed by the North C arolina Rules of A ppellate Procedure but, unless a court
of competent jurisdiction otherwise provides, such appeal shall not stay any action
taken with regard to the permit.

Sec. 18-85. - T ransfer of permit.

(a) A permittee shall not transfer a public entertainment permit to another person or to
other premises. T he transfer of a public entertainment permit shall automatically
and immediately revoke the permit.
(b) E ach public entertainment permit shall expire one year from the date of issuance
and may be renewed only by making application, as provided in section 6-253, and
paying the annual permit fee, as required by section 6-255. A pplication for renewal
of the permit shall be made at least 30 days before the expiration date, and when
made less than 30 days before the expiration date, the expiration of the permit shall
not be affected.
(c) W hen the chief of police denies renewal of the permit, the applicant shall not be
issued a permit under this article for one year from the date of denial. If, subsequent
to the denial, the chief of police determines that the basis for the denial has been
cor rected, the applicant shall be granted a permit.
(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or cause to be operated a public
entertainment and such person knows or should know that the business has a
permit that has expired.

Sec. 18-87. - Persons less than 18 prohibited in adult public entertainments.

It shall be unlawful for a permittee, owner, operator, or employee of a sexually oriented


business or an entertainment establishment that serves alcohol.

Sec. 18-88. – Security.

(a) T he following security shall be provided at all public entertainments:

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(1) T here shall be a minimum of one security personnel on duty for up to and
including additional one security personnel on duty for up to and including
every additional fifty patrons on site. " O n site " means and includes all
patrons within the premises and waiting in line to enter the premises;
(2) T he security personnel required to be on site pursuant to Subsection (a) shall
be on duty when the public entertainment begins or 9:00 p.m., whichever
occurs first in time, and shall remain on duty for at least one-half hour after
the public entertainment business has closed or after all patrons have
vacated the area immediately sur rounding the premises and the adjacent
par king lots used by patrons, whichever occurs later in time;
(3) T he security personnel shall provide security inside the premises, along the
outside perimeter of the premises, and at par king sites immediately adjacent
to the premises and used by patrons;
(4) If found, security personnel shall remove any illegal contraband from
patrons, report its existence to the G reensboro police department, identify
the person in possession of the illegal contraband and immediately turn it
over to the proper law enforcement authorities;
(5) A ll security personnel must be licensed as private protective services
professionals pursuant to C hapter 74C of the North C arolina G eneral
Statutes;
(6) A t closing time, the security personnel shall be responsible for clearing the
permittee’s patrons from the sidewalk and street areas in front of the 
premises and from other areas accessible to persons around the perimeter
and within one hundred and fifty feet of the premises;
(7) W hile on duty, all security personnel shall have a nameplate containing the
security personnel’s full name and the word “SECURITY” printed in bold, 
capital letters. T he nameplate shall be exhibited prominently on the clothing,
at chest level, and shall be visible and easily read at all times. T he nameplate
shall be a minimum of two inches high and four inches wide, with the
required information printed in capital letters, at least three-fourths inches
high and in a contrasting color. As an alternative to a nameplate, the security
personnel’s name and the word “SECURITY” may be embroidered on the 
security personnel’s outermost garment with the required information 
meeting the above specifications and located at chest level;
(8) T he permittee shall not allow any security personnel to, and no security
personnel shall, sit at the bar, consume alcoholic beverages or any controlled
substance, be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any controlled
substance, or engage in any other violations of law while on duty;
(9) T he permittee shall not allow any security personnel to be, and no security
personnel shall be, in possession of any firearm while on the premises
without first having obtained a license from the appropriate state or local
agency authorizing the security personnel to be in possession of a firearm;
and
(10) Security shall be responsible for maintaining order at the premises and shall
ensure the patrons do not car ry concealed weapons, including but not limited
to guns and knives.

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(b) No person shall operate a public entertainment in violation of any applicable section
of this Code which pertains to fire prevention and protection or occupancy limits.
F ailure to pay fines assessed for violations of the F ire Code when due shall
constitute a violation of this article and are grounds for revocation or non renewal
of the Public E ntertainment Permit. T wo or more violation of the occupancy limits
of the F ire Code within any 12 month period shall constitute a violation of this
article and are grounds for revocation or non renewal of the Public E ntertainment
Permit.

Sec. 18-89. - Zoning.

No person shall operate a public entertainment in violation of any applicable section of the
city zoning ordinance.

Sec. 18-90. - E xisting businesses.

A ny adult entertainment existing prior to the effective date of the ordinance from which
this article derives shall comply with the regulations contained in this article 90 days after
such effective date.

Sec. 18-91. - Penalties and remedies.

A ny person who knowingly violates any of the following sections of this article shall be
guilty of a class I misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined up to $500.00. E ach
violation shall be considered a separate and distinct offense, and each day of continued
violation shall be considered as a separate offense. T he issuance of a notice of violation or a
suspension or revocation of a public entertainment permit shall not prohibit the imposition
of a civil penalty, and the imposition of a civil penalty shall not prevent the issuance of a
notice of violation or a suspension or revocation of the permit.

Sec. 18-92. - C ivil injunction.

In addition to the issuance of a notice of a violation, the suspension or revocation of a


public entertainment permit, or a prosecution for criminal violations, any person who
violates this article may be subject to all civil and equitable remedies stated in G.S. 160A-
175.

Secs. 18-93—19-100. - Reserved.

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