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Special Events

SPECIAL EVENTS:  Regulation of

 

Adopted:           November 29, 1971

Effective Date:   December 31, 1971

 

Section 1.         PREAMBLE.

 

It is hereby declared necessary to regulate special events for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Bolton.

 

Section 2.         DEFINITIONS.

 

For the purposes of this ordinance “special event” shall mean an assembly or public gathering at which five hundred (500) or more persons shall or may be reasonably anticipated to attend at any one location at any one time.

 

For the purpose of this ordinance “person” or “persons” shall mean any individual, partnership, corporation, firm, company, association, society or group.

 

Section 3.         PERMIT REQUIRED.

 

No person or persons shall permit, hold, conduct, manage, maintain, organize, promote or sponsor a special event in the Town of Bolton unless a permit for said special event shall have first been obtained from the First Selectman.

 

Section 4.         APPLICATION.

 

An application for said permit must be filed with the First Selectman at least forty-five (45) days before the date on which the special event is to be held.  Said application shall set forth:

 

(a)                 The names, residences, telephone number and mailing address (if different from residence) of the applicant or applicants.  If the applicant is a partnership then said information shall be provided for all of its partners (who shall be deemed to be applicants for purpose of this ordinance) as well as the partnership itself and shall state where the articles of partnership are on file as public records.  If the applicant is a corporation, firm, company, association, society or group, then said information shall be provided for all of its officers, ten percent (10%) shareholders and directors (who shall be deemed to be applicants for purpose of this ordinance), as well as the organization itself and shall state where the certificate or articles of organization or incorporation are on file as public records.

 

(b)                 A detailed description of the nature of the special event to be held.  Said description shall specify the date(s), (including rain or alternate date(s)), time(s) and location where said special event will be held.

 

(c)                 An estimate of the maximum number of people who will be assembled at any one time for the special event.

 

(d)                 Detailed plans to meet local, state and other applicable standards for providing adequate parking, food services, portable water, toilet and lavatory facilities, removal of solid wastes, medical services, telephone services, lodging facilities, law enforcement, fire protection and prevention, sound control and illumination of the location; but only to the extent that the aforementioned items may be reasonably required for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Bolton.

 

The information provided in said application shall be given under the oath or affirmation that the statements are true and correct to the best knowledge of the applicant(s) and shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant(s).

 

Section 5.         PERMIT.

 

Any permit issued hereunder shall be issued only to the applicant(s) under Section 4-a and shall permit only the assembly of the maximum number of people set forth in Section 4-c for the purposes set forth in Section 4-b, provided that such purposes are lawful, in compliance with the requirements of Section 4-d all as set forth on the application or as the same may be required to be amended by the First Selectman in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Bolton.  No permit may be transferred.

 

Section 6.         ISSUANCE OR DENIAL OF PERMIT.

 

The First Selectman shall issue said permit in conformity with the original application or as the same may be required to be amended, or in the event said permit is not issued, shall notify the applicant(s) in writing by certified mail, setting forth his reasons for not issuing the same at least fifteen (15) days before the date on which the special event is to be held.  The First Selectman, before issuance of any permit, may require that a public hearing be held on any application provided that said hearing be held at least sixteen (16) days prior to the date on which the special even is to be held, and provided further that at least five (5) days notice of such hearing be published in a newspaper having a general circulation in the Town of Bolton.  The applicant(s) shall pay the cost of such notice.  The First Selectman shall have the right to waive the forth-five(45) days filing requirement for applications where the special event to be held provides a social, cultural or service benefit to the Town provided, however, that the remaining provisions of this ordinance are complied with.

 

Section 7.         REVOCATION.

 

Any permit issued hereunder may be revoked by the First Selectman at any time, after due notice, if any of the information contained in the application is found to be false; or if any of the conditions necessary for the issuing of or contained in the permit are not complied with; or there is a failure to show good intent to comply with any of the conditions necessary for the issuance of said permit; or if any condition previously met ceases to be complied with; or if said permit is transferred.

 

Section 8.         SANCTIONS.

 

The holding of a public gathering in violation of any provisions or conditions contained in this act shall be deemed a public nuisance and may be abated as such.  Each person who violates Section 3 of this act or who violates any condition upon which a permit is granted shall be subject to a fine of not more than twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for each offense.

 

Section 9.         NON-APPLICABILITY.

 

This ordinance shall not apply to any regular or special election, any special or annual town meeting; regularly scheduled athletic events, including championship events involving teams or individual contestants from the Town of Bolton; regular or special services of any permanent place of worship in the Town of Bolton; or regular or special school sponsored assemblies of students and/or their parents at any one of the schools in the Town of Bolton.  This ordinance shall not apply to assemblies required to be licensed under the General Statutes.

 

Section 10.        SEPARABILITY OF PROVISIONS.

 

Each separate provision of this ordinance shall be deemed independent of all other provisions herein, and if any provision of this ordinance shall be deemed invalid, all other provisions thereof shall remain valid and enforceable.

 

Section 11.        EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

The effective date of this ordinance shall be fifteen (15) days after publication in a newspaper having a general circulation in the Town of Bolton.

 

Section 12.        PERMIT FEE.

 

The fee for such permit shall be that as prescribed by resolution of the Board of Selectmen.

 

(Effective date of Section 12: May 9, 1982)