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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 5, AMUSEMENTS, PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS AND MEETINGS
Chapter 5: New Jersey Racing Commission, powers, duties; definitons.
Section: 5:5-131: Filing fee, certification; standards.
5. a. At the time of filing an application for an off-track wagering license, the applicant shall submit to the commission a non-refundable filing fee in an amount established by regulation by the commission, and a certification in a form prescribed by the commission which specifies, but is not limited to, the following information:
(1) a plan depicting the proposed facility and improvements thereon, including information about the size, seating capacity, parking and services to be provided at the facility;
(2) the location of the proposed facility, and relevant demographic or other information concerning the municipality and surrounding area where the proposed facility is to be located;
(3) the number of permanent and part-time jobs expected to be created at the proposed facility, and gross revenues expected to be generated by the facility;
(4) the fire evacuation plan for the proposed facility;
(5) the type of food and beverages available, which shall include the provision of first-class dining facilities; and
(6) such other information as the commission may require.
b. The applicant shall file a separate application and certification for each proposed off-track wagering facility.
c. The commission shall charge each off-track wagering licensee an annual fee in connection with the renewal of the off-track wagering license, and shall establish by regulation procedures and conditions for renewal of licenses issued under this act. The amount of the annual license renewal fee shall be used by the commission to cover commission expenses associated with implementation of the provisions of this act, P.L.2001, c.199, and shall reasonably reflect those costs.
d. The commission shall by regulation establish the maximum hours of operation of off-track wagering facilities.
e. (1) Notwithstanding R.S.33:1-42, priority for the service of alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption at an off-track wagering facility shall be given to a Class C plenary retail consumption licensee, by an agreement or contract with the off-track wagering licensee, pursuant to the provisions of R.S.33:1-1 et seq. in accordance with such procedures as established by statute and by regulation of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. When a Class C plenary retail consumption license or licensee is available in the municipality, the authority shall not hold a license to provide alcoholic beverages at an off-track wagering facility. However, when a Class C plenary retail consumption licensee or license is not available in the municipality, the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control shall issue a special concessionaire permit to the authority for the provision of alcoholic beverages at the off-track wagering facility and, if the off-track wagering license is held by an off-track wagering licensee other than the authority, the director may issue a non-transferable special license to provide alcoholic beverages at the off-track wagering facility pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection.
(2) The Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control may issue one special license to an individual, corporation, or other type of legal entity to serve alcoholic beverages at an off-track wagering facility located in the municipality where a Class C plenary retail consumption licensee was not available to provide alcoholic beverages at the off-track wagering facility pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection. The license shall authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption on the premises of the off-track wagering facility. The director may issue not more than 15 licenses pursuant to this paragraph. Furthermore, licenses issued pursuant to this paragraph shall be subject to the following requirements:
(a) No person who would fail to qualify as a licensee under Title 33 of the Revised Statutes shall be permitted to hold an interest in a special license under the provisions of this paragraph;
(b) Licenses shall be subject to the provisions of Title 33 of the Revised Statutes and rules and regulations promulgated by the director, to the extent those provisions are not inconsistent with the provisions of this act;
(c) No license issued pursuant to this paragraph shall be transferred to any other premises;
(d) Application for the initial issuance and renewal of each license shall be made to the director on an annual basis. The fee for the initial issuance of the license shall be the average sale price for the three most recent sales of plenary retail consumption licenses in the municipality where the license is being issued during the preceding five years. If the off-track wagering facility is located within the boundaries of two or more municipalities, the highest average sale price of the two or more municipalities shall be used. If less than three plenary retail consumption licenses have been sold in the municipality or municipalities, as the case may be, within the previous five years, the director shall obtain an appraisal, at the applicant's expense, to determine the appropriate fee for the license. The appraisal process shall include an examination of previous transactions in the municipality or municipalities, as the case may be, and shall reflect what a willing buyer, under no pressure to buy, would pay a willing seller, under no pressure to sell, for a plenary retail consumption license in that municipality or municipalities, as the case may be. One half of the amount of the application fee for the initial issuance of the license shall be paid upon the issuance of the license and the other half of that amount shall be paid one year later. The director shall establish an annual fee for the license which shall not exceed the fee which may be imposed by a municipality for a plenary retail consumption license pursuant to R.S.33:1-12, a portion of which shall be paid by the director to the New Jersey Racing Commission for the funding of horse breeding incentive programs;
(e) The fee for the initial issuance of the license shall be distributed in the following manner:
(i) Twenty-five percent shall be paid to the municipality where the off-track wagering facility is located and if the off-track wagering facility is located within the boundaries of two or more municipalities, the fee shall be divided equally among those municipalities;
(ii) Twenty-five percent shall be paid to the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control;
(iii) Fifty percent shall be paid to the New Jersey Racing Commission for the funding of horse breeding incentive programs;
(f) The individual corporation or entity holding the license shall not be entitled to sell a license issued pursuant to this paragraph, and the license shall expire upon the closure of the off-track wagering facility;
(g) The director shall not issue a special concessionaire permit for any off-track wagering facility or premises which is eligible to obtain a license to serve alcoholic beverages under the provisions of this paragraph; and
(h) Pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), the director shall adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this paragraph.
(3) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to allow the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control to issue a special concessionaire permit or a special license described in paragraph (2) of this subsection to the authority pursuant to this act, P.L.2001, c.199, or to issue a special license to any individual, corporation, or other type of legal entity to serve alcoholic beverages in a municipality that prohibits the retail sale of alcoholic beverages within its boundaries.
f. Persons under the age of 18 years shall not be permitted in any off-track wagering facility, except in dining areas if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
g. The commission shall by regulation establish minimum standards for off-track wagering facilities and timelines for their establishment and completion, including, but not limited to, standards for quality, size, seating capacity, the provision of first-class dining facilities, parking and services to be provided, as well as expected dates of construction, renovations and opening. The failure of an off-track wagering licensee to meet these standards shall be sufficient cause for the commission to revoke, suspend or refuse to renew a license pursuant to the provisions of section 8 of P.L.2001, c.199 (C.5:5-134).
h. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, an off-track wagering facility shall be a permitted use in all commercial and industrial districts of a municipality.
i. In evaluating an application for an off-track wagering license, the commission shall consider the proximity of the applicant's proposed site to other planned or existing off-track wagering facilities and to racetracks in this State. If, in the opinion of the commission, the establishment of the facility at its proposed location would be inimical to the interests of another planned or established off-track wagering facility, or to a State racetrack, the commission shall require the applicant to consider alternative sites for the proposed facility.
L.2001, c.199, s.5; amended 2004, c.116, s.6; 2011, c.26, s.4.
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