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5.32.020. Definitions

            (1)        "Adult Arcade" means any place to which the public is permitted or invited wherein coin-operated, slug-operated, or for any form of consideration, or electronically, electrically, or mechanically controlled still or motion picture machines, projectors, video or laser disc players, or other image-producing devices are maintained to show images to five (5) or fewer persons per machine at any one time, and where the images so displayed are distinguished or characterized by the depicting, or describing of "specified sexual activities" or "specified anatomical areas."

            (2)        "Adult Bookstore, Adult Novelty Store, or Adult Video Store" means a commercial establishment which, as one of its principal business purposes, offers for sale or rental for any form of consideration one or more of the following:

                        (a)        Books, magazines, periodicals, or other printed matter, or photographs, films, motion pictures, video cassettes or video reproductions, slides, or other visual representations, which are characterized by the depiction or description of "specified sexual activities" or "specified anatomical areas"; or

                        (b)        Instruments, devices, or paraphernalia, which are designed or marketed for use in connection with "specified sexual activities."

            A commercial establishment may have other principal business purposes that do not involve the offering for sale or rental of material depicting or describing "specified sexual activities" or "specified anatomical areas" and still be categorized as "Adult Bookstore", "Adult Novelty Store", or "Adult Video Store." Such other business purposes will not serve to exempt such commercial establishments from being categorized as an "Adult Bookstore", "Adult Novelty Store", or "Adult Video Store" so long as one of its principal business purposes is the offering for sale or rental for consideration, the specified materials which are characterized by the depiction or description of "specified sexual activities" or "specified anatomical areas."  It shall constitute a "principal business purpose" if the establishment has gross receipts of over twenty percent (20%) from such materials.

            (3)        "Adult Cabaret" means a nightclub, bar, restaurant, or similar commercial establishment, which regularly features:

                        (a)        persons who appear in a state of dress that covers no more than the "specified anatomical areas";

                        (b)        live performances or dancers whose attire covers no more than the "specified anatomical areas"; or

                        (c)        films, motion pictures, videocassettes, slides, or other photographic reproductions, which are characterized by the depiction or description of "specified sexual activities" or "specified anatomical areas."

            (4)        "Adult Motion Picture Theater" means a commercial establishment where, for any form of consideration, films, motion pictures, videocassettes, slides, or similar photographic reproductions are regularly shown, which are characterized by the depiction or description of "specified sexual activities" or "specified anatomical areas."

            (5)        "Adult Theater" means a theater, concert hall, auditorium, or similar commercial establishment, which regularly features persons who appear in a state of dress that covers no more than the "specified anatomical areas or live performances or dancers whose attire covers no more than the "specified anatomical areas."

            (6)        "Employee" means a person who performs any service on the premises of a sexually oriented business on a full-time, part-time, or contract basis, whether or not the person is denominated an employee, independent contractor, agent, or otherwise and whether or not said person is paid a salary, wage, or other compensation by the operator of said business.  Employee does not include a person exclusively on the premises for repair or maintenance of the premises or equipment on the premises, or for the delivery of goods to the premises.

            (7)        "Escort" means a person who, for consideration, agrees or offers to act as a companion, guide, or date for another person, or who agrees or offers to privately model lingerie or to privately perform a striptease for another person.

            (8)        "Escort Agency," also known as an "Outcall Service," means a person or business association who furnishes, offers to furnish, or advertises to furnish escorts as one of its primary business purposes for a fee, tip, or other consideration.  No activity or service by any escort shall be performed on the agency's premises.

            (9)        "Establishment" means and includes any of the following:

                        (a)        The opening or commencement of any sexually oriented business as a new business;

                        (b)        The conversion of an existing business, whether or not a sexually oriented business, to any sexually oriented business;

                        (c)        The additions of any sexually oriented business to any other existing sexually oriented business; or

                        (d)        The relocation of any sexually oriented business.

            (10)      "Licensee" means a person in whose name a license to operate a sexually oriented business has been issued, as well as the individual listed as an applicant on the application for a license; and in the case of an employee, a person in whose name a license has been issued authorizing employment in a sexually oriented business.

            (11)      "Sexually Oriented Business" includes, but is not limited to, an adult arcade, adult bookstore, adult novelty store, adult video store, adult cabaret, adult motion picture theater, adult theater, or escort agency.

            (12)      "Specified Anatomical Areas" means:

                        (a)        The human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state, even if completely and opaquely covered; or

                        (b)        Less than completely and opaquely covered human genitals, pubic region, buttocks, or a female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola.

            (13)      "Specified Criminal Activity" means any offense, regardless of title, involving the following:

                        (a)        prostitution or promotion of prostitution; dissemination of obscenity; sale, distribution, or display of harmful material to a minor; sexual performance by a child; possession or distribution of child pornography; public lewdness; indecent exposure; indecency with a child; engaging in organized criminal activity; sexual assault; molestation of a child; gambling; distribution of a controlled substance; or any similar offenses to those described above under the criminal or penal code of other states or countries;

                        (b)        for which:

                                    (i)         less than three (3) 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 of a misdemeanor offense;

                                    (ii)        less than five (5) 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 of a felony offense; or

                                    (iii)       less than five (5) years have elapsed since the date of the last conviction or the date of release from confinement for the last conviction, whichever is the later date, if the convictions are of two or more misdemeanor offenses or combination of misdemeanor offenses occurring within any thirty-six (36) month period; and

                        (c)        The fact that a conviction is being appealed shall have no effect on the disqualification of the applicant or a person residing with the applicant.

            (14)      "Specified Sexual Activities" means any of the following offenses:

                        (a)        The fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttocks, anus, or female breasts;

                        (b)        Sex acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated, including intercourse, oral copulation, masturbation, or sodomy; or

                        (c)        Excretory functions as part of or in connection with any of the activities set forth in (a) through (b) above.

            (15)      "Substantial Enlargement" of a sexually oriented business means the increase in inventory or floor areas occupied by the business by more than ten percent (10%), as the floor areas exist on the date this ordinance takes effect.

            (16)      "Transfer of Ownership or Control" of a sexually oriented business means and includes any of the following:

                        (a)        The sale, lease, or sublease of the business;

                        (b)        The transfer of securities which constitute a controlling interest in the business, whether by sale, exchange, or similar means; or

                        (c)        The establishment of a trust, gift, or other similar legal device which transfers the ownership or control of the business, including transfer by bequest or other operation of law upon the death of the person possessing the ownership or control.


Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 07-67, Enacted, 12/4/1997

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