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AN ORDINANCE REPEALING AND REENACTING CHAPTER 9.60 (SEXUALLY-ORIENTED BUSINESSES) OF THE PROVO CITY CODE TO MODIFY LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS FOR SEXUALLY-ORIENTED BUSINESSES.
WHEREAS, numerous court cases regarding sexually oriented businesses have been decided since Provo City enacted Chapter 9.60 in the Provo City Code; and, 67
WHEREAS, it is proposed that Chapter 9.60 of the Provo City Code be repealed and reenacted to update the licensing requirements and regulations pertaining to sexually-oriented businesses; and,
WHEREAS, there is convincing documented evidence that sexually-oriented businesses, as a category of establishments, have deleterious secondary effects and are often associated with crime and the downgrading of property values as set forth in studies conducted by or for the following entities: Littleton, Colorado - 2004; Chattanooga, Tennessee - 1999-2003; North Carolina - 2003; Spokane, Washington - 2001; Phoenix, Arizona - 1979, 1995-98; Dallas, Texas - 1997; Houston, Texas - 1983, 1997; New York, New York Times Square - 1994; St. Cloud, Minnesota - 1994; Garden Grove, California - 1991; State of Minnesota, Report of the Attorney General's Working Group on The Regulation of Sexually-oriented Businesses - 1989; Austin, Texas - 1986; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - 1986; Indianapolis, Indiana - 1984; Minneapolis, Minnesota - 1980; Whittier, California - 1978; Greensboro, Amarillo, Texas - 1977; Los Angeles, California - 1977; and as set forth in the following cases: City of Littleton v. Z.J. Gifts D-4, L.L.C., 541 U.S. 774 (2004); Williams v. A.G. of Alabama, 378 F.3d 1232 (11th Cir. 2004); City of Los Angeles v. Alameda Books, Inc., 535 U.S. 425 (2002); Pap’s A.M. v. City of Erie, 529 U.S. 277 (2000); Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc., 501 U.S. 560 (1991); City of Renton v. Playtime Theatres, Inc., 475 U.S. 41 (1986); Young v. American Mini Theatres, 426 U.S. 50 (1976); California v. LaRue, 409 U.S. 109 (1972); N.W. Enters., Inc. v. Houston, 352 F.3d 162 (5th Cir. 2003); World Wide Video of Washington, Inc. v. City of Spokane, 368 F.3d 1186 (9th Cir. 2004) (including exhibits cited therein); Ctr. for Fair Public Policy, 336 F.3d 1153 (9th Cir. 2003) (and cases cited therein); Heideman v. South Salt Lake City, 342 F.3d 1182 (10th Cir. 2003); Ben’s Bar, Inc. v. Village of Somerset, 316 F.3d 702 (7th Cir. 2003); Essence, Inc. v. City of Federal Heights, 285 F.3d 1272 (10th Cir. 2002); LLEH, Inc. v. Wichita County, 289 F.3d 358 (5th Cir. 2002); Z.J. Gifts D-4, L.L.C. v. City of Littleton, 311 F.3d 1220 (10th Cir. 2002); American Target Advertising, Inc. v. Giani, 199 F.3d 1241 (10th Cir. 2000); Z.J. Gifts D-2, L.L.C. v. City of Aurora, 136 F.3d 683 (10th Cir. 1998) (including exhibits cited therein); Connection Distrib. Co. v. Reno, 154 F.3d 281 (6th Cir. 1998); Sundance Assocs. v. Reno, 139 F.3d 804 (10th Cir. 1998); Dodger’s Bar & Grill, Inc. v. Johnson County, 98 F.3d 1262 (10th Cir. 1996); Dodger’s Bar & Grill, Inc. v. Johnson County, 32 F.3d 1436 (10th Cir. 1994); ILQ Investments, Inc. v. City of Rochester, 25 F.3d 1413 (8th Cir. 1994); O’Connor v. City and County of Denver, 894 F.2d 1210 (10th Cir. 1990); MS News Co. v. Casado, 721 F.2d 1281 (10th Cir. 1983); Bigg Wolf Discount Video Movie Sales, Inc. v. Montgomery County, 256 F. Supp. 2d 385 (D. Md. 2003); BGHA, LLC v. City of Universal City, 210 F. Supp. 2d 821 (W.D. Tex. 2002), aff’d 340 F.3d 295 (5th Cir. 2003); Cortese v. Black, No. 95-1429, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 15311 (10th Cir., June 25, 1996); Sewell v. Georgia, 233 S.E.2d 187 (Ga. 1977), dismissed for want of a substantial federal question, 435 U.S. 982 (1978); and,
WHEREAS, the City desires to minimize and control these adverse effects and thereby protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizenry; protect the citizens from crime; preserve the City's quality of life; preserve the character of surrounding neighborhoods and deter the spread of urban blight; and,
WHEREAS, the City's interest in regulating sexually-oriented businesses extends to preventing future secondary effects of current and future sexually-oriented businesses that may locate in the City; and,
WHEREAS, this substantial government interest in preventing secondary effects exists independent of any specific comparative analysis between sexually-oriented and non-sexually-oriented businesses; and,
WHEREAS, sexually-oriented businesses require special supervision from the public safety agencies of Provo City (the "City") in order to protect and preserve the health, safety, and welfare of the employees and customers of such businesses as well as the citizens of the City; and,
WHEREAS, the City recognizes its constitutional duty to interpret, construe, and amend its laws and ordinances to comply with constitutional requirements as they are announced; and,
WHEREAS, with the passage of any ordinance, the City accepts as binding the applicability of general principles of criminal and civil law and procedure and the rights and obligations under the United States and Utah Constitutions, the Utah Code, and the Utah Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure; and,
WHEREAS, it is not the intent of this ordinance to suppress any speech protected by the United States or Utah Constitutions, but to enact an ordinance to further content-neutral governmental interests of the City, to wit, the controlling of secondary effects of sexually-oriented businesses; and,
WHEREAS, on August 23, 2005, the Municipal Council held a duly noticed public hearing to receive public comment and ascertain the facts regarding this matter, which facts and comments are found in the meeting record; and,
WHEREAS, after considering the facts and comments presented to the Municipal Council, including evidence of adverse secondary effects of sexually-oriented businesses presented in reports made available to the Council, in a Municipal Council Study Meeting held on July 19, 2005, the August 23, 2005, public hearing, and based on findings, interpretations, and narrowing constructions incorporated in the cases cited above, the Municipal Council finds: (i) the cases and documentation set forth above are relevant to the secondary effects associated with sexually-oriented businesses; (ii) sexually-oriented businesses, as a category of commercial uses, are associated with a wide variety of adverse secondary effects including, but not limited to, personal and property crimes, prostitution, potential spread of disease, lewdness, public indecency, obscenity, illicit drug use and drug trafficking, negative impacts on surrounding properties, urban blight, litter, and sexual assault and exploitation; and (iii) each of the foregoing negative secondary effects constitutes a harm which the City has a substantial government interest in preventing and/or abating.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by the Municipal Council of Provo City, Utah, as follows:
Chapter 9.60 of the Provo City Code is hereby repealed and reenacted as follows:
Chapter 9.60. Sexually-oriented Businesses.
"Adult bookstore" or "adult video store" means a commercial establishment which, as one of its principal purposes, offers for sale or rental for any form of consideration any one (1) or more of the following: books, magazines, periodicals or other printed matter, photographs, films, motion pictures, video cassettes, compact discs, digital video discs, slides or simulated display, or other visual representations which are characterized by their emphasis upon the display of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas. For the purpose of this definition, "principal purpose" means the commercial establishment:
"Adult cabaret" means a nightclub, bar, juice bar, restaurant, bottle club, or other commercial establishment, whether or not alcoholic beverages are served, which regularly features persons who appear nude and/or semi-nude.
"Adult motel" means a motel, hotel, or similar commercial establishment which:
(a) offers accommodations to the public for any form of consideration; provides customers with closed-circuit television transmissions, films, motion pictures, video cassettes, other photographic reproductions, or live performances which are characterized by the display or simulated display of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas and which advertises the availability of such material by means of a sign visible from a public right-of-way, or by means of any on- or off-premise advertising, including but not limited to, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets or leaflets, radio or television; or
"Adult motion picture theater" means a commercial establishment where films, motion pictures, videocassettes, slides, or similar photographic reproductions which are characterized by their emphasis upon the display or simulated display of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas are regularly shown to more than five (5) persons for any form of consideration.
"Characterized by" means describing the essential character or quality of an item. As applied in this Chapter, no business shall be classified as a sexually-oriented business solely by virtue of showing, selling, or renting materials rated "NC-17" or "R" by the Motion Picture Association of America.
"City" means the City of Provo, Utah.
"Customer" means a patron of a business as defined in this chapter.
"Employ," "employee," and "employment" describe and pertain to any person who performs any service on the premises of a business, on a full-time, part-time, or contract basis, whether or not the person is denominated an employee, independent contractor, agent, or otherwise. Employee does not include a person exclusively on the premises for repair or maintenance of the premises or for the delivery of goods to the premises.
"Establish" and "establishment" means any of the following:
(a) the opening or commencement of any sexually-oriented business as a new business;
"Finance Director" means the Provo City Finance Director or his or her designee.
"Hearing officer" means an attorney with an independent practice and not a full-time employee of Provo City, licensed to practice law in the State of Utah.
"Influential interest" means any of the following:
(a) the actual power to operate a sexually-oriented business or control the operation, management or policies of a sexually-oriented business or legal entity which operates a sexually-oriented business,
"Licensee" means a person in whose name a license to operate a sexually-oriented business has been issued, as well as the individual or individuals listed as an applicant on the application for a sexually-oriented business license. In the case of an employee, "licensee" means the person in whose name a sexually-oriented business employee license has been issued.
"Municipal Council" means the Municipal Council of the City of Provo, Utah.
"Nudity" or "a state of nudity" means the showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area, vulva, anus, or anal cleft or cleavage with less than a fully opaque covering, or the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of the nipple and areola.
"Operate" or "cause to operate" means to cause to function or to put or keep in a state of doing business.
"Operator" means any person on the premises of a sexually-oriented business who causes the business to function or who puts or keeps in operation the business or who is authorized to manage the business or exercise overall operational control of the business premises. A person may operate or cause to be operated a sexually-oriented business whether or not that person is an owner, part owner, or licensee of the business.
"Person" means an individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity.
"Premises" means the real property upon which a sexually-oriented business is located, and all appurtenances thereto and buildings thereon, including, but not limited to, the sexually-oriented business, the grounds, private walkways, and parking lots and/or parking garages adjacent thereto, under the ownership, control, or supervision of the licensee, as described in an application for a business license pursuant to Section 9.60.040 of this Chapter.
"Regularly" means the consistent and repeated doing of the act so described.
"Semi-nude" or "state of semi-nudity" means the showing or the simulated showing of a female breast with less than a fully opaque covering below a horizontal line across the top of the areola and extending across the width of the breast at that point, or the showing of the male or female buttocks. This definition includes the lower portion of the human female breast, but shall not include any portion of the cleavage of the human female breasts exhibited by a dress, blouse, shirt, leotard, or similar wearing apparel provided the areola is not exposed in whole or in part.
"Semi-nude model studio" means a place where persons regularly appear in a state of semi-nudity for money or any form of consideration in order to be observed, sketched, drawn, painted, sculptured, photographed, or similarly depicted by other persons. This definition does not apply to any place where persons appearing in a state of semi-nudity do so in a modeling class operated:
(a) by a college, junior college, or university supported entirely or partly by taxation;
(i) which has no sign visible from the exterior of the structure and no other advertising that indicates a semi-nude person is available for viewing; and
"Sexual device shop" means a commercial establishment that regularly features sexual devices. Nothing in this definition shall be construed to include any pharmacy, drug store, medical clinic, or any establishment primarily dedicated to providing medical or healthcare products or services, nor shall this definition be construed to include commercial establishments which do not restrict access to any portion of their premises by reason of age.
"Sexual encounter center" means a business or commercial enterprise that, as one of its principal business purposes, purports to offer for any form of consideration, physical contact in the form of wrestling or tumbling when one (1) or more of the persons is semi-nude.
"Sexually-oriented business" means an adult bookstore or adult video store, an adult cabaret, an adult motel, an adult motion picture theater, a semi-nude model studio, sexual device shop, or a sexual encounter center.
"Simulated showing"or "simulated display" means the utilization of a device or covering, exposed to view, that realistically appears to be any part of a specified anatomical area.
"Specified anatomical area" means and includes:
(a) less than completely and opaquely covered human genitals, pubic region, anus, anal cleft, buttock and female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola; and
"Specified criminal activity" means:
(a) any of the following specified crimes for which less than five (5) years elapsed since the date of conviction or the date of release from confinement for the conviction, whichever is the later date:
(i) dissemination or distribution of obscenity or pornographic material;
(A) unlawful sexual activity with a minor,
(v) indecent exposure or lewdness;
(A) rape of a child,
(vii) sexual exploitation of a minor;
(A) patronizing a prostitute,
(ix) rape, including,
(A) object rape,
(x) sale, distribution or display of harmful material to a minor, including:
(A) indecent public displays, and
(xi) sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault;
(b) any attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit one (1) of the foregoing offenses.
"Specified sexual activity" means any of the following:
(a) actual or simulated intercourse, oral copulation, masturbation or sodomy; or
"Substantial" means at least thirty-five (35) percent of the item(s) or word(s) so modified.
"Transfer of ownership or control" of a sexually-oriented business means any of the following:
(a) the sale, lease, or sublease of the business;
"Viewing room" means the room, booth, or area where a customer of a sexually-oriented business would ordinarily be positioned while watching a film, videocassette, or other video reproduction.
(1) adult bookstore or adult video store;
9.60.040. License Required.
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a sexually-oriented business in Provo City without a valid sexually-oriented business license.
(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to be an employee, as defined in this Chapter, of a sexually-oriented business in Provo City without a valid sexually-oriented business employee license.
(3) An applicant for a sexually-oriented business license or a sexually-oriented business employee license shall file in person at the Provo City business license office a complete application made on a form provided by the Finance Director. The application shall be signed as required by subsection (5) herein and shall be notarized. An application shall be considered complete when it contains, for each person required to sign the application, the information and/or items required in subsections (a) through (g) below, accompanied by the appropriate fee identified in Section 9.60.060 of this Chapter:
(a) the applicant's full true name and any other names used by the applicant in the preceding five (5) years;
(i) been declared by a court of law to be a nuisance; or
(4) An application for a sexually-oriented business license shall be accompanied by a legal description of the property where the business is located and a sketch or diagram showing the configuration of the premises, including a statement of total floor space occupied by the business. The sketch or diagram need not be professionally prepared but shall be drawn to a designated scale or drawn with marked dimensions of the interior of the premises to an accuracy of plus or minus six (6) inches. Applicants who are required to comply with Subsections 9.60.140 and 9.60.180 of this Chapter shall submit a diagram indicating that the interior configuration meets the requirements of those sections.
(5) If a person who wishes to operate a sexually-oriented business is an individual, the person shall sign the application for a license as the applicant. If a person who wishes to operate a sexually-oriented business is other than an individual, each person with an influential interest in the business shall sign the application for a license as the applicant. Each applicant shall be qualified under Section 9.60.050 and each applicant shall be considered a licensee if a license is granted.
(6) The information provided by an applicant in connection with an application for a license under this Chapter shall be maintained by the office of the Finance Director on a confidential basis, and such information may be disclosed only as may be required by law or court order, and only to the extent required, by law or court order.
9.60.050. Issuance of License.
(1) Upon the filing of a complete application under Subsection 9.60.040(3) of this Chapter for a sexually-oriented business license, the Finance Director shall immediately issue a temporary license to the applicant, which temporary license shall expire upon a final decision of the City to deny or grant a business license. Within twenty (20) days of the filing date of a complete sexually-oriented business license application, the Finance Director shall issue a business license to the applicant or issue to the applicant a letter of intent to deny the application. The Finance Director shall issue a license unless:
(a) an applicant is less than eighteen (18) years of age;
(i) been declared by a court of law to be a nuisance; or
(2) Upon the filing of a complete application under Subsection 9.60.040(3) of this Chapter for a sexually-oriented business employee license, the Finance Director shall immediately issue a temporary license to the applicant, which temporary license shall expire upon the final decision of the City to deny or grant a business license. Within twenty (20) days of the filing date of a complete sexually-oriented business employee license application, the Finance Director shall either issue a business license or issue a written notice of intent to deny a license to the applicant. The Finance Director shall approve the issuance of a license unless:
(a) the applicant is less than eighteen (18) years of age;
(i) been declared by a court of law to be a nuisance; or
(3) The license, if granted, shall state on its face the name of the person or persons to whom it is granted, the number of the license issued to the licensee(s), the expiration date, and, if the license is for a sexually-oriented business, the address of the sexually-oriented business. The sexually-oriented business license shall be posted in a conspicuous place at or near the entrance to the sexually-oriented business so that it may be read at any time. A sexually-oriented business employee shall keep the employee's license on his or her person or on the premises where the licensee is then working or performing.
(1) one hundred dollars ($100) for the initial fee for a sexually-oriented business license and fifty dollars ($50) for annual renewal; and
(2) fifty dollars ($50) for the initial sexually-oriented business employee license and twenty-five dollars ($25) for annual renewal.
(1) A sexually-oriented business and any sexually-oriented business employee shall permit the Finance Director and his or her agents to inspect, from time to time on an occasional basis, the portions of the sexually-oriented business premises where customers are permitted, for the purpose of ensuring compliance with applicable requirements of this Chapter, during those times when the sexually-oriented business is occupied by customers or is open to the public. This section shall be narrowly construed by the City to authorize reasonable inspections of the licensed premises pursuant to this Chapter, but not to authorize a harassing or excessive pattern of inspections.
(2) The provisions of this section do not apply to areas of an adult motel which are currently being rented by a customer for use as a permanent or temporary habitation.
9.60.080. Expiration of License.
(1) Except for a temporary license or as otherwise provided in this section, the term of a license shall be as provided in Section 6.01.090, Provo City Code, unless suspended or revoked.
(2) A license may be renewed only by submitting an application as provided in Section 9.60.040 and paying the fee required by Section 9.60.060 of this Chapter.
(3) Application for renewal of a license should be made at least ninety (90) days before the expiration date pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section 9.60.040 of this Chapter. When made less than ninety (90) days before the expiration date, the expiration of the license shall not be affected.
(1) If a sexually-oriented business licensee knowingly violates or knowingly allows an employee to violate the provisions of this Chapter, the Finance Director shall issue a letter to the licensee indicating the City's intent to suspend the licensee's sexually-oriented business license for a period of up to thirty (30) days.
(2) If an employee knowingly violates the provisions of this Chapter, the Finance Director shall issue a letter to the employee indicating the City's intent to suspend the employee's sexually-oriented business employee license for a period of up to thirty (30) days.
(1) The Finance Director shall issue a letter of intent to revoke a sexually-oriented business license or a sexually-oriented business employee license, as applicable, if the licensee knowingly violates a provision of this Chapter or has knowingly allowed an employee to violate a provision of this Chapter and the licensee's license has been suspended within the previous twelve (12) month period.
(2) The Finance Director shall issue a letter of intent to revoke a sexually-oriented business license or a sexually-oriented business employee license, as applicable, if:
(a) the licensee has knowingly given false information in the application for the sexually-oriented business license;
(3) The fact that any relevant conviction is being appealed shall have no effect on the revocation of a license, provided that, if any conviction which serves as a basis of a license revocation is overturned or reversed on appeal, such conviction shall be treated as null and of no effect for revocation purposes.
(4) When, after the notice and hearing procedure described in Section 9.60.110 of this Chapter, a license is revoked, such revocation shall continue for one (1) year and the licensee shall not be issued a sexually-oriented business license or sexually-oriented business employee license for one (1) year from the date revocation becomes effective.
9.60.110. Hearing - Denial, Revocation, and Suspension - Appeal.
(1) When the Finance Director issues a written notice of intent to deny, suspend, or revoke a license, the Finance Director shall immediately send such notice, which shall include the specific grounds under this Chapter for such action, to the applicant or licensee (respondent) by personal delivery or certified mail. The notice shall be directed to the most current business address or other mailing address on file with the Provo City business license office for the respondent. The notice shall specify a date, not less than ten (10) days nor more than twenty (20) days after the date the notice is issued, on which a hearing officer shall conduct a hearing on the Finance Director's intent to deny, suspend, or revoke the license.
(a) At the hearing, the respondent shall have the opportunity to present all of respondent's arguments and to be represented by counsel, present evidence and witnesses on his or her behalf, and cross-examine any of the Finance Director's witnesses. The Finance Director shall also be represented by counsel, and shall bear the burden of proving the grounds for denying, suspending, or revoking the license. The hearing shall take no longer than two (2) consecutive days, unless extended at the request of the respondent to meet the requirements of due process and proper administration of justice. The hearing officer shall issue a written decision, including specific reasons for the decision pursuant to this Chapter, to the respondent within five (5) days after concluding the hearing.
(i) If the hearing officer's decision finds that no grounds exist for denial, suspension, or revocation of the license, the hearing officer shall, contemporaneously with the issuance of the decision, order the Finance Director to immediately withdraw the intent to deny, suspend, or revoke the license and to notify the respondent in writing by certified mail of such action.
(2) If any court action challenging the Finance Director's or hearing officer's decision is initiated, the City Attorney shall prepare and transmit to the court a transcript of the hearing within ten (10) days after receiving written notice of the filing of the court action. The City shall consent to expedited briefing and/or disposition of the action, shall comply with any expedited schedule set by the court, and shall facilitate prompt judicial review of the proceedings.
(3) The following shall apply to any sexually-oriented business that is in operation as of the effective date of this Chapter:
(a) Upon the filing of any court action to appeal, challenge, restrain, or otherwise enjoin the City's enforcement of the denial, suspension, or revocation, the City shall immediately issue the respondent a provisional license.
9.60.120. Transfer of License.
9.60.140. Exhibition of Sexually Explicit Films or Videos.
(1) A person who operates or causes to be operated a sexually-oriented business, other than an adult motel, which exhibits on the premises in a viewing room of less than three hundred fifty (350) square feet of floor space, a film, video cassette, or other video reproduction characterized by an emphasis on the display of specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas shall comply with the following requirements.
(a) Each application for a sexually-oriented business license shall contain a diagram of the premises showing the location of each restroom, operator station, viewing room, overhead lighting fixture, video camera and monitor installed for monitoring purposes and shall designate those portions of the premises where customers will not be permitted.
(i) Restrooms shall not contain video reproduction equipment.
(b) It shall be the duty of the operator, and of any employee present on the premises, to ensure no customer is permitted access to any area of the premises which has been designated as an area in which customers will not be permitted in the application filed pursuant to Subsection (1)(a) of this section.
(i) occupancy of viewing rooms is limited to one (1) person;
(i) An operator's station shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet of floor area.
(2) It shall be unlawful for a person having a duty under this section to knowingly fail to fulfill that duty.
9.60.150. Loitering, Exterior Lighting, Visibility, and Monitoring Requirements.
(1) The operator of a sexually-oriented business shall have the duty to:
(a) post conspicuous signs stating that no loitering is permitted on the premises;
(2) It shall be unlawful for a person having a duty under this section to knowingly fail to fulfill that duty.
(3) No sexually-oriented business licensee or other person shall erect a fence, wall, or other barrier which prevents any portion of a parking lot for employees or customers of the business from being visible from a public right of way.
9.60.160. Penalties and Enforcement.
(1) A person who knowingly violates, disobeys, omits, neglects, or refuses to comply with or resists the enforcement of any of the provisions of this Chapter shall be guilty of a class "B" misdemeanor. Each day a violation is committed, or permitted to continue, shall constitute a separate offense and shall be fined as such.
(2) The City Attorney is hereby authorized to institute civil proceedings necessary for the enforcement of this Chapter to prosecute, restrain, or correct violations hereof. Such proceedings, including injunction, shall be brought in the name of the City.
(3) Nothing in this section and no action taken hereunder shall:
(a) prohibit a criminal or administrative proceeding as may be authorized by other provisions of this Chapter, the Provo City Code, or other law, or
9.60.170. Applicability of Chapter to Existing Businesses.
(1) It is unlawful for a sexually-oriented business to knowingly violate the following regulations or to knowingly allow an employee or any other person to violate the following regulations.
(a) It shall be a violation of this Chapter for a customer, employee, or any other person to knowingly or intentionally, in a sexually-oriented business, appear in a state of nudity, regardless of whether such public nudity is expressive in nature.
(2) A sign, in a form prescribed by the Finance Director, summarizing the provisions of Subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) of this section shall be posted near the entrance of a sexually-oriented business in a location where it is clearly visible to customers upon entry.
9.60.190. Scienter Required to Prove Violation or Business Licensee Liability.
9.60.200. Effect of City Failure to Act.
A. If a provision of this ordinance conflicts with a provision of a previously adopted ordinance, this ordinance shall prevail.
B. This ordinance and its various sections, clauses and paragraphs are hereby declared to be severable. If any word, phrase, sentence, part, section, subsection, or other portion of this chapter, or any application thereof to any person or circumstance is declared void, unconstitutional, or invalid for any reason, such word, phrase, sentence, part, section, subsection, or other portion, or the proscribed application thereof, shall be severable, and the remaining provisions of this section, and all applications thereof, not having been declared void, unconstitutional, or invalid, shall remain in full force and effect. The Municipal Council declares that no invalid or proscribed provision or application was an inducement to this chapter, and that it would have enacted this subsection regardless of the invalid or proscribed provision or application.
C. The Municipal Council hereby directs that the official copy of the Provo City Code be updated to reflect the provisions enacted by this ordinance.
D. This ordinance shall take effect immediately after being posted or published as required by law.
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