KERALA PLACES OF PUBLIC RESORT RULES, 1965

*THE KERALA PLACES OF PUBLIC RESORT RULES, 1965''''


G.O. Ms. 590/65/HLD. Dt: 8-7-1965

S.R.O. No. 292/65.- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 7 and Section 19 of the Kerala Places of Public Resort Act, 1963 (Act 40 of 1963), the Government of Kerala hereby make the following rules:-

                                               RULES 
                                               PART 1. 

Short title and commencement.- (1) These rules may be called the Kerala Places of Public Resort Rules, 1965.

(2) They shall come into force with effect from 1-8-1965.


2.Definitions.- In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires

(i) “the Act" means the Kerala Places of Public Resort Act, 1963 (Act 40 of 1963);


(ii) “Health Officer" means in the case of Municipal Corporations and Municipalities the Health Officer of the Municipal Corporation or of the Municipality concerned and in the case of a Township or a Panchayat area such Officer of the Health Services Department having jurisdiction over the area as may be specified by the Director of Health Services.


(iii) “Licensing Authority" means the authority competent to grant a licence under the Act.


(iv) "Permanent building" means a building which is constructed for permanent use with stone, mud, brick, mortar, cement or other non-inflammable materials.


Explanation:- (a) Where the floor, roof, side-walls, galleries and stair case of a building are made of non-inflammable materials the building shall, for the purpose of these rules be deemed to be a permanent building.


(b) A Cinema installation which is deemed to be a permanent one under Rule 59 (e) of the Kerala Cinema (Regulations) Rules, 1958 as republished in the Kerala Gazette dated 11-12-1962 shall be deemed to be a permanent building for the purpose of these rules.


(v) "Prescribed” means prescribed by the order of the Licensing Authority and (vi) “Temporary building" means building which is not a permanent building.


                                                  PART II 
                                     Permanent Buildings


3. Conditions under which licence may be granted.- No licence shall be granted under the Act for the use of any permanent building for public resort or entertainment unless


(a) the building is provided on at least three of its sides with an open Space of not less than 6 metres in width or such greater width as may be required by the Licensing Authority.


(b) the caves of the building have a height of not less than 3 metres.


(c) every door-way in the building is not less than 2.4 metres in height and 1.5 metres in width and,


(d) the windows of the building are of such dimension and number and in Such situations as may be required by the Licensing Authority and the aggregate area of all the windows in each of the places to which the public are admitted is not less than one-tenth of the floor area thereof:


Provided that the Licensing Authority in consultation with the Health Officer, may-

(i) permit the use of extractors or other artificial means of ventilation to provide for a sufficient supply of fresh air in the building in lieu of all or any of the windows required under Clause (d); or

(ii) require such extractors or other artificial means of ventilation to be provided in addition to the windows required under the said clause.

4. Obligation of the licensee to keep all means of ventilation in good order.- Every person who may have obtained a licence under the Act for the use of any permanent building for public resort or entertainment shall cause all windows and other means of ventilation in the building to be maintained in good order and efficient action during the period for which such building is used for public resort or entertainment and for at least two hours before and for half an hour after such USe.

5. Licensing authority's power to relax conditions.- The Licensing Authority may relax the conditions in Rules 3 and 4 on the recommendation of the Health Officer.


6. Obligation of the licensee to provide lighting arrangements.- The licensee shall, except when such building is used in daytime and no artificial lighting is required, provide suitable lighting therein and in the open Space attached thereto.


7. Licensees' obligation to keep the flooring in good order.- The licensee shall cause the flooring of every part of such building to be paved or otherwise made impervious and damp-free and shall keep such flooring at all times in good order and repair and shall disinfect the building and premises at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed.


8. Licensee not to permit any sand etc. to be spread on any part of the floor to which public are admitted.- The licensee shall not permit any sand, earth or other dusty material to be spread on any part of the floor of the building to which the public are admitted.


9. Material used as covering for the floor to be cleaned.- The licensee shall cause the carpets, matting or any other material used as covering for the floor to be cleaned and dusted before the commencement of every entertainment.

10. Open spaces in the licensed premises to be paved or gravelled.- The licensee shall cause all open Spaces in the licensed premises to be paved or gravelled to the satisfaction of the licensing authority. ܼ

11. Limit on the accommodation of persons.- (i) The licensee shall not permit a greater number of persons to be accommodated in a building than that arrived at by calculating at the rate of 20 persons per 10 sq. metres of floor area in respect of such portions as are provided with chairs having backs and arms and at the rate of 25 persons per 10 sq. metres of floor area in respect of other portions after excluding the area of the entrances, the passages and gangways, the stage, the stair-cases and all places to which the public are not admitted.

(ii) The licensee shall cause aboard to be hung in a prominent place in the licensed premises showing the maximum number of persons who can be accommodated in the building under this rule.

12. Provision of separate accommodation for women.- The licensee shall provide reasonably sufficient separate accommodation for women.

13. Walls of the building to be hot-lime washed or painted.- The licensee shall cause the walls of the building to be hot-lime washed at least once in every six months or to be painted annually if not otherwise prescribed. <