Tarrant County Approves Game Room Regulations

Tarrant County Approves Game Room Regulations

Tarrant County commissioners approved a long list of requirements for game room owners Tuesday in an effort to regulate the businesses that many residents believe attract crime.

The commissioners unanimously adopted an ordinance that requires permits for game room owners and sets rules regarding hours and locations. Commissioner J.D. Johnson was not present. The regulations are set to go into effect April 1, 2020. Among the rules for game rooms:

  • A permit to operate.

  • Hours are limited to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Game rooms cannot be within 1,500 feet of a school, church or residential neighborhood, or within 2,000 feet of another game room.

  • An outside sign that reads “game room” must be displayed and at least two windows must provide “a clear and unobstructed view of all machines.”

  • Violating the regulations could result in fines and misdemeanor charges.

But it’s unclear how the county will notify game room owners, as officials know there are some businesses they aren’t aware of. No game room owners testified in support of the regulations at Commissioners Court.

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