The following document is the zoning ordinance for the City of Hampton regarding Adult-oriented establishments. We are not an adult-oriented establishment and we follow the rules that the city has outlined. Please make yourself aware that we do not permit anything that could be considered as adult activities at the Franklin County Historic Jail.
City of Hampton, Iowa
126.01 PURPOSE. The City Council of the City of Hampton, Iowa, finds:
1. Adult-oriented establishments require special consideration in order to protect
and preserve the health, safety, and welfare of the patrons of such establishments as
well as the citizens of Hampton;
2. Adult-oriented establishments, because of their very nature, have a
detrimental effect on both existing establishments around them and surrounding
residential areas adjacent to them;
3. The concern over sexually-transmitted diseases is a legitimate health concern
of the City that demands reasonable regulation of adult-oriented establishments in
order to protect the health and well-being of the community;
4. Adult-oriented establishments, due to their very nature, have serious
objectionable operational characteristics, thereby contributing to blight and
downgrading the quality of life in the adjacent area;
5. The City of Hampton wants to prevent these adverse effects and thereby
protect the health and welfare of its residents; protect residents from increased crime;
preserve the quality of life; preserve the property values and character of the
surrounding neighborhoods; and deter the spread of blight;
6. It is not the intent of this chapter to suppress any speech activities protected
by the First Amendment, but to enact content-neutral regulations that address the
secondary effects of adult-oriented establishments as well as the health problems
associated with such establishments.
126.02 DEFINITIONS RELATED TO ADULT-ORIENTED ESTABLISHMENTS.
1. ADULT BOOKSTORE: An establishment that has a facility or facilities,
including but not limited to booths, cubicles, rooms or stalls for the presentation of
"adult entertainment," including adult-oriented films, movies, or live performances for
observation by patrons therein; or an establishment having a substantial or significant
portion of its stock-in-trade for sale, rent, trade, lease, inspection, or viewing of books,
films, video cassettes, magazines, or other periodicals which are distinguished or
characterized by their emphasis on matters depicting, describing, or relating to
specified anatomical areas or specified sexual activities as defined below.
2. ADULT ENTERTAINMENT: Any exhibition of any motion picture, live
performance, display, or dance of any type which has as its dominant theme or is
distinguished or characterized by an emphasis on any actual or simulated specified
sexual activities or specified anatomical areas as defined below.
3. ADULT MOTION PICTURE THEATER: An enclosed building used for
presenting material having as its dominant theme or distinguished or characterized by
an emphasis on matters depicting, describing, or relating to specified sexual activities
or specified anatomical areas as defined below for observation by patrons of the
4. ADULT NOVELTY SHOP: An establishment or business having as a
substantial or significant portion of its stock in trade and sales in novelty or other
items which are distinguished or characterized by their emphasis on or design for
sexual activity or simulating such activity.
5. ADULT-ORIENTED ESTABLISHMENT: Any premises including, without
limitation, "adult bookstores," "adult motion picture theaters," or "adult novelty shop."
It further means any premises to which public patrons or members are invited or
admitted and which are physically arranged so as to provide booths, cubicles, rooms,
compartments, or stalls separate from the common area of the premises for the
purposes of viewing adult-oriented motion pictures, or wherein an entertainer provides
adult entertainment to a member of the public, a patron, or a member, where such
adult entertainment is held, conducted, operated, or maintained for a profit, direct or
indirect. "Adult-Oriented Establishment" further includes, without limitation, any
premises physically arranged and used as such whether advertised or represented as an
adult entertainment studio, exotic dance studio, encounter studio, sensitivity studio, or
any other term of like import.
6. OPERATORS: Any person, partnership, or corporation operating,
conducting, maintaining, or owning any adult-oriented establishment.
7. SPECIFIED ANATOMICAL AREAS: Less than completely and opaquely
covered human genitals, buttocks, female breasts below the areola; or male genitalia.
8. SPECIFIED SEXUAL ACTIVITIES: Simulated or actual (a) showing of
human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal; (b) acts of sexual activity,
sodomy, or sadomasochism; or (c) fondling or erotic touching of human genitals,
buttocks, or female breasts.