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A. An application for the initial issuance or renewal of an annual business license shall be denied by the finance director:

1. If the business for which the license is sought is an unlawful business;

2. If the applicant is not qualified to engage in such business under applicable federal, state or local law; or

3. If the applicant or, in the event of an applicant which is other than a natural person, if any principal of the applicants, owes to the town any unpaid and delinquent tax of any kind. As used in this subsection, the term "principal" means: (a) as to a corporation, any officer, director, or shareholder owning fifty percent (50%) or more of the issued and outstanding capital stock of the corporation, (b) as to any general partnership, any partner, (c) as to any limited partnership, any general partner, and (d) as to any limited liability company, any manager or member owning more than fifty percent (50%) interest in the entity. The term "delinquent" means the nonpayment of any tax obligation owed to the town within sixty (60) days of the date such obligation is due.

B. In the event an application is denied, the finance director shall deliver to the applicant a written order of denial stating the reason for denial.

C. An applicant whose application for a license has been denied by the finance director may appeal such denial by filing a request for a hearing with the hearing officer within twenty (20) days of the date of the finance director's written order of denial. If a request for a hearing is timely filed, the hearing officer shall cause a hearing to be held using the general procedures provided for the suspension or revocation of a license in section 4-1-10-1 of this chapter.

D. An applicant whose application for a license is finally denied shall be entitled to a refund of the license fee submitted with the application. (Ord. 4, Series 2017; amd. Ord. 34, Series 2020; Ord. 29, Series 2022)