Village of Lawrence, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lawrence 5-25-1942 as part of Ord. No. 106.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 144.
Fees — See Ch. A219.
Parking meters — See Ch. A220.
[1]
Editor's Note: The provisions of this chapter are derived from §§ 311.1 through 313.2(a) of the Code of Ordinances of 1942.

§ 125-1 Interpretation and validity period of licenses and permits.

A. 
Every license or permit shall constitute a personal privilege of the person to whom it is issued and is not assignable or transferable and shall not be availed of by any person not named or described therein.
B. 
Every such license shall be valid for a period of time therein specified but shall not extend for a longer period of time than the 31st day of December of the year following that in which the license is issued.

§ 125-2 Issuance in writing; information on license or permit.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
Except as otherwise provided by ordinances and local laws now or heretofore or hereafter enacted, every license and permit required by any Village ordinance or local law shall be in writing and shall be issued by the Village Administrator under the Seal of the Village and shall state the name and address of the person to whom it is issued, the term and the purpose thereof and the fee paid therefor.

§ 125-3 Voiding for nonexercise of rights granted.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
In case the right granted under any license or permit shall not have been exercised within six months after the date of its issue, such license or permit shall thereupon become void and shall grant no further rights to any person and shall be forthwith surrendered to the Village Administrator upon demand. In such case, no part of the fee shall be refunded.

§ 125-4 Payment of fee prior to issuance; charitable exemptions.

No license or permit shall be issued until the fee hereinafter provided has been paid; provided, however, that the Mayor, in his discretion, may waive the payment of the fee in case of a license or permit issued to any charitable institution or any association or other group formed or organized for charitable or patriotic purposes.

§ 125-5 Objectionable persons and businesses.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
No license or permit shall be issued, reissued or extended to any person whom the Mayor or the Village Administrator shall deem, for any reason, unfit or against whom any complaints have been submitted which he shall deem justifiable or whose conduct may have been objectionable to the residents of the Village of Lawrence. No license or permit shall be issued to any person whose conduct may, in the judgment of the Mayor or the Village Administrator, have been immoral or improper or objectionable or whose business or method of conducting the same shall, in the judgment of the Mayor or the Village Administrator, be likely to disturb or tend to disturb the peace and order of the Village or create or tend to create unsanitary or annoying conditions or to litter the streets, sidewalks and other public or private property or likely to be objectionable to its residents.

§ 125-6 Suspension and revocation.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
Whenever it shall appear, to the satisfaction of the Mayor or the Village Administrator, that there has been any false statement or any misrepresentation as to a material fact in the application on which the license or permit was based, that any license or permit has been issued in error, that the conditions are such that the license or permit should not have been issued, that there has been a failure to comply with any statute, ordinance, local law, rule or regulation or any condition upon which the license or permit was granted, that the further use of the license or permit or the exercise of the privilege thereunder would be contrary to the best interests of the Village or its inhabitants or would cause or tend to cause injury, damage or annoyance to persons or property in the Village or that other sufficient or adequate reasons exist, the Mayor or the Village Administrator may forthwith suspend such license or permit, with or without notice and without refunding any portion of the license fee, but shall report the facts and circumstances to the Board of Trustees at its next regular meeting. Thereupon, the Board of Trustees may, in its discretion, forthwith and without notice, revoke said license or permit or may continue the suspension of such license or permit for such period of time as the Board may determine. The licensee shall, however, have the right to appear before the Board of Trustees and present such proof as he may desire in respect to any such matter. The Board of Trustees may also require the licensee to appear before the Board and show cause why the license or permit should not be permanently revoked, and the failure of the licensee to appear at the time and place appointed shall, without more, be deemed adequate grounds for the permanent revocation of the license or permit.

§ 125-7 Effect of suspension and revocations.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
During the period of time that any such license or permit has been suspended or after the same has been revoked, the licensee shall be entitled to no more rights or privileges than if the license or permit had never been issued; but all actions done in good faith while the license or permit was in force and in conformity with a statute, ordinance, local law, rules and regulations and the conditions of the license or permit shall be valid.

§ 125-8 Violating or allowing violations of regulations.

No licensee, or servant, agent or employee of a licensee, and no owner, licensee, manager, operator or other person having charge or control of any premises or part thereof, wherein or whereon any licensed business or activity is carried on or performed, and no clerk, waiter, cashier or ticket taker shall do or knowingly allow or permit any person, whether in his employ or otherwise, to do or permit any act or acts in violation of the terms and conditions upon which such license or permit has been issued or in violation of any statute, ordinance, rule or regulation applicable thereto.

§ 125-9 Activities requiring licenses or permits. [1]

[Added 7-2-1985 by L.L. No. 7-1985; amended 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 9-1999]
A. 
Licenses or permits are required for the privilege of carrying on the following businesses or activities or of performing the acts hereinafter described:
(1) 
Opening a public street.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 178, Streets and Sidewalks.
(2) 
Opening a sidewalk.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 178, Streets and Sidewalks.
(3) 
Cutting a curb.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 178, Streets and Sidewalks.
(4) 
Posting billboards, signs and other displays on private property.[5]
[5]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 166, Signs.
(5) 
Operating an automobile, taxicab, public carriage, cab, bus or other vehicle for the transportation of persons for hire for a fee or charge.
(6) 
Conducting an auction or auctioneering, not including sales in connection with legal proceedings, or the foreclosure of mortgages or the sale of property held as security.
(7) 
Moving of buildings from one place to another, over or upon any street, sidewalk or public place in the Village, including dwelling houses, barns, garages, outbuildings or other structures.
(8) 
Conducting any and every procession, parade or race in or upon any street, sidewalk or public place.
(9) 
Building activities required under Chapter 70, Building Construction and Fire Prevention, or Chapter 212, Zoning, including plumbing, electrical work and general construction of a swimming pool.
(10) 
Construction of a swimming pool, hot tub or spa.
(11) 
Obtaining a certificate of occupancy.[6]
[6]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 70, Building Construction and Fire Prevention.
(12) 
Obtaining a certificate of compliance.[7]
[7]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 70, Building Construction and Fire Prevention, and Ch. 212, Zoning.
(13) 
The demolition of a building.[8]
[8]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 70, Building Construction and Fire Prevention.
(14) 
[9]Parking for:
(a) 
Lawrence Plaza.
(b) 
Inwood Plaza.
[9]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 135, Off-Street Parking Fields, Municipal.
(15) 
Bringing an appeal or application to the Board of Appeals.[10]
[10]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 6, Appeals, Board of.
(16) 
Installation of a central or split-system air conditioner.[11]
[11]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 70, Building Construction and Fire Prevention.
(17) 
Performing work in the Village as an electrician, except when employed by a public service company.[12]
[12]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 70, Building Construction and Fire Prevention.
(18) 
Installing a gas or oil furnace or burner.[13]
[13]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 70, Building Construction and Fire Prevention.
(19) 
The abandonment or removal of an oil tank.
(20) 
Performing work in the Village as a plumber.[14]
[14]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 70, Building Construction and Fire Prevention.
(21) 
Connecting with the public sewer of the Village.[15]
[15]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 162, Sewers and Cesspools.
(22) 
Operating a tow car within the Village.[16]
[16]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 194, Tow Trucks.
(23) 
The erection of a fence.[17]
[17]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 212, Zoning.
(24) 
The addition of or alteration to surface coverage.[18]
[18]
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see Ch. 212, Zoning.
(25) 
The erection of tents.
[Added 2-11-2004]
B. 
These licenses or permits will be issued upon payment of fees established pursuant to a resolution of the Board of Trustees.[19]
[19]
Editor's Note: The fees may be found in Ch. A219, Fees.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 125-9 contained fees which were repealed 7-2-1985 by L.L. No. 6-1985. See now Ch. A219, Fees.

§ 125-10 Imposition of additional conditions.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
In his discretion, the Village Administrator issuing the license or permit, or the Mayor, may impose such terms and conditions as he shall deem reasonable and proper for the protection of the Village and the persons and property therein or to avoid damage or annoyance to persons who may be affected by the exercise of the license.

§ 125-11 General conditions.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
In addition to conditions which may be imposed by the Mayor or the Village Administrator, the following conditions shall apply:
A. 
In case it shall appear to the satisfaction of the Mayor or the Village Administrator that any trade, business or other act for which a license or permit is required shall constitute interstate commerce or an exercise of the right of freedom of speech or freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America, the license fee shall be waived.

§ 125-12 Penalties for offenses.

[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 9-1999; amended 9-11-2002 by L.L. No. 5-2002]
Anyone carrying on the businesses or activities as set forth in § 125-9 of the Village of Lawrence Code or who performs the acts described therein without obtaining the required licenses or permits in violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine up to a maximum of $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.