City of Haverhill, MA
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Haverhill as Ch. 19, Arts. I and III, of the 1963 City Code (Ch. 171 of the 1980 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of License Commissioners — See Ch. 11, Art. IX.
Amusements — See Ch. 104.
Auctions and auctioneers — See Ch. 108.
Fortune-telling — See Ch. 156
Junk dealers — See Ch. 167.
Pawnbrokers — See Ch. 187.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 191.
Special sales — See Ch. 204.
Tag days — See Ch. 227.

§ 171-1 General power of Council to grant licenses.

When no other provision has been made by law or ordinance, the City Council may grant all licenses and permits upon such terms and under such conditions and restrictions as it may prescribe and may revoke the same at pleasure.

§ 171-2 Application.

All applications for licenses and permits to be granted by the City Council shall be filed with the City Clerk and shall be accompanied by the required license fee, if any is required by law, ordinance or order of the City Council. The fee shall be deposited with the City Clerk, to be returned to the applicant in case of refusal to grant the license applied for.

§ 171-3 Issuance by City Clerk.

All licenses and permits granted by the City Council shall be issued by the City Clerk.

§ 171-4 Fees.

The City Council shall annually in July by order fix and determine the rates of fees to be charged during the ensuing municipal year for licensing persons, acts, property, trades and occupations required or permitted by law to be licensed by municipal authority, except in cases where such fees are fixed or otherwise regulated by law, and such rates of fees as so fixed and determined by the City Council shall be the rates of fees due from and payable by licensees so licensed by municipal authority and shall not be revised, changed or amended during the term for which such licenses may be granted.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Art. V, Unspecified Permit Fees, of Ch. 128, Charges and Fees, Miscellaneous.

§ 171-5 Power to fix taxi rates. [1]

The City Council may annually in July by order fix and determine the rates of fare to be charged within the City limits by the owners, drivers or operators of hackney carriages, taxicabs or other vehicles licensed by it for any service performed by virtue of such licenses and may revise, change or amend such rates of fare at any time.
[1]
Editor's Note: See § 230-15, Rates, of Ch. 230, Taxicabs and Buses.

§ 171-6 Payment required prior to issuance.

[Added 10-4-1983 by Doc. 142-B]
All applicants or holders of the following licenses shall pay all moneys due the City before the City renews or issues any license or permit issued by the following departments or department heads:
A. 
Building Inspector.
B. 
Wire Inspector.
C. 
Electrical Inspector.
D. 
Plumbing and Gas Inspector.
E. 
Health Department.
F. 
Fire Department.
G. 
License Commission, excepting one-day permits.
H. 
City Engineer.
[Added 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
I. 
Highway Department.
[Added 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
J. 
Water Department.
[Added 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
K. 
Wastewater Department.
[Added 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
L. 
City Clerk.
[Added 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
M. 
Police Department.
[Added 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]

§ 171-7 List of delinquent tax payments.

[Added 4-28-1992 by Doc. 69; amended 2-21-1995 by Doc. 36]
A. 
The Tax Collector shall annually furnish to each department, board, commission or division, hereinafter referred to as the "licensing authority," that issues licenses or permits, including renewals and transfers, a list of any person, corporation or business enterprise, hereinafter referred to as the "party," that has neglected or refused to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or other municipal charges for not less than a twelve-month period and that such party has not filed in good faith a pending application for an abatement of such tax or a pending petition before the Appellate Tax Board.
B. 
The licensing authority may deny, revoke or suspend any license or permit, including renewals and transfers, of any party whose name appears on said list furnished to the licensing authority from the Tax Collector or with respect to any activity, event or other matter which is the subject of such license or permit and which activity, event or matter is carried out or exercised or is to be carried out or exercised on or about real estate owned by any party whose name appears on said list furnished to the licensing authority from the Tax Collector; provided, however, that written notice is given to the party and the Tax Collector, as required by applicable provisions of law, and the party is given a hearing, to be held not earlier than 14 days after said notice. Said list shall be prima facie evidence for denial, revocation or suspension of said licensing or permit to any party. The tax collector shall have the right to intervene in any hearing conducted with respect to such license denial, revocation or supervision. Any findings made by the licensing authority with respect to such license denial, revocation or suspension shall be made only for the purposes of such proceeding and shall not be relevant to or introduced in any other proceeding at law, except for any appeal from such license denial, revocation or suspension. Any license or permit denied, suspended or revoked under this section shall not be reissued or renewed until the licensing authority receives a certificate issued by the Tax Collector that the party is in good standing with respect to any and all local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or other municipal charges, payable to the City as of the date of issuance of said certificate.
[Amended 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
C. 
Any party shall be given an opportunity to enter into a payment agreement, thereby allowing the licensing authority to issue a certificate indicating said limitations to the license or permit, and the validity of said license shall be conditioned upon the satisfactory compliance with said agreement. Failure to comply with said agreement shall be grounds for the suspension or revocation of said license or permit; provided, however, that the holder is given notice and a hearing as required by applicable provisions of law.
D. 
The City Council may waive such denial, suspension or revocation if it finds there is no direct or indirect business interest by the property owner, its officers or stockholders, if any, or members of his immediate family, as defined in MGL c. 268A, § 1, in the business or activity conducted in or on said property.
E. 
This section shall not apply to the following licenses and permits: open burning, MGL c. 48, § 13; bicycle permits, MGL c. 85, § 11A; sales of articles for charitable purposes, MGL c. 101, § 33; children work permits, MGL c. 149, § 69; clubs, associations, dispensing food or beverage licenses, MGL c. 140, § 21E; dog licenses, MGL c. 140, § 137; fishing, hunting, trapping license, MGL c. 131, § 12; marriage licenses, MGL c. 207, § 28; and theatrical events, public exhibition permits, MGL c. 140, § 181.

§ 171-8 Licenses to engage in theatrical performances.

The City Council may grant licenses to minors under 15 years of age to engage in musical and theatrical exhibitions in accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 149, § 104.

§ 171-9 Application for minor's license.

Application for a minor's license shall be made by the parent or guardian of such minor or by some responsible citizen of the City.

§ 171-10 Conditions for acceptance; fee not required.

Every license granted to a minor shall be accepted subject to the conditions contained therein. No fee shall be required for a minor's license.