[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Winneconne 10-20-1994 as § 12.02 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall engage in any trade, profession, business or privilege in the Town for which a license or permit is required by any provision of this Code without first obtaining such license or permit from the Town in the manner provided in this chapter, unless otherwise specifically provided.
Unless otherwise provided, application for a license or permit shall be made in writing to the Town Clerk upon forms provided by the Town, and the applicant shall state the location of the proposed activity and such other facts as may be required for or be applicable to the granting of such a license or permit.
The fees required for any license or permit shall be paid at the office of the Town Clerk before the granting of the license or permit. No fee paid shall be refunded unless the license or permit is denied.
All required bonds shall be executed by two sureties or a surety company and be subject to the approval of the Town Board. Where policies of insurance are required, such policies shall be approved as to substance and form by the Town Attorney. Satisfactory evidence of coverage by bond or insurance shall be filed with the Town before the license or permit is issued.
Where the approval of any Town or state officer is required prior to the issuance of any license or permit, such approval shall be presented to the Town before any license or permit is issued.
Licenses or permit certificates shall show the name of the licensee or permittee, the date of issue, the activity licensed and the term of the license or permit and shall be signed in the name of the Town by the Chairman and Town Clerk and be impressed with the Town Seal. The Clerk shall keep a record of all licenses and permits issued.
Unless otherwise provided, the license year shall end on June 30 of each year.
Where the issuance of licenses for a period of less than one year is permitted, the effective date of such license shall commence with the date of issuance.
Permits shall be issued for the term set forth in the permit.
Every licensee or permittee shall carry his license or permit certificate upon his person at all times when engaged in the activity for which the license or permit was granted, except that where such activity is conducted at a fixed place or establishment, the license or permit certificate shall be exhibited at all times in some conspicuous place in his place of business. The licensee or permittee shall exhibit the license certificate when applying for a renewal and upon demand of any police officer or person representing the issuing authority.
Unless otherwise provided, no license or permit shall be transferable or assignable.
All determinations made by the Town Board shall be subject to the provisions of Ch. 68, Wis. Stats.
Town officials may enter upon the premises where any licensed or permitted activity is being conducted for the purpose of inspection at any reasonable time.
Except as otherwise provided, any license issued under this chapter may be revoked for cause by the Town Board. No license shall be revoked except upon written verified complaint filed with the Town Board by the Chairman, a member of the Town Board, the Police Chief or a resident of the Town. The licensee shall be served with a written copy of the charges and shall be given an opportunity to be heard before the Town Board. The licensee shall be given notice of such hearing, which shall be not more than 20 nor less than five days after notice, except as otherwise agreed between the parties.
At such hearing, the licensee shall be entitled to be represented by counsel, shall have the right to present and cross-examine witnesses and, upon request, may have subpoenas issued by the Chairman or presiding officer of the Board to compel the attendance of witnesses.
After hearing the evidence, the Board may revoke such license or impose a limited period of suspension. The determination of the Board shall be final, subject to review under Ch. 68, Wis. Stats., provided that the licensee shall not be entitled to a further hearing unless granted by the Town Board.
If the licensee does not apply for a hearing within the time provided, the license may be revoked by the Town Board.
As a condition of obtaining any Town license or Town permit, including but not limited to building permits, the following shall be paid in full on a current basis by the applicant: all local taxes, assessments, and special charges, including other amounts due to the Town imposed pursuant to this Code, all forfeitures or judgments resulting from conviction for violation of any Town ordinances (except moving traffic violations), and all other judgments due and owing from any applicant to the Town at the time of the application. Any amounts unpaid within a time limit set by the Town or a court place the applicant in a state of delinquency and ineligible to receive a license or permit.
The Town Clerk shall be charged with the enforcement of this section unless other provisions are made by the Town Board for enforcement.
Alleged errors in amounts claimed to be due the Town may be appealed to the Town Board.