[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Woodbury 8-2-1994 by Ord. No. 1744-94. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a chapter entitled "Mercantile Licenses" within the City of Woodbury. The purpose of this chapter is to record the types and operators of the business existing and operating in the City. Such registration will safeguard the interest of residents as well as merchants and is enacted for the health, safety and welfare of the City of Woodbury residents.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to maintain an office or place of business, to conduct, engage in or carry on any business, trade or occupation within the City of Woodbury, County of Gloucester, without first complying with the provisions of this chapter and obtaining a license therefor as provided herein.
Applications for all licenses required by this chapter shall be made in writing to the Clerk/Administrator, who shall serve as the licensing officer. Each application shall contain the following information:
The name of the applicant; if a corporation, the names and addresses of the president and secretary shall be set forth; if a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners shall be set forth.
The name under which the business is to be conducted.
The present residence of the applicant.
The address at which the business is to be conducted.
The specific nature of the business.
The residence of the applicant during the past five years.
Whether or not the applicant has ever had a license to conduct the business herein described denied or revoked. If such license has been denied, the applicant shall set forth in detail the facts leading to such denial.
The details of any conviction for crimes of the first, second, third or fourth degree, the date of the conviction and the place where said conviction was obtained.
The business telephone number of the applicant.
If a corporation, the name and address of the registered agent thereof.
Prior to the issuance of a license, the Clerk/Administrator, in his or her discretion, shall have the authority to cause a routine police check to be made of the applicant to verify the validity of the information above described.
When submitting the information described in the preceding section, the applicant shall certify that such information is supplied to the City of Woodbury with full understanding that the City shall rely upon the accuracy of the facts set forth therein in granting the mercantile license. By its submission for a mercantile license, the applicant further agrees to comply with the laws and ordinances of the City of Woodbury applicable to the operation of said business.
The City Clerk/Administrator be and he or she is hereby authorized to prepare forms to be utilized for the purposes of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation shall be subject to the requirement to obtain a mercantile license if, by himself or herself or through an agent, employee or partner, he or she holds himself or herself forth as being engaged in a business or occupation or solicits patronage therefor, actively or passively, or performs or attempts to perform any part of such business or occupation within the City of Woodbury.
All licenses shall terminate on the December 31 of each year.
All fees and charges for mercantile licenses as set forth in the within chapter shall be paid in advance at the time of application to the City Clerk/Administrator. When applicant has not engaged in the business until after the expiration of part of the current license year, the license fee shall be prorated by quarters, and the fee shall be paid for each quarter of fraction thereof during which the business has been or will be conducted.
The person, firm or corporation conducting the business license under the provisions of the within chapter shall display the license issued hereunder at the principal place of business in a conspicuous place.
Any person, firm or corporation receiving a license pursuant to the within chapter shall notify the City Clerk/Administrator within 10 days after a change in the location of any licensed business.
All businesses, trades and activities conducted within the City of Woodbury regulated by the within chapter shall pay a license fee of $5 for each year in which they shall operate said business.
The City Clerk/Administrator shall have the right to revoke any license whenever the holder thereof or any of the licenses, agents or servants violate any provision of this chapter, the laws of the State of New Jersey or any rules or regulations promulgated as herein provided. After written notice of the revocation has been served upon the licensee, an appeal may be filed to the City Council within 10 days of service of said notice. The City Council shall thereon conduct a hearing of the matter within 30 days after receipt of the notice of appeal and shall render a decision within 15 days of such hearing.
The City Clerk/Administrator of the City of Woodbury is hereby authorized and directed to enforce the terms and conditions of this chapter and shall have the authority to delegate such enforcement power to other employees of the City of Woodbury and/or the State of New Jersey.
It shall be a condition of the issuance of any and all licenses under the provisions of this chapter that said business shall be used and operated only for lawful purposes and not in violation of Chapter 202, Zoning, or other ordinances of the City of Woodbury.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
Any person, firm, association or corporation violating any section of this ordinance shall, upon conviction in the Municipal Court, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each day after the initial violation shall be considered a new and individual violation.