[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Monroe 1-11-1960 (Ch. 38 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
License required. No person shall, within the Town, expose for sale by auction any goods or articles, except provisions, charcoal, wood, the products of a farm and secondhand household furniture, unless he shall have an auctioneer's license issued by the Chief of Police.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to an auction held under the direction of an executor or administrator or under the provisions of any court order nor to an auction of household goods or personal effects by the owner thereof.
This chapter shall not apply to any auction conducted by or contracted for the state in accordance with any court order.
Any permanent business conducting auctions located on its premises within the geographic boundaries of the Town of Monroe whose primary business consists of public auctions shall only be required to apply for an auctioneer’s license once per year.
Any person desiring an auctioneer's license shall make application to the Chief of Police, in writing, on a form provided by such officer. Each application shall state the address at which the auction or auctions are to be held and shall contain such additional information as the Chief of Police may require and shall be sworn to by the applicant. The Chief of Police may require an applicant to furnish a photograph of himself and to permit an impression to be taken of his fingerprints.
Issuance. Where it appears from the application that the applicant is a suitable person to be so licensed, the Chief of Police shall issue such license upon the payment of the required fee; provided, however, that the Chief of Police may decline to issue such license for a period not exceeding seven days after the submission of the application, for the purpose of making an investigation, if he deems such investigation is required in the interest of public safety or if he has reasonable ground to believe any information contained in the application is false or misleading.
[Amended 12-10-1990; 8-24-2009]
A fee of $50 shall be charged for each auctioneer's license.
The auctioneer's license shall be displayed in a conspicuous place on the premises in which such auction is being conducted.
An auctioneer's license may be revoked by the Chief of Police upon satisfactory evidence that the licensee or any agent of the licensee is employing any capper or bidder or is making any false or fraudulent statement as to any article offered for sale by him.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not more than $250.