[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of North Tonawanda 4-3-2002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person, copartnership, corporation or association to engage in or continue in the business of buying or selling any new or used automobiles, which business and/or which person is herein designated as an automobile dealer, unless such automobile dealer shall have complied with the provisions of this chapter and obtained a license so to do from the Mayor of the City of North Tonawanda.
For the purposes of this section, any person, copartnership, corporation or association who engages in the sale of three or more automobiles at one time and stores said automobiles on his property for the purpose of selling them is deemed an automobile dealer.
The power and authority to grant or refuse the license provided for herein is hereby vested in the Mayor of the City of North Tonawanda, and in considering the same he shall take into account the character and nature of the neighborhood and surrounding property of the premises upon which it is proposed to conduct such business; the health, safety and general welfare of the public; and the character and reputation of the applicant in connection with the maintenance and operation of a business of this character. All licenses issued hereunder shall expire on the 31st day of December following the date of their issuance, unless sooner revoked for cause or by passage of an ordinance by the City of North Tonawanda further restricting the business for which such licenses shall have been issued.
All applications for said license shall be made to the City Clerk of the City of North Tonawanda. The fee for said license shall be $100 per calendar year or a fractional part of such year for which a license hereunder shall be issued, which fee shall be payable to the City of North Tonawanda.
No person, association, copartnership or corporation shall be entitled to or receive such license who or which, in case of a corporation or association any member of which, has been, since January 1, 1940, or who or which shall hereafter be, convicted of larceny or knowingly receiving stolen property or violation of this chapter.
All dealerships must have valid legal title to vehicles appearing on the lot for sale.
Hours of operation are subject to approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
All vehicles sold shall not require additional repairs prior to their registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
All on-site lighting is subject to approval of the City Engineer and Building Inspector.
No vehicle storage or repair shall be on public property, including but not limited to public streets.
Dealership property must be maintained in a neat and orderly manner. There shall be no accumulation of junk vehicles, tires, parts, garbage, refuse or debris on the property.
All surfaces for vehicle travel and storage are subject to approval of the City Engineer and Building Inspector.
Any violation of any of the sections of this chapter shall be deemed a City ordinance violation and shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 per day for each offense or imprisonment of up to 15 days in jail, or both.
Offenses shall continue to accrue daily until such time as the automobile dealer is no longer in violation.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.