[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Springfield 6-19-1997 (Title 5, Ch. 5.64, of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Amusements — See Ch. 105.
Auctions and auctioneers — See Ch. 115.
Body art establishments — See Ch. 131.
Massage businesses — See Ch. 247.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 279.
Waste hauling services — See Ch. 401.
The purpose of this chapter is to control the denials of any application for, or revocation or suspension of, any local license or permit, including renewals and transfers issued by any board, officer, department, for any person, corporation or business enterprise who or which has neglected or refused to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or any other municipal charges 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 the owner of which has neglected or refused to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterments or any other municipal charges.
[Amended 6-4-2018; 11-19-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-14]
The Tax Collector or other municipal official responsible for records of all municipal taxes, assessments, betterments and other municipal charges, hereinafter referred to as the "tax collector," shall annually, and may periodically consistent with the rules and regulations of the various departments, boards, commissions, or divisions, 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 and has a past due balance, 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.
The licensing authority may deny, revoke or suspend any license or permit, including renewals and transfers, of any party whose name appears on the 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 the 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.
The list shall be prima facie evidence for the denial, revocation or suspension of said license 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 suspension.
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 chapter shall not be reissued or renewed until the license 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 municipality as of the date of issuance of said certificate.
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 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.
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.
This chapter 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 licenses, MGL c. 131, § 12; marriage licenses, MGL c. 207, § 28; and theatrical events, public exhibition permits, MGL c. 140, § 181.
Editor's Note: This section of state law was repealed by Laws of 2008, c. 525, § 2.