[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Mount Laurel as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-19-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-16]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to maintain an office or place of business that conducts, engages in or carries on any business, trade or occupation within the Township of Mount Laurel, County of Burlington, as defined in § 95A-5 Section 5 hereof, without first complying with the provisions of this chapter and obtaining a license for same as provided herein.
Applications for all registrations required by this chapter shall be made in writing to the Township Clerk, who shall serve as the licensing officer. Each application shall contain the following information:
The name of the applicant; if a corporation or partnership, the name and address of the contact person for the business.
The name under which the business is to be conducted.
The address at which the business is to be conducted.
The specific nature of the business.
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 business telephone number of the applicant.
The emergency contact information for the business.
Prior to the issuance of a license, the Township Clerk, in the Clerk's 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 Township of Mount Laurel with full understanding that the Township shall rely upon the accuracy of the facts set forth therein in granting the business license. By its submission for a business license, the applicant further agrees to comply with all laws and ordinances of the Township of Mount Laurel applicable to the operation of said business.
The Township Clerk is hereby authorized to prepare the required application form to be utilized for the purposes of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation engaged in a business or occupation with a physical office, store or other location within any of the nonresidential zones in the Township shall be subject to the requirement to obtain a business license pursuant to this chapter. Businesses operated in a residential zone pursuant to a variance or other formal municipal approval shall also be required to obtain the business license herein.
All licenses shall terminate on the 31st day of December of each year.
All fees and charges for business licenses as set forth in the within chapter shall be paid in advance at the time of application to the Township Clerk. When an applicant has not engaged in 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 or fraction thereof during which the business has been or will be conducted.
The person, form or corporation conducting the business licensed 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 Township Clerk within 10 days after a change in location of any licensed business.
All businesses, trades and activities conducted with the Township of Mount Laurel regulated by the within chapter shall pay a license fee of $35 for each year in which said business is operated.
The Township Clerk shall have the right to revoke any license whenever the holder of the license, 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 Mount Laurel Council within 10 days of service of said notice. Township Council shall thereupon conduct a hearing of the matter within 60 days after receipt of the notice of appeal and shall render a decision within 30 days of such hearing.
The Township Clerk 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 Township of Mount Laurel and/or the State of New Jersey.
It shall be a condition of the issuance of any and all licenses under the provision of this chapter that said business shall be used and operated only for lawful purposes and not in violation of the Zoning Ordinance or other ordinances of the Township of Mount Laurel.
Any person, firm, association or corporation violating any section of this chapter shall, upon conviction in the Municipal Court, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500.
[Adopted 10-28-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-11]
The purpose and intent of this article is to assist law enforcement officials and victims of crime in recovering stolen precious metals, gems, gemstones and/or other articles by requiring reasonable reporting, maintenance and distribution criteria for secondhand and transient dealers.
No person shall use, exercise or carry on the business, trade or occupation of buying, receiving, receiving for pawn or selling of any property described in Appendix I of this article, or operate as a dealer of said property within the Township of Mount Laurel, without having first obtained a license from the Township Clerk as hereinafter provided.
Editor's Note: Appendix I is included as an attachment to this chapter.
For the purposes of this article, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings ascribed herein. Words used in the present tense shall include the future, words in the plural number shall include the singular number, and words in the singular number shall include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- ACCEPTABLE IDENTIFICATION
- Acceptable forms of identification include a current valid New Jersey driver's license or identification card issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, a current valid photo driver's license issued by another US state, other verifiable United States government-issued photo identification with address, or valid United States passport and evidence of current address. All of the above-listed identification procedures require the dealer to capture/record evidence of the person's current address.
- Any article of merchandise, including any portion of such article, whether a distinct part thereof or not, including every part thereof, whether separable or not, and also including material for manufacture, and as so defined in N.J.SA. 51:6-1.
- CHIEF OF POLICE
- The Chief of Police of the Township of Mount Laurel or his designee/representative.
- A computerized, Internet-capable database with hardware and software compliant with standards set by the Chief of Police.
- Any person, partnership, corporation, or other entity, whether permanent or itinerant, who on one or more occasions (through any means) buys or sells, receives for pawn or otherwise exchanges or trades any property as described in Appendix I of this article, and includes anyone advertising the purchase, sale or receipt for pawn of any of the aforementioned items.
- GIFT CARD
- A restricted monetary equivalent or scrip that is issued by retailers or banks to be used as an alternative to a nonmonetary gift.
- ITINERANT BUSINESS
- Any business conducted intermittently within the Township of Mount Laurel or at varying locations.
- A bailment of personal property as security for any debt or engagement, redeemable upon certain terms and with the implied power of sale or default.
- Any individual, natural person, partnership, joint venture, business, society, associate, club, trustee, trust, corporation, or unincorporated group, or an officer, agent, employee, servant, factor or any form of personal representative of any thereof, in any capacity, acting for self or on behalf of another.
- PRECIOUS METALS
- Comprised of gold, silver, sterling, platinum and/or their alloys as defined in N.J.S.A. 51:5-1 et seq., N.J.S.A. 51:6-1 et seq., and/or N.J.S.A. 51:6A-1 et seq.; gems, gemstones, coins and all forms of jewelry herein contained.
- Individuals and other retail sellers, not to include businesses engaged primarily in wholesale transactions.
- The exchange of money or other consideration for the pledge, sale, conveyance or trade of any property described in Appendix I of this article.
- REPORTABLE TRANSACTION
- Every transaction conducted by a dealer in which property described in Appendix I of this article is purchased, pawned or exchanged from or with the public, as that term is defined in this section.
- SECONDHAND GOODS
- Any article previously sold, acquired, exchanged, conveyed, traded or otherwise formerly owned, including but not limited to scrap gold, old gold, silver, jewelry, home electronics/audio and visual equipment, musical instruments, telephones and telephonic equipment, scales, computers, computer hardware and software, typewriters, word processors, scanners, sporting goods of all kinds, platinum, all other precious metals, tools of all kinds, televisions, DVRs, GPS, camcorders, car stereos, gift cards, furniture, or as listed in Appendix I.
- TRANSIENT BUYER
- A dealer who has not been in any retail business continuously for at least six months at that address in the municipality where the dealer is required to register. The term transient buyer will also include a dealer who intends to close out or discontinue all retail business in the Township of Mourn Laurel within six months, or as so defined in N.J.S.A. 51:6A-5 and N.J.A.C. 13:47C-1.1. Vendors doing business during a community event sponsored/sanctioned by the Township of Mount Laurel shall not be considered transient buyers.
Every dealer conducting business or intending to conduct business within the jurisdiction of the Township of Mount Laurel shall first register with the Township Clerk. The Chief of Police shall cause an investigation of the applicant's moral character and business responsibility as he deems necessary for the protection of the public welfare. In the event that the dealer is a business entity other than a sole proprietorship, the officers in a corporation or the partners in a partnership (or limited partnership), or a designated individual with overall responsibility for the establishment, shall be deemed to be the applicant(s) who shall be investigated in accordance with this article. Upon completion of the investigation, the Township Clerk shall either issue or deny the license based upon the results of the police investigation. Upon issuance of the license, the applicant shall be given a copy of this article.
Prior to final issuance of a license, a fee of $100 shall be paid to the Township of Mount Laurel.
A license issued under the provisions of this article shall not be transferable and shall terminate on December 31 of the year in which said license is issued, unless it is renewed pursuant to the provisions of Subsection C below.
On or about November 1 of each year, the Township Clerk shall make available a renewal application for each licensed dealer under this article. Upon submission of the renewal application and required annual fee of $100, the license will be renewed unless the dealer has violated provisions of § 95A-19. In such case the Township Clerk will notify the dealer, who may request a hearing as described in § 95A-l9.
Licenses issued under the provisions of this article may be revoked by the Township Clerk after a hearing, upon notice to the applicant, for any of the following causes:
Fraud, misrepresentation, or false statement contained in the application for license;
Fraud, misrepresentation, or false statement made in the course of carrying on the business as a dealer in property as described in Appendix I of this article;
Any violation of this article;
Conviction of any crime;
Conviction of any disorderly persons offense involving moral turpitude;
Conducting the business of soliciting or canvassing in an unlawful manner or in such a manner as to constitute a breach of the peace or to constitute a menace to the health, safety, or general welfare of the public.
Notice of the hearing for revocation of a license shall be given in writing, setting forth specifically the grounds of complaint and the time and place of hearing. Such notice shall be mailed, postage prepaid, to the licensee at his last known address at least 10 business days prior to the date set for the hearing. The hearing shall be conducted by the Chief of Police.
Every dealer within the Township of Mount Laurel shall, upon the purchase, receiving for pawn, or receiving for consignment of any property described in Appendix I of this article from the public, as this term is defined in § 95A-16, be required to:
Record, using a unique transaction number, the name, address and telephone number of the seller or sellers; the time and date of the transaction; the net weight in terms of pounds troy, pennyweight (troy) or kilograms/grams of the precious metals; fineness in terms of karats for gold, and sterling or coin for silver, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 51:5-1 et seq., and N.J.S.A. 51:6-1 et seq., and any property containing a serial number.
Through the use of applicably required computer equipment, and using the electronic format approved by the Chief of Police, enter all transactions into the electronic database within 48 hours from the date of purchase, including the following information:
The name, address, date of birth, telephone number, and governmental identification number of the seller.
A full description of property sold or pawned by the seller, including, but not limited to, marks, numbers, dates, sizes, shapes, initials, monograms and serial numbers, face value and identifying numbers of gift cards.
The price paid for the property.
The entry must include the name of the clerk or the dealer who made the transaction so as to readily identify that individual.
A color photograph or color image of the seller's presented governmental photo identification scanned into the transaction record.
A color photograph or color image of all property sold scanned into the transaction record. When photographing or imaging, all property must be positioned in a manner that makes it readily and easily identifiable.
All of the above-described property cannot be sold or disposed of and shall be made available for inspection by any sworn police officer in the performance of his or her duties for a period of three business days from the date the information required above is received by the Chief of Police in the prescribed electronic format. The property shall remain in the same condition as when purchased and shall not be changed, modified, melted or disposed of by the dealer until the three-day period has expired. If the property is such that it would create a hardship on the dealer by holding the property for such period, the dealer may present the property to the Chief of Police in order that it may be photographed and, if deemed necessary by the Chief of Police, an investigation be implemented. The Chief of Police has the authority to grant the dealer a waiver of the requirement under this section.
In the event of a database failure or dealer's computer equipment malfunctions, all transaction information is required to be submitted on paper forms approved by the Chief of Police. In the event that paper forms are used, the dealer is responsible to enter all required transaction information described in § 95A-20C(1) through (6) into the database as soon as possible upon the dealer's equipment being repaired or replaced, or the database coming back into service. Failure by the dealer to properly maintain computer equipment in a reasonable fashion, or failure by the dealer to replace faulty computer equipment, may result in the dealer being cited for a violation of this article and may result in the revocation of the dealer's license under § 95A-19 of this article.
It shall be the requisite duty of every dealer, and of every person in the dealer's employ, to admit to the premises during business hours any member of the Mount Laurel Police Department or any other sworn police officer acting in the performance of his or her duties to examine any database, book, ledger, or any other record on the premises relating to the purchase of property from the public as defined in § 95A-16. Mount Laurel Township police officers are empowered to take possession of any property known by a police officer or official to be missing or to have been stolen, or where the officer or official has probable cause to believe the article is missing or stolen. A receipt will be provided to the dealer for any property seized by the Mount Laurel Township Police Department.
This article shall not apply to purchases made by dealers from wholesalers or other legitimate suppliers, but shall only apply to those purchases made from the public, which includes other retail sellers as defined in § 95A-16. The dealer shall keep records of all wholesale purchases for a period of six months from the date of such purchase, which records shall be opened to investigation by the Mount Laurel Township Police Department or any sworn police officer in the performance of his or her duties.
No dealer within the Township of Mount Laurel shall purchase any property as defined in Appendix I from any person under the age of 18 years.
Violation of any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a minimum fine of $100 or a maximum of $2,000 and/or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days and/or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each and every violation shall be considered a separate violation. Each day that a violation continues shall be a separate violation. Each violation shall result in a ten-day suspension of the dealer's license under this article.