[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Lewiston 10-21-1966 (Ch. 16 of the 1965 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm, corporation or association shall operate, maintain or conduct a public information bureau or service in the Town of Lewiston, Niagara County, New York, unless a license permitting such operation has been previously issued to such person, firm, corporation or association upon application therefor in writing, filed with the Town Clerk of the Town, and the Town Clerk is hereby authorized to issue such license.
[Amended 8-27-2018 by L.L. No. 4-2018]
The fee for such license shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Lewiston. Such license fees shall be paid annually, and such license shall expire upon the first day of January following the date of issuance thereof.
No license shall be issued to any person to operate or conduct a public information bureau or information service, or to act as a guide or solicitor in connection therewith, unless such person is a citizen of the United States, is over 18 years of age, and has not been previously convicted of a felony.
[Amended 8-27-2018 by L.L. No. 4-2018]
No person shall engage in soliciting business for such public information bureau or service nor shall any person operate as a guide therefrom or work as an employee therein unless such person shall previously obtain a solicitor's license, to be issued upon written application therefor by the Town Clerk of the Town of Lewiston. The license fee shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Lewiston. Each license shall expire on the first day of January next succeeding. Each applicant for a solicitor's license shall furnish two recent photographs with his application, one of which shall be attached to the license by the Town Clerk. No person, firm, corporation or association to whom permit has been issued to maintain or operate a public information bureau or information service shall employ or allow any person to act as an attendant or employee of such public information bureau or service unless such person shall have obtained a license to act in that capacity, as hereinbefore provided.
No person shall, while engaged as a guide, solicitor or employee of any such public information bureau or service, represent himself as an employee of the Town of Lewiston or any other Town or municipality, nor shall he wear any uniform, badge or insignia so as to indicate that he is a constable, police officer, employee or official of the Town of Lewiston or of any other Town or municipality.
No public information bureau or service shall be conducted in the Town except from and within a building erected upon premises within a "business district" as defined by the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Lewiston, which building shall be constructed in accordance with the provisions of the Building Code of the Town of Lewiston and shall be located not nearer to any public highway than the established setback line for buildings set forth in the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Lewiston.
No solicitor, guide or employee of such public information bureau or service shall solicit business or engage in the occupation of furnishing information to the public at any point or place within 10 feet of the paved portion of any public highway in the Town.
No sign other than such sign as is permitted by the ordinances of the Town shall be erected or maintained by the licensee of any public information service, and the legend on such signs shall be limited to "privately operated information bureaus" and the advertising of sightseeing tours without reference to the reservations for hotel or restaurant accommodations unless the same are furnished upon the premises so licensed. There shall be no reference on such sign or on any structure to the word "official" or any form of it.
No person to whom a license shall have been issued as herein provided shall give false or misleading information concerning travel routes, business establishments, tourist homes, hotels, tourist cabins or other tourist accommodations, or as to their rates, facilities or service.
Any license issued under the terms and conditions of this chapter shall not be transferable and shall be valid only so long as the licensee shall comply with all of the provisions of this chapter.
Violation of any of the provisions of this chapter is hereby declared to be an offense against such chapter.
For every violation of any provision of this chapter, the person violating the same shall be subject to a fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both.
Conviction for any of the abovementioned violations shall constitute and effect an immediate forfeiture of any license issued pursuant hereto.