City of Rochester, NH
Strafford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City of Rochester 6-6-1995 as § 26.4 and Ch. 34 of the 1995 Code; amended 5-1-2007. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Pawnbrokers — See Ch. 162.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 171.
Zoning — See Ch. 275.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
JUNK DEALER
A person, firm or corporation engaged in the purchase, sale or barter of old iron, steel, chain, aluminum, brass, copper, tin, lead or other base metals, belting, wastepaper, old rope, old bags, bagging barrels, piping, rubber, glass, empty bottles and jugs of all kinds and quantities of less than one gross, and all other articles discarded or no longer used as manufactured articles composed of any one or more of the materials hereinbefore mentioned.
SECONDHAND DEALER
A person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of selling, exchanging, dealing in or dealing with secondhand articles, including but not limited to firearms, opera glasses, telescopes, watches, clocks, diamonds or other precious metals, jewelry, furs, fur coats, or other kinds of wearing apparel, antique furniture, furnishings, glass and dishes, musical instruments, radios, automobile accessories, office and store fixtures and equipment, gas and water meters, and all classes of fixtures and their connections. For purposes of this definition, yard sales, flea markets, garage sales, attic sales or a similar commercial activity established as a business for the sale of other people's property as described in this chapter or such a sale that exceeds three days' duration or is held more than three times a year shall be considered a secondhand dealer. In the event any such articles are taken in trade for another or similar article by a retail or wholesale establishment, such transactions shall not be considered as coming within the requirements of this chapter.
[Amended 10-15-2013]
No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of junk dealer or secondhand dealer as herein defined unless licensed therefor by the Licensing Officer who shall be the Director of Building, Zoning, and Licensing Services.
[Amended 2-3-2015; 6-2-2015]
A. 
Formal application required. Applications for licenses shall be made to the Licensing Officer. The application shall:
(1) 
Form of application. Be a written statement upon forms provided by the Licensing Officer; such forms shall include such affidavits to be sworn to by the applicant before a notary public or justice of the peace of this state as the Licensing Officer shall deem necessary.
(2) 
Contents of application. Require the disclosure of any information which the Licensing Officer shall find to be reasonably necessary to the fair administration of this chapter.
(3) 
Payment of fees. The application shall be accompanied by the full amount of fees chargeable for such license. The fee for a junk dealer's license or secondhand dealer's license or any renewal thereof granted under the provisions of RSA 322 shall be fifty dollars ($50.) a year, payable in advance.
[Amended 3-5-2019]
B. 
Renewal of license procedure. The applicant for renewal of a license shall submit an application to the Licensing Officer. The application shall:
(1) 
Form of application. Be a written statement upon forms provided by the Licensing Officer; such forms shall include such affidavits to be sworn to by the applicant before a notary public or justice of the peace of this state as the Licensing Officer shall deem necessary.
(2) 
Contents of application. Require the disclosure of any information which the Licensing Officer shall find to be reasonably necessary to the fair administration of this chapter and the disclosure of such information concerning the applicant's conduct and operation of the licensed activity during the preceding licensed period as is reasonably necessary to the determination by the Licensing Officer of the applicant's eligibility for a renewal license.
C. 
Fitness investigation. Upon receipt of any license application or application for license renewal, the Licensing Officer shall forward said application to the Chief of Police who shall cause an investigation to be made of the fitness of the applicant to engage in the business of a junk dealer or secondhand dealer and report his/her findings to the Licensing Officer prior to the Licensing Officer's acting upon said application.
D. 
Notice. The Licensing Officer shall notify any applicant of the acceptance or rejection of his/her application and shall, upon his/her refusal of any license, state in writing the reasons therefor and deliver them to the applicant.
E. 
Non-approval of license. The Licensing Officer shall, upon disapproving any application submitted under the provisions of this chapter, refund to the applicant all fees paid in advance, provided the applicant is not otherwise indebted to the City.
F. 
Compliance pending legal action. When the issuance of a license is denied and any action is instituted by the applicant to compel its issuance, such applicant shall not engage in the activity for which the license was refused unless a license is issued to him/her pursuant to a judgment ordering the same.
[Amended 2-3-2015; 6-2-2015]
Any person aggrieved by any decision of the Licensing Officer shall have the right to appeal to the Licensing Board by filing a written appeal with the City Manager within three business days following the effective date of the action or decision complained of.
A. 
Contents of appeal. The appeal shall set out a copy of the order or decision appealed from and shall include a statement of facts relied upon to void such order together with any defenses, legal objections or explanations which the appellant wishes the Board to consider.
[Amended 3-5-2019]
B. 
Notification of Licensing Officer. At the time of filing the appeal, a copy thereof shall be filed by the appellant with the Licensing Officer.
C. 
Hearing. The City Manager shall fix a time and place for hearing the appeal and shall serve a written notice upon the appellant informing him/her thereof. The City Manager shall also give such notice to the Licensing Officer and the officer shall be entitled to appear to defend such order.
D. 
Effect of decision. The findings of the Licensing Board shall be served upon the appellant as required herein.
Such license shall expire on April 1 of each year, unless sooner revoked, and shall not be assigned or transferred, but it may be revoked at any time by the Licensing Board after notice and hearing for just cause.
No junk dealer or secondhand dealer shall, directly or indirectly, either purchase or receive, by way of barter or exchange, any of the articles aforesaid of a minor under the age of 18 years, knowing or having reason to believe him/her to be such, except when said minor shall be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who shall sign the transaction record in person before said dealer.
[Amended 10-15-2013]
A. 
Secondhand dealers. Every secondhand dealer, upon acquisition of any article, either by purchase or exchange, enumerated in the definition of "secondhand dealer" in § 110-1 hereof, shall prepare and keep a written record of the transaction stating the full name, address, month, day and year when the transaction took place, and a full, accurate, and detailed description of each article so purchased or exchanged, with the price paid therefor, and cause said record to be signed by the seller in person. A copy of said record shall be available for inspection by any Rochester police officer or the Rochester Director of the Building, Zoning, and Licensing Services Department at any and all times.
B. 
Junk dealers. Every junk dealer, upon the acquisition of any items enumerated in the definition of "junk dealer" in § 110-1 hereof, shall keep a permanent record of such transactions which shall include a full, accurate, and detailed description of the item with the full name and address of the seller, together with the registration number of any vehicle used by said seller in delivery of said items and the month, day and year of said transaction. A copy of said record shall be available for inspection by any Rochester police officer or the Rochester Director of the Building, Zoning, and Licensing Services Department at any and all times.
Specifically excluded from the provisions of this chapter are the following:
A. 
Antique dealers.
B. 
Purchases from private residences.
C. 
Wearing apparel stores.
Any person, firm, corporation or association violating any of the provisions of this chapter, in addition to the revocation of his/her or its license, shall be liable to a fine or penalty of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.) for each offense.
Each provision of this chapter shall be deemed independent of all other provisions herein, and if any provision of this chapter is declared invalid, all other provisions thereof shall remain valid and enforceable.