[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of North Andover. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall keep a shop for the purchase, sale or barter of junk, old metal or secondhand articles, or shall go from house to house collecting or procuring by purchase or barter any such articles, without a written license from the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen shall set the fee for such license. Each license shall continue in force until the first day of May ensuing unless sooner revoked by the Selectmen.
Until a new fee is established by the Board of Selectmen, the Town shall continue to charge the same fees that were in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this bylaw.
All purchases by persons licensed under this chapter shall be recorded in a bound book in which shall be plainly written at the time of purchase the name, address, age, date, time and description of items purchased and signature of persons selling items. Positive photo identification from everyone selling any item must be shown. There shall be no purchase from a minor. All purchases of precious metals shall be made on licensed premises only. A report shall be filed with the Chief of Police on the forms provided by him/her of all purchases made that day.
There shall be a fifteen-day holding period within the Town, or a place designated by the Chief of Police, for all items purchased. All items purchased shall be made available for inspection by the Police Department, Town Manager or his designee. No item shall be altered during the fifteen-day holding period. If purchasing from other dealers, the licensee shall maintain the same records and same book for the same period as previously stated. (State law reference: MGL c. 266, § 142)
The weight to be used and the type of scale to be used by a person licensed pursuant to the provisions of this bylaw shall be described by the Town Sealer of Weights and Measures. The purchaser shall put the current market price at the weight at which they are buying. The licensee must present with his application for a license a certificate from the Sealer of Weights and Measures that scales have been properly sealed. The applicant must notify the Police Department of the name of the firms to whom he/she sells his precious metals, and if there are any changes the Police Department shall be so notified.
The hours of operation of a person licensed pursuant to the provisions of this bylaw shall be from the time of 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., except that the premises shall be closed on Sunday.