[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Eagleswood 9-24-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm, corporation, partnership or other entity shall engage in, conduct or operate any business, profession or trade within the limits of the Township of Eagleswood unless a license as herein provided shall have first been obtained. This requirement to obtain a license shall apply only in the following zones: C-1, C-2, C-2V, C-3 and LB.
Licenses shall be in a form which the Township Committee prescribes by resolution and shall contain the following information:
The name and address of the licensee;
The number and type of license and the nature of the license activity;
The address at which the license activity is conducted;
The expiration date of the license;
Any other appropriate information which the Mayor and Committee may require by resolution.
No license shall be issued hereunder unless the licensee complies with all ordinances/laws of Eagleswood Township, the County of Ocean and the State of New Jersey. This includes, but is not limited to, operating the business after obtaining the appropriate site plan approval and complying with all zoning requirements of Eagleswood Township.
The Clerk shall keep a record of all licenses issued under this chapter and it shall also indicate the amount of the fee paid, the date upon which the payment was received, the date the issuance of the new license or the renewal license.
When a license has been issued, the license shall be promptly displayed at the location in which the activity is being conducted.
The annual fee for the mercantile license as required herein shall be $25, payable to the Township of Eagleswood. All licenses shall be due and payable to the Township Clerk at the office of the Township Clerk on January 1 in each year, and such license shall expire and become invalid on December 31 next ensuing. Any business commencing original operation in the Township on or after July 1 of any year shall be permitted to pay one half of the normal license fee in such first year license shall expire on December 31 next ensuing.
Nonprofit organizations duly qualified under the statutes of the State of New Jersey shall comply with the provisions of this section, except that such organizations shall not be required to pay any fee required herein.
All nonprofit organizations must file an application with the municipal Clerk's office for each separate fundraising event.
Any license issued hereunder may be revoked after a notice and hearing for any of the following causes:
Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement contained in any application for permit or license;
Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement in the conduct of any business or activity authorized by such license;
Any violation of this chapter;
Conducting any business or activity not in compliance with all ordinances/laws of Eagleswood, the County of Ocean and State of New Jersey.
Notice of hearing. Notice of a hearing for revocation of a license issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be given in writing by the Township Clerk, setting forth specifically the grounds of the complaint and the time and place of the hearing. The notice shall be mailed to the licensee by certified mail to his or her last known address at least five days prior to the date set for the hearing.
Appeal. Any person aggrieved by the revocation notice of any license required by this chapter may appeal to the Township Committee by filing with the Township Clerk within 14 days after the applicant or licensee has been notified of the complaint, a written statement setting forth the grounds of the appeal. The Township Committee or its designee shall set a time and place for a hearing on such appeal and notice shall be given to the appellant in the manner. The decision and order of the Township Committee or its designee on such appeal shall be final and conclusive.
If, within 10 business days after being notified in writing by the Township that a license is required, if the business so notified does not obtain a license, or if the license is revoked and the business continues to operate, summons is to be issued for each day the business is in operation, beginning from the date of notice.
Upon being found guilty of a violation of this section, the fine to be imposed will be not more than $100 per offense, with each separate day being a separate offense.