[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now the Township Council) of the Township of Saddle River (now the Township of Saddle Brook) 5-23-1952 as Ord. No. 360. Section 62-6 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Licenses — See Ch. 120.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to use any vacant lot, open space or temporary structure within the Township of Saddle Brook for the purpose of engaging in the business of selling, trading or exchanging used motor vehicles or the display of motor vehicles without first obtaining a license therefor from the Township Council of the Township of Saddle Brook as hereinafter provided.
All said licenses shall expire on January 1 of each and every year, and there shall be no apportionment of any license fee for any portion of said year.
Said license shall not be assignable or transferable and shall authorize the licensee to conduct the business only on the premises specified.
Every applicant for such license shall file with the Township Clerk a written application signed by the applicant, which said application shall set forth under oath the following information:
The name and residence of the applicant, and if a firm or corporation, the names and addresses of all the officers and directors and registered agent authorized to accept service of process, or the names and addresses of all the partners.
The nature of the business to be conducted, in detail.
The location of the proposed licensed premises, giving the street address and the block and lot numbers as shown on the Assessment Map of the Township of Saddle Brook, and the dimensions of the land upon which the business is to be conducted.
Whether any of the applicants, officers, directors or partners have been convicted of any crime, and if so, the date, court, nature of offense and disposition thereof.
Upon receipt of such application accompanied by the license fee, same shall be referred to the Chief of the Police Department and the Chief of the Fire Department for their respective recommendations as to possible police and fire hazards. The Township Clerk, upon receipt of the recommendations of the Chief of the Police Department and Chief of the Fire Department, shall refer same to the Township Council.
All licenses issued hereunder shall be authorized by resolution of the Township Council. The Township Council, in considering the application, shall take into consideration the nature and development of the surrounding property; the proximity of churches, schools, public buildings or other places of public gathering; the effect such business may have upon traffic conditions in the township and the creation of traffic hazards; the sufficiency in number of such other businesses of the same character in the township; the health, safety and general welfare of the public and the suitability of the applicant to establish, maintain and operate such business and to receive a license therefor. All licenses granted by the Township Council shall be issued by the Township Clerk. In the event any application is refused or denied, the Township Clerk shall forthwith return the fee to the applicant.
[Amended 12-30-1981 by Ord. No. 849]
The annual license fee to be paid for said license shall be the sum of five hundred dollars ($500.).
In all cases where the applicant is not the owner of the site of the proposed location where the business is to be conducted, the owner's consent in writing shall first be endorsed upon the application.
In all subsequent renewals thereof, it shall suffice merely to certify, under oath by said applicant, all substantial and material changes, if any, in the information as set forth in the original application, provided application for renewal is made prior to expiration of current license.
All licenses issued pursuant to and in conformity with this chapter may be suspended or revoked by the Township Council for cause, after notice to the licensee.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall forfeit and pay a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200.) for each offense or suffer imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days in the county jail for each offense, or both, in the discretion of the Judge. Each day that automobiles are kept in any lot, open space or temporary structure for the purpose of engaging in the business of selling, trading or exchanging new or used motor vehicles without a license shall constitute a separate offense.