[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of Northville 12-20-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Sexually oriented business — See Ch. 143.
This chapter and the state laws adopted by reference herein shall be collectively known and may be cited as the "Northville Township Business Registration Ordinance."
As used in this chapter:
- Any trade, occupation, profession, work, commerce or other activity owned or operated for profit by any person within the Township, excluding, however, political, charitable or religious establishments.
- CHARTER TOWNSHIP
- The Charter Township of Northville.
- Any individual, partnership, association or corporation.
- REGISTRATION AGENT
- The Charter Township Clerk or such other Township official or employee as may be designated by resolution of the Charter Township Board.
The purpose of the chapter is to assist the Charter Township with information to provide more adequate police and fire protection; more equal and equitable real and personal property taxation; better efficiency and economy in furnishing public utility services within the Township; more comprehensive and informed planning and zoning for uses of land and structures within the Township; and to establish a registry of businesses operating within the Township for the general information of the public and for the promotion of the Township.
No person may commence or continue a business, as herein defined, within the Charter Township without having first registered with the Charter Township therefor as hereinafter provided and without maintaining such registration in current effect during any business operation or activity. Annual registration updates will be required, and the penalty provision of this chapter may be exercised for failure to supply the Township with requested annual updates.
Registration to commence or continue a business shall be required, and the registration certificate will be issued upon submission of the application and payment of the registration fee by the owner or operator to the Clerk of the Charter Township on a form provided by the Township for such purposes. A fee, established annually by resolution of the Board of Trustees, shall accompany the application. The information provided in the application shall be complete and truthful. Upon the filing of a properly completed application and upon payment of the fee, the Township shall issue a certificate of registration to the person to commence or continue the business designated in said application if the business complies with the terms of this chapter.
The registration issued under this chapter shall be effective until December 31 of the succeeding year, with renewals required annually. No registration shall be issued by the Township where the existing or proposed business would be in violation of any law or ordinance of the United States of America, the State of Michigan, the County having jurisdiction thereof, or the Township. Transfers by the holder to any other person are required to be submitted to the Township on a new business registration application, and the new owner or holder will be required to pay the appropriate registration fee, except upon prior approval of the Charter Township Board. The registration agent shall have the right of inspection of the business premises to assure compliance with this and other Township ordinances.
No registration shall be required of any political, charitable or religious establishment situated within the Township. The provisions of this chapter are not applicable to any agency of the United States of America, the State of Michigan, or any political subdivisions thereof.
Any violation of this chapter or any part thereof shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 plus court costs and/or confinement in the County Jail for a term not to exceed 90 days. In addition, the Charter Township specifically reserves the right to proceed in any court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of obtaining an injunction, restraining order or other appropriate remedy to compel compliance with this chapter.