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City of Batavia, NY
Genesee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Batavia 4-13-1992 by L.L. No. 3-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 134.
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The short title of this statute shall be the "Transient Vendor's Law."
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The city declares that the purpose of this chapter is to establish, implement and enforce licensing procedures to be applicable to all transient vendors within the City of Batavia.
As used in the chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
PERSON
The singular and the plural and shall also mean and include any person, firm or corporation, association, club, partnership, society or any other organization.
RETAIL GOOD, WARES OR MERCHANDISE
All goods as defined in § 401, Subdivision (1), of the New York Personal Property Law sold for other than a commercial or business use or for purpose of resale. The term includes goods which, at the time of the sale or subsequently, are to be so affixed to real property as to become a part thereof whether or not severable therefrom. Exempted from this definition are handcrafted goods or objects of art sold by the artisan who made said items.
SALE AT RETAIL OF GOODS
A sale of goods, the taking of orders for the sale of goods for future delivery, or the furnishing or rendering of services or an agreement to furnish or render services by a seller to a buyer for cash or credit.
SELLER
A person who sells retail goods or takes orders for the sale of goods for future delivery or furnishes or renders or agrees to furnish or render services to a buyer.
TRANSIENT RETAIL BUSINESS
One conducted in a store, hotel, motel, house, building, vehicle, structure or outdoor sale located on private property, excepting food products, and which is intended to be conducted for a temporary period of time and not permanently.
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All merchants selling goods in the Batavia Farmers' Market are hereby specifically exempted from the provisions of this law.
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All merchants selling retail goods in the Genesee Country Mall concourse are specifically exempted from the provisions of this law.
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No person shall conduct a transient retail business within the city until he shall have obtained a permit in writing to conduct such business from the City Clerk and shall have deposited with the City Clerk the sum of $500 in cash, certified check or bank draft as security for the payment of any unpaid New York State sales tax.
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Upon the filing with the City Clerk of satisfactory proof that the person so making such deposit has discontinued such transient retail business, the City Clerk shall return said deposit or so much thereof as shall remain after deducting all sums due the city under the provisions of this chapter.
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Any sum of money deposited with the City Clerk pursuant to Subsection A of this section which shall be left unclaimed for a period of 30 days after the termination of transient retail business operated by a person making said deposit shall, upon notice to the permit holder, be forfeited to the general fund of the city. For the purposes of this section "notice" shall be defined as the mailing of a registered letter, return receipt requested, to the address set forth on the permit holder's application.
All permits issued under this chapter shall be valid for a period not to exceed six months from the opening of the transient retail business. The fee for such permit shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the City Council. Said permit fee is nonrefundable.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
All applicants for a permit pursuant to this law shall provide to the City Clerk proof of registration with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Pursuant to § 85-a of the General Municipal Law, if the place in which a business is conducted is rented, leased or occupied for a period of six months or less, such fact shall be presumptive evidence that the business carried on therein is a transient retail business.
Nothing in this chapter shall be held to apply to activities sponsored by and held for the benefit of any bona fide museum, fraternal, charitable, educational or religious organization. The burden of proving entitlement to this exemption shall be upon the person making an application for a permit under this chapter.
No person shall conduct a transient retail business within the city until at least two days shall have elapsed after the filing in the Office of the City Clerk of an application verified by the person or persons who are to conduct such business containing the following information:
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The full name and address of such persons.
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If a corporation makes the application, the state under the laws of which said corporation is organized.
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The exact location of the principal office and place of business of the applicant.
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The names and addresses of the officers of the business entity making said application.
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The nature and location of the business engaged in by the applicant during the five years immediately preceding the filing of such statement.
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Satisfactory proof of compliance with all New York State and Genesee County sales tax regulations.
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The exact location within the City of Batavia where such transient retail business is to be conducted.
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The date on which such person intends to begin doing business within the city.
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The expected duration of the proposed sale.
Upon the filing of the application required above, the City Clerk shall immediately send a copy of the application to the Police Department for investigation. Said Police Department shall report its findings, if any, to the City Clerk within two business days of the filing of said application.
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Upon receipt of the findings of the Police Department as required above, the City Clerk shall, except as set forth below, issue to the applicant a permit as required by this chapter, signed by the City Clerk or the Deputy City Clerk.
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Except as herein provided, no permit shall be refused except for a specific written reason and for the protection of the public safety, health, morals or general welfare.
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No permit shall be issued unless the applicant agrees to conform and comply with all terms and conditions of said permit as indicated in this chapter.
No person shall conduct a transient retail business within the city at any place other than that set forth on the permit issued by the Office of the City Clerk pursuant to this chapter.
In the event that any person fails to begin conducting the transient retail business at the place specified in the permit within 90 days after the issuance of said permit, such person shall not thereafter conduct any transient retail business within the city until five days shall have elapsed after the filing of a new application duly verified and containing the information set forth above in § 170-9.
The City Clerk and such officers of the city designated by the Clerk for said purpose shall have the power and authority to enter any store or building in which a transient retail business may be carried on at any time during business hours for the purpose of ascertaining the amount of sales made. At all times the City Clerk shall have access to the books of such businesses that relate to the transient operation in the city.
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Every person conducting a transient retail business pursuant to this chapter shall on the first day of each month of operation, or the day following termination on a permit issued for less than one month, present to the City Clerk, at City Hall, a verified statement showing the total gross sales made during the week preceding. The Clerk may request supporting documentation such as New York State sales tax reports and register receipts.
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The permit holder shall provide to the City Clerk figures substantiating the amount of tax due pursuant to this chapter to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, as specified on the verified statement of sales required by Subsection A of § 170-15.
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The permit holder shall, on the day following cessation of sales pursuant to a permit, provide to the City Clerk proof of the payment of all sales tax due and owing to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punished as follows:
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A violation of any provision of this chapter is hereby declared to be a violation and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.
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In addition to the penalties hereinabove imposed, the permit of such person shall be canceled and revoked and forfeited.