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City of Royal Oak, MI
Monday, October 14, 2019

Chapter 388. Horse-Drawn Carriages

§ 388-4. Application for license; investigation; recommendation; expiration.

A. 
Application. Application for initial licenses as well as renewal shall be made upon forms as provided by the City to the City Clerk's office with the accompanying license fee as set by the City Commission.
B. 
Investigation. Upon receipt of such application, the City Clerk will refer same to the Police Chief who shall cause a thorough investigation, including a history of past business experience and state or local law violations, if any, of the owner and operators of the service.
C. 
The Police Chief shall recommend denial or approval of an application within 30 days. In making such determination the Police Chief shall review the information provided pursuant to Subsection B and shall also consider:
(1) 
Penal history. All applicant's convictions, the reason therefor, and the demeanor of the applicant subsequent to his or her release.
(2) 
License history. The license history of the applicant and his or her employees; whether such person has been previously licensed as a carriage service, has had such license revoked or suspended; the reasons therefor; and the demeanor of the applicant subsequent to such action.
(3) 
The number of licenses currently issued by the City to determine if an additional license(s) would or could cause a nuisance to the residents and/or businesses in the area of the proposed service, or could or would be detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the City.
D. 
All horse-drawn carriage licenses expire at 12:00 midnight on December 31 of each year.