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5.15.010 Permit Required - Application.

(a) It is unlawful for any person to operate, engage in, conduct or carry on, or permit such to be done in or upon any premises within the City, the following businesses:

(1) Automobile wrecker;

(2) Campground;

(3) Entertainment, as defined in Chapter 5.43;

(4) Escort service;

(5) Health bathing operator;

(6) Health studio;

(7) Junk dealer;

(8) Massage studio;

(9) Masseuse or masseur;

(10) Pawnbroker;

(11) Private street patrol;

(12) Racing forms vendor;

(13) Regulated sale;

(14) Secondhand dealer;

(15) Taxicab driver;

(16) Temporary vendor;

(17) Towing service; or

(18) Trailer camp

unless a permit for such a business has first been obtained from the bureau and remains in effect in accordance with the provisions of the chapter title.

(b) Unless otherwise provided in this title, each applicant for a permit shall provide the following information:

(1) Declaration under penalty of perjury in duplicate giving the following:

(A) The name and any aliases of applicant,

(B) The current, permanent address and mailing address if different, of applicant,

(C) Local business address,

(D) Description of applicant's personal characteristics,

(E) Brief description of the nature of the business, and method of operation,

(F) If employed, the name and address of employer, together with such credentials as may be required by the license bureau establishing the exact relationship,

(G) The length of time during which the applicant desires to do business,

(H) If vehicles are to be used, each vehicle's description, license number, and other means of identification,

(I) A statement of whether or not applicant or his or her employer has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, the date, nature thereof, the state of conviction, and penalty assessed therefor,

(J) A statement of whether or not applicant, or his or her employer, has ever been denied or had revoked or suspended, a business permit by the City or any other jurisdiction, and the reasons therefor,

(K) All residence and business addresses of applicant for the preceding three years,

(L) Applicant's occupation for the preceding three years;

(M) Applicant's experience, if any, in the business for which the permit is sought,

(N) If the applicant is a corporation, the name of the corporation shall be set forth exactly as shown in its articles of incorporation together with the names and residence addresses of each of the officers, directors, and each stockholder holding more than ten percent of the stock of the corporation. If the applicant is a partnership, the application shall set forth the name and the residence address of each of the partners, including limited partners. If one or more of the partners is a corporation, the provisions of this section pertaining to a corporate applicant apply also.

(2) As applicable, a photograph of applicant taken within sixty days immediately prior to the date of filing the application, which photograph shall show the head and shoulders of applicant;

(3) A set of fingerprints of the applicant;

(4) Such other and further information as the Tax Collector may require.

The application shall be signed by each and every owner of the business. If the owner is a corporation, the application shall be signed by the representative designated by the corporation's board of directors.

(c) Unless otherwise specified within this title a non-refundable charge of fifty dollars shall be made at the time of filing the application for expenses in connection with investigation of the application and shall be paid to the Tax Collector.

(d) At the time of application for a permit, the applicant shall also file a business tax return pursuant to this title and furnish the information required by Chapter 5.06 of this Code. No business tax certificate shall be issued until the investigation is completed on the application for a permit and approved; and then it shall be issued upon payment of the business tax as provided.