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  • Sec. 16-31. Imposition of business registration fee.

    There is imposed on each place of business conducted in this city a business registration fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00). The fee is imposed pursuant to section 3-38-3 N.M.S.A. 1978 as it now exists or is amended and shall be known as the “Business Registration Fee.” The business registration fee may not be prorated for business conducted for a portion of the year.
    (Ord. No. 143, § 1, 7-2-81; Ord. No. 213, § 1, 5-23-88)


    Sec. 16-32. Application to do business.

    Any person proposing to engage in business with the city limits after July 1, 1981, shall apply for and pay a business registration fee for each outlet, branch or location within the city limits prior to engaging in business.
    (Ord. No. 143, § 2, 7-2-81)


    Sec. 16-33. Renewal.

    Prior to March 16 of each year, any person with a place of business in the city and subject to this division shall apply for renewal of business registration with the city clerk.
    (Ord. No. 143, § 2, 7-2-81)


    Sec. 16-34. Application.

    Any person filing an application for issuance or renewal of any business registration shall include in the application his current revenue division taxpayer identification number or evidence of application for a current revenue division taxpayer identification number.
    (Ord. No. 143, § 4, 7-2-81)


    Sec. 16-35. Offenses; penalties; procedure not exclusive.

    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in, conduct or carry on any business or occupation within the city without first registering the same or obtaining a license therefor, and without first paying the fees, in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
    (b) The remedies provided in this section are not exclusive; and if any person engages in business in the city without obtaining the required registration or license for such business, the city may proceed in any manner authorized by law, including specifically but not limited to the procedures set forth in sections 3-38-5 and 3-38-6 N.M.S.A. 1978 (as amended).
    (Ord. No. 213, § 1, 5-23-88)


    Sec. 16-36. Investigation fee.

    Upon the receipt of a registration/application, a non-refundable investigation fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) shall be imposed for all new registrations/applications, the city clerk shall then determine whether the proposed business may be done without conflict with any city, state of federal laws, and may cause such investigation of the registration/application as may be necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare. If, as the result of the investigation, the city clerk determines that the issuance of a business license is in conflict with any city, state or federal laws or is not in the best interest of the health, safety, general welfare of the public, the application shall be denied as pursuant to section 3-38-2 N.M.S.A. 1978.
    (Ord. No. 311, 9-14-98)


    Sec. 16-37. Late charge fee.

    In any case where a person or business fails to renew the business license issued previously, by March 15 of each year, a late charge fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall impose, or as section 3-38-5 N.M.S.A. 1978 may allow.
    (Ord. No. 311, 9-14-98)


    Sec. 16-38. Inspection of license and licensed premises.

    The chief of police, his/her designated official or code enforcement officer shall be permitted at any reasonable time to inspect the license required and the premises for which the license has been applied or issued.

    Sec. 16-56. License required; fees.

    The following fees apply to all persons engaged in the pursuits, businesses or occupations, and shall before commencing business, obtain a license from the city.
    (1) Amusement halls $150
    (2) Auto dismantlers $50
    (3) Automobile park and sale lots $50
    (4) Canvassers, solicitors, peddlers, per day $5
    (5) Carnivals or circuses, per day $150
    (6) Concerts (for profit), per day $150
    (7) Electronic and mechanical amusement devices, each device
    Per year, with a cap of one hundred fifty dollars ($150). All devices shall be registered with the city clerk.
    $15
    (8) Extended-hour businesses (open between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. $100
    (9) Food vending vehicle (per vehicle) $35
    (10) Home occupations/business $35
    (11) Massage, tattoo parlor $200
    (12) Members of a recognized profession (attorneys, physicians, therapist etc.) with offices and not home occupations $35
    (13) Outdoor/special events $150
    (14) Pawnbrokers or pawnshops $50
    (15) Private investigators or security firms $50
    (16) Sales of seasonal items (Christmas tree, fireworks etc.) $25
    (17) Secondhand dealer $50
    (18) Scrap dealers $50

    Sec. 16-56.1. Requirements for outdoor sales, canvassers, solicitors, peddlers.

    Outdoor sales, canvassers, solicitors or peddlers shall be subject to the following requirements:
    (1) Shall be limited to three (3) consecutive days not to exceed thirty (30) days of a calendar year.
    (2) Merchandise shall not be displayed within any public right-of-way, or impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic or obstruct any clear sight triangle.
    (3) The display area shall not reduce the parking on the premises below the required minimum allowed by the city zoning regulations (Appendix C, section 6, article 12)
    (4) Written permission from the property owner shall be obtained prior to issuance of a city license and/or conducting business. A copy of the written permission and license shall be on file with the police department.
    (5) Outdoor sales or peddlers or solicitors shall only be allowed in the following zoning districts; Neighborhood Commercial, Community Commercial, Limited Industrial or Industrial Districts. No outdoor sales displaying goods shall be allowed in any residential districts.
    (6) All other applicable city zoning regulations and/or ordinances shall be adhered to.