Business Permits and Licenses


An Ordinance Amending Chapter 155 of the Hazleton City Code

WHEREAS, City Council desires to amend the Hazleton Code regarding the issuance of business licenses as follows:

1. No business license shall be issued until any and all permits required by the City of Hazleton and the City’s Zoning and Code Enforcement Office have been obtained and provided to the City Office responsible for issuing the business license.

2. No license will be issued to any person in default of any tax or fees due to the City of Hazleton, or its designated agent, levied as authorized by the City of Hazleton, or its designated agent.

3. Persons that engage in a business without having first procured a business license in accordance with Hazleton City Code are subject to penalty and fine.

4. Business licenses may be suspended or revoked at any time by the Mayor of the City of Hazleton on the advice and consent of the City Solicitor if it is determined that the holder of the permit or license secured same by misrepresentations; failed to maintain qualifications required by federal, state or local laws; engaged in fraudulent behavior or misleading advertising; consented to or allowed any behavior which would constitute a crime under federal, state or local laws, including but not limited to drug trafficking or drug possession; committed an act of gross negligence, or allowed any manner or form of public nuisance.

5. To allow for property practice, appeals to the Mayor’s decisions relative to revocation as its licenses shall be heard by City Council. Aggrieved parties shall make a written request for appeal to City Council within thirty (30) days of the date of the Mayor’s decision. Failure to request an appeal by City Council within the prescribed time shall constitute a waiver of the aggrieved parties rights of appeal.

6. Any person who conducts transactions or engages in any business, trade, profession, or any other activity within the City of Hazleton without a business license shall, upon summary conviction before a Magistrate, be fined not more than six hundred ($600.00) dollars for any one (1) offense, recoverable with costs and restitution, or imprisoned not more than ninety (90) days, if the amount of such fines and costs are not paid. Each day of a continuing violation shall be considered a separate offense.

Any Ordinance or part of an Ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this Ordinance shall be and the same is hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.

This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon passage and approved in the manner prescribed by law.

ORDAINED AND ENACTED by Council this 25th day of May, 2011.

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