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All licenses expire every December 31. There are not partial payments, half year or partial year licenses. If a license is purchased on or after October 1, the license fee is prorated for the calendar year and the full fee for the following year must be paid at the time of application.
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The licensee is required by law to notify the business license office of these changes within a 10 day period if during the course of the license year, any information pertaining to the business changes, such as:
License fees are due every year by December 31 to avoid penalty charges. After December 31, there is a 25% penalty; after January 31, a 50% penalty, whichever is greater; and after March 1 a 100% penalty. If payment is not received you may be issued a citation for operation of a business without a license.
Liquor licenses are due on or before December 31 by close of business. Any establishment that has not paid the license fee by this date is not permitted by law to serve liquor.
The business licensing office sends out renewal notices for business licenses for the following year in mid-November. Liquor license payments are due on or before December 31. All license payments are due December 31.
New business owners should allow 10 to 14 days for their license to be processed. All Fees are due at the time of application. The business license application will be sent to the Planning Department for zoning and signage compliance, to the Building Department for ordinance compliance and on-site inspection, and to the Police Department for final approval.
If an application is denied or if the licensed business never begins operation, all fees, less a $25 processing fee, will be refunded.