Sutton Massachusetts

Sutton Massachusetts General Bylaws

These general bylaws are official as of October 20, 2003. The are the last known revision as of March 17, 2007.

Section 17.1 - General Provisions

The Town Collector herein referred to as "Collector" shall annually furnish to each department, board, or commission, hereinafter, referred to as the "Licensing authority" that issues licenses or permits, including renewals and transfers, a list of any person, corporation, or business enterprise, hereinafter, referred to as the "party" that has neglected or refused to pay any local taxes, fees, assessments, betterment or other municipal charges for not less than a twelve month period, and that such party has not filed in good faith a pending petition before the appellate tax board.

Section 17.2 - Licensing Authority Action

The licensing authority may deny, revoke, or suspend any license or permit, including renewals and transfers of any party whose name appears on said list furnished to the licensing authority from the Collector; provided, however, that written notice is given to the party and the Collector, as required by applicable provisions of law, and the party is given a hearing, to be held no earlier than fourteen (14) days after said notice. Said list shall be prima facie evidence for denial, revocation or suspension of said license or permit to any party. The Collector shall have the right to intervene in any hearing conducted with respect to such license denial, revocation or suspension. Any findings made by the licensing authority with respect to such denial, revocation or suspension shall be made only for the purposes of such proceeding and shall not be relevant to or introduced in any other proceeding at law, except for any appeal from such license denial, revocation or suspension. Any license or permit denied, suspended or revoked under this by-law shall not be re-issued or renewed until the licensing authority receives a certificate issued by the Collector that the party is in good standing with respect to any and all local taxes, fees, assessments, betterment or other municipal charges payable to the town as of the date of issuance of said certificate.

Section 17.3 - Payment Agreements

Any party shall be given an opportunity to enter into a payment agreement, thereby allowing the licensing authority to issue a certificate indicating said limitations to the license or permit and the validity of said license shall be conditional upon the satisfactory compliance with said agreement. Failure to comply with said agreement shall be grounds for the suspension or revocation of said license or permit; provided however, that the holder be given notice and a hearing as required by applicable provisions of law.

Section 17.4 - Waivers

The board of selectmen may waive such denial, suspension or revocation if it finds there is no direct or indirect business interest by the property owner, its officers or stockholders, if any, or members of his immediate family, as defined in Section One of Chapter 268A, MGL. in the business or activity conducted in or on said property.

Section 17.5 - Exclusions

This section shall not apply to the following licenses and permits:

1. Open burning, MGL Chapter 48, Section 13.
2. Bicycle Permits, MGL Chapter 85, Section 11A.
3. Sale of articles for charitable purposes, MGL Chapter101, Section 33.
4. Children Work Permits, MGL Chapter 149, Section 69.
5. Clubs, associations dispensing food and beverages licenses, MGL Chapter 140, Section 137.
6. Dog Licenses, MGL Chapter 140, Section 137.
7. Fishing, Hunting, trapping licenses, MGL Chapter 131, Section 12.
8. Marriage Licenses, MGL Chapter 207, Section 28.
9. Theatrical events, public exhibition permits, MGL Chapter 140, Section 181.

Adopted: April 18, 1987

Sutton Massachusetts General Bylaws

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