Worcester County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County 8-25-1981 by Bill No. 81-5 as Title 2 of the Taxation and Revenue Article of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ TR 2-101 Music boxes, player pianos and other mechanical music devices.

[Amended 11-10-1987 by Bill No. 87-5]
Every person, firm or corporation keeping, maintaining or operating for public entertainment in Worcester County any music box, mechanical player piano, graphaphone or other similar mechanical musical device played by the insertion of a coin or token shall obtain an annual county license therefor from the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County and shall pay fees as set by resolution of the County Commissioners for each independent coin-operated speaker delivering music on the same premises. Each machine or device licensed must have affixed to it a tag issued by said Board, showing that the fee for the current year has been paid. All licenses shall expire on the 30th day of April of each year, shall not be transferable and shall not be prorated. Any person, firm or corporation keeping, maintaining or operating any such machines or device without such license shall be guilty of a civil infraction.

§ TR 2-102 Coin-operated vending machines, general provisions.

The County Commissioners of Worcester County are hereby authorized to provide for the licensing of each person, firm or corporation selling or offering for sale through or by means of coin-operated vending machines any article or goods or merchandise, to establish the license fees and to prescribe regulations for the issuance of said licenses. Said Commissioners are further authorized to provide a metal tag or stamp to be applied to such vending machines upon the payment of the license fees and to prescribe criminal penalties for any person, firm or corporation maintaining or operating such vending machines without a license. All license fees collected under any regulations to be so established shall be credited to the general funds of Worcester County.

§ TR 2-103 Licensing of coin-operated vending machines; fees; exemptions; additional regulations.

(a) 
Findings of fact. It has been determined by the County Commissioners that it is in the public interest and is necessary for the protection of the health, security, morals and welfare of the county and the inhabitants thereof that the selling or offering for sale through or by means of coin-operated vending machines any article or goods or merchandise by any person in the county be subject to license, regulation and inspection.
(b) 
License required; expiration; definitions.
(1) 
Each person selling or offering for sale in the county, through or by means of coin-operated vending machines, any article of goods or merchandise shall first obtain an annual county license therefor from the County Commissioners and shall pay therefor an annual license fee, as hereinafter set forth, and shall be subject to all regulations and requirements established for the use of such coin-operated vending machines. All licenses shall expire on the 30th day of April of each and every year.
(2) 
For the purposes of this section, the owner or lessee, whether an individual, partnership or corporation, shall be deemed to be the person maintaining or operating any and all coin-operated vending machines located in, on or about any and all buildings, parts of buildings or premises under the control or supervision of such owner or lessee, and such owner or lessee shall be responsible for obtaining the license or licenses provided for herein, whether or not such owner or lessee is the owner of such coin-operated vending machine, provided that nothing in this subsection shall prevent the owner of such coin-operated vending machine from obtaining the proper license therefor under the provisions of this section.
(c) 
Application procedure.
(1) 
Forms. Applications for all licenses provided for herein shall be made upon printed forms to be provided by the County Commissioners upon request of the applicant. Such applications shall be filed with the County Clerk, together with the appropriate fee required for such license. Upon approval by the County Commissioners, such licenses shall be issued and the license fees deposited or credited to the general funds of the county. If the application is denied, all fees shall be returned to the applicant.
(2) 
Time for filing. Applications for all licenses to become effective as of the first day of May in each and every year shall be filed between the first day of April and the Tuesday next preceding the first day of May of such year.
(3) 
Metal tags. At the time such license is issued, the County Clerk shall deliver to such licensee, in addition to his license, a numbered or identifiable metal tag or stamp for each coin-operated vending machine operated or maintained by such licensee. Such licensee shall attach or affix such metal tag or stamp to a visible surface of the appropriate coin-operated vending machine as evidence of payment of the required license fee.
A. 
Such metal tags or stamps shall not be transferable either from one licensee to another licensee or from one coin-operated vending machine to another.
B. 
A properly identified coin-operated vending machine, to which is attached or affixed a proper metal tag or stamp, may be moved from one location to another by the licensee to whom such metal tag or stamp was issued, provided that such licensee remains the owner, operator or maintainer of such coin-operated vending machine, and provided further that notice thereof is given, in writing, to the County Commissioners or to the County License Inspector.
C. 
If a properly identified coin-operated vending machine, to which is attached or affixed a proper metal tag or stamp, is destroyed or becomes so inoperable as to be rendered useless, upon application under oath and signed by the licensee, setting forth such destruction or inoperability so rendering such a machine useless, and upon the surrender of the metal tag or stamp previously attached thereto and the payment of a transfer fee of one dollar, the County Commissioners shall issue to such licensee a new metal tag or stamp in replacement of the one so surrendered, which may be attached or affixed to another coin-operated vending machine. If there is a bona fide sale by one licensee to another licensee of a properly identified coin-operated vending machine, to which is attached or affixed a proper metal tag or stamp, upon application under oath and signed by the vendee, setting forth the name and address of the vendor, the name and address of the vendee, the make, model and/or serial number of such coin-operated vending machine and the number or identification stamped upon or set forth upon the metal tag or stamp attached or affixed to such machine, and upon surrender of such metal tag or stamp and the payment of a transfer fee of one dollar, the County Commissioners shall issue to the vendee a new metal tag or stamp in replacement of the one so surrendered, which shall be attached or affixed to such machine, the subject of such sale.
(d) 
Fees. The annual fees for such coin-operated machine licenses shall be determined by the type, purpose and number of machines operated by such applicant. Such fees may from time to time be amended, supplanted or changed by resolution of the County Commissioners.
(1) 
All coin-operated vending machines except cigarette machines.
A. 
For all coin-operated vending machines designed for use by one or more coins totaling in value at least five cents but less than ten cents, there shall be an annual fee of five dollars each.
B. 
For all coin-operated vending machines designed for use by one or more coins totaling in value at least ten cents but less than twenty-five cents, there shall be an annual fee of fifteen dollars each.
C. 
For all coin-operated vending machines designed for use by one or more coins totaling twenty-five cents or more, there shall be an annual fee of twenty dollars each.
(2) 
Coin-operated cigarette vending machines.
A. 
For all coin-operated vending machines dispensing cigarettes and designed for the use of one or more coins totaling in value thirty-five cents or less, there shall be an annual fee of twenty-five dollars each.
B. 
For all coin-operated vending machines dispensing cigarettes and designed for the use of one or more coins totaling in value thirty-six cents or more, there shall be an annual fee of fifty dollars.
(3) 
Coin-operated newspaper vending machines. For all coin-operated newspaper vending machines, there shall be an annual license fee of five dollars.
(4) 
Proration of fees for period less than twelve months prohibited; amendment of fees. The license fees set forth above shall not be reduced or prorated for any license period of less than twelve months. Such fees may from time to time be amended, supplanted or changed by resolution of the County Commissioners.
(e) 
Exemptions. The licensing provisions of this section shall not apply to the following coin-operated vending machines:
(1) 
Any vending machine which can be operated by or with one or more coins, the total value of which is four cents or less.
(2) 
Any vending machine which sells or offers to sell milk, ice or ice water or stamps.
(3) 
Any vending machine and/or meter which sells, offers for sale or dispenses gas or gas products, electricity, water, oil or other fuels or other utility services, designed for use and consumption on the premises of the purchaser, user or consumer and which are supplied from municipal or private mains, systems or tanks directly to the premises of the purchaser, user or consumer. This shall include the selling, offering for sale or dispensing of any such utility services as are regulated or controlled or the rates for which are regulated or controlled by the state public service commission.
(f) 
Health regulations. All coin-operated vending machines, whether exempted from licensing or not, must comply with all regulations of the State and County Health Departments, including but not restricted to requirements and regulations pertaining to packages, wrappers, containers, storing, refrigeration, preservation of wholesomeness, spoilage and contamination.
(g) 
Operation. All coin-operated vending machines, whether exempted from licensing or not, must be maintained in good working order, must be constructed of good and substantial materials and so constructed or anchored so that they are not easily tipped over, moved or dislodged so as to injure persons so using them and must clearly indicate to the general public when they are empty or out of order and, when so empty or out of order, they must be capable of returning or refunding to the persons attempting to use them such coins as may be inserted therein.
(h) 
Violations and penalties.
(1) 
Any person maintaining or operating any coin-operated vending machine without a license or who shall violate any provision of this section shall be guilty of a civil infraction.
[Amended 11-10-1987 by Bill No. 87-5]
(2) 
In addition to any penalties which may be imposed under Subsection (h)(1) above, all persons required to procure licenses by reason of this section and who shall fail or neglect to procure the same within the time prescribed shall pay, in addition to the prescribed license fee, an additional fee equal to ten percent of such license fee for each and every month thereafter that the fee shall remain unpaid, provided that such licensees shall not be deemed to be in default under the provisions of this subsection until after the lapse of fifteen days from the date on which they may be required to obtain such licenses.
(i) 
County License Inspector. There is hereby created the office of County License Inspector. The County License Inspector shall be appointed by the County Commissioners and shall serve at their pleasure. His compensation shall be fixed from time to time by the County Commissioners. He shall perform such duties as may be assigned to or required of him under this section and such other duties as may be assigned to him by the County Commissioners in relation to or in connection with any other provision for county licenses of coin-operated machines or amusement devices. In the performance of his duties, he shall have all authority, rights, privileges, powers, limitations and immunities reasonably necessary to enable him to carry out such duties and shall be considered to be a law enforcement officer and peace officer of the county.

§ TR 2-104 Peddlers and salesmen.

(a) 
License required. It is unlawful for any person to conduct the business of or to act as an itinerant or door-to-door peddler or salesman of goods, wares or merchandise, either by sample or otherwise, in Worcester County unless he has secured and holds a current license as such issued, upon proper application, by the Sheriff of the county. Prior to the issuance of such license by the Sheriff, a recent photograph of such peddler or salesman must be attached to said license. As used herein, "peddler" or "salesman" includes one who offers for sale or solicits subscriptions for magazines or other periodical publications.
(b) 
Fee. The fee for such peddler or salesman license shall be as determined by resolution of the County Commissioners.
(c) 
Exceptions. This section does not apply to vendors of milk or cream, bread, meat, fuels of petroleum products, farm produce, fish or other seafood, farm supplies, home furnishings, motor vehicles or newspapers. It does not apply to any person under eighteen years of age who is regularly attending school in any of the schools of said Worcester County.
(d) 
Violations. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a civil infraction.
[Amended 11-10-1987 by Bill No. 87-5]

§ TR 2-105 Amusement devices and arcade licenses.

Pursuant to Article 56, § 20A, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1957 Edition:
(a) 
Prohibited machines. The following machines are not legalized and cannot be licensed in Worcester County:
(1) 
Free-play console machines.
(2) 
Free-play pinball machines with a push button or other device or scheme to release registered free plays.
(b) 
Permitted machines by license. The following are legalized if properly licensed hereunder:
(1) 
Multiple-coin free-play pinball machines without a push button or other device or scheme to release registered free plays are legalized for an annual license fee of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars each, as established by resolution of the County Commissioners, which shall be due regardless of whether or not an arcade license is purchased pursuant hereto.
(2) 
Claw machines, shuffleboard, mechanical bowling machines, single-coin pinball machines or any similar device for public amusement only whose operation requires the insertion of a coin or token and the result of whose operation depends in whole or in part upon the skill of the operator are legalized for an annual license fee of not less than ten dollars nor more than fifty dollars each, as established by resolution of the County Commissioners.
(c) 
Arcade licenses. Arcade licenses in lieu of individual licenses for machines listed under Subsection (b)(2) hereof.
(1) 
For any arcade having from fifty to one hundred machines or devices described in Subsection (b)(2) above, annual license fee of one thousand dollars.
(2) 
For any arcade having more than one hundred and not more than one hundred and fifty machines or devices described in Subsection (b)(2) above, annual license fee of one thousand five hundred dollars.
(3) 
For any arcade having more than one hundred fifty and not more than two hundred machines or devices described in Subsection (b)(2) above, annual license fee of two thousand dollars.
(4) 
For any arcade having more than two hundred machines or devices described in Subsection (b)(2) above, annual license fee of two thousand five hundred dollars.
(d) 
Violations. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a civil infraction.
[Added 11-10-1987 by Bill No. 87-5]

§ TR 2-201 Tourist permits.

(a) 
General provisions.
(1) 
All rules, regulations, provisions and requirements enacted, adopted and established by the County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland, herein shall be in addition to and not in substitution of the provisions of Article 25, § 27, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1957 Edition.
(2) 
No person, firm or corporation shall establish, maintain or operate any tourist camp, cabins for hire, any tourist cabin, motel, apartment house or rooming house or any other structure or building, including trailers or trailer homes, whether mounted on wheels or not, and tents, capable of being rented to four or more persons at any one time, and for rental to or for use by transients, tourists, vacationers or persons residing temporarily in, on or upon such premises for a period of less than six months, outside of the corporate limits of any incorporated town or city in Worcester County, Maryland, without first having obtained a tourist permit from the County Commissioners thereof.
A. 
Any trailer park wherein trailers or trailer homes are kept and maintained for the purposes of renting to others and any tenting or camping area where tents, cabins or other living quarters are kept and maintained for the purpose of renting to others shall also be deemed to be a tourist camp for the purposes of this section.
B. 
Any cabin, tent or trailer, outside of a tourist camp as set forth above, containing or capable of containing sleeping accommodations for the use of four or more persons at any one time shall be deemed to be within the meaning of this section.
C. 
Any rooming house containing one or more bedrooms or sleeping rooms, all of which contain or are capable of containing sleeping accommodations for the use of four or more persons at any one time, shall be deemed to be within the meaning of this section.
D. 
Any person, firm or corporation having control over or maintaining any trailer park, tenting area or camping area where it is permitted to park, erect or maintain trailers, tents or other structures, not owned by such person or firm or corporation but held out for the purposes of rental as set forth above, shall be responsible for obtaining a tourist permit therefor.
E. 
A dormitory shall be considered to be a rooming house within the meaning of this section.
F. 
The words "hotel" and "motel" are hereby deemed to be synonymous within the meaning of the provisions of this section, and any building or structure called or known as a "hotel" shall be subject to the provisions hereof.
(b) 
Applications.
(1) 
Applicants for a tourist permit shall make application on forms to be supplied by the County Commissioners for Worcester County, upon request addressed to the License Clerk of the County Commissioners, Snow Hill, Maryland.
(2) 
All applications must contain the following:
A. 
The proper name and permanent mailing address of the applicant.
1. 
If the applicant is the owner of the premises, each owner must apply, including husband and wife; if the applicant is a tenant or lessee, each tenant or lessee must apply, including husband and wife.
2. 
If the applicant is a firm or partnership, each member of such firm or partnership must apply, and the trade name and address, if any, of the firm or partnership must be listed.
3. 
If the applicant is a corporation, application must be made in the name of the corporation, signed by the president or vice president thereof, and the names and permanent mailing addresses of the principal officers must be listed.
B. 
The address or description of the location of the premises.
C. 
A description of the premises for which the permit is requested, such as tourist camp, tourist cabin, trailer park, motel, etc.
D. 
If the applicant is not the owner of the premises, the name and permanent mailing address of the owner and a statement of how the premises are held by the applicant under such owner, such as tenants, subtenant, trustee, agent, etc.
E. 
A statement of the number of units contained, maintained or erected upon the premises for which the tourist permit is sought. For the purpose of this provision, a "unit" is defined as follows:
1. 
Each apartment or living unit held for rental in an apartment house building shall be considered to be one unit.
2. 
Each separate apartment, living unit or room used for sleeping accommodations held for rental in a hotel or motel shall be considered to be one unit. The fact that two rooms used for sleeping accommodations may at times be used as one apartment or living unit by the use of connecting doors shall not destroy their individual identity for the purposes of this section.
3. 
Each cabin, trailer, tent or other structure or building used for or capable of being used for sleeping accommodations in a tourist court, trailer park or tenting or camping area and held for rental shall be considered to be one unit.
4. 
Each bedroom or sleeping room held for rental in a rooming house shall be considered to be one unit.
5. 
In a dormitory, two double beds or four single beds held for rental shall be considered to be one unit.
6. 
Where not in one of the above classifications, each cabin, trailer, tent, building or other structure containing or capable of containing sleeping accommodations for one or more persons at any one time and held for rental shall be considered to be one unit.
(3) 
All applications shall be filed with the License Clerk to the County Commissioners of Worcester County, Snow Hill, Maryland, together with the required fee for the issuance of a tourist permit. If the application is approved, the County Commissioners will retain said permit fee. If the application is denied, the permit fee will be returned to the applicant at the mailing address set forth in the application.
(4) 
All activities conducted pursuant to any permit granted hereunder shall be conducted in a manner such as, in the discretion of the County Commissioners, shall not be detrimental to the health, safety, welfare and morals of the public.
(5) 
Renewal applications shall be made in the same manner as hereinabove set forth.
(c) 
Action of County Commissioners; hearing.
(1) 
Within a reasonable time after receipt of the application, the County Commissioners may approve the application, without hearing. If the application is approved, a tourist permit will be granted to the applicant and mailed to him at the address appearing on the application. If the application is not approved, the applicant shall be so notified of such by letter setting forth the reasons for failure to approve the same and mailed to the applicant at the address appearing on the application.
(2) 
Hearing.
A. 
Within ten days from the date of receipt of notice of failure to approve the application, an applicant may file a written request to the County Commissioners for a hearing on such application. The County Commissioners shall thereupon set the same for hearing not later than twenty days from the date of receipt of such written request and shall notify all parties in interest thereof, by mail, at least five days prior thereto.
B. 
The County Commissioners shall render a decision on the matters and facts brought forth at such hearing on or before twenty days from the date of such hearing and shall notify all parties in interest of such decision by mail. Such decision shall be final. If the County Commissioners determine that the application meets all applicable health, safety, fire, zoning and building standards, the application must be approved.
C. 
Any hearing may be postponed or continued from time to time by the County Commissioners, in their discretion, at their convenience or upon request of a party in interest for cause.
(d) 
Revocation or suspension.
(1) 
The County Commissioners may revoke or suspend a tourist permit, in their discretion, for cause, after notice and hearing, and upon its own motion.
(2) 
The procedure for such hearing and notice shall generally conform to the provisions of Subsection (c) above.
(e) 
Reasons for denial of application, revocation or suspension.
(1) 
The County Commissioners may, in their discretion, deny an application or revoke or suspend a tourist permit for the following reasons:
A. 
An incomplete or incorrect application.
B. 
The activity is or would be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the public.
C. 
Conviction, within the period of one year, of an applicant of any crime committed upon the premises involving a breach of morals or violations of gambling or alcoholic beverage laws.
D. 
Failure to conform to the rules and regulations prescribed or any subsequent amendments thereto.
E. 
Recurrent offensive conduct or behavior of any person or persons on the premises, causing a public nuisance or disturbance.
(f) 
Permit year, proration, fees and transfers.
(1) 
Tourist permits shall be issued annually by the County Commissioners for a period of one year from June 1 to May 31 in every year.
(2) 
No permit fees will be prorated, either upon application or upon cancellation, whether voluntary or otherwise.
(3) 
Tourist permit fees shall be as prescribed by resolution of the County Commissioners.
(4) 
No permit issued hereunder shall be transferable, either to another person for the same premises or to other premises by the applicant to whom issued.
(g) 
Display of permit. The tourist permit shall at all times be displayed in open view in the principal office on the premises for which it is issued or, if there is no such office, then on the wall of the central hall or room near the main entrance of said premises.
(h) 
Enforcement, inspection and penalties.
(1) 
The provisions of this section shall be enforced by the County License Department, which shall perform such duties as may be assigned to or required of it under this regulation and such other duties as may be assigned by the County Commissioners. In the performance of such duties, the Department shall have all authority, rights, privileges, powers and immunities reasonably necessary to enable it to carry out such duties and shall be considered to be a law enforcement agency and its members peace officers of Worcester County.
(2) 
The County License Inspectors of the License Department shall have the right to enter upon any premises for which a tourist permit has been issued hereunder in order to inspect such permit and such premises or parts of such premises which are then and there under the control and/or supervision of the permit holder; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be so construed so as to give said County License Inspectors the right or privilege of entering upon any such premises or any part thereof while the same are under the control or supervision of a tenant of the permit holder without permission of that tenant, a valid search warrant or unless such premises or part thereof is usually and customarily open to members of the public.
(3) 
Violations.
A. 
Violations. Any person establishing, maintaining or operating any establishment or place as herein described without first obtaining a permit or operating or maintaining the same in violation of this section shall be guilty of a civil infraction.
[Amended 11-10-1987 by Bill No. 87-5]
B. 
Action of County Commissioners.
1. 
If any person, firm or corporation shall violate any provision, restriction or requirement of Article 25, § 27, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1957 Edition, or any provision, restriction or requirement of this section, such place, establishment or premises shall be subject to be abated as a nuisance by the County Commissioners, in their discretion.
2. 
In addition to the above, the County Commissioners may, in their discretion, refuse to grant or renew or may, in their discretion, revoke or suspend any tourist permit.

§ TR 2-202 Gaming permits.

[Amended 4-25-1989 by Bill No. 89-3]
(a) 
Legislative intent. The County Commissioners, in view of the passage of Chapter 463 of the Acts of 1988, codified as § 251B of Article 27 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1957 Edition, deem it necessary and appropriate to enact this section of the Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County dealing with gaming for the purpose of establishing a system for the issuance of permits, grounds for the refusal of the issuance of gaming permits, the means for determining whether a group, organization or corporation is qualified to obtain a gaming permit, to place a limitation on the number of raffle permits to be issued and to generally deal with gaming permits in the county, all pursuant to Chapter 463 of the Acts of 1988. It is not the legislative intent to contravene or attempt to limit or expand Chapter 463 of the Acts of 1988, except as therein authorized, nor is it the legislative intent to qualify or change the definition of a raffle as set forth therein.
(b) 
Limitation on raffle permits. No organization may receive more than twelve raffle permits in any calendar year.
(c) 
Chapter 463 of the Acts of 1988 to be complied with. In all cases, the provisions of chapter 463 of the Acts of 1988, as time to time amended, shall be complied with in the issuance of raffle permits in the county.
(d) 
System for issuance of gaming permits. The system for the issuance of raffle permits in the county shall be as follows:
(1) 
Application shall be under oath and will be made to the agency designated by the County Commissioners as the issuing agency for the raffle permits, upon forms provided by the County Commissioners. Each application shall contain, without limitation, information as to the name and type of organization of the application, the location of the applicant's principal place of business, lodge, fire house or other appropriate headquarters, the names and bona fide residences of the officers or leaders of the applicant, the number of members, stockholders or participants of applicant, the approximate date of the founding or chartering of the applicant, the number of meetings held by the applicant within the last three years, the name or names of the beneficiaries of the receipts of the raffle, whether or not the applicant or the beneficiary of the raffle has been granted tax-exempt status by any taxing authority and, if so, details as to such exemption, the nature of the event, giving details as to the working thereof, a list of prizes to be awarded as a result of the event, the time of the event, including sales and awarding of prizes, the proposed dates of the event, whether or not the event is a raffle and such other information as the County Commissioners may from time to time deem necessary and appropriate. All applications shall be accompanied by such fees as may be prescribed by law.
(2) 
The application will be reviewed by the designated agency, which will make determinations as to the following:
A. 
Whether or not all of the criteria prescribed by Chapter 463 of the Acts of 1988, as from time to time amended, have been strictly complied with.
B. 
Whether or not the applicant is entitled to a permit.
C. 
Whether or not the proceeds of the event are to be used for a permitted purpose.
D. 
That the applicant has not violated the terms of Chapter 463 of the Acts of 1988, as from time to time amended, or the provisions hereof or any rules or regulations adopted hereunder at any time within a period of three years prior to the date of application. In determining whether or not the applicant is eligible for a raffle permit as prescribed by Chapter 463 of the Acts of 1988, as from time to time amended, the designated agency shall consider previous charitable or community service, activities of the applicant within the county, the applicant's apparent ability to carry out such activities in the future, whether or not the applicant is in fact an organization which regularly conducts such activities, whether or not members of the organization have any self-interest or personal financial gain in the activities of the applicant, whether or not the applicant has been recognized as the type of organization which would qualify for a gaming permit hereunder by other governmental or taxing authorities for other purposes or purposes similar to the purposes hereof and whether or not the applicant is in fact working in furtherance of the purposes of the applicant which qualifies hereunder. If the designated agency finds that the applicant has fulfilled all of the criteria as herein set forth, the permit shall be issued forthwith. In the event that the designated agency finds that the applicant has not complied with all of the criteria as herein set forth, the permit will be denied.
(e) 
Appeals. In the event that a permit has been denied pursuant hereto, the applicant may appeal to the County Commissioners by noting an appeal, in writing, within ten days of the date of the receipt of the denial by the applicant. The County Commissioners shall provide for a hearing to be held upon the appeal upon no less than fifteen days notice to the applicant, provided that if the Commissioners, upon review of the application, choose to overrule the issuing agency without a hearing, such may be done. In the event of a denial by the designated agency on account of a previous violation as described in this section, the Commissioners may determine that such violation was minor or not willful and may issue the permit regardless.
(f) 
Contents and expiration of permits. Permits shall contain, in addition to other appropriate matters, the provision that the raffle be managed and operated only by members of the applicant personally and that no individual member of the applicant may benefit personally from the holding of the event. This does not preclude, however, a member of the applicant from being a prize winner, provided that such prize is awarded in the same manner in which the other prizes given at the event are awarded. The permit may prescribe the time at which the event must be conducted and such other provisions as the County Commissioners may deem appropriate. All gaming permits, unless otherwise provided, shall expire one year from the date of their issuance.
(g) 
Report. As required by law, the applicant/permittee shall file a report under oath with the designated agency with regard to the event. The report shall be on forms provided by the County Commissioners and shall contain, without limitation, a statement of the gross amount of money realized by the conduct of the event, the net amount of money after bona fide expenses, the use or intended use to which the money realized will be put and the affirmative statement that all provisions of Chapter 463 of the Acts of 1988, as from time to time amended, and hereof have been strictly complied with. In the event that funds realized by a raffle have not been expended by the time of the report, the County Commissioners may require a later report as to the expenditure of such funds.
(h) 
Additional information. In the event that the County Commissioners or the designated agency desire additional information with regard to the application for a raffle permit or the report of a raffle, they may require the applicant to provide such information.
(i) 
Penalties. A person, group, organization or corporation willingly conducting or attempting to conduct a raffle in violation of this section shall be subject, upon conviction, to a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. Each day of a violation constitutes a separate offense.