[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ashland: Art. I, May 1993 Special Town Meeting. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted May 1993 STM]
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, and that such party has not filed in good faith a pending petition before the appellate tax board.
[Amended 11-28-2018 STM by Art. 16]
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 or with respect to any activity, event or other matter which is the subject of such license or permit and which activity, event or matter is carried out or exercised or is to be carried out or exercised on or about real estate owned by 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 reissued 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, betterments or other municipal charges payable to the town as of the date of issuance of said certificate.
[Amended 5-13-1998 ATM, Art. 39]
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 conditioned upon the satisfactory compliance with the 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.
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 1 of Chapter 268A, MGL. in the business or activity conducted in or on said property.
This section shall not apply to the following licenses and permits:
Open burning, MGL. Chapter 48, Section 13.
Bicycle Permits, MGL. Chapter 85, Section 11A.
Sales of articles for charitable purposes, MGL. Chapter 101, Section 33.
Children Work Permits, MGL. Chapter 149, Section 69.
Clubs, associations dispensing food and beverages licenses, MGL. Chapter 140, Section 21E.
Dog Licenses, MGL. Chapter 140, Section 137.
Fishing, Hunting, Trapping licenses, MGL. Chapter 131, Section 12.
Marriage Licenses, MGL. Chapter 207, Section 28.
Theatrical events, public exhibition permits, MGL. Chapter 140, Section 181.