Village of Siren, WI
Burnett County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Siren at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ARTICLE
Any of the following articles except jewelry:
A. 
Audiovisual equipment.
B. 
Bicycles.
C. 
China.
D. 
Computers, printers, software and computer supplies.
E. 
Computer toys and games.
F. 
Crystal.
G. 
Electronic equipment.
H. 
Fur coats and other fur clothing.
I. 
Ammunition and knives.
J. 
Microwave ovens.
K. 
Office equipment.
L. 
Pianos, organs, guitars and other musical instruments.
M. 
Silverware and flatware.
N. 
Small electrical appliances.
O. 
Telephones.
AUCTIONEER
An individual who is registered as an auctioneer under Ch. 480, Wis. Stats., and who sells secondhand articles or secondhand jewelry at an auction, as defined in § 480.01(1), Wis. Stats.
CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
A corporation, trust or community chest, fund or foundation organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
CUSTOMER
A person with whom a pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer or any agent thereof engages in a transaction of purchase, sale, receipt or exchange of any secondhand article or secondhand jewelry.
FLEA MARKET
A market, indoors or out of doors, where new or used items are sold from individual locations, with each location being operated independently from the other locations. Items sold include, but are not limited to, household items, antiques, rare items, decorations, used books and used magazines.
FLEA MARKET SELLER
A person, firm or corporation selling items or offering items for sale at a flea market.
GARAGE SALE
All general sales open to the public, conducted from or on a residential premises, for the purpose of disposing of personal property, including but not limited to all sales titled rummage, lawn, yard, porch, room, backyard, patio or garage sale.
JEWELRY
Any tangible personal property ordinarily wearable on the person and consisting in whole or in part of any metal, mineral or gem customarily regarded as precious or semiprecious.
MARKET
A place where goods are sold to the public.
PAWNBROKER
Any person who engages in the business of lending money on the deposit or pledge of any article or jewelry or purchasing any article or jewelry with an expressed or implied agreement or understanding to sell it back at a subsequent time at a stipulated price.
PERSONAL PROPERTY
Property which is owned, utilized and maintained and acquired in the normal course of living in or maintaining a residence. It does not include merchandise which was purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.
SECONDHAND
Owned by any person, except a wholesaler, retailer or secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer licensed under this chapter, immediately before the transaction at hand.
SECONDHAND ARTICLE DEALER
Any person, other than an auctioneer, who primarily engages in the business of purchasing or selling secondhand articles, except when engaging in any of the following:
A. 
Any transaction at an occasional garage or yard sale, an estate sale, a gun, knife, gem or antique show or a convention.
B. 
Any transaction entered into by a person while engaged in a business for which the person is licensed under § 435-2B or C or while engaged in the business of junk collector, junk dealer or scrap processor as described in § 70.995(2)(x), Wis. Stats.
C. 
Any transaction while operating as a charitable organization or conducting a sale the proceeds of which are donated to a charitable organization.
D. 
Any transaction between a buyer of a new article and the person who sold the article when new which involves any of the following:
(1) 
The return of the article.
(2) 
The exchange of the article for a different, new article.
E. 
Any transaction as a purchaser of a secondhand article from a charitable organization if the secondhand article was a gift to the charitable organization.
F. 
Any transaction as a seller of a secondhand article which the person bought from a charitable organization if the secondhand article was a gift to the charitable organization.
SECONDHAND JEWELRY DEALER
Any person, other than an auctioneer, who engages in the business of any transaction consisting of purchasing, selling, receiving or exchanging secondhand jewelry, except for the following:
A. 
Any transaction at an occasional garage or yard sale, an estate sale, a gun, knife, gem or antique show or a convention.
B. 
Any transaction with a licensed secondhand jewelry dealer.
C. 
Any transaction entered into by a person while engaged in a business of smelting, refining, assaying or manufacturing precious metals, gems or valuable articles if the person has no retail operation open to the public.
D. 
Any transaction between a buyer of new jewelry and the person who sold the jewelry when new which involves any of the following:
(1) 
The return of the jewelry.
(2) 
The exchange of the jewelry for different, new jewelry.
E. 
Any transaction as a purchaser of secondhand jewelry from a charitable organization if the secondhand jewelry was a gift to the charitable organization.
F. 
Any transaction as a seller of secondhand jewelry which the person bought from a charitable organization if the secondhand jewelry was a gift to the charitable organization.
A. 
License for pawnbroker. No person may operate as a pawnbroker unless the person first obtains a pawnbroker's license under this chapter.
B. 
License for secondhand article dealer.
(1) 
Except as provided in Subsection B(2), no person may operate as a secondhand article dealer unless the person first obtains a secondhand article dealer's license under this chapter.
(2) 
A person who operates as a secondhand article dealer only on premises or land owned by a person having a secondhand dealer mall or flea market license under § 435-9 need not obtain a secondhand article dealer's license.
C. 
License for secondhand jewelry dealer. No person may operate as a secondhand jewelry dealer unless the person first obtains a secondhand jewelry dealer's license under this chapter.
D. 
License application. A person wishing to operate as a pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer in the Village shall apply to the Clerk-Treasurer for a license. The Clerk-Treasurer shall furnish application forms under § 435-13 which shall require the following:
(1) 
The applicant's name, place and date of birth and residence address.
(2) 
The names and addresses of the business and of the owner of the business premises.
(3) 
A statement as to whether the applicant has been convicted within the preceding 10 years of a felony or within the preceding five years of a misdemeanor, statutory violation punishable by forfeiture or county or municipal ordinance violation in which the circumstances of the felony, misdemeanor or other offense substantially relate to the circumstances of the licensed activity and, if so, the nature and date of the offense and the penalty assessed.
(4) 
Whether the applicant is a natural person, corporation, limited liability company or partnership and, if the applicant is a corporation, the state where incorporated and the names and addresses of all officers and directors; if the applicant is a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners; and, if the applicant is a limited liability company, the names and addresses of all members.
(5) 
The name of the manager or proprietor of the business.
(6) 
Any other information that the Clerk may reasonably require.
(7) 
License application fee as set by the Village Board (§ 435-12).
E. 
Investigation of license applicant. The Police Department shall investigate each applicant for a pawnbroker's, secondhand article dealer's or secondhand jewelry dealer's license to determine whether the applicant has been convicted within the preceding 10 years of a felony or within the preceding five years of a misdemeanor, statutory violation punishable by forfeiture or county or municipal ordinance violation described under Subsection D(3) and, if so, the nature and date of the offense and the penalty assessed. The Police Department shall furnish the information derived from that investigation, in writing, to the Clerk-Treasurer.
F. 
License issuance.
(1) 
The Village Board shall grant the license if all the following apply:
(a) 
The applicant, including an individual, a partner, a member of a limited liability company or an officer, director or agent of any corporate applicant, has not been convicted within the preceding 10 years of a felony or within the preceding five years of a misdemeanor, statutory violation punishable by forfeiture or county or municipal ordinance violation in which the circumstances of the felony, misdemeanor or other offense substantially relate to the circumstances of being a pawnbroker, secondhand jewelry dealer, secondhand article dealer or secondhand article dealer mall or flea market owner.
(b) 
With respect to an applicant for a pawnbroker's license, the applicant provides to the governing body a bond of $500, with not fewer than two sureties, for the observation of all municipal ordinances relating to pawnbrokers.
(c) 
The applicant has no outstanding delinquent taxes, assessments, forfeitures for violations of Village ordinances, utility bills, or any other claims owed to the Village.
(2) 
No license issued under this section may be transferred.
(3) 
License period.
(a) 
Each license for a pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer is valid from January 1 until the following December 31.
(b) 
Each license for a secondhand article dealer mall or flea market is valid for two years, from May 1 of an odd-numbered year until April 30 of the next odd-numbered year.
No pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer may engage in a transaction of purchase, receipt or exchange of any secondhand article or secondhand jewelry from a customer without first securing adequate identification from the customer. At the time of the transaction, the pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer shall require the customer to present one of the types of identification listed in Subsections A to H and identification listed in Subsection I:
A. 
A county identification card.
B. 
A state identification card.
C. 
A valid Wisconsin motor vehicle operator's license.
D. 
A valid motor vehicle operator's license, containing a picture, issued by another state.
E. 
A military identification card.
F. 
A valid passport.
G. 
An alien registration card.
H. 
A senior citizen's identification card containing a photograph.
I. 
Any identification document issued by a state or federal government, whether or not containing a picture, if the pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer obtains a clear imprint of the customer's right index finger.
A. 
Except as provided in Subsection B, no pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer may engage in a transaction of purchase, receipt or exchange of any secondhand article or secondhand jewelry from any minor.
B. 
A pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer may engage in a transaction under Subsection A if the minor is accompanied by his or her parent or guardian at the time of the transaction or if the minor provides the pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer with the parent's or guardian's written consent to engage in the particular transaction.
A. 
Except as provided in Subsection B, for each transaction of purchase, receipt or exchange of any secondhand article or secondhand jewelry from a customer, a pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer shall require the customer to complete and sign, in ink, the appropriate form provided under § 435-13. No entry on such a form may be erased, mutilated or changed. The pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer shall retain an original and a duplicate of each form for not less than one year after the date of the transaction, except as provided in § 435-7, and during that period shall make the duplicate available to any law enforcement officer for inspection at any reasonable time.
B. 
For every secondhand article purchased, received or exchanged by a secondhand article dealer from a customer off the secondhand article dealer's premises or consigned to the secondhand article dealer for sale on the secondhand article dealer's premises, the secondhand article dealer shall keep a written inventory. In this inventory the secondhand article dealer shall record the name and address of each customer, the date, time and place of the transaction and a detailed description of the article which is the subject of the transaction. The customer shall sign his or her name on a declaration of ownership of the secondhand article identified in the inventory and shall state that he or she owns the secondhand article. The secondhand article dealer shall retain an original and a duplicate of each entry and declaration of ownership relating to the purchase, receipt or exchange of any secondhand article for not less than one year after the date of the transaction, except as provided in § 435-7, and shall make duplicates of the inventory and declarations of ownership available to any law enforcement officer for inspection at any reasonable time.
A. 
Except as provided in Subsection C:
(1) 
Any secondhand article or secondhand jewelry purchased or received by a pawnbroker shall be kept on the pawnbroker's premises or other place for safekeeping for not less than 30 days after the date of purchase or receipt, unless the person known by the pawnbroker to be the lawful owner of the secondhand article or secondhand jewelry recovers it.
(2) 
Any secondhand article purchased or received by a secondhand article dealer shall be kept on the secondhand article dealer's premises or other place for safekeeping for not less than 21 days after the date of purchase or receipt.
(3) 
Any secondhand jewelry purchased or received by a secondhand jewelry dealer shall be kept on the secondhand jewelry dealer's premises or other place of safekeeping for not less than 21 days after the date of purchase or receipt.
B. 
During the period set forth in Subsection A(1), (2) or (3), the secondhand article or secondhand jewelry shall be held separate and apart and may not be altered in any manner. The pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer shall permit any law enforcement officer to inspect the secondhand article or secondhand jewelry during this period. Within 24 hours after a written request of a law enforcement officer during this period, a pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer shall make available for inspection any secondhand article or secondhand jewelry which is kept off the premises for safekeeping. Any law enforcement officer who has reason to believe any secondhand article or secondhand jewelry was not sold or exchanged by the lawful owner may direct a pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer to hold that secondhand article or secondhand jewelry for a reasonable length of time which the law enforcement officer considers necessary to identify it.
C. 
Subsections A and B do not apply to any of the following:
(1) 
A coin of the United States, any gold or silver coin or gold or silver bullion.
(2) 
A secondhand article or secondhand jewelry consigned to a pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer.
Within 24 hours after purchasing or receiving a secondhand article or secondhand jewelry, a pawnbroker, secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer shall make available for inspection by a law enforcement officer the original form completed under § 435-5A or the inventory under § 435-5B, whichever is appropriate. Notwithstanding § 19.35(1), Wis. Stats., a law enforcement agency receiving the original form or inventory or a declaration of ownership may disclose it only to another law enforcement agency.
Nothing in §§ 435-3 through 435-7 applies to the return or exchange, from a customer to a secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer, of any secondhand article or secondhand jewelry purchased from the secondhand article dealer or secondhand jewelry dealer.
A. 
The owner of any premises or land upon which two or more persons operate as secondhand article dealers may obtain a secondhand article dealer mall or flea market license for the premises or land if the following conditions are met:
(1) 
Each secondhand article dealer occupies a separate sales location and identifies himself or herself to the public as a separate secondhand article dealer.
(2) 
The secondhand article dealer mall or flea market is operated under one name and at one address and is under the control of the secondhand article dealer mall or flea market license holder.
(3) 
Each secondhand article dealer delivers to the secondhand article dealer mall or flea market license holder, at the close of business on each day that the secondhand article dealer conducts business, a record of his or her sales that includes the location at which each sale was made.
B. 
The secondhand article dealer license holder and each secondhand article dealer operating upon the premises or land shall comply with §§ 435-3 through 435-8.
C. 
Hours. Flea markets may remain open for business between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise specified on the license by the Village Board at time of issuance.
The Village Board may revoke any license issued by it under this chapter for fraud, misrepresentation or false statement contained in the application for a license or for any violation of this chapter or § 943.34, 948.62 or 948.63, Wis. Stats.
A. 
Frequency of sales; ownership of merchandise.
(1) 
Garage sales, yard sales and similar merchandise sales may be held no more than twice per year at any residence and for a total of not more than six days in that year. All goods offered for sale should be household goods or personal possessions from the residence where the sale is being held or, in the case of a group sale, from the residence of the participating households. In no case shall any sales become outlets for wholesale or retail commercial sales.
(2) 
Any garage sales, yard sales and similar merchandise sales by nonprofit, philanthropic or civic organizations must be approved by the Village Clerk-Treasurer and may be held no more than twice per year for not more than a total of six days in that year. In no case shall any sales become outlets for wholesale or retail commercial sales.
B. 
Hours. Garage sales shall be conducted between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Each sale shall last no longer than four consecutive days.
C. 
Signs.
(1) 
Garage sale signs may not have an area more than six square feet with a maximum of two faces. Garage sale signs shall identify the location of the sale and must be located off of the Village right-of-way.
(2) 
No garage sale sign may be located on utility poles, traffic control devices or on property or the adjoining right-of-way of property the owner of which has no given explicit permission for its location.
(3) 
No garage sale sign shall be displayed more than one day before the sale or one day following the sale.
(4) 
No more than one garage sale sign may be located at the sale site and no more than two garage sale signs may be located off the site, except that two signs are permitted on corner lots, one facing each street.
Fees shall be as set by the Village Board.
The Village Clerk-Treasurer shall distribute to pawnbrokers, secondhand article dealers and secondhand jewelry dealers, at no cost, applications and other forms required under §§ 435-2D and 435-5.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code.