City of Clairton, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Clairton 8-14-1973 by Ord. No. 1249 as Ch. 109 of the 1973 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Amusement devices — See Ch. 149.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 259.
Special sales — See Ch. 291.
Mercantile license tax — See Ch. 315, Art. II.

§ 235-1 Definitions; word usage.

The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed in this section unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
The twelve-month period corresponding to the fiscal year of the City.
Any place indoors or outdoors where the general public or a limited or selected number thereof may, upon payment of an established price, attend or engage in any amusement, entertainment, exhibition, contest or recreation, including, among other places, theaters, opera houses, motion-picture houses, amusement parks, stadia, arenas, baseball or football parks or fields, skating rinks, circus or carnival tents or grounds, fairgrounds, bowling alleys, billiard or pool rooms, shuffleboard rooms, ninepin or tenpin alleys, riding academies, golf courses, bathing and swimming places, dance halls, tennis courts, archery, rifle or shotgun ranges and other like places. The term does not include any exhibition, amusement, performance or contest conducted by a nonprofit corporation or association organized for religious, charitable or educational purposes.
Any person who is a dealer in or vendor of goods, wares and merchandise, who is not a wholesaler dealer or vendor.
Any business that is conducted at one location for less than 60 consecutive calendar days.[1]
Any person who sells to dealers in or vendors of goods, wares and merchandise, and to no other persons.
Editor's Note: The definition of "Treasurer," which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518.
The terms "wholesale dealer," "wholesale vendor," "retail dealer" and "retail vendor" shall not include nonprofit corporations or associations or associations organized for religious, charitable or educational purposes, agencies of the government of the United States or of the commonwealth or any person vending or disposing of articles of his or her own growth, production or manufacture for shipment or delivery from the place of growth, production or manufacture thereof.

§ 235-2 Issuance of licenses.

Every year the City shall issue mercantile licenses in the manner and for the fees set forth in this chapter.

§ 235-3 License required; fee; posting.

[Amended 2-13-1979 by Ord. No. 1321; 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518]
Every year every person desiring to continue to engage in or to begin to engage in the business of wholesale or retail vendor or dealer in goods, wares or merchandise, and any person conducting a restaurant or other place where food, drink or refreshments are sold or a place of amusement in the City shall, on or before the first day of January of each license year or prior to commencing business in any such license year, procure a mercantile license for his or her place of business or, if more than one, for each of his or her places of business in the City from the City Manager, who shall issue the same upon the payment of a fee of $15 for a wholesale or retail license or, if more than one, for each of his or her places of business in the City for each license year. Such license shall be conspicuously posted at the place of business or each of the places of business of every such person at all times.

§ 235-4 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518]
Whoever being required under the provisions of this chapter to procure a mercantile license fails or refuses to do so, and whoever fails to keep his or her license conspicuously posted at his or her place of business shall, upon conviction before a District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days.