City to amend second-hand dealers section


By Frank Lewis - [email protected]



The city of Portsmouth is considering amending Section 705.21 of the City Charter, eliminating licensed pawn shops and pawnbrokers who are exempt from the requirements laid out in that section.

If you operate a junk shop, are a second-hand dealer or antique dealer, you might want to know the city of Portsmouth is considering amending Section 705.21 of the City Charter, eliminating licensed pawn shops and pawnbrokers who are exempt from the requirements laid out in that section.

Section 705.21 would read – “Every person carrying on the business of operating a junk shop, and who for that purpose carries on such business from and in a storeroom or other building within the city, shall pay an annual license fee of $100 for each location.”

It goes on to say every person carrying on the business of dealing in second-hand articles or antique articles, and who for that purpose carries on such business from and in a storeroom or other building within the city, will pay an annual license fee of $20 for each location.

“Carrying on or operating a junk shop or a business or dealing in second-hand or antique articles within the meaning of this section is hereby defined to be any such business operated as defined in this section in which the gross volume of such business equals or exceeds 50 percent of the total operations of any such business from any such location,” the section reads.

The Section says every person engaged in the business of buying gold or other precious metals, and who, for that purpose carries on such business exclusively from and in a storeroom or other building within the city, will pay an annual license fee of $20.

According to part e of Section 705.21 – “Every person engaged in the business of buying second-hand articles, gold or other precious metal, by canvassing or soliciting from door to door or house to house, shall pay an annual license fee of $50 for each solicitor or person so engaged.”

Those affected by the section are required to keep the records and make the reports required in Section 705.24.

By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

The city of Portsmouth is considering amending Section 705.21 of the City Charter, eliminating licensed pawn shops and pawnbrokers who are exempt from the requirements laid out in that section.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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