PDT Staff Writer
Portsmouth City Auditor Trent Williams is advising area residents and businesses that they need to apply for licenses.
In a letter to area businesses, Williams said those in business should be advised that licenses due for issuance and annual renewal according to Chapters 705 through 757 (Business Regulations) of the Codified Ordinances of the city of Portsmouth regarding the various business types within the city must be applied for with corresponding payment of license fee at the Records Bureau of the Portsmouth Police Department, located in the basement of the Portsmouth Municipal Building, 728 Second St.
Williams said such businesses include billiards and pool, bowling alleys, roller skating rinks, shooting galleries, dance halls, night clubs, itinerant street musicians, pushcarts for collecting junk, household movers, junk shops, second-hand dealers and antique dealers.
Williams also listed businesses such as used car dealers, wrecker services, peddlers of goods carried by hand or in vehicles, street vendors, open markets, fortune telling, junkyards, taxicabs, theaters and shows, as well as mechanical amusement devices.
Williams said any of the businesses in those categories and other categories that have not applied or renewed their business license for 2013 should apply for and secure the license or renewal immediately.
“If you have a business you need to get a license whenever you start your business throughout the year,” Williams said. “Those businesses are specifically listed in the Codified Ordinances.”
First Ward Councilman Kevin Johnson recently asked the rest of Portsmouth City Council to look into license fee rates which have not been raised in several years.
“When we were talking about forming this committee for development and revenue and things like that, he was saying that we need to review those fees and see if they are appropriate for the 21st century, because, in a lot of cases, they haven’t been modified or even thought about in years,” Williams said. “He mentioned $6 for a yard sale permit, and do people even get those permits, and do we enforce it?”
The Record Bureau is open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Scioto County Auditor David Green said his office is currently concerned with reminding area dog owners that dog licenses are now available for 2013.
“We also sent out renewal of the current Agricultural Use Value and the Homestead reduction that they need to fill out the renewal applications on,” Green said. “But there’s no fee involved with that.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.