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§45-2-31.3  Business registration fee – Town of Smithfield. –

Published: 2015

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SECTION 45-2-31.3

   § 45-2-31.3  Business registration fee

– Town of Smithfield. –

(a) Unless otherwise provided herein, the owner and operator of each wholesale,

retail, commercial, professional service, and manufacturing business, whether

sole proprietorships, partnership, corporations, or any business entity, shall

register their business situated in the town of Smithfield with the tax

assessor of the town of Smithfield. Each registration shall contain the name of

the business, the name of the owner(s) and operator(s) of the business, the

type of business to be conducted, and other basic information as required by

said tax assessor.

   (b) There shall be a fee for each registration and for each

annual renewal thereof. The registration fee shall be five ($5.00) dollars. It

shall be unlawful for a person to own or operate a business described herein in

the town of Smithfield without a registration certificate issued hereunder.

   (c) Upon proper registration of a business, a registration

certificate shall be issued to the registrant by the tax assessor. No other

business of the same trade name shall be allowed to register once a certificate

of registration has been issued without the approval of the prior registrant in

writing. Every registration certificate shall expire the 31st day in December

and shall be renewed annually upon payment of the required fee. No certificate

shall be issued or renewed if the business fails to provide proof from the tax

collector that all municipal taxes assessed to the business, including

municipal taxes assessed to any prior business owned or operated by one or more

of the principals of the registrant at the same physical location, have been

paid to date. Every certificate of registration shall be kept in a conspicuous

location on the premises of each business establishment.

   (d) Any business required to obtain a liquor, victualling, or

any other license to operate under any other section of the general laws, a

condition of which is the prior payment of Smithfield municipal taxes, shall be

exempt from the requirements of this statute.

   (e) Any person, whether as principal, agent, employee, or

otherwise, who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, shall be fined

not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each month or fraction thereof

that the violation continues; provided, however, that the fine shall not exceed

three hundred dollars ($300). The Rhode Island district court and the

Smithfield municipal court shall have concurrent jurisdiction to enforce the

provisions of this statute. In addition to imposing the fines provided for

herein, the Rhode Island district court and the Smithfield municipal court may

order the closure of any business described herein until a registration

certificate is obtained. The fines shall inure to the town.

History of Section.

(P.L. 2010, ch. 94, § 1; P.L. 2010, ch. 115, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 187,

§ 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 218, § 1.)