Business License Fees

Section 10-92. Fees
Section 10-92. - Fees: Upon approval of an application for a license required by this article by the city council, the city clerk shall issue licenses upon payment of the following fees:
  • Parking lots
    • To conduct an open-air commercial parking lot having a capacity of 20 cars or less, the license fee per year shall be $15
    • For each open-air parking lot having a capacity of 21 cars and not more than 50 cars, the license fee per year shall be $30
    • For each open-air parking lot having a capacity of 51 cars or more, the license fee per year shall be $45
  • Shooting galleries (To operate any shooting gallery or set up any room wherein rifle or pistol shooting is practiced upon a commercial basis, the license fee per year shall be one hundred $125)
  • Pawnbrokers (To engage in the business of a pawnbroker, the license fee per year shall be $250)
  • Junk dealers (To buy or sell scrap metals, including the purchase of secondhand motor vehicles and the wrecking thereof, and of rubber, the license fee per year shall be $250)
  • Fortunetellers, palmists, etc. (To act as a clairvoyant, palmist, fortuneteller, phrenologist or similar business, and make a charge for the business, or to sell books pertaining to any of such things and demonstrate the application thereof, the license fee per week shall be $150)
  • Sound trucks (To operate any sound truck, the license fee per hour shall be $1)
  • Hotels (To operate any hotel which is unlicensed under the provisions of state law pertaining to intoxicating beverages, the license fee per room per year shall be $5, a hotel shall be construed, for the purpose of this subsection, to be any place offering accommodation to transients and containing 5 or more guest rooms)
  • Used car lot (To operate any used car lot, the license fee per year shall be $75)
(Code 1966, § 9-14(a) - (h), (j); Ordinance No. 2917, § 1, 4-12-83; Ordinance No. 3363, § 1, 5-8-01; Ordinance No. 3440, § 1, 6-2-03)

State law reference - Municipal authority to set license fees, Ann. Code of Md. art. 23A, § 2(b)(33).

Section 10-93. - Duration - Proration of Fees
Section 10-93. - Duration - Proration of Fees: All annual licenses provided for in this article, except those for pinball machines, shall begin as of May 1 and expire as of April 30 next following. Where such licenses are applied for after November 1, the city clerk shall charge one-half of the annual license fee, and where applied for after February 1, the city clerk shall charge 1/4 of the annual license fee.
(Code 1966, § 9-15)

Section 10-94. - Display of License Tags
Section 10-94. - Display of License Tags: Any person who is required to pay a license fee or occupational tax to the city and who has received from the city a metal plate or tag as evidence of such payment shall display such metal tag at all times in a prominent place upon the vehicle for which the tag or plate was issued.