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May 3, 2011
Sturgis, SD
Business license changes approved in South Dakota city
Meade County Times-Tribune
Changes to the business license ordinance in Sturgis, South Dakota, have been approved. A second reading took place on May 2, during which the city council agreed to introduce annual business license fees for temporary businesses of $25. However, the Meade County Times Tribune reported that these fees will not apply to companies opening up the week of the famous Sturgis motorcycle rally, which will remain at the same rate. More...
May 3, 2011
Charleston, SC
Restaurant issued 10-day suspension of business license
Charleston Regional Business Journal
A restaurant in Killian, South Carolina, has been issued a 10-day suspension of its business license after it was accused of illegal hiring practices. The Mexican restaurant Monterrey was forced to close under the Illegal Immigration Reform Act, which was introduced in July 2009. More...
May 2, 2011
Waikele, HI
Fireworks suspect is charged
staradvertiser.com
Police arrested and charged yesterday the man they allege is responsible for bringing to Hawaii at least a portion of the illegal fireworks that exploded in a Waikele storage bunker earlier this month, killing five men. The aerial fireworks had been confiscated by federal agents from a shipping container that arrived from Shanghai on Dec. 6, 2009, and were being held as evidence, federal officials said in court documents. Authorities previously refused to disclose the source of the Waikele fireworks other than to say they had been confiscated. More...
April 28, 2011
Fernley, NV
City proposes bill to increase franchise fees
RGJ.com
FERNLEY--Resident after resident told Fernley City Council members they could not afford additional increases in their utility bills as the Council considered two agenda items related to increasing franchise fees in the city. And meeting before a packed house last week, the Council nonetheless voted 3-2 to approve and accept the City Clerk's Business Impact Statement concerning franchise/business license fee for public utilities; then in another agenda item, moved to propose an Bill #165 to increase the franchise/business license fees. More...
April 12, 2011
Poughkeepsie, NY
Poughkeepsie cab firms found without business licenses
Poughkeepsie Journal.com
Nine tax firms in Poughkeepsie, New York, were found to not have the appropriate business licenses in 2010, it has been reported. Data gathered through the Freedom of Information Act by the Poughkeepsie Journal revealed that police issued unlicensed taxi violation tickets about once every two weeks last year. More...
March 31, 2011
Port Angeles,WA
Master business license for all Washington firms?
The Peninsula Daily News
Businesses in Washington could be required to obtain a single master business license if the change goes ahead. The state Department of Licensing is considering changes in the city of Port Angeles that would require the department to process the business licenses of every company, issuing one license that covers all necessary permits, including licenses for other cities if the business operates in more than one place. More...
March 25, 2011
Cheat Lake, West Virginia
West Virginia bar denied liquor business license
The State Journey
A bar operating in Cheat Lake, West Virginia, has been denied a business license to sell alcohol by the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (ACBA). According to the State Journal, the business had hoped to become a video gambling bar, but ACBA spokesman Gig Robinson said the permit had been denied because the bar is isolated and located in a residential community, just 100 feet away from peoples’ homes. More...
March 21, 2011
Asheville, NC
Magazine sting: Police arrest sales workers in Asheville area
Citizen-times.com
ASHEVILLE — Employees of a door-to-door magazine sales company that has generated complaints to the Better Business Bureau were arrested by police on multiple charges. In a special operation, police arrested nine employees of Someday Sales in Arden on Thursday on charges of conducting business without a permit. More...
March 16, 2011
Florida
Florida residents check business licenses with iPhone and Droid app
SunSentinel
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has developed the first free smart phone apps for a Florida state agency. The iPhone and Android apps will allow users to search whether an individual has a business or professional license in Florida. More...
March 15, 2011
Shasta County, CA
Sting nets unlicensed contractors
redding.com
Nearly a dozen Shasta County men and about 125 others suspected of being unlicensed contractors were caught up in a statewide undercover sting operation Wednesday and Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Contractors State License Board said Friday. Dubbed "California Blitz," the two-day operation was conducted in Shasta, Sacramento, Kings, Madera, Marin, Monterey, Orange, San Diego and Tulare counties. More...
March 15, 2011
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore County supports business license fee hike
The Baltimore Sun
The House and Senate of Baltimore County have pledged their support for plans to hike the cost of business license and liquor fees. Proposals were set out by county executive Kevin Kamenetz, who argued that the fees must be increased as they have not changed in more than 40 years. County officials have revised Mr. Kamenetz’s initial fee change downward, although the hike will still generate an additional $1.2 million of revenue each year. More...
March 11, 2011
Massachusetts
State catches 20 electricians without business licenses
Boston Business Journal
A sting organized by the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure has caught 20 electricians advertising their services without appropriate business licenses. The accused had all been found promoting their business on Craigslist. The state department contacted them to ask them to install a light fixture or socket before asking them to present their license information once at the address. More...
March 9, 2011
Trenton NJ
Park Ranger ran unlicenses security firm
nj.com
TRENTON -- A Trenton park ranger who has recently been assigned to guard City Hall was arrested last week and charged with operating an unlicensed security firm, authorities said. Maurice D. Garita, 40, was charged with the fourth-degree offense by the New Jersey State Police, who had Garita and his company, Tri-State Security, under investigation since November, a State Police spokesman said. The probe began with work Tri-State did for city restaurant Frankeye's, but encompassed work at several establishments. More...
March 7, 2011
Ashland, OR
Business license changes on hold in Oregon city
Ashland Daily Tidings
Changes to amend business license fees have been put on hold by the Ashland City Council in Oregon. The Ashland Daily Tidings reported that the council voted last week to reconsider proposed changes and meet again on April 19. More...
March 7, 2011
Detroit, MI
Detroit business license application set to go online
Crains Detroit Business website
Firms looking to renew their business licenses in Detroit, Michigan, could soon find the process much easier as the city council starts to move the forms online. Currently, businesses must go to the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to fill out forms and stand in line to submit them. More...
February 28, 2011
Atlanta, GA
Police shut down Girl Scout cookie stand
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Girl Scouts selling cookies at the stand in Villa Rica, GS., strip mall were told by police to pack up their Thin Mints and Samoas and move along since they didn't have a peddler's permit, according to Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV. More...
February 23, 2011
Buffalo, NY
Snowplow contractors now need license to do business in city
Buffalonews.com
A new law that aims to make it more difficult for unscrupulous snowplowing contractors to do business in Buffalo was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Common Council. The new provisions will force contractors to undergo police background checks and have their companies placed on a public registry so people can verify that they are licensed. More...
February 22, 2011
Fort Smith, NC
Two people are arrested after police find restaurant inside home
5 News
Fort Smith Police say two people are behind bars. They are accused of illegally running a restaurant and bootlegging beer out of their house on Berkly Avenue. More...
February 21, 2011
Applegate Valley, OR
OLCC files criminal charges against local vintner
Mail Tribune
RUCH — False assumptions and poor communication landed a third-generation California winemaker in a lot more trouble than he bargained for when he moved to the Applegate Valley. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission nailed Eric Hice, owner of Bella Leah Wine, with four citations on Feb. 3 for operating an illegal winery. The citations included sale of alcohol without a license, importing liquor without a license, failure to pay a wine privilege tax and use of a misleading mark or label. The OLCC said Hice's California-made wine was sold under a false label claiming it was manufactured in the Applegate Valley. Several cases of the wine were sold in Jacksonville. More...
February 16, 2011
Kirksville, MO
Local businessman to face trial setting Wedesday
kirksvilledailyexpress.com
Kirksville, Mo. — A local former business owner is scheduled to have his trial date set Wednesday in circuit court after requesting a jury trial for his charge of operating a business without a city license. More...
February 15, 2011
Lake George , NY
New York retailer granted business license
poststar.com
A retailer in Lake George, New York, has been granted a business license after coming into trouble regarding an unlawful expansion of his retail space. Kevin Quinn, who owns Leather Outlet and International Liquidators Inc., has since 2009 been using tents to expand his retail space, violating zoning rules. Because of this, Quinn was not granted a renewal on his license when it expired last month and has been operating without a permit. More...
February 10, 2011
Kalispell, Montana
Libby medical marijuana dispensary cited
18kaj18.com
Libby-Local police have cited the Helping Center for operating without a valid city business license. Duane Williams with KLCP radio reports the council issued a citation on Monday. More...
February 10, 2011
Rutherford, NJ
Businesses owe Rutherford, NJ, thousands in unpaid fees
NorthJersey.com
Businesses owe a total of $73,000 in unpaid business license fees in the city of Rutherford, New Jersey. Firms operating in the Business Improvement District of the city are required to pay between $150 and $250 a year in fees, depending on the square footage of the business space, but more and more are getting away with not paying, NorthJersey.com reported. More...
February 8, 2011
Boner County, WA
Unlicensed fishing guide catches misdemeanor
DailyBee.com
A plea offer is pending in the case of a Washington state man charged with guiding fishing trips on Priest Lake without a license. Sentencing recommendations included 90 days in jail with 80 days suspended and a $5,000 fine with $4,000 suspended. More...
February 7, 2011
A License to Shampoo: Jobs Needing State Approval Rise
Wall Street Journal
Small businesses operating across the U.S. are calling for the right to be recognized as legitimate specialists and obtain state business licenses. The Wall Street Journal reported that people working as, for example, tattoo artists, florists, locksmiths and music therapists, want to pay fees and apply for a license. More...
February 7, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT
Women spends two weeks in jail for selling flower baskets out of her home without a license
Desert News
SALT LAKE CITY — It was a shocking experience for Dena Long-Christensen, sitting in a cell in the Salt Lake County Jail for nearly two weeks among people charged with serious crimes. Her cellmate, for example, was spending time on charges of aggravated assault. Long-Christensen’s crime? Selling flower baskets from her home. More...
February 4, 2011
Cherokee County, GA
Economic stability on the uptick in Georgia
cherokeetribume.com
As a sign of economic growth, there have been more business license approvals in Cherokee County, Georgia, than those issued last year, figures show. In total, there were 178 business licenses issued in January 2011 and 133 issued in December. Of those, 130 were approved last month in Cherokee County itself, up from 93 in December and 117 in January 2010. More...
February 4, 2011
Ocean City , MD
Maryland city faces increased business license fee
The Dispatch
Firms operating in Ocean City, Maryland, face a two per cent increase in their business license fee. The city council will discuss the decision in the coming days after proposals claim the fee increase will help cover administration costs and inspection of licensed facilities. More...
February 2, 2011
Leesburg, GA
Leesburg sets business license fees
albanyherald.com
Businesses operating in Leesburg, Georgia, will find that their business license fee is set to change. The Leesburg City Council has approved a change to the system, charging a flat rate based on the number of employees working in a business. More...
January 31, 2011
Oregon
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Credit Union Times
A credit union auto buying service in Oregon has been found to have been operating without a business license for more than six years. More...
January 31, 2011
Nashville, TN
Paralegal Accused of Providing Divorces Without License
WSM-TV Nashville
A Gallatin paralegal accused of providing divorces without a license. According to the attorney general's office, Charlene Carter was doing business unlicensed. More...
January 19, 2011
West Ashley, SC
Hearing scheduled as Club 17 owner tries to get business license back
live5news.com
WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - After a tug of war between authorities and the owners of Club 17 South in Hollywood, the Town of Hollywood has revoked the club's business license. More...
January 19, 2011
Bristol, RI
Businesses getting a break on fees
EastBayRI.com
BRISTOL — The Bristol Town Council has agreed to much of the Economic Development Commission’s proposals to make it less costly and easier to do business in town. More...
January 19, 2011
Boston, MA
Boston Ordinance Seeks to Fingerprint and Vet Business-License Seekers
Security Management, Security's Web Connection
A Boston city councilor has filed an ordinance to require city business-license seekers who interact with the public to submit to fingerprinting and a national background check to ensure they are not violent criminals. More...
January 18, 2011
Ashland, OR
Ashland seeks more control over business licenses
Mail Tribune
People who operate home businesses including day care centers in Ashland City, Oregon, could be required to apply for a business license as the council seeks to change business license rules. More...
January 17, 2011
Tampa, FL
Tampa Police Close
St. Petersburg Times
TAMPA — Two pain clinics were shut down Thursday as police arrested several people on charges they violated a city ordinance requiring them to have a license. More...
January 14, 2011
Albany, NY
Albany to streamline business license renewal process
albanyherald.com
Business owners in Albany, Georgia, who are seeking to renew their business license can now do so online, putting an end to the drawn-out process of paper applications. More...
January 14, 2011
Grand Blanc, Michigan
Business licenses renewed every 2 years in Michigan township
mlive.com
Business owners in Grand Blanc Township, Michigan, will now only have to renew their business license every two years after changes were introduced to the system. More...
January 13, 2011
Sierra Madre, CA
California city changes business license application
SierraMadrePatch
Business owners in Sierra Madre, California, who renew their business license in 2011 will find that the application form has changed. It will replace the form that had been based on the one used in the 1980s by the City of Los Angeles, which observers are calling “antiquated.” More...
January 13, 2011
Albany , NY
Day care owner proves she has a business license
WALB News 10
An owner of a home-based day care business in Albany, Georgia, has proven to city officials that she owns a business license. Monique Evans was the victim of a house fire this week. After failing to find a record of her license, Albany city officials launched an investigation into the matter, WALB News reported. More...
January 12, 2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh restaurant owner seeks new business license
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
A restaurant owner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is seeking a new business license to reopen a site under a different name. More...
January 11, 2011
Clifton, Ohio
Cincinnati grocery store business license suspended
The News Record
A grocery store in Clifton, Ohio, has had its business license suspended after reportedly owing more than $36,000 in back property taxes. More...
January 10, 2011
DelRay Beach, FL
City considers case-by-case change to business licenses
Palm Beach Post Money
DELRAY BEACH — City officials are considering changes to zoning rules to accommodate two new businesses that opened in the city's downtown without proper licensing. Segway Tours of Delray, which offers tours on the two-wheeled motorized vehicles, and The Electric Experiences, an electric bicycle rental, have been operating without proper business licenses for at least two months. More...
January 10, 2011
Lincoln Park, MI
LINCOLN PARK: Council tables action on secondhand dealer license
The News-Herald
LINCOLN PARK — The City Council tabled action Monday on a secondhand dealer license for 14K Gold & Diamond Exchange, 1430 Fort St., until the next council meeting. The decision to table stemmed from an undercover investigation by the Police Department. Officers said they found the business pawning items before its license was approved. More...
January 7, 2011
Redwood City, CA
Council Supports Business License Tax Increase
Redwood City Patch
The business license fee in Redwood City, California, could increase 50 per cent over three years under new council plans. More...
January 4, 2011
Loganville, WI
No charges yet in organic dairt farm case
Baraboo News Republic
Organic dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger has a farm near Loganville that was shut down in June for operating without a license. More...
January 3, 2011
Winchester, NV
Change to city business-license charges backed
nvdaily.com
Winchester-- Proprietors may see a change in the way the city charges for business license. More...
December 27, 2010
Culpeper County, VA
Town of Culpeper to enforce peddling license rule
fredericksburg.com
Whether it's a woodchuck selling firewood, an elementary school student selling magazine subscriptions or a salesman showing vacuum cleaners, he or she must have a peddling license to operate in the town of Culpeper. More...
December 22, 2010
South Florida, FL
Four South Florida resturants cited by state inspectors
SunSentinel.com
Critical violations of state sanitation and safety laws determined by inspectors at three South Florida restaurants last week prompted the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation to temporarily close them. A fourth was cited but allowed to remain open. Papa Pizza, 2235 Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach was cited for operating without a license and for not providing proof of food manager certification or employee training. More...
December 20, 2010
Memphis , Tenn.
Convicted Scammer Robert Jamison Back in Jail
myfoxmemphis.com
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Two months after pleading guilty to theft in a CPR job scam, Memphis Police were led back to 49-year old Robert Jamison. They were called to the 800-block of South Cooper last week and found him running a business without a license. A report was taken and Friday, Jamison was back behind bars. More...
December 17, 2010
Park City, UT
Park City, Summit County go after rental tax scofflaws
The Salt Lake Tribune
Anyone operating nightly rental properties in Park City or unincorporated Summit County without a business license is in for a surprise — and it won’t be pleasant. More...
December 16, 2010
Findlay, OH
Findlay Woman Indicted For Working As Nurse Without License
TheCourier.com
The Findlay woman indicted Tuesday for practicing nursing without a license was fired from Birchaven Retirement Village in May 2007, and also had her license permanently revoked by the Ohio Board of Nursing earlier this year. More...
December 15, 2010
Decatur County, GA
County tables talk of business licenses
The Post-Searchlight.com
Decatur County Commissioners voted to table consideration of a proposed occupational tax until its Jan. 11, 2011, meeting amid concerns about how it was being introduced. More...
December 14, 2010
Kingsland, GA
PeachTree Consultants gets C&D order
Atlanta Business Chronicle
A southeastern Georgia mortgage broker was placed under a cease-and desist order on Monday by state regulators for conducting business without a license. More...
December 13, 2010
Ashland, WA
City favors use of business licenses for enforcing rules
Mail Tribune
ASHLAND — The city could hold up business license applications and renewals on businesses that are breaking city rules or that have fallen behind on utility bills, hotel tax payments or meals tax payments. More...
December 10, 2010
Beaufort County, SC
Trial over Hilton Head's business licenses adjourns without resolution Read more: http://www.islandpacket.com/2010/12/09/1473704/trial-over-hilton-heads-business.html#ixzz17jh7Uig5
beaufortgazette.com
A dispute over business license fees between the Town of Hilton Head Island and laser-component manufacturer Kigre adjourned indefinitely without resolution Thursday. More...
December 9, 2010
Lynwood, CA
City of Lynwood to crack down on illegal street vendors
Los Angelas Wave
City officials have started cracking down on illegal food vendors on city streets. More...
December 8, 2010
Augusta, FL
Commission rejects increase on alcohol fees, approves business license increase
WRDW.com
Local businesses came out in force against a plan to raise fees on business and alcohol licenses. The city responded with a compromise. More...
December 7, 2010
Springfield, OH
Unlicensed trash hauling on rise
Springfield News-Sun
Unlicensed trash haulers "have been going door-to-door asking people if they want their trash dumped," Burch said. The haulers charge a fee, often over $100, to pick up the trash, then dump it into roads, alleys or even parks. "They recycle the metal, then dump the trash on the side of the road." For those living in the city of Springfield, it is also against the law not to have a trash service, he said. More...
December 3, 2010
Tucson, AZ
City man accused of practicing medicine without a license
Arizona Daily Star
A Tucson man was arrested Thursday at his east-side home, accused of operating an illegal medical-treatment business there, authorities said. More...
December 2, 2010
Prince George's County , MD
Man indicted for scamming Maryland homeowners
Gazette.net
Prince George's County - A Virginia man has been accused of targeting Maryland residents for fraudulent mortgage loan modifications with out a license, that caused some residents to have their homes foreclosed. More...
November 16, 2010
New York, NY
NYC Uses 'Sting' House to Nab Unlicensed Home Contractors
ABC News
New York - A proper license is more than just a piece of paper. In New York and many other jurisdictions, if a licensed contractor does you wrong, the government will pay you back out of a special trust fund. More...
November 5, 2010
Swainsboro, GA
Council revokes business license, issues fine
My Swainsboro News
Swainsboro - At their monthly meeting Monday night, members of the Swainsboro City Council unanimously voted to fine a local business and revoke their convenience store license for alcohol sales violation. The business, Janice’s Place, was the scene of a homicide in late August. More...
November 4, 2010
Kanab City, Utah
Kanab City Council looks at raising business license fee
Southern Utah News
Kanab - During the work meeting prior to the regular meeting of the Kanab City Council on October 25, City Manager Duane Huffman addressed the city’s business license fee structure, emphasizing any fee changes enacted need to occur prior to the first of the year (when renewals are due), so businesses can plan accordingly. More...
October 28, 2010
Durham, NC
Cops end Durham hot dog war, for now
WRAL News
Durham — The frankfurter fight being staged by two vendors on a west Durham street corner ended Wednesday when police arrested one. More...
October 28, 2010
Banning, CA
Banning: City establishes massage business fee
The Press- Enterprise
Banning - Banning has implemented an annual business license fee of $50 for owners or operators of massage establishments. More...
October 28, 2010
North Jersey, NJ
North Jersey moving companies among those fined
NorthJersey.com
North Jersey - More than 30 moving companies, including 10 from Bergen and Passaic counties, have been cited for operating without a valid license and assessed civil penalties of $2,500 each following an undercover investigation by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. More...
October 28, 2010
Allegan County, MI
Hopkins police chief charged with selling cars without a license
The Grand Rapids Press
Allegan County - The number one lawman in Hopkins, Ed Wedge, is in trouble with the law himself, allegedly for selling cars without a license. More...
October 26, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
Licensing to Kill
Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles - When most people think of occupations requiring fingerprints and police reports, corner bookshop owners don't spring to mind. Try telling that to Los Angeles, where many used booksellers are required by law to get a police permit and take a thumbprint from every 40-something trying to offload his collection of French poetry. More...
October 13, 2010
Gurnee, IL
Unlicensed group home for seniors scrutinized by village and state
Tribune Local
Gurnee - When paramedics answered a 911 call at a sprawling house in a quiet residential neighborhood of Gurnee earlier this year, they were surprised to find a dozen elderly people living there. More...
October 11, 2010
Sacramento, CA
Former Contractor Arrested
www.mymotherlode.com
Sacramento - A former licensed contractor whose state license was taken away this Spring has been arrested and now faces several felony and misdemeanor charges. Brian Gross, 55, of Valley Springs faces charges associated with contracting with a revoked license and failure to carry worker's compensation insurance. More...
October 8, 2010
Whiteville, NC
Whiteville officials warn business owners to pay their fees
WECT
Whiteville – City officials in Whiteville are getting ready to crack down on people who haven't paid or renewed their business licenses. More...
October 8, 2010
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk collecting delinquent taxes
wavy.com
Norfolk - The tax man cometh! As Norfolk struggles to fill a potential $44 million budget hole, tax collectors with the city's Commissioner of Revenue, Sharon McDonald, are tracking down business owners who are delinquent on their tax bills. For a third year in a row city leaders will have to hack away at the budget, make serious cuts and again withhold raises for city employees. More...
October 7, 2010
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix weighs reins on door-to-door sales
The Arizona Republic
Phoenix - Representatives for major direct selling companies like Avon say that if Phoenix slaps licensing requirements on door to door peddlers, the move could force thousands of self-employed workers who sell their products out of business. More...
October 5, 2010
Pythian Castle, TX
Pythian Castle liquor license request prompts debate
News - Leader
Pythian Castle - City ordinance requires council to grant its approval to any business wishing to obtain a liquor license if the property is within 200 feet of a school or church. More...
September 20, 2010
Austin, TX
City considers fees for fitness businesses in parks
American-Statesman
Austin - At least a few times a month, fitness trainer Cody Butler leads his clients out of the studio and onto Auditorium Shores to exercise in the shadow of Austin's skyline. The fresh air and scenic spot keep his clients energized, he said. But that outdoor experience may soon come with a price tag. More...
September 16, 2010
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena approves business license tax amnesty program
Pasadena Star News
Pasadena - The City Council approved a business license tax amnesty program Monday that is expected to generate additional money for the city's general fund and offer some relief to struggling businesses. More...
September 13, 2010
San Francisco, CA
Changes Afoot In Street Food Rules
San Francisco Chronical
San Francisco - The long-awaited changes to San Francisco's street food laws begin in earnest today at 10:30 a.m. when legislation sponsored by Bevan Dufty is introduced to the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee. More...
August 25, 2010
San Luis Obispo,CA
San Luis Obispo seeking business fee and tax revenue
CalCoastNews.com
San Luis Obispo - The city of San Luis Obispo sent out 3,900 letters seeking business license fees from rental property owners today as part of an aggressive campaign to increase license fee revenues. More...
August 23, 2010
Philadelphia, PA
Got a blog that makes no money? The city wants $300, thank you very much.
Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia - For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to ehow.com, over the last few years she says she's made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it's a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut. More...
August 20, 2010
Seattle, Washington
Roving ice-cream trucks are illegal in Seattle, but that may change
The Seattle Times
Seattle - Popular and pervasive as they are, ice-cream trucks are illegal in Seattle because there is no permit for selling food from the road. More...
August 19, 2010
San Francisco, CA
Liquor license logjam makes for a dry summer
San Francisco Business Times
San Francisco - Numerous new eateries are stuck waiting for liquor licenses as a process that once took days stretches to weeks and even months. More...
August 19, 2010
Memphis, TN
Construction Company Offering Oil Spill Clean Up Jobs, No Business License
My Fox 13
Memphis - Fox 13 has learned the man, who claims his company will pay Memphians to help clean up the gulf, has no business license. People are truly outraged over this and they feel this man is taking advantage of those who are already down and out. More...
August 18, 2010
San Bernardino, CA
San Bernardino Airport business didn't have license to operate
The Press - Enterprise
San Bernardino - An aircraft maintenance firm at San Bernardino International Airport had been operating without a city business license since Dec. 31, 2009. More...
August 18, 2010
Boaz, AL
Boaz considers yard sale permit options
Sand Mountain Reporter
Boaz - The owner of Trish’s 431 Trade Day asked the Boaz City Council to consider amending its business license ordinance to allow yard sellers a less expensive alternative. More...
August 13, 2010
Penns Grove, NJ
Penns Grove approves new mercantile license, which would require business owners to pay yearly fee
NJ.com
Penns Grove — Businesses in the borough will now be required to file for a yearly mercantile license after the borough council passed an ordinance to implement the new $30 fee at the most recent meeting. More...
August 9, 2010
Fultondale, AL
‘Vegas style’ slot machine raids Mayor threatens to pull three business licenses
The North Jefferson News
Fultondale - Three Fultondale locations could lose their business licenses and the owners or managers could face charges following raids on Wednesday resulting in the seizure of slot machines. More...
August 6, 2010
Portland, OR
Sour taste: Health inspectors shutter girl's lemonade stand
MSNBC
Portland - A county official in Oregon has apologized after health inspectors soured a 7-year-old's business venture by shutting down her lemonade stand. More...
August 5, 2010
Clearwater, FL
Clearwater pawn shop owner arrested on felony charges, police say
St. Petersburg Times
Clearwater — A local pawn shop owner was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of conducting business without a license and dealing in stolen property, police say. More...
August 4, 2010
Carrol County, GA
Carrol County Officials: Mark Loveless Operating Without A License
CBS Atlanta
Carrol County - A spokeswoman with the secretary of state's office said Entrekin Memorials is not licensed in the state. More...
August 3, 2010
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Cracking Down on Unlicensed Lemonade Stands
Scrape TV
San Francisco - The most recent lemonade controversy came Sunday at an event in Dolores Park where dozens of illegal vendors were given the boot. More...
July 22, 2010
Dunes City, OR
Dunes City adopts new business license
Siuslaw News
Dunes City - A select group of businesses must forfeit $85 if they plan to work in Dunes City next month. Dunes City Council adopted an ordinance July 8 to establish business licenses, enacting a nonrefundable $85 fee per year for landscapers, contractors and septic inspectors who conduct trade in the city. More...
July 20, 2010
Dallas, TX
Hundreds of Texas food manufacturers were unlicensed
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas - Hundreds of businesses across Texas have been manufacturing and selling food without a state license and, in some cases, have escaped health inspections intended to ensure the safety of those products. More...
July 16, 2010
Bluffton, SC
CareCore CEO might have to move jobs out off Bluffton, cites rising business-license fee
The Island Packet
Bluffton - As demand for their services increase, officials with CareCore National, which has benefited from state and local economic incentives, are considering moving jobs originally slated for Bluffton elsewhere because the town's business license fee is too high. More...
July 13, 2010
Russellville, AK
Delinquent business permits skyrocket
The Courier
Russellville - Typically addressing between 100 and 200 delinquent business permits a year, the city of Russellville was burdened with as many as 430 this year, city treasurer Kathy Collins confirmed Friday. The number has since dwindled to 70 after representatives at City Hall began calling every business listed as delinquent. More...
July 9, 2010
Green Bay, WI
Ned Kelly's Pub closed until liquor license renewed
Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay - Ned Kelly’s Pub is closed because its owners failed to renew their liquor license on time, but they expect to reopen after the next Green Bay City Council meeting. More...
July 8, 2010
Danbury, CT
Businesses charged with selling fireworks to minors in Danbury
The News-Times
Danbury - Three businesses were charged with selling fireworks to minors at four locations in the city, Danbury police announced Monday, after 15-year-old Police Explorers went undercover to see if they could buy fireworks. More...
July 6, 2010
Aspen, CO
At least seven dispensaries seek permits
Aspen Daily News
Aspen - At least six would-be medical marijuana dispensaries filed paperwork with the city of Aspen indicating they would like to set up shop in town before a July 1 deadline. More...
July 1, 2010
Reno, NV
Officials say keeping track of fruit vendors difficult
Reno Gazette-Journal
Reno - Sparks and Washoe County require vendors to obtain permits. Each government has its own rules, but in all cases vendors must have a state license and municipal license. Generally, the permits are temporary, with renewal options. More...
June 28, 2010
Tallahassee, FL
Two arrested for running telemarketing business with no license
ABC News
Tallahassee - Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced the arrests of two unlicensed Southwest Florida telemarketers who were allegedly running a telemarketing business without being licensed and employing unlicensed telemarketers. More...
June 25, 2010
Dothan, AL
Dothan going after unlicensed businesses
Dothan Eagle
Dothan - Dothan officials are contracting with an outside firm to identify contractors, small businesses and others in Dothan operating with improper business licenses or no business licenses at all, in an effort to get those businesses on the license rolls. More...
June 22, 2010
Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids leaders give preliminary approval to medical marijuana growing rules
The Grand Rapids Press
Grand Rapids - Medical marijuana can be grown legally in the city, but only if the grower obtains a city license, according to an ordinance that won preliminary approval by city commissioners Tuesday. More...
June 21, 2010
San Marcos, CA
Outdoor fitness business pursues permit from city
San Diego Union Tribune
San Marcos - The San Marcos mother has been running a stroller fitness business, but she’s had to do it without a city permit. On Wednesday, in part because of her persistence, the San Diego City Council budget committee will consider offering a permit for outdoor fitness businesses to use city parks. More...
June 10, 2010
Birmingham, AL
Hundreds of Jefferson County, Ala. businesses to get refunds on business license fees
Associated Press
Birmingham — Jefferson County officials say many businesses will receive refunds because new business-license fees are lower than the fees under the previous license code. More...
June 9, 2010
Gulf Shores, AL
Unlicensed businesses need disaster response permits starting next week in Gulf Shores
The Press Register
Gulf Shores - Starting next Tuesday, June 15, anyone wanting to work on the oil spill cleanup within the city will have to buy a $1,000 disaster period business license. More...
June 7, 2010
Jefferson County, AL
Business fee queries swamp Jefferson County tax office
the Birmingham News
Jefferson County - Some businesses making their first payments under a revised Jefferson County business license tax at the end of May faced confusion with complicated new calculations, then anger at payments several times higher than those a year ago. More...
June 4, 2010
Walnut Creek, CA
Southland 'contractors' face charges
Contra Costa Times
Walnut Creek - Seven Southland residents face misdemeanor charges of contracting without a license following an undercover sting by state regulators. More...
June 1, 2010
Tuolumne, CA
Nine tri-county contractors nabbed in sting
Calaveras Enterprise
Tuolumne - A fraud-investigation team executed a sting in the Tuolumne County area in mid-May and exposed nine unlicensed contractors operating throughout the Mother Lode. More...
June 1, 2010
Oakland, CA
Oakland to license, tax indoor marijuana growers
My Way News
Oakland - After becoming the first U.S. city to impose a special tax on medical marijuana dispensaries, Oakland soon could become the first to sanction and tax commercial pot growing operations. Selling and growing marijuana remain illegal under federal law. More...
May 25, 2010
Billings, MT
Billings starts enforcement of marijuana moratorium
Billings Gazette
Billings - The city of Billings on Thursday began enforcing its moratorium on new medical-marijuana businesses, ordering 25 businesses lacking proper state certification to close. More...
May 24, 2010
Logan, UT
Logan landlord license ordinance to take effect July 1
Cache Valley Daily
Logan - Logan landlords must have a landlord business license by July 1, when the ordinance will officially take effect, said Jay Nielson, director of Community Development. More...
May 13, 2010
Boise, ID
Idaho issues stop order against Utah payday lender
KTVB.com
Boise - A Utah payday lender accused of making loans in Idaho without a license has been ordered to stop doing business by the Idaho Department of Finance. More...
May 12, 2010
Buford, GA
60 businesses cited at Mall of Ga.
Access North GA
Buford - Gwinnett County Police Officers and Code Enforcement Officers conducted a Business License compliance check Monday at businesses in the Mall of Georgia. More...
May 11, 2010
Union City, CA
Union City property owners blast rental tax
The Oakland Tribune
Union City - A group of outraged property owners is expected to descend upon City Hall tonight to blast the city's handling of a plan to recover years of business license fees it had neglected to collect from citizens. More...
May 10, 2010
Lake Arthur, LA
Lake Arthur businesses need occupational licenses
Jennings Daily News
Lake Arthur - Occupational licenses are required by State law in order for businesses to operate, but some here have yet to adhere to that rule. More...
May 6, 2010
Chicago, IL
Slow Food vs. the City of Chicago
In The Times
Chicago - When Alexis Leverenz opened Kitchen Chicago five years ago, she knew her business model was new to the city: she wanted to rent a “shared-use kitchen” to small business owners like artisan bakers, preservers and caterers. She called the Departments of Health and Business Affairs & Licensing to make sure she could run it legally. “Both said, ‘Great idea, people are looking [for kitchens] all the time,’” Leverenz says. More...
May 6, 2010
Macon, GA
Macon Council Approves Massage Parlor Ordinance
13 WMAZ
Macon - In about 90 days, all Macon massage parlors and spas must have business licenses, or they could be shut down. More...
May 3, 2010
Toccoa, GA
A number of businesses operating without city license,
Independent Mail
Toccoa - Toccoa leaders are looking for more tools to help the city deal with a lot of expired business licenses. More...
April 30, 2010
River Grove, IL
River Grove boosting permit fees
Sun Times Media
River Grove - For the first time in nearly 20 years, the village of River Grove is raising its business license and permit fees. More...
April 29, 2010
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Survey finds permit problems and other hurdles to business in Fort Lauderdale
The Sun Sentinel
Fort Lauderdale - Obtaining business permits from Fort Lauderdale can sometimes take months, with applicants ping-ponged between departments. More...
April 29, 2010
Boaz, AL
Boaz to amend business license ordinance
Sand Mountain Reporter
Boaz - The Boaz City Council introduced an ordinance to amend the classifications section of the business license code during a meeting Monday. More...
April 29, 2010
Sumter, SC
36 take steps to get peddler's permit in Sumter
The Item
Sumter - In October, Sumter City Council passed an ordinance making changes to the requirements for peddler's permits. The new ordinance requires that peddlers pay a $25 application fee. More...
April 28, 2010
New York, NY
NYC seeks $300 levy on once-free film permits
Associated Press
New York - For the first time ever, television and film productions that shoot in New York City will have to pay for permits that have always been free. More...
April 27, 2010
Norton Shores, MI
Norton Shores relaxes rules for business owners' signs
Muskegon New
Norton Shores - Changes to Norton Shores' sign ordinance have received final approval from the city council. More...
April 27, 2010
Jacksonville, FL
Sting targets unlicensed contractors
Jacksonville Business Journal
Jacksonville - Thirty adult unlicensed contractors and one minor have been arrested and another eight have warrants for their arrest as part of a six-month investigation involving the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s office and the State Attorney’s Office, according to announcement from the Sheriff’s Office. More...
April 26, 2010
North Ogden, UT
License fees on the rise in N. Ogden
Standard Net Live
North Ogden - Business license fees will go up in North Ogden but the question remains: how much? More...
April 21, 2010
Mauldin, SC
Mauldin landlords protest business license fees, city to waive late penalties
The Greenville News
Mauldin - Landlords who own property in Mauldin are protesting what they call a triple tax, as many learned for the first time recently that they are required to pay business license fees to the city. More...
April 20, 2010
Cape Girardeau, MO
Cape Girardeau City Council gives first-round approval to new business license ordinance
Southeast Missourian
Cape Girardeau - In a unanimous vote, the council gave first-round approval to an ordinance requiring anyone applying for a new or renewed license to submit far more information than is currently required about their business interests and associations. More...
April 20, 2010
Thomasville, NC
Thomasville OKs business privilege license
The Dispatch
Thomasville - Businesses in the Chair City will have to shell out more money to operate in the city limits, as the Thomasville City Council passed a business privilege license by a 6-1 vote Monday night. More...
April 20, 2010
Indianapolis, IN
Unlicensed Pet Shop Shuts Down
6 News
Indianapolis - A vendor at an Indianapolis flea market that had been selling animals without a license has shut down his booth after questions from city inspectors. More...
April 19, 2010
Park City, UT
City changes condo licensing
The Park Record
Park City - Owners of Park City units in nightly rental pools are under closer scrutiny this year, but it's for their own benefit, explained a report by Chief Building Official Ron Ivie to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council this week. More...
April 19, 2010
Tehema County, CA
State nabs Red Bluff contractor on license charge
Daily News
Tehema County - A Red Bluff man arrested Tuesday on suspicion of contracting without a license was one of a dozen caught this week in a California Department of Insurance sting. More...
April 19, 2010
Myrtle Beach, SC
Business license amnesty program extended
WMBS News
Myrtle Beach - The City of Myrtle Beach has decided to extend a business license amnesty program through May 31. More...
April 19, 2010
Fresno, CA
Time is running out for Fresno tax amnesty: Program that forgives fines on unlicensed firms ends June 30.
TMC News
Fresno - Dozens of businesses a day are coming forward as part of an amnesty program encouraging them to pay their share of taxes and level the playing field for law-abiding companies in Fresno. More...
April 16, 2010
Albany, NY
State sees spike in real estate licenses issued
The Business Review
Albany - The number of people receiving their real estate license in New York is on the rise, according to the state’s Division of Licensing Services. More...
April 14, 2010
Ocala, FL
Business owners fail to pay a local tax
Ocala.com
Ocala - Business owners who operate in the city of Ocala are required to pay a local business tax and renew their certificate by Sept. 30 each year. By last week, more than two dozen business owners who previously had unblemished records still had failed to pay their renewal fees. More...
April 13, 2010
Saugatuck, MI
Saugatuck nixes $150 business license fee
Holland Sentinel
Saugatuck - The city council on Monday, April 12, eliminated the fee paid by 160 businesses that brought in $24,000 and will begin looking for another way to fund some downtown business services. More...
April 12, 2010
Mountain Village, CO
Mountain Village amends business license ordinance
The Telluride
Mountain Village - The Mountain Village is amending its business license ordinance to close lodging tax loopholes. Nonpayment of sales taxes and business license fees creates an unfair advantage for property owners avoiding payment. Their malfeasance also affects the town’s ability to operate and support marketing efforts that benefit all Mountain Village taxpayers and business owners. More...
April 9, 2010
Denver, CO
Panel OKs bill letting stores buy liquor licenses
The Daily Sentinel
Denver - A measure to allow grocery stores to purchase the license of a nearby liquor store barely cleared a House panel Wednesday. More...
April 7, 2010
Gresham, OR
Gresham approves small business "fee holiday"
Oregon Live
Grsham - The Gresham City Council tonight approved Mayor Shane Beemis’ plan to offer a fee holiday for new small businesses. More...
April 7, 2010
Mississippi, MS
10 personal care homes shuttered
The Clarion Ledger
Mississippi - Since the death of Janice Hollins at an unlicensed Jackson personal care home in January, more people are reporting potential mistreatment of residents at personal care homes, state and local health officials said. More...
April 7, 2010
Frankfort, KY
KY lawmakers pass bill to raise mine permit fees
Lexington Herald Leader
Frankfort - In a peculiar move, coal companies were successful Monday in pushing a bill through the Kentucky legislature that will increase the fees they pay to apply for mining permits. More...
March 25, 2010
Glendale Heights, IL
Village OKs spike in liquor license fees
Hanover Park Press
Glendale Heights - Recently, the Village Board passed a measure to increase liquor license fees, which Village Manager Joe Breinig said have been largely unchanged since 1977. The move will help the village battle a nearly $2 million projected budget deficit in 2011. More...
March 23, 2010
Fort Wayne, IN
Broadway scrap-yard owner faces charges
News Sentimental
Fort Wayne - The owner of an unlicensed local scrap yard faces a string of charges after Fort Wayne Police found him buying stolen railroad scrap and communication wire. More...
March 23, 2010
Vero Beach, FL
Vero Beach insurance salesman stripped of licenses
TC Palm News
Vero Beach - State officials have stripped a Vero Beach insurance salesman of his licenses after investigating a couple of shaky deal involving senior citizens. More...
March 22, 2010
Burien, WA
Here’s The Letter The City Of Burien Mailed To North Highline Businesses
White Center
Burien - The letter also provided businesses with notice of some of their responsibilities, such as obtaining business licenses and updating their tax code on Department of Revenue forms. More...
March 22, 2010
Hattiesburg, MS
City cracks down on sign ordinance violations Sign(s) of the times
Hattiesburg America
Hattiesburg - Most importantly, he added, "You can't put up any sign whatsoever on the outside of your building without a permit." More...
March 22, 2010
Miramar Beach, FL
Woman pleads no contest to being unlicensed real estate broker
NWF Daily News
Miramar Beach - A 43-year-old Miramar Beach woman was sentenced to five years in prison after she was caught running a property management firm without a license. More...
March 19, 2010
Mountain Village, CO
In Mountain Village, a Business License Is Required if You Rent Your Home
The Watch News
Mountain Village - If you rent your home in Mountain Village to short-term visitors, do you owe lodging and sales taxes to the town? More...
March 19, 2010
Rome, GA
Sales tax bill passes House
Rome News Tribune
Rome - Legislation passed by the House on Wednesday would let the Georgia Department of Revenue compare local business license lists against its list of companies sending in sales tax collections. More...
March 18, 2010
Selem, OR
Downtown vending gets more expensive
IStockAnalyst
Selem - A proposal to require food vendors to obtain a permit to conduct business within the city right-of-way in the central business district drew some brief discussion before being approved during Tuesday evening's City Council meeting. More...
March 18, 2010
San Jose, CA
San Jose adopts small business incentives
Business Journal
San Jose - On a 6-3 vote the council backed a temporary suspension of business license taxes and an offer of free or discounted parking in city garages. More...
March 17, 2010
Honolulu, HI
Driveway Paving Scammers Return To Hawaii
KITV.com
Honolulu - A band of unlicensed driveway pavers that first showed up here last fall appears to have returned to Hawaii, once again scamming people out of their money. More...
March 17, 2010
Chicago, IL
Reporting From FamilyFarmed: What's Next for Shared-Use Kitchens
Chicago Reader
Chicago - You want to do business in the city of Chicago? You gotta have a license. More...
March 17, 2010
Tampa Bay, FL
State cracks down on loan modification companies in Tampa
Tampa Bay Online
Tampa Bay - State regulators cracked down on loan modification businesses today, serving one Tampa company with a cease and desist order. More...
March 16, 2010
Santa Monica, CA
Cozi Couch owner pleads guilty
Santa Monica Daily Press
Santa Monica — A year after abruptly shutting down his high-end Wilshire Boulevard furniture store and leaving behind scores of angry customers who never received orders they'd paid for, Cozi Couch owner Arman Hazarian has pleaded guilty to false advertising and doing business without a license. More...
March 15, 2010
Spring Hill, FL
Spring Hill woman charged with running unlicensed assisted living facility
Tampa Bay.com
Spring Hill — State officials have arrested a Spring Hill woman on charges that she operated an assisted living facility without a license. More...
March 12, 2010
New Orleans, LA
Suit grows out of florists law
USA Today
New Orleans - In Louisiana, you don't need a license to peddle pets, paintings or cars — but sell no flowers. More...
March 11, 2010
Hazel, KY
Hazel ready to enforce business ordinance
Murray Ledger & Times
Hazel - After about two years in legal limbo, the Hazel City Council has voted to proceed with full enforcment of the city's business licensing ordinance that requires vendors doing business inside the city's antique malls to pay a for license to sell. More...
March 10, 2010
Navada, NV
Secretary of state questions state contractor qualifications
Navada Appeal
Navada - Businesses contracting with the state will have to prove they are licensed and in good standing to keep those contracts after questions raised at the Board of Examiners on Tuesday. More...
March 10, 2010
Fayetteville, NC
Businesses balk at Fayetteville's privilege license
Fay Observer
Fayetteville - Randy Newsome got a surprise in the mail last month from the city of Fayetteville, which told him to apply for a business license. More...
March 8, 2010
Milwaukee, WI
State orders Janesville firm to stop mortgage modification service
Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee - Rightway Solutions Inc. has been operating without an "adjustment service company" license needed to provide services to help debtors modify mortgages, the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions says. More...
March 8, 2010
Charlotte County, FL
Authorities say club ran illegal games
Herald Times
Charlotte - State gambling officials indicated the business did not have a license to operate card rooms. More...
March 8, 2010
Hanover County, VA
Businesses get a break on fire code permits
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Hanover County - businesses that need fire code permits will get a break on the inspection and fee schedule. More...
March 8, 2010
Portland, OR
Tigard man indicted on illegal money-trasmitting charges
The Times
Portland - Federal prosecutors indicted a Tigard man Wednesday on charges that he operated an unlicensed money-transmitting business for more than a decade. More...
March 4, 2010
Logan, UT
Logan looking at 'grandfathering' process for landlords
Cache Valley Daily
Logan - Property owners opposed to a new business license for landlords have lost their fight. After a lengthy public hearing Tuesday night the Logan Municipal Council voted unanimously to approve a new landlord licensing ordinance effective July 1. More...
March 3, 2010
San Francisco, CA
Unlicensed private eyes a problem in California
ABC7
San Francisco - The state's private investigator trade group is cracking down on unlicensed private eyes using undercover stings. More...
March 2, 2010
Annapolis, MD
BWI chauffeurs handcuffed, jailed for hours
The Hometown Annapolis
Annapolis - Creecy was one of 17 chauffeurs arrested or cited by Maryland Transportation Authority Police last week for conducting business at the airport without the required permit, police said. More...
February 24, 2010
Lake County, CA
Man charged with working on septic systems without a permit
The Record Bee
Lake County - The Lake County District Attorney filed charges against a Lakeport man Feb. 11 for allegedly working on septic systems without a permit and repeatedly discharging sewage into yards in Lake County. More...
February 24, 2010
Bartlesville, OK
City’s business licensing to change after audit
Examiner Enterprise
Bartlesville - The City of Bartlesville business licensing process is going to change after a recent audit of Oklahoma Tax Commission files, city officials say. More...
February 22, 2010
Denver, CO
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver have five days left to get a license
Denver Westword
Denver - Colorado's medical marijuana industry has been compared to the Gold Rush of 150 years ago, but so far, there's been no rush for dispensaries to get legal in Denver. More...
February 22, 2010
Laurinburg, NC
Ordinance makes sweepstakes a gamble
The Laurinburg Exchange
Laurinburg - The city can't make online gambling illegal, but they have made owners of sweepstakes establishments pay dearly to operate.The Laurinburg City Council voted Tuesday to hike privilege license fees for the internet gaming establishments. More...
February 22, 2010
Palm Beach, FL
Two Palm Beach County loan modifications companies slapped with state complaint for no license
The Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach - Florida's Office of Financial Regulation served complaints today on five South Florida companies allegedly performing home loan modifications without a license, including two in Palm Beach County. More...
February 22, 2010
Jefferson County, AL
Suit challenging new Jefferson County occupational tax amended to add business license fees
The Birmingham News
Jefferson County - Lawyers challenging Jefferson County's current occupational tax amended their lawsuit today to include the county's new business license fees. More...
February 18, 2010
Wilmington, NC
Locksmiths with Wilmington connections arrested in Raleigh
WECT news 6
Wilmington - Three people were arrested in Raleigh on Saturday for doing locksmith work without a required license. They operate A1A Locksmith and Security, which has branches in the Wilmington area. More...
February 18, 2010
Florida
Florida Halts 3 Unlicensed Warranty Firms From Doing Business
National Underwriter
Florida - Florida authorities said they had issued cease and desist orders to three firms, including their subsidiaries, for the unauthorized sale of warranty products and service agreements for homes and autos. More...
February 17, 2010
Homewood Village, IL
Simpler schedule set for licenses, inspections
Chicago Tribune
Homewood Village - The Homewood Village Board is changing its fee schedule for business licenses and inspections to help streamline its business oversight. More...
February 16, 2010
Montgomery, AL
Judge validates business license fees
Andalusia Star News
Montgomery - A Montgomery County circuit court judge last week upheld the methods used by the City of Andalusia and the City of Florala in assessing business license fees for pharmacies. More...
February 15, 2010
Williamburg, VA
Gold parties have dangerous tinge
The Virginia Gazette
Williamsburg - Gold parties are all the rage, but the hosts may be breaking the law. More...
February 11, 2010
Morganville, NJ
Morganville man given 15-year prison sentence
News Transcript
Morganville - The president of Access Inc. of USA was sentenced on Jan. 13 to 15 years in prison for operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business and conspiracy to cause failure to file currency transaction reports. More...
February 11, 2010
Chicago, IL
Small businesses using shared kitchens need to beware of regulations
Wallet Pop
Chicago - Operating a new catering company or food-related business is difficult to do from home, so the concept of shared kitchens is compelling. More...
February 8, 2010
Millville, DE
Millville puts restrictions on tent usage
The News Journel
Millville - The Town Council has approved an ordinance limiting the size and usage of tents by businesses and nonprofit organizations. Businesses must now obtain permits, observe guidelines. More...
February 4, 2010
Anniston, AL
Anniston City Council retreats on higher business license fees
The Birmingham News
Anniston - The Anniston City Council has rescinded the business license ordinances higher fees it passed last fall. More...
February 4, 2010
Lincoln, CA
Five unlicensed contractor among 16 busted in undercover operation
Lincoln News Messanger
Lincoln - Five Lincoln residents were recently charged with contracting without a license. More...
February 4, 2010
Montgomery, AL
Mistake on Montgomery business license fee schedule
WSFA 12 News
Montgomery - Every December the revenue office sends out a fee schedule, reminding businesses to pay their business license fee. Merchants typically have one month to do so, but this year a business caught the error and promptly alerted city hall. More...
January 28, 2010
Tulare County, CA
Tulare County supervisors approve mobile food vendor requirements
Visilia Times Delta
Tulare County - The Tulare County supervisors have approved a first-of-its-kind ordinance for the county requiring mobile food vendors to obtain business licenses. More...
January 26, 2010
Eagle, CO
Eagle adds $20 “marketing fee” to business licenses
Vail Daily Eagle News
Eagle — Eagle businesses will be charged an extra $20 on their business license fee bills beginning this year to help pay for marketing efforts in town. More...
January 26, 2010
Montgomery, AL
Mayor lays down the law for business licenses
WSFA 12 News
Montgomery - Make no mistake, the Mayor is cracking down on businesses without proper licenses or no license at all. More...
January 26, 2010
Hazleton, PA
State contracting law diverts money from municipalities
Standardspeaker.com
Hazleton - The state's takeover of licensing residential contractors has local municipalities scurrying to change their ordinances because of a loss of revenue. More...
January 21, 2010
La Crescenta, CA
City reduces business fees
La Canada Valley Sun
Valley Sun - La Cañada Flintridge City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday a temporary 50% reduction of four city fees affecting local businesses. The decision, effective for one year beginning Feb. 1, is designed to foster local commerce in a difficult economic climate. More...
January 13, 2010
Peoria, IL
City requires new license to do business
The Journel Star
Peoria - Fast food restaurants, gas stations and hotels will pay a little extra to operate on April Fool's Day in order to do business in Peoria. More...
January 13, 2010
Bullhead City, AZ
Be aware of those peddling without a license in BHC
Mohave Daily News
Bullhead - Citizens who conduct business with unlicensed entities are taking a risk and may become a victim of a scam. More...
January 7, 2010
Carroll County, MD
Carroll County Restaurants Closed Over Fees, Not Food
abc2news.com
Carroll County - The owners at Genova’s had no idea the county had closed down 46 businesses in all---all guilty of failing to meet the deadline to renew their annual food service licenses. More...
January 6, 2010
Ocala, FL
State requires mortgage modification workers to get licenses
Ocala,com
Ocala - Declining home interest rates aren't just attracting homeowners to try to lower their monthly mortgage payments. They also are attracting unqualified and dubious people offering to help — for a fee. More...
January 4, 2010
Sacramento, CA
State accuses 11 of unlicensed repair work
Merced Sun-Star
Sacramento - In spite of an online warning to unlicensed contractors posted on an electronic marketplace Web site, operators were still caught in illegal contracting activity at a Merced home, the board's Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) said in a news release. More...
December 31, 2009
Sacramento, CA
New Year means new penalties for unlicensed contractors
Central Valley Business Times
Sacramento - Unlicensed contractors who violate California’s contracting laws could be seeing life from the wrong side of a jail door in 2010, thanks to new laws. More...
December 31, 2009
Goleta, CA
Goleta’s New Business License Fee Takes Effect in January
Noozhawk Newsletter
Goleta - Business owners in Goleta soon will be required to apply for a business license in order to operate within the city. The new fee, voted in unanimously by the City Council a little more than a month ago, goes into effect in January. More...
December 29, 2009
Columbus, GA
Police: Gold-buying parties are newest craze in Columbus
WTMV
Columbus - Forget Mary Kay or Tupperware parties. Columbus Police say the newest fad in the city when it comes to hosting soirees is gold buying. More...
December 24, 2009
Jacksonville, FL
Florida warns unlicensed auto warranty firms
Jacksonville Business Journal
Jacksonville - Four automobile service contract providers were issued a cease and desist order by the state regulator Tuesday for selling motor vehicle service agreements in Florida without a license. More...
December 24, 2009
Medford, OR
Pawn shop fined for multiple violations
Mail Tribune
Medford - A Medford business wasn't licensed to take a car as collateral, they charged excessive interest, then improperly sold the vehicle. More...
December 24, 2009
Birmingham, AL
Ala. county ordered to refund millions
Associated Press
Birmingham - A judge has ruled that workers and businesses in Jefferson County should split more than $50 million in refunds and interest on occupational taxes and business license fees. More...
December 24, 2009
Nashville, TN
Wineries say TN law discourages shipping
The Tennessean
Nashville - To ship to Tennessee, wineries have to receive a license from the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission before sending a single case. Wineries also must agree to pay state taxes, abide by local laws on alcohol sales and agree to use a shipper that will require proof of age and identity at delivery. More...
December 15, 2009
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Woman Fined for Unlicensed Day Care After Child Dies in Hot Car
First Coast News
Jacksonville - Shantel Wilcher has been ordered to pay $30,500 after a 1-year-old boy died while in her care at her Westside unlicensed day care center. More...
December 15, 2009
Myrtle Beach , SC
Firms let off hook in Myrtle Beach
The Sun News
Myrtle Beach - If you've been operating a business without a license in Myrtle Beach, you can get one without being penalized from now through Feb. 11. More...
December 1, 2009
Clearfield , UT
Solicitors need permit and badge in Clearfield
Standuard Net
Clearfield - Solicitors now have to obtain a permit and a city-issued identification badge before selling goods or services in the city. More...
November 16, 2009
Wenatchee , WA
Wenatchee Business licenses will cost more next year
KPQ
Wenatchee - After hearing from members of the business community, the Wenatchee City Council thursday night voted to spread out increases to the city's business license fees. More...
November 16, 2009
Warren , PA
Who does and doesn’t need business license in the City of Warren
Times Observer
Warren - The City of Warren administration has released a list of answers to commonly asked questions regarding the city's recently approved Business License ordinance, which charges businesses operating in the city a yearly fee of $10 to $50. More...
November 11, 2009
Newark, DE
Once a tourist attraction, pedicabs grow in everyday use
The News Journel
Newark - Pedicabs, adult-size tricycles with room in the back for passengers, have gone from the occasional tourist attraction to a more prominent means of public transportation, prompting a race by cities to beef up safety ordinances amid backlash from automobile cab operators. More...
November 4, 2009
Long Beach, CA
City Closes Marijuana Dispensary
Long Beach Post
Long Beach – The City of Long Beach has closed Green Nurse Collective, a smoke shop operating on Broadway that also served as a marijuana dispensary, according to City Manager Pat West, who responded "Yes" when asked if the closure is indicative of a concentrated effort by the City to crack down on dispensaries. More...
November 2, 2009
Minooka, IL
Minooka, IL Enacts a Business License
The Moriis Daily Herald
MINOOKA – If you want to open a business in town, you will need a business license. More...
October 22, 2009
Fresno, CA
27 Fresno-area contractors cited
fresnobee.com
A two-day crackdown on unlicensed contractors operating in the Fresno area netted 27 citations, most of them for doing contracting work without a license, officials said Thursday. More...
October 22, 2009
Westchester County, NY
N.Y. public adjusters fined for violating consumer protection rules
IFAwebnews.com | The Daily Times
Two Westchester County, N.Y., public adjuster companies were fined $25,000 each for soliciting business outside of business hours and one also was cited for operating without a license. More...
October 22, 2009
San Diego, CA
National City agrees to stop charging fees to process business taxes
SignOnSanDiego.com
In light of a recent court ruling, National City officials have agreed to stop charging two processing fees implemented last year to cover the cost of collecting its business license tax. More...
October 20, 2009
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta PD Cracks Down on Americasmart Tenants Lacking Licenses
Gifts & Decorative Accessories
Atlanta police inspected permanent showroom complex AmericasMart-Atlanta on Tuesday and cited dozens of business owners for operating without a license. More...
October 15, 2009
Radcliff, KY
Radcliff to recalculate some business fees
The News Enterprise
An inconsistency in business license fees discovered by the city of Radcliff will lead to some refunds for affected businesses. More...
October 14, 2009
Washington D.C.
Student coffee cart allowed to reopen
Newsroom Blog - The GW Hatchet
The student-run coffee cart near Gelman Library will soon be back in business after a D.C. councilmember helped secure permission Wednesday for the cart’s owner to return to the H Street spot. More...
October 12, 2009
Culver City, CA
Business Tax Penalty Amnesty Program
Culver City Finance Department
Businesses operating in the City of Culver City without a valid business tax certificate, or who have unpaid or underpaid taxes can become compliant without paying penalties during the Business Tax Penalty Amnesty Program, which is being conducted by the Finance Department’s Business Tax Division between September 21 and November 30, 2009 More...
October 12, 2009
Modesto, CA
Certification requirement puts costly hold on Modesto store's on-site embroidery work
The Modesto Bee
A stitch in time saves nine, but Modesto's Crescent Work & Outdoor learned not having a license to make that stitch could end up losing them more than three months of work and tens of thousands of dollars. More...
October 8, 2009
Canyon Lake, CA
Canyon Lake may crackdown on home businesses
Inland News | PE.com | Southern California News
Canyon Lake's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday called on city department heads and the Property Owners Association to begin looking for ways to get control over the growth of unlicensed and unpermitted home-based businesses in the gated community. More...
October 6, 2009
Catoosa County, TN
Catoosa business license forms to be mailed this week
Government Bodies & Offices from AllBusiness com
Catoosa County business owners should expect a new tax form this week as commissioners roll out the county's first business license program. More...
October 1, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
L.A. city and county battle over business tax
LA Daily News
As both the city and county of Los Angeles face severe budget crunches, a new feud is brewing between the two governments over taxes, with hundreds of businesses caught in the middle. More...
September 30, 2009
Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Estates homeowner charged with running a party palace
Los Angeles Times
After neighbors' complaints to police and city officials, Melahat Uzumcu faces four misdemeanor counts after allegedly renting out her mansion for weddings and other events. More...
September 29, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
SUPERVISORS ORDER CITY OF LOS ANGELES TO STOP ILLEGALLY TAXING UNINCORPORATED AREA BUSINESSES
Mayor Sam Press Release Blog
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Gloria Molina to send a 5-signature letter to the City’s Mayor, City Council and the Controller ordering the City to stop taxing businesses located in unincorporated County communities and reimburse those businesses for all revenues previously collected. More...
September 29, 2009
Norfolk, VA
Interior designers overtaxed in Norfolk, state agency concludes
HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
The state tax commissioner has issued an opinion indicating that some of Norfolk 's interior designers are improperly classified for their business licenses, requiring them to pay higher taxes than they otherwise would. More...
September 24, 2009
Detroit, MI
Case against Detroit council candidate postponed until after election
detnews.com | The Detroit News
A case against entrepreneur and city council candidate Jai-Lee Dearing that accuses him of operating Bert's on Broadway without a business license has been delayed until after the Nov. 3 election because the police officer who gave him the ticket referred to the wrong section of the city code. More...
August 31, 2009
New York, NY
SMOKE AND IRE OVER FREE JAVA
New York Post
Put down that coffee, and come out with your hands up! The owner of a Financial District tobacco shop was amazed to learn he was violating the law by offering his customers a free cup of joe while they legally puffed away on his cigars. More...
August 30, 2009
Seattle, WA
This week, your home inspector will have to be licensed
Seattle PI
Sharon Mann, a 30-year real estate agent, thinks the most important piece of a home-buying transaction may be the inspector who checks out the house for the buyer, looking for that bit of mold or rot that could cause a problem. More...
August 29, 2009
Macon, GA
Closure coloring opinions of their salons, owners say
The Sun News
Sherri Willard took her time parting Sandy Vanvoorhis’ hair early Friday morning, making sure to thoroughly apply a dye as she returned the woman’s hair to its original shade. Nearby, licenses for her business, Hints of Color, and her own styling abilities hung for customers and employees to see. More...
August 25, 2009
Dover, DE
Dover committee OKs new gaming, business licenses
Dover Post
A Dover City Council committee gave the nod to licensing fees for sports betting, horse racing and gaming table positions that would generate anywhere from $10,000 to $14,000 in additional annual revenue for the city. More...
August 19, 2009
Gwinnett County, GA
Immigration check tied to business licenses
AJC.com
Gwinnett County is contacting more than 26,000 local businesses asking for compliance with a new state immigration law. The county is required to check the immigration status of all applicants for business licenses. More...
August 15, 2009
Gulfport, MS
Gulfport nursing home owner charged with operating without license
WLOX.com
The owner of a Gulfport nursing home is accused of doing business illegally. 44-year-old Greg Sullivan is owner of "A Connected Heart" on Vick Road. More...
July 31, 2009
OH
Unlicensed gold, diamond company reaches deal with state
Ohio.com
A local gold and diamond company, which had been given notice to cease and desist and that the state of Ohio intended to deny its license, has come to a settlement. More...
July 26, 2009
GA
Want to start a business? First, prove you’re legal
GainesvilleTimes.com
The issue has caused some noise statewide, but it went unnoticed on July 13, when Oakwood City gave its final approval. The City Council unanimously amended its business license law to require applicants to file an affidavit asserting they are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. More...
July 22, 2009
Delta County, CO
Teens exempted from business license regulation
Delta County Independent
On Thursday, July 16, during the regular meeting of the Cedaredge Town Council, the trustees unanimously approved an amendment to the municipal code to exempt individuals 19 years or younger from the town's business license requirement. More...
July 22, 2009
Delta County, CO
Hinchman wants trial to resolve license dispute
Delta County Independent
On Thursday, July 16, Steve Hinchman, a lifelong resident of the Surface Creek Valley, and owner of Hinchman Orchards, pleaded not guilty to charges that he was in violation of Title 5 of the Cedaredge Municipal Code by not having a business license. He is opting for a court trial to resolve the matter. More...
July 21, 2009
Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto business tax set for November vote
Palo Alto Online
Palo Alto's longstanding plan to institute a business-license tax is now one vote away from becoming a reality -- a citywide vote. More...
July 21, 2009
Nassau County, NY
42 Unlicensed Contractors Nailed In Nassau County
North Country Gazette
A five-week investigation into unlicensed contractors in Nassau County has resulted in the arrest of 42 individuals. More...
July 21, 2009
FL
Unregulated business enforcement up 64%
South Florida Business Jounal
The number of enforcement actions against unlicensed business activity in the state was 64 percent higher in fiscal year 2008-2009 than in the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. More...
June 20, 2009
Spokane, WA
City offers business license amnesty
Spokesman.com
Unlicensed businesses have a chance to make good with the city of Spokane without the usual penalties. The city tax and license department next week will allow companies that are skirting license requirements to come forward without having to pay fines for breaking the law. More...
April 18, 2009
Gainesville, GA
Business closure picture incomplete for Gainesville
GainesvilleTimes.com
Debbie Jones’ city marshals are the unofficial talliers of failed businesses in Gainesville. Every time they see an empty storefront where a store or restaurant once operated, they make a note of it so that the business is removed from the list of Gainesville’s 2,300-plus business license holders. More...
April 18, 2009
Canton, GA
Cherokee County restricts business licenses
WMBF News | Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC | News, Weather and Sports
Cherokee County has joined the list of Georgia counties that require applicants for business licenses to be legal U.S. residents. More...
March 26, 2009
OR
Business gets easier for kid entrepreneurs
OregonLive.com
With all the economic challenges Oregon faces, it's nice to know state lawmakers can agree on one thing: Government shouldn't hassle a kid about a lemonade stand. More...
March 19, 2009
Gadsden, AL
Business Licenses Revenue The Only One Up
The Gadsden Times
With overall revenues up and spending down, Gadsden is in better shape than some cities, Mayor Sherman Guyton said. More...
March 11, 2009
Maplesville, AL
Maplesville cracks down on businesses with no licenses
Clanton Advertiser
The Town of Maplesville will be enforcing is business license ordinance on all businesses in the town, including those that have never bought business licenses before. More...
February 9, 2009
Idaho
Proposal would triple cost of food licenses
Idaho Business Review
Restaurant owners and food vendors are decrying a proposal by Idaho public health officials to triple the cost of licenses over the next two years. More...
January 6, 2009
Washington D.C.
Business licenses are a must in D.C.
Washington Business Journal
D.C. is making all businesses that pay business taxes get a valid license to conduct business. Under the Business Licensing Processing Adjustment Act of 2008 passed by the D.C. Council, an estimated 10,000 formerly unlicensed businesses will have to get a General Business License -- at a cost of nearly $300. The act became law on June 26, 2008. More...
December 23, 2008
Washington D.C.
D.C. businesses required to have license by 2009
Board of Trade SmartBrief
Beginning Jan. 1, the District of Columbia will begin requiring all businesses that pay business taxes to have a valid District of Columbia basic business license. Under the Business Licensing Processing Adjustment Act of 2008, passed by the D.C. Council, an estimated 12,000 previously unlicensed businesses will be required to obtain a general business license. More...
December 18, 2008
Cullman, AL
Good Hope officials lower business license fees
The Cullman Times
Conducting business in Good Hope recently got much easier for Tommy Cofer. “Now we’ll have more money to use elsewhere,” said Cofer, owner of Good Hope Fire Apparatus More...
December 17, 2008
Columbia, SC
Arrested For Operating Without A Business License
WIS News 10
The Cayce Department of Public Safety says a man was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating without a business license and failure to obey a public safety officer. More...
December 5, 2008
Alma, CO
Alma eyes options for water/sewer funding
The Flume
The Town of Alma is looking at several options to fund its water and sewer departments, which are running at a "bare minimum, according to Town Administrator Nancy Comer. More...
November 18, 2008
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix requires licenses for out-of-town businesses
MailTribune.com
The City Council voted Monday night to require business licenses from out-of-town business owners seeking to operate inside city limits. More...
November 17, 2008
Montgomery, AL
News: City Council approves new business license fees
The Montgomery Independent, AL.com
The Montgomery City Council voted to adopt a new fee schedule for business licenses last week. The revised fee schedule is the first in 40 years and could generate as much as $1.5 million in new revenue. More...
October 22, 2008
Wheeling, WV
License Fees Could Rise in Wheeling
WTRF
Business owners that provide services as diverse as insurance and a hair cut, may be paying more soon to operate in the city. Council has a plan to raise many of these fees to the state maximum. More...
October 9, 2008
San Francisco, CA
Richmond tax measure would hit Chevron hard
San Francisco Chronicle
The hottest issue on the Richmond ballot next month may not be the City Council election but a measure to levy a huge tax increase that would cost the Chevron refinery an estimated $26.5 million a year - about 440 times more than it now pays the city. More...
September 10, 2008
Forest Grove, OR
Forest Grove launches new business license program
Forest Grove News Times
In March, the Forest Grove City Council approved the creation of an annual business-license program, effective Oct. 1. There are many reasons for this new annual program. More...
September 4, 2008
Moultrie, GA
County puts teeth in license rule
Moultrie Observer
Colquitt County Commission put some teeth in its business license ordinance Tuesday night, approving a measure that would impose fines on business owners who do not purchase annual licenses. More...
August 20, 2008
Portland, OR
Council passes business license tax revisions
Portland Business Journal
Portland's leading Realtor group is weighing its options after the Portland City Council approved rules that will require home sellers to, for the first time in decades, pay a business tax. More...
July 22, 2008
Newburyport, MA
Newburyport: A-frame regulations to be enforced
The Daily News
A comprehensive solution to the debate over A-frame signs downtown will wait until at least fall. Instead, city officials plan to enforce the regulations already on the books for the rest of this year. More...
July 21, 2008
Washington D.C.
Internet Currency Firm Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering
PC World
E-Gold, an Internet-based payment service, and three owners have pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to money laundering, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday. More...
July 21, 2008
Columbia, MO
Business ordinance violation fine increasing tenfold
The Columbia Missourian
Businesses that violate the city’s business license ordinance will now face a fine up to 10 times more expensive. The City Council amended the ordinance at its meeting Monday night to include the higher fine, eliminate a fee for some businesses and clean up the ordinance’s language. More...
July 9, 2008
Orangeburg, SC
Branchville to examine controversial business fees
The Times and Democrat
Concerns over a recently passed ordinance updating business licenses and questions over what town property is actually insured dominated a Monday night Branchville Town Council meeting. More...
June 11, 2008
Trigg County, KY
Council plans business license adjustment
The Cadiz Record
The Cadiz City Council adopted a budget for 2008-2009 at their regular meeting last week, as well as a first reading of new occupational license tax ordinance. More...
April 22, 2008
Alton, IL
City to increase cost of business licenses
The Telegraph
Beginning May 5, residents of a specific area Downtown will be able to buy parking decals allowing them to park for unlimited times on designated streets. More...
April 7, 2008
South Lake Tahoe, CA
City looking at more effective methods to collect business fees
Tahoe Daily Tribune
The city is revamping the way it collects delinquent business and professions taxes. MaryAnne Brand, accounting manager for the city of South Lake Tahoe, asked the city council on March 18 to amend city code sections regarding tax rates and licensing. More...
April 3, 2008
Pasco County, FL
Businessman Frustrated By Permit Snags
The Suncoast News
The owner of a furniture-customizing business in the Trinity area recently shared his "horror story" about costly delays from Pasco County's permitting process. More...
April 2, 2008
Medford, OR
Medford modifies controversial business license fee
Mail Tribune
After a year and a half of batting around its controversial business license fee, the city of Medford is modifying its rules to allow discretion to waive or reduce the fee for businesses outside the city. More...
March 25, 2008
Carrollton, IN
City uses alternate route to collect business license fees
The Madison Courier
After choosing not to proceed with a proposed rental property ordinance two weeks ago, the Carrollton City Council instead had a first reading of an ordinance that would charge landlords a business license fee based on the number of rental properties the landlord owns and operates. More...
March 14, 2008
Albany, GA
City business tax is due
WALB News 10
Albany business owners who haven't paid for their Occupational Tax Certificate must pay up-- or face a penalty.  The deadline to pay is Monday. It's part of a concentrated effort to enforce the city ordinance that requires every commercial and non-profit business to have an occupational tax certificate. More...
March 5, 2008
Douglas County, NV
Business opposes license taxation
The Record-Courier
Sixty-seven percent of 87 businesses surveyed by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce oppose a new business license tax under consideration this week by Douglas County commissioners. More...
June 12, 2007
Salem, MA
When life hands you lemons...get license, sheepish police tell boys
The Boston Globe
SALEM -- They may have been squeezed out of the lemonade business, but two Salem boys say they are not bitter. More...
June 7, 2007
New York, NY
Small-Business Soap: License to Launch
TheStreet.com
Welcome to the Small-Business Soap series, in which we follow a start-up in real time. Getting a small business off the ground can have as many twists and turns as a daytime drama. But unlike television plots, these stories can inspire and educate entrepreneurs -- be sure to tune in every Wednesday to find out how. More...
March 29, 2007
Chicopee, MA
Aldermen mull business fines for business license non-compliance
The Republican
Instead of suspending or revoking a business's license for noncompliance, the Board of Aldermen could soon have the option to fine them. More...
January 28, 2007
Ripley, OH
Ripley council looking to extend requirement for business licenses
The Ledger Independent
It's back to the drawing board for the Ripley Village Council and its solicitor. More...
December 6, 2006
Medford, OR
Businesses wary as council weighs merits of fee changes
Mail Tribune
FEES MAY BE ADOPTED THURSDAY A proposed business license fee to pay for additional police officers and firefighters is sparking mixed reactions from commercial business owners in Medford.  More...