City Code Amendments

Posted on: September 22, 2017

Permitting and Inspections Revisions to the City Code

Horse drawn carriage operators will not longer be required to pick up horse droppings; and chicken owners are no longer required to have a permit.

But a license for a horse-drawn carriage operating in the City is still required.  Chicken owners still must not keep more than six and have other city restrictions to obey.

More specifically, the proposed changes to Chapters 1, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 30 clarify business licensing, as well as other ordinances that impact the work the Department of Permitting and Inspections does.  The revisions include:

  • Correcting the current business licensing ordinance to clarify what types of fees are refundable, and to allow the Department to adopt a refund policy with respect to the licensing fees. Currently, only the application fee is eligible for refund;
  • Discontinuing Carnival and Merry Go Round licenses. Keeping a Circus license;
  • Discontinuing single concert/dance license for events with less than 250 persons or do not serve alcohol. A single concert on public property will be licensed by Public Assembly Facilities. Alcohol will still be licensed by Business Licensing;
  • Adding a new temporary event license requirement that applications be submitted at least 7 business days beforehand. This will encourage good planning and prevent last minute crises for the customer and staff that shift resources and priorities;
  • Changing the validity of a temporary event license from 14 consecutive days to 14 days. For example, a recurring concert series can have one license for 14 concerts and pay once;
  • Changing bicycle cab company and driver’s permit expiration dates to April 30th to match the expiration date for Livery, Taxi and Tour companies and drivers;
  • Changing the fees provisions for vehicles for hire to match Chapter 15;
  • Clarifying the definition of a tour company;
  • Updating the licensing authority for various types of licenses and permits to reflect the new business licensing division; and
  • Standardizing enforcement and penalty provisions.

The new fee schedule is at the end of the order, below.


Order 18-17/18
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