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A. No business license shall be issued except upon written application made to the City Clerk. Each application shall be signed by the person who intends to conduct, operate, or engage in the business for which the license is to be issued, and shall state the nature of the business, its proposed address and telephone number, the names and addresses of all owners of the business (or their registered agent), and such other information as may be required by the City Clerk. A nonrefundable application fee, in an amount equal to the annual license fee, shall accompany the application. In the event that the license is granted, the application fee shall be credited toward payment of the annual license fee.

B. If the applicant is a partnership, the application must be made and signed by one (1) of the partners; if a corporation, by one (1) of the officers thereof; if a foreign corporation, partnership or nonresident individual, by the resident agent or local manager of the corporation, partnership, or individual.

C. The City Clerk shall forward copies of all applications to appropriate City officials for their endorsements thereon as to compliance by the applicant with all City regulations under their jurisdiction. Based upon such endorsements, and based upon the City Clerk’s investigation into all matters deemed necessary and appropriate, the City Clerk shall approve or deny the license application within thirty (30) days of the same being submitted.

D. If an application is denied, the reason for denial shall be stated in writing. The applicant shall have a period of ten (10) days after a license denial to appeal the same to the Mayor. Upon receiving such an appeal, the Mayor or his/her designee shall hold a public hearing to consider whether or not the license should be issued. The applicant shall be given not less than seven (7) days’ advance notice of the hearing. The decision of the Mayor or his/her designee shall be final, subject only to an appeal filed with the Snohomish County Superior Court within fourteen (14) days following the date of such decision.

E. Neither the filing of an application for a license or the renewal thereof, nor any payment of any application or renewal fee, shall authorize a person to engage in or conduct a business until such license has been granted or renewed. (Ord. 1660, 1988; Ord. 2027, 2003; Ord. 2340, 2018)