Every person, firm or corporation or charitable organization desiring to sell or distribute Christmas trees upon a vacant lot or other outdoor location within the City of Flint shall make application to the City Clerk of the City of Flint no later than two days prior to the commencement of such operations, setting forth the information hereinafter set forth; provided, however, that every person, firm or corporation regularly operating a florist shop, nursery or other business principally devoted to the sale, at retail, of nursery stock, flowers and gardening equipment, shall be exempt from the licensing and bonding requirements:
   (a)   The name, address or headquarters of the applicant;
   (b)   The location of the premises upon which operations are to be conducted, the owner of same, and the nature and extent of the applicant’s right to occupy the premises if the applicant is not the owner. The applicant shall furnish documentary evidence with reference to the latter requirement if, in the opinion of the Chief Legal Officer, such information is required.
   An application fee as specified in Chapter 26 of this Code shall accompany the application for each location. This fee shall be for the purpose of covering the cost of processing the application and conducting the investigations and inspections hereinafter provided and shall not be returnable. Upon receipt of the foregoing information and the bond required by § 12-86, and upon ascertaining that the applicant is not in arrears in the payment of amounts properly charged under § 12-86, the City Clerk shall approve said application.
   In the event the applicant is a corporation or charitable organization, the person signing said application on behalf of same shall assume personal responsibility for compliance with the provisions of this ordinance and shall be subject to the penalty provisions hereof.
(Ord. 1835, passed 5-3-1965; Ord. 1977, passed 6-12-1967)