(A)   No person, firm or corporation shall establish or operate a pawnbroker business without first having applied for and been granted the license provided by this section.
   (B)   Every application for a pawnbroker's license shall be upon a form approved by the Town Manager and shall be filed with the Tax Collector. Each application shall be made under oath and shall contain the following information:
      (1)   The name and address of the person and, in the case of a firm or partnership, the names and addresses of the persons comprising the firm or of the officers of a corporation;
      (2)   The name of the business and the street address and mailing address where the business is to be operated;
      (3)   A statement indicating the amount of net assets or capital proposed to be used by the applicant in operation of the business. This statement shall be accompanied by an unaudited statement from an accountant or certified public accountant verifying the information contained in the accompanying statement;
      (4)   An affidavit by the applicant that he or she has not been convicted of a felony; and
      (5)   A certificate from the Chief of Police, Sheriff of the county or the State Bureau of Investigation certifying that the applicant has not been convicted of a felony.
   (C)   The Town Clerk shall transmit a copy of the application to the Davie County Sheriff’s Office for an investigative report; to the Building Inspector for a determination as to compliance with building regulations; to the Town Planner for a determination as to compliance with zoning regulations (see §§ 8-3.3.5 and 8-3.8.53 of the zoning article of this code for regulations); and to the Fire Department to determine compliance with laws relating to fire protection. These departments shall report back to the Town Clerk within a reasonable period of time not to exceed 30 days.
   (D)   An application in proper form shall be placed on the agenda of the first regular Board meeting after completion of the reports and for which the normal agenda deadline date can be met.
   (E)   To be eligible for a pawnbroker's license, an applicant must:
      (1)   Be of good moral character; and
      (2)   Not have been convicted of a felony within the last ten years.
(2003 Code, § 4-3.2) (Amended 6-1-2010; Amended 7-6-2021)
Statutory reference:
   Municipal license required, see G.S. §§ 91A-1 et seq.