(A)   Verification. Applications for a license under this chapter shall be submitted to the issuing authority who shall verify the information on the application form. The issuing authority is empowered to conduct any and all investigations to verify the information on the application, including ordering a computerized criminal history inquiry and/or a driver’s license history inquiry on the applicant.
   (B)   Consideration. After verifying the information contained on the license application, the issuing authority shall then route the application to the City Fire Chief which shall review the site plan and determine if the manner of storage, display or sales area of the licensed premises constitutes a fire or safety hazard. In assessing the potential hazard, reference shall be made to all applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations, as well as the administrative standards for the storage, display and sales of permitted consumer fireworks established by the Fire Chief. If the Fire Chief finds no such hazard with the proposed site plan, the issuing authority shall grant the license in accordance with this chapter; provided, all other requirements of this chapter are met. If an application is granted for a location where a building is under construction or not ready for occupancy, the license shall not be delivered to the licensee until a certificate of occupancy has been issued for the licensed premises.
   (C)   Denial of application. If the application is denied, the issuing authority shall notify the applicant of that determination in writing. The notice shall be mailed by certified and regular mail to the applicant at the address provided in the application and it shall inform the applicant of the applicant’s right, within 20 days after the date of the notice to request an appeal of the denial to the City Council. If an appeal to the City Council is timely received by the city, the hearing before the City Council shall take place within a reasonable period thereafter.
(1992 Code, § 420:25) (Ord. 1310, passed 4-1-2003; Ord. 1341, passed 5-4-2004)