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(1) No dealer may sell at retail, or hold out or display for sale at retail, any sugar-sweetened beverage acquired by the dealer on or after January 1, 2017, unless:
(a) The sugar-sweetened beverage was acquired by the dealer from a registered distributor; and
(b) The dealer has complied with the notification requirements of Section 19-4104; and received confirmation from the registered distributor of such notification, as well as confirmation that the distributor is a registered distributor, all in form prescribed by the Department.
(2) Upon application by any distributor in form prescribed by the Department, the Department shall issue a certificate of registration to a distributor, regardless whether the distributor does or does not do business in the City. Registration by a distributor shall not subject a distributor otherwise not liable for payment of business income and receipts tax to the payment of business income and receipts tax.