(a)   No person shall sell or offer for sale or cause to be sold or offered for sale at public auction other than at mortgage or judicial sale or sale under legal process any gold, silver or plated ware, precious or semiprecious stones, watches or jewelry, referred to in this section as jewelry, unless he or she shall have been regularly engaged in an established business of selling jewelry for at least 12 months prior to making the application for a license therefor.
   (b)   A person desiring to hold an auction sale shall file with the city’s licensing specialist a verified application in regular form and also setting forth the name of the owner of the stock, and that the applicant has not held an auction sale of similar merchandise in the city within 12 months of the time of the application.
   (c)   The license shall be issued by the city’s licensing specialist to the applicant, permitting him or her to hold an auction sale for a period of ten days, excluding Sundays and holidays, from the date of the issuance of the license.
(1957 Rev. Ords., § 8.203; 1992 Code, § 36-20)  (Ord. 140-06, passed 10-16-2006)