(a)   No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of operating one or more taxicabs within the City without first procuring and at all times maintaining in full force and effect, a taxicab operator's license for each taxicab so operated.
   (b)   Application shall be made for a taxicab operator's license by filing the same by any person, partnership or corporation desiring to engage in the business of operating one or more taxicabs within the City. Each applicant shall complete an application form provided by the Chief of Police. All applications for operator's licenses shall be submitted to the Chief of Police for investigation and report including, but not limited to, both major and minor criminal offenses, including traffic offenses. The license shall be denied in the event of a conviction by the applicant, if an individual, who within ten years prior to the application, has been convicted of an offense involving gambling, illegal criminal activity including the use of intoxicating liquor, alcohol or drugs, or against public morals. When the applicant is a corporation, it shall be a corporation duly authorized to do business under the laws of this State for the purpose of engaging in the business of operating taxicabs.
   (c)   Applications for corporations or partnerships shall be as prescribed on the form required by the Chief of Police and shall include, but not be limited to, the name of the president, general manager, stockholders and any other requirements as set forth in the required application form.
   (d)   The recommendation by the Chief of Police of a certificate of convenience and necessity shall be required prior to Council's decision as to the issuance of a certificate. The issuing authority shall issue the license or licenses applied for if approved by Council.
(1987 Code 117.26)