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Mercantile Licensing Ordinance Vote Held Off by Brick Council

Brick Township's business district at Brick Plaza. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Township’s business district at Brick Plaza. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Brick Township council decided to hold off on voting on an ordinance that would establish a mercantile licensing requirement in town.

The council put off the vote so changes could be made to the ordinance before passage.

Under the ordinance, as originally proposed, anyone who conducts business in Brick would be required to register with the township and pay a $25 license fee. Certain information would be required from a licensed business, such as contact information and who to call in the event of an emergency.

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Mayor John Ducey said after the meeting that township officials are reviewing a number of parts of the ordinance, including the potential to require only businesses that have a physical location to register. In other words, contractors located out of town or those with home-based businesses may not have to obtain a license.

Township officials have explained that the desire to enact a licensing ordinance has come from a number of incidents where emergencies, such as fires, have occurred in businesses in the past and there was no way of contacting the owner.

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