§ 21-14-2. License for shellfish business.
No person shall conduct within this state any shellfish business until that person shall have obtained a license from the department. The director shall, upon receipt of application for a license to conduct a shellfish business, cause the applicant's shellfish business facilities to be investigated and, if they are found to comply with the provisions of this chapter and the regulations adopted in accordance with this chapter, shall issue a license upon receipt of a fee for a shipper/reshipper or for a shucker packer/repacker as set forth in § 23-1-54. Any license issued shall apply only to those phases of the shellfish business that appear on the license and are defined by the director in regulations he or she shall adopt in regard to licensing. In order to set the license renewal dates so that all activities for each establishment can be combined on one license instead of on several licenses, the department of health shall set the license renewal date. The license period shall be for twelve (12) months, unless sooner suspended or revoked for cause, commencing on the license renewal date, and the license fee shall be at the full annual rate regardless of the date of application or the date of issuance of license. If the license renewal date is changed, the department may make an adjustment to the fees of licensed establishments, not to exceed the annual license fee, in order to implement the change in license renewal date. Licenses issued pursuant to this section may be suspended or revoked for violation of the provisions of this chapter or the regulations adopted in accordance with this chapter. The director may, after a hearing, refuse to issue any shellfish business license to any person who has been convicted of any violation of this chapter.
(G.L. 1938, ch. 234, § 2; P.L. 1948; ch. 2039, § 2; P.L. 1953, ch. 3149, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 21-14-2; P.L. 1978, ch. 69, § 1; P.L. 1980, ch. 263, § 3; P.L. 1990, ch. 65, art. 53, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 94. § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 77, art. 15, § 4; P.L. 2007, ch. 73, art. 39, § 39; P.L. 2012, ch. 241, art. 9, § 32.)