Title 45
Towns and Cities

Chapter 2
General Powers

R.I. Gen. Laws § 45-2-31.2

§ 45-2-31.2. Business registration fee — Town of Warren.

(a) All wholesale, retail, commercial, professional service or manufacturing businesses, whether by sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations or any business entity, shall register their business, company, trade, or office situated in the town of Warren with the town clerk of the town of Warren. Each registration shall contain the name of the firm or business; the name of the owner(s) or operator(s) of the firm or business; the type of business to be conducted; and other basic information.

(b) There shall be a fee for each registration. The registration fee shall be set by town council ordinance.

(c) Upon registration of a business, a registration certificate shall be issued to the registrant. No other business of the same trade name shall be allowed to register once a certificate of registration has been issued without the approval of the prior registrant in writing. Every registration certificate shall expire the 31st day in December and shall be renewed annually upon payment of the required fee. No certificate shall be renewed if the business fails to provide proof from the tax collector that all municipal taxes have been paid to date. Every certificate of registration shall be placed in a conspicuous location in each business establishment.

(d) Any business required to obtain a liquor, victualling, or any other license to operate under any other section of the general laws shall be exempt from paying the fee required by this statute.

(e) Any person, whether as principal, agent, employee, or otherwise, who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, shall be fined not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day for each offense. Any fine imposed under this statute and/or the ordinance promulgated by the town council pursuant to this section may be appealed to the Warren municipal court. The fines shall inure to the town and each day that the violation continues shall be deemed to constitute a separate offense.

History of Section.
P.L. 2005, ch. 371, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 427, § 1; P.L. 2017, ch. 469, § 2.