§ 5-21-2. Hearing and objections by neighboring landowners.
(a) The local licensing authority of a city or town, before granting a license under this chapter to keep a shop or storehouse for the reception of any junk, old metals, or other second-hand articles or to establish, operate, or maintain an automobile junkyard, in any location not lawfully occupied for that purpose at the time of the application for that license, shall hold a public hearing notice of which shall be posted at least seven (7) days but not more than fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing in not less than two (2) public places in that city or town and in a newspaper of general circulation in that city or town where the shop, storehouse, or junkyard is to be established, operated, or maintained. Before the local licensing authority posts or publishes a notice of a hearing, the local licensing authority shall collect from the applicant for the license a fee of ten dollars ($10.00), plus the cost of posting and publishing the notice.
(b) No license shall be granted under this chapter to the keeper of any shop or storehouse for the reception of any junk, old metals, or other second-hand articles or to a person establishing, operating, or maintaining an automobile junkyard, in any location not lawfully occupied for that purpose at the time of the application for the license, where the owners or occupants of the greater part of the land within two hundred (200) feet of that building or place file with the board, city or town council, respectively, having jurisdiction to grant licenses, their objection to the granting of the license. This subsection does not apply to any applicant who is the keeper of a shop or storehouse, or automobile junkyard, which is being acquired under eminent domain proceedings, who is applying for licensing within § 5-21-1 within the same city or town in which he or she was formerly licensed.
(P.L. 1902, ch. 1058, § 2; P.L. 1903, ch. 1097, § 1; G.L. 1909, ch. 197, § 2; G.L. 1923, ch. 224, § 2; G.L. 1938, ch. 398, § 2; G.L. 1956, § 5-21-2; P.L. 1963, ch. 208, § 1; P.L. 1965, ch. 138, § 1.)