Permit and License Table

The Table below ins strictly for information only. 

The actual statute or regulation should be reviewed for the actual and legal requirements.


Type

Fee

Statute

(Note 1)

B

P

F

T

C

Add, Docs

Remarks

Business/ Trade Registration

$10





X



Note 3

ENTERTAINMENT AND AMUSEMENTS










Entertainment

$100

95

X

X

X


X

E

Per event, Note 17

Amusement Games

$50

95

X

X



X

G

Note 16

Amusement Games

$15

95-6

NA

NA



NA

NA

Per game (superseded by 170-9)

Amusement Games

$75

170-9

X

X



X

G

Per game

SELLERS AND DEALERS










Victualler

$50

170-9





X

B,M

Refer to Hawker or Peddler requirements

Hawker/Peddler (Special Event)

$50

274-7.1





X

P

Note 12, per event. Badge display required, per 274-7.1

Hawking or Peddling

$50

274-3A





X

P

Note 5, badge display required per 274-7

Hawker or Peddler

$15

274-3B





X

P

Except items specified in Note 5

Peddler (Special Event)

$50

274-7.1





X


If not otherwise licensed

Itinerant Vendor

na

170-5







Note 10, repealed by State

Door to Door Soliciting or Canvassing

none

274


X





6 month permit duration, badge display required

Junk Dealer (Keeper)

$25

230


X



X

P

Note 9, badge display required

Junk Dealer (Gatherer)

$5

230


X



X

P

Note 9, badge display required

Junk Dealer (Foundryman)

$5

230


X



X

P

Note 9, badge display required

Gun Dealer / Gunsmith

$5

RIGL 11-47-39


X



X



Holiday Sales

$50






X



Sunday Sales

$50

170-9





X



TRADE SHOWS










Trade Show

$10

370

X

X



X

TR

Each event. Per Exhibit ($100 Max) Note 8. Note 8b.

Trade Show

$10

370

X


X


X


Each Event, Building Inspection. Note 8b.

SPECIAL










Hauler

none

326-29





X



Earth Removal

$25

155

X






Per event

Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol Range (Private)

$50

177


X



X



Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol Range (Commercial)

$100

177


X



X



Hunting

$10

177


X





Signed by Owner of land

Dog License

$8/$20

101-8







Note 4

Kennel

$25

101





X



Private Investigator

$150



X



X


Note 15

Tent

$30

358, 387-7


X

X




Note 6

Tent (Re-inspection)

$50

387-7



X





Keeping or Storing Explosives


268-1


X

X


X



Open Fire

None

124



X




Per event, Owner shall sign permit

Yard Sale

none



X





Per event, 2 per year maximum

Vehicle Equipped with Sound Devices

none

250


X





Note 13

Sound Variance

$100

257-18





X


Per event, Note 11

Collection of Recyclable Materials

none

326-31







Note 14

Transporting offal or swill

none

326-1







Board of Health Cert

Transporting fish to be spread upon land

none

326-2







Board of Health Cert

Second Hand Dealer


RIGL5-21-1








Portsmouth does not issue licenses for second hand dealers

LIQUOR










Liquor

$15-$1700

75, 257-19-B





X

See Notes

Note 7

Liquor 2 AM Closing

$200

75





X


Note 7, For Class B Liquor

Liquor (Daily)









Note 7

Short-Term Dwelling Rental

$100








Per Dwelling per year

p

This table is only a guide. Please refer to the actual statute or regulation for the legal requirements.

If you have any questions please call or e-mail the Town Clerk, Jennifer West  ( 401- 683-2101 ) email jwest@portsmouthri.com
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Notations

Action Required by

  • B= Building Inspector; 
  • P= Police Dept; 
  • F= Fire Dept; 
  • T= Tax Office; 
  • C= Town Council Acting as Board of License Commissioners

Additional Documents Required: (Also see notes below)

  • B= Board of Health Certificate, 
  • M= Menu, P= State Permit to make sales; 
  • PD = Private Detective Addendum; 
  • K= Kennel Information; 
  • G= Amusement/Game Addendum; 
  • E= Entertainment Addendum; 
  • DL = Daily Liquor Addendum; 
  • T= Tent Addendum; 
  • TR= Trade Show Addendum; 
  • BI = Background Investigation, 
  • M = Menu; 
  • AS – Alcohol Server Addendum

Notes

Note 1 – Town Code Unless Noted

Note 2 – All Licenses and permit are annual unless noted

Note 3 - Includes Trade Name Certification for the Town. One time registration unless information changes.

Note 4 – Late Fee $20, Proof of Rabies certificate valid through May 1

Note 5 - watches, jewelry, gold or silverware or other articles manufactured of German silver or patent medicines (See Town Code 274-3 for details)

Note 6 – Per event, Per tent >350 sq-ft, Name and Address of Property Owner required.

Note 7 – Applicant must pay cost of Advertising. Fee varies based on type of license. License duration varies from annual to per event.

Note 8 – no fee shall be charged to any religious and charitable societies and volunteer fire-fighting companies duly organized and incorporated who conduct such a show for the purpose of furthering their religious, benevolent or fire-fighting work.

Note 8a – Per 370-6 “As a condition precedent to the issuance of a license, the Council may regulate the hours of the show, the means of ingress and egress, the number of public safety officers (police and/or fire) required to protect the public and such other matters as may be reasonably necessary to protect the public health, welfare and morals. The Council may delegate the traffic, police and fire regulating power to the Town Administrator. The licensee shall, prior to the issuance of the license, deposit with the Town a sum sufficient to reimburse the Town for the costs of officials needed to keep order at the event”

Note 8b – Per 370-7, “No license shall be issued until the premises to be used have been inspected by the Fire Chief and Building Inspector and each has filed with the licensing authority the certificates required by R.I.G.L. § 5-22-13, or any amendments thereto. A fee of $10 shall be paid by the licensee prior to the issuance of the license to cover the cost of the inspection by the Building Inspector.”

Note 9 – A: For a keeper of a shop, storehouse, business or junkyard: $25; B: For a gatherer: $5; C: For a foundryman or other person receiving such junk, etc., for the purpose of melting such junk, etc., or of converting such junk, etc., into castings: $5.

Note 9a – per 274-7 “All peddlers and junk dealers shall wear a badge, to be furnished by the Town, and to be worn in a conspicuous place, and to be surrendered upon the revocation or termination of their respective licenses”

Note 10 - Itinerant vendor license fees were previously specified in §§ 5-15, which has been repealed. Itinerant Vendors are covered under “peddlers”.

Note 11 - All applications shall be subject to an application fee of $100 and an amount sufficient to cover the cost of advertising and notification to all residents and property owners within 100 feet of the noise source.

Note 12 - A special event peddler's license may be issued to persons, hawkers, peddlers or mobile food vendors, not currently licensed, engaged in the sale of various products at special events, as recognized and approved by the Town Council. Application for said license shall be submitted to the Town Clerk or his or her designee along with a fee of $50 per event. Application must include the nature of items for sale, the special event title, location and date(s), a copy of the state tax permit, and a copy of the applicable State Health Department license. Said license will be issued administratively by the Town Clerk. Said license shall be displayed conspicuously at all times. All sales under this special event peddler's license will be limited only to the hours of the special event and shall be conducted where the special event is being held. Any person who has had his or her license revoked by the Town Council shall not be eligible for a special event peddler's license by the Town Clerk.

Note 13 – Chief of Police approved permit on behalf of Town Council.

Note 14 – Permit authorized by the Solid Waste Coordinator. The Town may issue permits to charitable organizations to collect recyclable materials on the condition that a report is filed by said organization detailing the weight of each material collected in compliance with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management reporting requirements and provided that the Town determines that said collection does not conflict with the Town's recycling program.

Note 15 - (list all special documents required here)

Note 16 - License must state maximum number of games permitted

Note 17- See Code Section 75 for special provisions for adult entertainment