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Licensing Deadlines Put Berkeley Businesses in a Bind

Starting July 1, the township will require businesses to be licensed and pay an annual fee.


Berkeley business owners have just ten days to apply for and acquire the newly required business license.

Township Council members recently adopted an ordinance requiring every business to obtain this license and pay an annual fee. Here's an excerpt from the ordinance. 

"Hereafter, any person, firm, corporation, partnership or other entity engaging in, conducting or operating any business within the limits of the Township of Berkeley shall be required to secure a license for any business conducted or operated and to pay annually a fee to the Township of Berkeley for a license to conduct or carry on the business or operation."

According to the Wall Street Journal Complete Small Business Guidebook, "Most states and many cities or counties require that you obtain a license, permit, or registration when you start a business, typically for tax purposes and sometimes to protect public health and safety." 

Local business owners aren't objecting to the fee, though -- just to the deadline. 

"The fee is small, but that's not the issue," said Larry Trainor, the owner of Far Beyond Fabricating. "We all have until July 1 to become compliant!" 

The time crunch facing Berkeley's small business owners could have been avoided. Although the ordinance requiring licenses was proposed on March 24, the township's website only announced it on June 4.

Patch.com placed three calls to Berkeley Township officials over two days, but no one responded for comment.

Chief Wahoo June 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Disgusting pigs. Aren't you sick of being squeezed by these parasites. Public takers never risk their money, but have no problem stealing yours. ....... ANARCHO-CAPITALISM
Larry Trainor June 22, 2014 at 01:30 AM
Its 1000.00 fine for non compliance not 100 bucks.
Paint June 22, 2014 at 06:55 AM
Yet another cheep shot at the public and what does the owner get in return ? More busness closeting ? Open your eyes take a ride down rt 9
Paint June 22, 2014 at 06:55 AM
How much is the fee for the honer of doing business here ?

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