PERMITS UNIT
770-473-3924

HOURS: MONDAY - WEDNESDAY 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
THURSDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


The Permits Unit of the Clayton County Police Department works under the supervision of the Special Services Division. The Permits Unit is responsible for issuing Alcohol Permits, Massage Therapist Permits, Fortunetelling Permits, Taxi Driver Permits and Door to Door Solicitation Permits for employees who wish to work at establishments in unincorporated Clayton County where such a permit is required by Clayton County Ordinance. The Permits Unit receives and reviews applications, conducts background checks on applicants and issues permits Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM and is located on the main level of police headquarters at 7911 N. McDonough Street, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236. To allow for adequate time to process permits, applications for new permits will not be accepted within 30 minutes of closing time.

FEE SCHEDULE*:

$20 - Alcohol Permit
$30 - Massage Therapist Permit
$30 - Fortunetelling Permit
$30 - Taxi Driver Permit
$30 - Door to Door Solicitation Permit

* Although these fees apply for the application of permits, additional fees charged by Community Development apply prior to receipt of permits.

Alcohol Permits - Fee $20

The following Clayton County Ordinance pertains to the requirement and issuance of permits for employees who work at establishments which serve alcoholic beverages and who wish to serve alcoholic beverages:

Sec. 6-135. Permit required to take order for, dispense, sell, serve, or deliver alcohol by the drink; display of permit; background check and fees; restrictions; penalty; penalty imposed on business.

(a) No employee of a business with a retail consumption dealer's license shall take an order for, dispense, sell, serve, or deliver an alcoholic beverage without first obtaining an alcoholic beverage server permit issued by the county police department.

(b) Any employee of a business with a retail consumption dealer's license who takes an order for, dispenses, sells, serves, or delivers alcoholic beverages must display on his or her outer clothing a valid alcoholic beverage server permit.

(c) Prior to issuing an alcoholic beverage server permit, the police department shall conduct a background check on the applicant and shall collect a non-refundable investigative fee of $20.00 from the applicant to offset the cost of this background check. A regulatory fee shall be due at the time of issuance or renewal of a permit; the 12-month permit fee for an alcoholic beverage server shall be $15.00. The permit is issued to the applicant and is to remain in the applicant's possession until it expires or is destroyed by the applicant. A lost or stolen alcoholic beverage server permit must be reported immediately to the Clayton County Police Department.

(d) In addition to the restrictions imposed in subsection 6-131(a), no alcoholic beverage server permit shall be issued to any person who has been convicted of more than one D.U.I. offense within two years of the date of the application for said permit; or, who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime of moral turpitude or as an habitual violator within five years of the date of the application for said permit. For purposes of this subsection, a conviction shall include a finding or verdict of guilty, a plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere, in a criminal proceeding.

(e) Any violation of subsection (a) or subsection (b) of this section shall be punished as provided in section 1-12. (f) Any business with a retail consumption dealer's license that allows an employee to violate this section or that allows a person without a valid alcoholic beverage server permit to take an order for, dispense, sell, serve, or deliver an alcoholic beverage shall be punished by a fine at the discretion of the trial judge for each separate violation. It shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section for a law enforcement officer or employee authorized by the director of community development to inspect businesses to observe a person without a valid alcoholic beverage server permit take an order for, dispense, sell, serve, or deliver an alcoholic beverage or a person who is taking an order for, dispensing, selling, serving, or delivering alcohol without a valid alcoholic beverage server permit displayed on his or her outer clothing.
(Ord. No. 2006-114, 1, 2, 8-15-06; Ord. No. 2006-200, 2, 12-19-06).

Massage Therapist Permits - Fee $30

The following Clayton County Ordinances pertain to the operation of Massage Parlors and the issuance of permits for employees of Massage Parlors:

Sec. 22-116. Findings; public purpose.

Based upon the experiences of other urban counties and municipalities within the Atlanta metropolitan area, which experiences are relevant to the problems encountered by the county, and based upon the evidence and testimony of certain citizens of the county, the board of commissioners takes note of the notorious and self-evident conditions attendant to certain establishments offering massage treatment and related services. Moreover, it is the findings of the board of commissioners that, under certain circumstances, the provision of unregulated massage services may beget criminal behavior and tend to create undesirable community conditions. Furthermore, where such resulting illicit or illegal activities are present, they have a deleterious effect upon the quality of life in neighborhoods, commercial districts and urban life in general. Accordingly, the board of commissioners deems it in the best interest of the health, welfare, safety and morals of the county to reduce the adverse impact of certain undesirablemassage therapists and massage establishments by providing reasonable regulations pertinent to their operation. To this end, this article is hereby adopted.
(Ord. No. 93-4, II(2-16-126), 2-16-93)

Sec. 22-117. Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning: Employee means any person at least 18 years of age who renders any service in connection with the operation of a massage establishment and receives compensation from the operator of such establishment.

Licensee means any person to whom a license has been issued to practice massage, or operate a massage establishment.

Massage or massage services means the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes and includes, but is not limited to, effleurage (stroking skin without going deep), petrissage (kneading movement by lifting and grasping), tapotement (brisk blows in rapid alternating fashion), compression, vibration, friction, nerve strokes and other movements, whether by hand or with mechanical or electrical apparatus for the purpose of muscular massage. This may include the use of oil, salt glows, hot and cold pack and other recognized forms of massage therapy.

Massage establishment means any establishment where one or more massage therapist provides massage services for money or similar consideration, and which constitutes a fixed place of business for any person to engage in any of the activities defined as "massage." A "massage establishment" includes, but is not limited to, a massage parlor, health garden, oriental clinic, spas, or any other establishment wherein massage or related services are rendered.

Massage therapist means any person engaged in the practice of "massage."

Physical therapist means a person licensed by the state to practice physical therapy as defined by O.C.G.A. 43-33-3.
(Ord. No. 93-4, II(2-16-127), 2-16-93) Cross references: Definitions generally, 1-2.

Sec. 22-118. Operating requirements.

(a) Every portion of a massage establishment, including appliances and apparatus, shall be kept clean and operated in a sanitary condition.

(b) Price rates for all services rendered shall be prominently posted in the reception area in a location available to all prospective clientele.

(c) All employees shall practice prudent hygiene and wear clean, nontransparent outer garments. A separate dressing room for each sex must be available on the premises.

(d) All massage establishments shall be provided with clean, laundered sheets and towels in sufficient quantity as required in the business' normal operation and shall be laundered after each use thereof and stored in a sanitary manner.

(e) Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to eliminate other requirements of any statute or ordinance governing the maintenance of premises, nor to preclude authorized inspection thereof, whenever such inspection is deemed necessary by appropriate department officials.

(f) Hours. No massage establishment shall be kept open for any purpose between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.

(g) Licensed massage therapist. No massage establishment shall be kept open for any purpose unless there is a licensed massage therapist present on the premises and available for service.

(h) Duty to actively supervise and monitor. It shall be the duty of the licensee establishment to actively supervise and monitor the conduct of any and all employees, independent contractors, customers, and all other persons on the premises in order to assure compliance with the provisions of this article.
(Ord. No. 93-4, II(2-16-132), 2-16-93; Ord. No. 2004-72, 1, 5-18-04)

Sec. 22-119. Training permits; permit fees.

(a) The department may issue a training permit to an unlicensed trainee who is at least 18 years of age and is currently, or will be in the immediate future, enrolled in an educational program or course of study as required under section 22-137(a)(1), or preparing to sit for the examination as required under section 22-137(a)(2).

(b) A training permit shall allow the holder thereof to work only under the direct supervision of a person licensed under this article who has worked as a massage therapist for a period of not less than one continuous year prior to assuming the supervisory role.

(c) The training permit issued pursuant to this section shall be valid up to six months or expire immediately upon the securing of a license granted under the provisions of this article.

(d) A training permit may be subject to renewal, at the discretion of the department, when good and sufficient cause is shown. However, in any event, the training permit may not be renewed more than one time and a failure to timely satisfy the educational or experience requirements is not deemed to be good and sufficient cause.

(e) The permit fee for an apprentice or trainee shall be $50.00 per year.
(Ord. No. 93-4, II(2-16-134), 2-16-93)

Sec. 22-120. Persons under 18 years of age.


(a) It shall be unlawful for a licensee to provide massage services to any person under the age of 18 years unless such person has with him at the time of such patronage a written order from an appropriate practitioner of the healing arts directing that the treatment is to be given.

(b) It shall be the duty of the licensee to determine the age of the person patronizing such establishment, and a violation of this section shall be grounds for revocation of the license of such licensee.
(Ord. No. 93-4, II(2-16-135), 2-16-93)

Sec. 22-121. Alcoholic beverages prohibited.

No person shall sell, give, dispense, provide or keep, or cause to be sold, given, dispensed, provided or kept, any alcoholic beverage on the premises of any massage establishment.
(Ord. No. 93-4, II(2-16-136), 2-16-93)

Sec. 22-122. Inspection required.

The department and the police department, their respective authorized agents or employees shall be authorized from time to time to make inspections during regular business hours of each massage establishment for the purpose of determining that state law and the provisions of this article are fully complied with. It shall be unlawful for any licensee under this article to fail to allow such county department officers and officials access to the premises or to hinder the officer or official in any manner.
(Ord. No. 93-4, II(2-16-137), 2-16-93)

Sec. 22-123. Unlicensed practice as constituting public nuisance; injunctions.

The provision of massage services and the operation of a massage establishment is declared to be an activity affecting the public interest and involving the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Such provision of services and operation by a person who is not licensed, or otherwise authorized, is declared to be a public nuisance, harmful to the public health, safety, and welfare. The department, or any person or organization having an interest therein may bring a petition to restrain or enjoin such unlicensed practice in a court of competent jurisdiction. It shall not be necessary in order to obtain an injunction under this article to allege or prove that there is no adequate remedy at all, or to allege or prove any special injury.
(Ord. No. 93-4, II(2-16-139), 2-16-93)

Sec. 22-124. Exemptions.

This division shall not apply to the following individuals while engaged in the personal performance of the duties required of their respective professions:
(1) Physicians, surgeons, chiropractors, osteopaths, and other licensed practitioners of the healing arts;

(2) Nurses who are registered under the laws of this state;

(3) Barbers and beauticians who are duly licensed under the laws of this state, except that this exemption shall apply solely to the massaging of the neck, face, scalp, and hair of the customer or client for cosmetic or beautification purposes; and

(4) Physical therapists licensed under the laws of this state.
(Ord. No. 93-4, II(2-16-129), 2-16-93)

Fortunetelling Permits - Fee $30

The following Clayton County Ordinances pertain to the operation of establishments of fortunetelling, phrenology, astrology, clairvoyance, palmistry, or similar practice:

Sec. 22-800. Required.

(a) No person shall operate an establishment within unincorporated Clayton County engaged in the business, trade or profession of fortunetelling, phrenology, astrology, clairvoyance, palmistry, or other business or practice of similar kind or nature in which the future of any person is foretold or revealed, or attempted or purported to be foretold or revealed, where a charge is made or a donation accepted for such services, [hereafter in this article referred to as "fortunetelling"] unless the owner or principal of such establishment shall have first obtained and shall then have in force a business license issued under the provisions of this article.

(b) Said business shall comply with all provisions of this chapter as well as those provisions set out in this article.

(c) No employee, as defined in section 22-809, of such an establishment shall perform any fortunetelling service within unincorporated Clayton County unless the same first shall have obtained and shall have then in force a permit issued under the provisions of this article.
(Ord. No. 06-142, 1, 10-3-06)

Sec. 22-801. Fortunetelling permit application generally.

(a) Scope. No person shall perform any fortunetelling in unincorporated Clayton County without first having obtained a permit to do so.

(b) Required; contents. Any person desiring a permit shall make written application to the Director of Clayton County Community Development (hereinafter referred to as "the director"). The application shall give the date of birth and home address of the applicant, shall state whether he or she has ever been convicted of any offense specified in section 22-807, and if so, he or she shall furnish a complete and detailed statement of those convictions.

(c) Photographs to be filed. Photographs of all applicants shall be taken by the Clayton County Police Department.

(d) Qualifications of applicant. No permit shall be granted unless the applicant is at least 18 years of age.

(e) Fees. An investigative fee of $30.00 shall be paid to Clayton County by each applicant for a fortunetelling permit at the time his or her original application is filed and upon any application for renewal or for replacement of a permit. A regulatory annual fee shall be due at the time of issuance or renewal of licenses or permits; the annual license fee for a fortunetelling establishment shall be $500.00 and the annual permit fee for a fortunetelling permit shall be $50.00.

(f) Renewal. Each permit set forth above shall be renewed annually on or before March 31.

(g) Certification. Any person applying for a permit shall certify that he or she has been furnished by Clayton County Community Development a copy of this article and shall certify that he or she has read said article and agrees to abide by the provisions of said article.
(Ord. No. 06-142, 1, 10-3-06)

Sec. 22-802. Police investigation of applicant.

The police department shall conduct an investigation of each applicant for a fortunetelling establishment license or a fortunetelling permit and a report of such investigation and a copy of the criminal record of the applicant, if any, shall be attached to the application to Clayton County Community Development.
(Ord. No. 06-142, 1, 10-3-06)

Sec. 22-803. Consideration of application.

If the application referred to in this article is rejected, the applicant may appeal that decision to the director.
(Ord. No. 06-142, 1, 10-3-06)

Sec. 22-804. Issuance of permit; display of photograph.

(a) Upon approval of an application for a fortunetelling permit, Clayton County Community Development shall issue a permit and a badge to the applicant, which shall contain the name, address, sec, [sex], date of birth, the fortunetelling establishment by which he or she is employed, a picture of the fortuneteller, the expiration date of the permit, and an identifying number.

(b) No permit shall be issued unless the fortuneteller has a valid social security number and, if a non-citizen, a valid work permit.
(Ord. No. 06-142, 1, 10-3-06)

Sec. 22-805. Display.

Every fortuneteller granted a permit under this article shall post his or her permit in such a place as to be in full view of all customers upon entry into the fortunetelling establishment. Also, during all times of performing as a fortuneteller, the fortuneteller shall wear on his or her person, in full view of customers, his or her badge.
(Ord. No. 06-142, 1, 10-3-06)

Sec. 22-806. Permit and badge not transferable.

No permit or badge shall be transferred and any permit to perform fortunetelling services issued under this article shall be valid only when the person issued the permit is performing services within the fortunetelling establishment shown on the permit.
(Ord. No. 06-142, 1, 10-3-06)

Sec. 22-807. Convictions which bar issuance of fortunetelling permit.

(a) For the purpose of this section, a conviction shall include a finding or verdict of guilty, plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere in a criminal proceeding regardless of whether the adjudication of guilt or sentence is withheld or not entered thereon pursuant to provisions of O.C.G.A. 42-8-60 through 42-8-64, relating to first offenders, or any comparable rule or statute.

(b) No permit shall be issued if the applicant has been convicted of any of the following offenses: (1) Perjury or false swearing in making any statement under oath in connection with his or her application for a permit. (2) Conviction of the violation of any law involving violence, theft or any form of stealing or deceptive practice, or any crime involving moral turpitude, that is reasonably related to the permit referred to herein, within five years preceding the filing of the application for this permit, or for whom any outstanding warrant exists on which service has not been perfected for any of the above violations.
(Ord. No. 06-142, 1, 10-3-06)

Sec. 22-808. Revocation and restoration.

(a) Grounds. The director may, in his or her discretion, revoke or suspend for a definite or an indefinite period any fortunetelling permit granted under the provisions of this article whenever any Clayton County Police Department Officer, Clayton County Sheriff's Deputy, or Inspector of Clayton County Community Development has provided to the director a sworn affidavit based on the affiant's personal knowledge that the holder of the permit has violated any of the provisions of this article.

(b) Notice. Prior to the effective date of any suspension or revocation as set forth in subsection (a) above, it shall be the duty of the director to notify in writing any person holding a permit that the director has grounds for the revocation or suspension of his or her permit, attaching a copy of the affidavit required in subsection (a) above, and further notifying the permit holder that he or she shall, within a period of five days, appear for a hearing before the director pursuant to the provisions of section 22-34 of the Code of Clayton County, Georgia, for licensees. The attached copy of said affidavit shall serve as notice of the grounds upon which the proposed revocation or suspension is predicated. The notice shall further advise the holder of the permit that his or her failure to appear at the scheduled hearing shall result in the revocation and suspension of his or her permit. The notice shall be mailed to the last known address of the holder of the permit as it appears from the files of Clayton County, and it shall state the date, time, and place of the hearing before the director. The scheduled hearing shall be the only opportunity for the holder of the permit to be heard as to any reason why the revocation or suspension of the permit shall not be final, subject to the right of appeal as provided for in the aforesaid section 22-34.

Taxi Driver Permits - Fee $30

The following Clayton County Ordinances pertain to the operation of taxi cabs in Clayton County:

Sec. 22-461. Required.

No person shall operate a taxicab for hire upon the streets of Clayton County unless the driver of such taxicab shall have first obtained and shall then have in force a taxicab driver's permit issued under the provisions of this article; also, no person who owns or controls a taxicab shall permit it to be so driven unless the driver of such taxicab shall have first obtained and shall then have in force a taxicab driver's permit issued under the provisions of this article; no taxicab permitted by Clayton County shall be so driven at any time for hire unless the driver of such taxicab shall have first obtained and shall then have in force a taxicab driver's permit issued under the provisions of this article.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04)

Sec. 22-462. Exemptions.

The provisions of this article relating to taxicab driver's permits shall not apply to operators of motor vehicles transporting persons for hire under a permit issued by the Public Service Commission of the State of Georgia.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04)

Sec. 22-463. Taxicab driver's application generally.

(a) Scope. No person shall drive any motor-propelled vehicle, including taxicabs, cars-for-hire, buses, or other motor-propelled vehicles used in the transporting of persons for hire upon the streets of Clayton County without first having obtained a permit to do so.

(b) Required; contents. Any person desiring a permit shall make written application to the director of community development (hereinafter referred to as "the director"). The application shall give the date of birth and home address of the applicant, shall state whether he or she has ever been convicted of any offense specified in section 22-469 below, and if so, he or she shall furnish a complete and detailed statement of those convictions.

(c) Photographs to be filed. Photographs of all applicants shall be taken by the Clayton County Police Department.

(d) Qualifications of applicant. No permit shall be granted unless the applicant is at least 18 years of age and possesses a valid and current Georgia driver's license. In addition, there must be in effect at all times an insurance policy of not less than $100,000.00 liability coverage covering the taxicab driver and the vehicle used by him or her as a taxicab.

(e) Fees. An investigative fee of $30.00 shall be paid to Clayton County by each applicant for a taxicab driver's permit at the time his or her original application is filed and upon any application for renewal or for replacement of a taxicab driver's permit. A regulatory annual fee shall be due at the time of issuance or renewal of permits; the annual permit fee for a taxi company shall be $200.00 and the annual permit fee for a taxicab driver shall be $50.00. This regulatory annual fee shall be the same whether the taxicab company is located within or without Clayton County and is payable for any taxicab company which wishes to pick up passengers within the confines of Clayton County, except Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

(f) Renewal. Each permit set forth above shall be renewed annually on or before March 31.

(g) Certification. Any person applying for a permit shall certify that he or she has been furnished by the community development department a copy of this article and shall certify that he or she has read said article and agrees to abide by the provisions of said article.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04; Ord. No. 2006-10, 1, 1-17-06)

Sec. 22-464. Police investigation of applicant.

The police department shall conduct an investigation of each applicant for a taxicab driver's permit and a report of such investigation and a copy of the traffic and criminal record of the applicant, if any, shall be attached to the application to the community development department.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04)

Sec. 22-465. Consideration of application.

If the application referred to in this article is rejected, the applicant may appeal that decision to the director.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04)

Sec. 22-466. Issuance of permit; display of photograph.

Upon approval of an application for a taxicab driver's permit, the community development department shall issue a permit and a badge to the applicant, which shall contain the name, address, sex, race, date of birth of the driver, the company by which he or she is employed, a picture of the driver, the expiration date of the driver's permit, and an identifying number. No permit shall be issued unless the driver has a valid social security number and, if a non-citizen, a valid work permit.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04)

Sec. 22-467. Display.

Every driver granted a permit under this article shall post his or her driver's permit, as well as the vehicle's permit, in such a place as to be in full view of all passengers while such driver is operating a taxicab. Also, during all times of operating as a taxicab driver, the driver shall wear on his or her person, in full view of passengers, his or her badge. In addition each taxi vehicle shall be marked with the following:

(1) The name of the taxi company and its telephone number in letters and numbers no less than four inches in height permanently affixed to the vehicle and in a contrasting color so as to be easily visible;

(2) The fare rate in marking permanently affixed to the vehicle of no less than two inches in height, also in a contrasting color so as to be easily visible;

(3) A trip light affixed to the roof of the vehicle indicating that the vehicle is in service or not in service, said light and the wording in it being not less than four inches in height.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04)

Sec. 22-468. Permit not transferable.

No permit shall be transferred and any permit to drive a motor vehicle issued under this article shall be valid only when the person issued the permit is driving for the company shown on the permit.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04)

Sec. 22-469. Convictions which bar issuance of taxicab driver's permit.

For the purpose of this section, a conviction shall include a finding or verdict of guilty, plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere in a criminal proceeding regardless of whether the adjudication of guilt or sentence is withheld or not entered thereon pursuant to provisions of O.C.G.A. 42-8-60 through 42-8-64, relating to first offenders, or any comparable rule or statute. No taxicab driver's permit shall be issued if the applicant has been convicted of any of the following offenses:

(1) Any criminal offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle resulting in the death of any person.

(2) Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any conviction under this subsection shall not be a bar to the issuance of a permit, if the conviction occurred more than five years prior to the date of the application.

(3) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used.

(4) Failure to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state, or leaving the scene of an accident as specified by the laws of this state.

(5) Perjury or false swearing in making any statement under oath in connection with his or her application for taxicab driver's permit.

(6) Convictions, or forfeiture of bail, not vacated, upon three charges of violation of the motor vehicle laws of this state within a period of 12 months.

(7) Conviction of the violation of any law involving violence, theft or any form of stealing, or any crime involving moral turpitude, that is reasonably related to the permit referred to herein, within five years preceding the filing of the application for this permit.

(8) Conviction of any offenses involving sexual behavior, whether felony or misdemeanor, as set out in O.C.G.A. Title 16, Crimes and Offenses, Chapter 6, Sexual Offenses.

(9) Possession by a taxicab operator within his taxicab of opened or unopened alcoholic beverages, or of drugs not specifically prescribed for him or her by a medical doctor for his or her private use, or of lottery tickets, gambling equipment or paraphernalia, stolen goods or any contraband property of any kind.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04)

Sec. 22-470. Operators from without Clayton County.

A person driving a taxicab for which a Georgia government other than Clayton County has issued the business license or taxicab driver's permit may bring passengers into Clayton County, but he or she shall not solicit nor pick up any passengers within the confines of Clayton County, except Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04; Ord. No. 2006-10, 2, 1-17-06)

Sec. 22-471. Revocation and restoration.

(a) Grounds. The director may, in his or her discretion, revoke or suspend for a definite or an indefinite period any taxicab driver's permit granted under the provisions of this article whenever any Clayton County Police Department officer, Clayton County Sheriff's Deputy, or Inspector of Clayton County Community Development has provided to the director a sworn affidavit based on the affiant's personal knowledge that the holder of the permit has violated any of the provisions of this article.

(b) Notice. Prior to the effective date of any suspension or revocation as set forth in subsection (a) above, it shall be the duty of the director to notify in writing any person holding a taxicab driver's permit that the director has grounds for the revocation or suspension of his or her permit, attaching a copy of the affidavit required in subsection (a) above, and further notifying the permit holder that he or she shall, within a period of five days, appear for a hearing before the director pursuant to the provisions of section 22-34 of the Code of Clayton County, Georgia, for licensees. The attached copy of said affidavit shall serve as notice of the grounds upon which the proposed revocation or suspension is predicated. The notice shall further advise the holder of the permit that his or her failure to appear at the scheduled hearing shall result in the revocation or suspension of his or her permit. The notice shall be mailed to the last known address of the holder of the permit as it appears from the files of Clayton County, and it shall state the date, time, and place of the hearing before the director. The scheduled hearing shall be the only opportunity for the holder of the permit to be heard as to any reason why the revocation or suspension of the permit shall not be final, subject to the right of appeal as provided for in the aforesaid section 22-34.
(Ord. No. 2004-113, 1, 2, 7-20-04)

Door to Door Solicitation Permits - Fee $30

The following Clayton County Ordinances pertain to Door to Door Solicitations in Clayton County:

Sec. 22-612. Required.

Any person engaged in or desiring to engage in any type of selling, soliciting, canvassing, survey-making or any other business, occupation or vocation, which by its nature requires going from door to door or house to house in the residential areas of the unincorporated areas of the county, whether on a temporary or a permanent basis and whether or not it is for any religious, charitable, nonprofit, or profit-making organization, shall obtain a solicitor's permit from the business license division.
(Ord. No. 2002-158, 1, 2, 12-17-02)

Sec. 22-613. Application.

(a) Questionnaire. The business license division shall prepare a questionnaire requiring pertinent information regarding the physical description, identity, and background of each applicant for a permit, to include the following:
(1) Name, local address and telephone number;
(2) Date and place of birth;
(3) Driver's license number and issuing state;
(4) Social Security number (if different from driver's license number);
(5) Race and sex;
(6) Height and weight;
(7) Eye color and hair color;
(8) Name, address, and telephone number of the organization represented;
(9) Name and telephone number of immediate supervisor;
(10) Product or service;
(11) A list of all arrests, convictions, and the disposition of each charge, other than minor traffic violations.

(b) The questionnaire form shall also bear the following statement: "Georgia Code Section 16-10-71 provides that a person who makes a lawful oath or affirmation or who executes a document knowing that it purports to be an acknowledgment of a lawful oath or affirmation commits the offense of false swearing when, in any matter or thing other than a judicial proceeding, he knowingly and willfully makes a false statement."
(Ord. No. 2002-158, 1, 2, 12-17-02)

Sec. 22-614. Investigation, fees, and issuance.

(a) Upon filing of an application with the business license division for a solicitor's permit, the applicant shall tender payment to the business license division for the investigative fee in the amount of $30.00 and the permit fee in the amount of $20.00, if not exempt there from. The applicant shall proceed to the county police department which shall review the application for the purpose of ascertaining whether the applicant has entered a plea to, or has been convicted of, a felony, or a misdemeanor involving violence or moral turpitude, and to have the applicant photographed. After ascertaining that the application has been properly completed, and that the applicant has not been disqualified by virtue of prior pleas or conviction, the application shall be forwarded to the business license division.

(b) In any case in which it appears to the business license division that a solicitor's permit should not be issued to an applicant, the business license division shall so inform the applicant and return to the applicant the permit fee tendered, if any; upon the applicant's written request, the business license division shall furnish the applicant with a reasonably detailed written statement of the reasons why the permit will not be issued.

(c) Following approval of the permit application, a permit shall be issued to the applicant, bearing the applicant's photograph, name, and organization, and identifying the applicant as a solicitor.
(Ord. No. 2002-158, 1, 2, 12-17-02)

Sec. 22-615. Expiration.

Each solicitor's permit shall indicate thereon an expiration date which is 90 days from the date of issue.
(Ord. No. 2002-158, 1, 2, 12-17-02)

Sec. 22-616. Selling, renting, etc.

It is unlawful for any person to lend, rent, or sell a solicitor's permit card to another.
(Ord. No. 2002-158, 1, 2, 12-17-02)

Sec. 22-617. Display.

The business license division shall furnish to each holder of a solicitor's permit a device suitable for attaching the permit card to the outer clothing. No person shall act as a solicitor without wearing and displaying the permit in a conspicuous manner. Such a person shall display such identification to any authorized person or potential customer upon request.
(Ord. No. 2002-158, 1, 2, 12-17-02)

Sec. 22-618. Denial; suspension or revocation.

(a) No solicitor's permit shall be issued to any person who has been found guilty of any misdemeanor involving violence or moral turpitude any time within five years prior to the date of application; nor shall a permit be issued to any person convicted of a felony, except that a permit may be issued to a convicted felon, if it appears that such person either has been pardoned or that such person has been free from any legal restriction for a period of five or more years prior to the date of application. In this article "found guilty" and "conviction" include entry and acceptance of a plea of nolo contendere, as well as verdicts or pleas of guilty, entered by a court of this state, a court of any sister state, or any federal district court. Any permit issued as the result of willful false statements or omissions in the solicitor's application for the permit shall be deemed null and void from the time of its issue.

(b) The permit of any solicitor charged with a felony or a misdemeanor involving violence or moral turpitude shall be deemed suspended from the time of lawful arrest, formal accusation, or indictment, whichever shall first occur; such suspension shall remain in effect until the solicitor is convicted or acquitted, or until the charge is dismissed, dead-docketed, nolle prosequi, or no-billed.

(c) The permit of any solicitor who is convicted, as defined in this article, of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or violence shall be deemed revoked from the time of such conviction. The permit of any solicitor convicted of having violated any provision of this article after issuance of the permit shall be deemed revoked from the time of such conviction.

(d) Any suspension or revocation occurring pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be effective by operation of law, whether or not any formal notification to the solicitor is given or received.

(e) It is unlawful for any person to act as a solicitor while such person's permit has been suspended, or after it has been revoked, or after it has expired.
(Ord. No. 2002-158, 1, 2, 12-17-02)

Sec. 22-619. Surrender.

Each solicitor's permit shall remain the property of the county. Each permit holder shall surrender the permit card to the business license division no later than three business days following the expiration, suspension, or revocation of the permit or upon the demand of the business license division, whichever occurs first.
(Ord. No. 2002-158, 1, 2, 12-17-02)

Sec. 22-620. Appeals.

A person to whom the county refuses to issue a solicitor's permit or whose solicitor's permit is suspended or revoked shall have the right to appeal such decision in the same manner and by the same method as provided in the general business license provisions and regulations of the county.
(Ord. No. 2002-158, 1, 2, 12-17-02)


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