Select Board Substitute Motion to Limit the Issuance of Tobacco Sales Permits
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VOTED: That the Town will amend Article 8.23, Section 8.23.5 a. of the Town's General By-Laws as follows:
SECTION 8.23.5 SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
a. Permit - No Entity otherwise permitted to sell tobacco products shall sell such products within the Town of Brookline without a valid tobacco sales permit issued by the Director of Public Health. Permits must be posted in a manner conspicuous to the public. Tobacco sales permits shall be renewed annually by June 1st, at a fee set forth in the Department's Schedule of Fees and Charges. Effective September 1, 2017 or upon the Approval of the Attorney General if later, the Director of Public Health shall not issue any tobacco sales permits to permit applicants with new businesses not currently licensed. Holders of tobacco sales permits on the effective date of this section may continue to use such permits. All such holders must apply for renewal of their permits according to the procedures of the Department. Those who fail to apply for renewal in a timely manner will receive written notification from the Department and then those permits may be revoked or fines imposed after such procedure as set forth in the procedures of the Department. However, applicants who acquire a business that is the holder of a tobacco sales permit on the effective date of this section may apply, within sixty (60) days of such purchase, for a tobacco sales permit such as that held by the previous owner of the business, only if the buyer intends to sell tobacco products and will be operating a substantially similar business in the same location, and subject to rules and requirements of the Health Department. Subsequent sales of such businesses will render them ineligible for future tobacco sales permits.