June 22, 2018
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York hotels, inns face new ordinance requiring yearly license renewals

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly

YORK, Maine — The town’s community development director is reminding owners of York’s hotels, motels and inns of a new business ordinance requiring them to renew their business license annually.

Voters passed the new ordinance in May, according to Steve Burns, community development director.

“Everyone has to have a business license annually,” Burns said Wednesday. “In the past, we only did that if it had cooking facilities in rooms.”

The cost is $60 each year, or if the innkeeper already pays for other licensing requirements, it is an additional $30 charge, according to Burns.

The innkeeper’s license is a new requirement for all hotels, motels and inns, whether they are open seasonally or year-round, he said.

The town enacted the ordinance to be in compliance with state law, according to Burns.

All innkeepers are required to come into York Town Hall for a business license by mid-November, Burns said. This is to reflect a grace period of six months from when the business licensing requirement went into effect in mid-May, he said.

For information, call Missy Avery, the town manager’s administrative assistant, at 363-1000.


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