8.005 Purpose and Scope

(1)  A business license provides the city with an opportunity to determine whether the location, site, and existing structure (if one is to be used) can lawfully be used for the conduct of the proposed activity under the provisions of the Medford Code. The license grants the applicant the conditional privilege of doing business in the city, but it does not constitute a representation or a warranty by the city as to the legality of the business or its activities. The business license tax imposed by the terms of Sections 8.005 to 8.080 is a privilege tax imposed on a business at the time of issuance or renewal of a business license; the tax is for revenue purposes only and no part of the tax shall be considered to be a regulatory fee.

(2) A Residential Rental Registration provides the city with an opportunity to assess the location, quantity, existing structures and utilization of the housing stock within the City of Medford. The registration grants the applicant the conditional privilege of doing business in the city, but it does not constitute a representation or a warranty by the city as to the legality of the business or its activities. The residential rental registration tax imposed by the terms of Sections 8.005 to 8.080 is a privilege tax imposed on a business at the time of issuance or renewal of a business license; the tax is for revenue purposes only and no part of the tax shall be considered to be a regulatory fee.

(3)  Neither the acceptance of the prescribed tax nor the issuance of the applicable license shall be construed to permit any activity otherwise prohibited by law or this code, or to waive any regulatory licensing requirement or fee imposed by any other sections of this code.

[Amd., Sec. 4, Ord. No. 1998-233, Oct. 15, 1998; Amd. Sec. 1, Ord. No. 2006-229, Oct. 19, 2006.]