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BMA approves new temporary business permit

A new type of business permit will soon be available in Jonesborough.
Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved creating a temporary business permit at their April 9 meeting.
The temporary business permit falls between the two licenses currently available – a regular business license and a transient vendor license.
Currently, a prospective business is allowed to open with a regular business license – the one needed by any permanent business in town, and a transient vendor license – where a non-permanent business can pay every 14 days to operate in town, up to a maximum of six months.
With a temporary business permit, a non-permanent business will be allowed the ability to pay one time and remain open for up to eight months before being required to vacate the premises. After those eight months, that business would not be allowed to renew for at least 16 months.
Issuance of the permit is contingent on the business owner submitting a site plan and a lot of information showing how it will look and how it will operate. Only five such permits can be issued at the same time within town limits.
The issue of another type of permit came about after issues arose when a funnel cake trailer opened last year within the historic district of downtown. Some argued that such a business should not be allowed in downtown, prompting a look at how the town handles such businesses on a whole.
In March, the BMA struggled with whether such a permit was needed in the town. Some believed the permit would help incubate a new business in town while others believed it was giving an advantage over permanent businesses in town.
Alderman Chuck Vest made a motion to approve the creation of a temporary business permit, but changed the allotted amount of time for a business to have to wait to return from the proposed four months to 16 months.
“That would certainly eliminate somebody from sort of using a temporary business permit on a permanent basis,” said Bob Browning, town administrator. “It becomes an incubator kind of process this way.”
Alderman Mary Gearhart seconded Vest’s motion, which passed unanimously.