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§ 499. Applications and licensing of official business directional signs
(a) Any person who believes that he or she is eligible under section 489 of this title for an official business directional sign may submit a written application on a form prescribed by the Travel Information Council. The application shall set forth the name and address of the applicant; the name, nature, and location of the business; the location where an official business directional sign is desired; and such other information as the Council may require. The applicant shall tender with the application the standard license fee stated in section 501 of this title for each sign requested.
(b) Upon receipt of an application for an official business directional sign, the Travel Information Council shall refer the application to the appropriate district committee of the Travel Information Council with a report and the facts relative to the location. The committee shall approve or disapprove the application. The committee shall not approve an application unless the requested location conforms to the rules of the Agency of Transportation under section 490 of this title and of the Council and, in the case of town highways, of the town's selectboard, and the applicant is complying with all statutes and rules of the Departments of Health and Labor regarding places of public accommodation. If the application is approved, the Council shall issue the license and forward a copy to the division of the Agency of Transportation responsible for erection and maintenance of official highway signs. If it is not approved, the Travel Information Council shall return the application and fee, stating the reasons for refusal and giving the applicant opportunity to correct any defects or to be heard within 30 days by the Travel Information Council, and to present evidence, with or without counsel in his or her discretion. Upon written request, the Council shall hear the matter and notify the applicant of its findings and decision. The applicant may then appeal on questions of law to the Supreme Court.
(c) The Travel Information Council shall establish a procedure and schedule for periodic on-site evaluation of licenses that have been granted, to determine whether such licenses have been issued in conformance with the rules of the Agency of Transportation and the Travel Information Council under section 490 of this title.
(d) The Travel Information Council shall have the authority to deny renewal of those licenses that are found to violate the rules of the Agency of Transportation and the Travel Information Council. A licensee who is denied renewal shall have the right to appeal under subsection (b) of this section. (Added 1967, No. 333 (Adj. Sess.), § 19, eff. March 23, 1968; amended 1969, No. 92, § 13, eff. April 19, 1969; 1983, No. 167 (Adj. Sess.),§§ 14, 15; 1993, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § 12.)