Q Can a municipality deny a privilege license to an applicant that is engaged in a profession credentialed by the state that is not licensed as a professional and whose employees are not licensed? For example, may we deny a privilege license to a barber or cosmetologist that is not licensed?

A No. Governing authorities are not authorized, under the Local Privilege Tax Law, to condition the granting of a privilege license to do business in a municipality on the compliance, whether present or future, with other state or local laws. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Butler, April 25, 2014)