Anyone wishing to open a pawn shop in the City of Auburn may have to look elsewhere.
At a meeting held Thursday, Oct. 16, Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger and city council members reviewed updates to current regulations that would restrict the number of such businesses.
“Pawn shops in the city will be limited to one per 5,000 residents,” said city planner Larry Lucas. “At this point we would only have one.”
Additional regulations would require the operator of a pawn shop to make an application to the police department, including consent to conduct a criminal background check and fingerprinting. Once the police department issues a pawn shop permit, the applicant would then apply for a city business license.
All employees of the pawn shop would be required to have photo identification on the premises.