Section 71 Goa Panchayat Raj Act states that no shop in panchyat can be operated without valid license from panchyat.
71. Licensing of shops.— No place within the jurisdiction of a Panchayat shall be
used as a shop whether permanently or temporarily, except under a licence granted or
renewed by the Panchayat and except in accordance with the conditions specified therein.
It shall be punished in accordance to
228. Punishment for offences under this Act and powers to compound.—
(a) rents, alters, adds to or reconstructs a building without the written permission
required by section 66 or in contravention of any of the conditions imposed by it;
(b) uses any place without a licence required by sections 68, 69, 70 and 71 or in
contravention of any of the conditions or during the suspension of the licence; or
(c) contravenes any other provision of this Act, shall on conviction, be punished
with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, and in the case of a continuing
offence with a fine which may extend to five rupees for every day after the first
conviction during which the offence continues.
(2) Upon a conviction under clause (b) of sub-section (1) in respect of any place, the
Magistrate shall, on the application of the Panchayat, or Zilla Panchayat as the case may
be, but not otherwise, order such place to be closed, and thereupon appoint such persons
or take such other steps to prevent such place being so used; and every person who so
uses or permits the use of a place after it has been ordered to be closed, shall be punished
with fine which may extend to five rupees for each day during which he continues to use
or permits such use of the place after it has been so ordered to be closed.
The order from.magistrate is needed to close down such place under the Act.