Town of Dover, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Dover 7-27-1970 as Art. 19 of the 1969 Revised Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Littering — See Ch. 242.

Newspaper vending machines — See Ch. 250.

Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 273.

Signs — See Ch. 319.

Protection of shade trees — See Ch. 366, Art. I.

§ 207-1
Definitions. 

§ 207-2
Distribution of noncommercial material. 

§ 207-3
License required for commercial distribution; fee. 

§ 207-4
Manner of public distribution. 

§ 207-5
Placement of handbills in or on vehicles. 

§ 207-6
Distribution on private property. 

§ 207-7
Distribution on posted property. 

§ 207-8
Exemptions. 

§ 207-9
Distribution methods. 

§ 207-10
Improper posting. 

§ 207-11
Violations and penalties. 

§ 207-1 Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases when used in this chapter have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

HANDBILL
Includes any printed or written advertising matter and sample or device, dodger, circular, leaflet, pamphlet, newspaper, paper booklet or any other written or printed matter or literature.
PERSON
Includes any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

§ 207-2 Distribution of noncommercial material.

No license shall be required for the distribution of religious, educational, fraternal, political or any noncommercial literature.

§ 207-3 License required for commercial distribution; fee.

A. 

No one shall distribute commercial literature, or handbills, without first obtaining a license from the Town Clerk.

B. 

The license fee shall be $25 per person actually doing the distributing, per day.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Chapter 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 207-4 Manner of public distribution.

It shall be unlawful for any person, either directly or indirectly, to deposit, place, throw, scatter or cast any handbill in or on public thoroughfares, park grounds or other public places within the Town of Dover; the provisions of this section shall not be deemed to prohibit the handing, transmitting or distributing of any handbill to another person giving or accepting such handbills.

§ 207-5 Placement of handbills in or on vehicles.

It shall be unlawful for any person, either directly or indirectly, to distribute, deposit, place, throw, scatter or cast any handbill in or upon any automobile or other vehicle; the provisions of this section shall not be deemed to prohibit the handing, transacting or distributing of any handbill to the owner or other occupant of any automobile or other vehicle who is willing to accept such handbill.

§ 207-6 Distribution on private property.

It shall be unlawful for any person, either directly or indirectly, to distribute, deposit, place, throw, scatter or carry any handbill in or upon any private yard, grounds, walk, porch, steps, mailbox, vestibule, house, residence, building or any other private property; the provisions of this section shall not be deemed to prohibit the handing, transmitting or distributing of any handbill to the owner or other occupants of said private yard, grounds, walk, porch, steps, mailbox, vestibule, house, residence, building or other private property who is willing to accept such handbill.

§ 207-7 Distribution on posted property.

It shall be lawful for the owner or the occupant of any property to place a sign in a conspicuous place near the entrance thereof indicating that no handbills are desired, and it shall be unlawful for any person to go upon said premises so posted and distribute, deposit, place, throw, scatter or cast any handbills.

§ 207-8 Exemptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not be deemed to apply to missing service or to the distribution of the United States mail or telegrams, nor to the delivery of any handbill to any person who refused delivery of the same, or to the delivery of bona fide newspapers to customers who have ordered the same.

§ 207-9 Distribution methods.

It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute handbills in such a manner as to impede the free flow of traffic upon any street or sidewalk; neither shall any such person distribute handbills, molest or annoy any individual, group or gathering.

§ 207-10 Improper posting.

It shall be unlawful to tack, nail, paste, paint or otherwise affix any handbill upon any bridge, fence, sidewalk, building, monument, pole or post; provided that handbills may be affixed upon private buildings or billboards if the consent of the owner shall have first been obtained, and provided, further, that this shall not prohibit lawfully posted legal notices.

§ 207-11 Violations and penalties.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Chapter 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

Any person violating any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each day of violation of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.