Township of Florence, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Auctions, markets and casual sales — See Ch. 43.
Criminal history background checks — See Ch. 65A.
Land development — See Ch. 91.
Littering — See Ch. 95.
Mercantile licenses — See Ch. 98.
Newspaper vending boxes — See Ch. 100.
Noise — See Ch. 102.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 110.
[Adopted 12-21-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-12 as Ch. 110 of the 1983 Code]

§ 114-1 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SOLICITOR
Includes itinerant vendors of merchandise who shall go from door to door or from house to house in this township selling, causing to be sold, offering for sale or causing to be offered for sale or taking orders for present or future delivery of merchandise of any description whatsoever, and shall include persons going from door to door for the purpose of obtaining alms, orders, subscriptions, making canvasses or surveys or other solicitations.

§ 114-2 Registration required.

No person shall solicit or act as a solicitor from door to door within this township without first registering with the Chief of Police of the Township of Florence as provided in this Article.

§ 114-3 Information required.

Each such registrant shall, at the time of registering, give to the Chief of Police, in writing, his name, address and such other personal data as is required to identify him, together with two recent photographs of his face, approximately two and one-half by two and one-half (2 1/2 x 2 1/2) inches in size, together with the purpose of his proposed canvassing or solicitation, the route, date and approximate hours of his itinerary in the township (which shall be between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.), any prior convictions of crime and his fingerprints, together with sufficient information to determine whether or not the business he is to transact is intrastate or interstate commerce.

§ 114-4 Issuance of registration certificate.

Each registrant, upon being so registered, shall be issued a registration certificate by the Chief of Police, upon which shall be affixed one photograph of the applicant, signed by the Chief of Police so that part of his signature covers part of the photograph; provided, however, that no person who has been convicted of a crime shall be issued any such certificate.

§ 114-5 Possession and/or exhibition of certificate required at all times.

Each registrant shall carry the registered certificate at all times and shall exhibit it to any person upon request.

§ 114-6 Surrender of certificate to Chief of Police.

Each registrant shall, at the conclusion of each day's canvassing or solicitation, deposit his registration certificate with the Chief of Police.

§ 114-7 Compliance with state and township regulations required prior to issuance.

No such registration certificate shall be issued to any person who has not complied with any law of the State of New Jersey or ordinance of this township regulating soliciting, canvassing or itinerant vendors of merchandise.

§ 114-8 Solicitation at private residences restricted.

No person, whether registered or not, shall visit or call at any private residence for the purpose of solicitation, as defined in this Article, when banned by the householder by a sign bearing words to the effect that solicitors or peddlers are not invited or are prohibited.

§ 114-9 Revocation of certificate.

Any such registration certificate so issued may be revoked by the Chief of Police for violation of this chapter or any other ordinance of the township regulating solicitors, canvassers or itinerant vendors of merchandise or for any false information given in said application.

§ 114-10 Hours of solicitation.

No person shall solicit within the meaning of this articlebefore the hour of 10:00 a.m. or after the hour of 5:00 p.m.

§ 114-11 Fees.

A fee of $5 per day, per certificate, shall be paid by the registrant for each such registration certificate issued.

§ 114-12 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-1-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-32]
Any person or persons violating this article or any of the provisions hereof shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment in the Burlington County Jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or to a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof, at the discretion of the Judge before whom such conviction is made.

§ 114-13 Construal of provisions.

These provisions are in addition to any other ordinance or ordinances regulating itinerant vendors of merchandise, solicitation or canvassing within the Township of Florence.
[Adopted 12-21-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-31; amended in its entirety 5-17-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-14[1]]
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Editor’s Note: This ordinance also provided for an effective date of 9-1-2006.

§ 114-14 Title.

This article shall be known as the "Transient Merchant and Temporary Business Licensing Ordinance of the Township of Florence."

§ 114-15 Findings; purpose.

It is hereby found and determined by the Township Council of the Township of Florence that, in order to protect the citizens of the Township from improper sales techniques engaged in by transient merchants and in order to protect the public health and safety of the citizens utilizing the services of transient merchants and temporary businesses that offer for sale food and drink for public consumption, it is necessary to regulate the operations of transient merchants and temporary businesses operating within the Township of Florence in order to preserve and protect the good of the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Township. It is also the intent of this article to preserve the intent of the Master Plan and zoning regulations of the Township of Florence by prohibiting temporary businesses from engaging in commercial uses in those areas in the Township where those uses are prohibited by Chapter 91, Land Development, of the Code of the Township of Florence. This article is designed to provide for the licensing and regulation of transient merchants and temporary businesses. It is the purpose and intent of the article to protect the people of Florence Township from improper sales techniques and to provide for the regulation of transient merchants and temporary businesses by the Board of Health, where appropriate, to provide for the preservation of the intent of the Master Plan and Land Development Ordinance of the Township as to the uses engaged in by transient merchants and to provide for the orderly conduct of transient merchant and temporary business operations by providing for the licensing and regulation of transient merchants and temporary businesses.

§ 114-16 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association or other entity
TEMPORARY BUSINESS
Any business conducted for the sale or offer for sale of goods, wares, merchandise or food or drink for consumption on or off the premises which is carried on in or on any building, structure, motor vehicle, railroad car or real estate for a period not to exceed 30 consecutive calendar days in any calendar year. The thirty-day period may, with the approval of the Council, be divided into three periods of 10 days each. "Temporary business" shall also include any person who, as a private enterprise, schedules, organizes or promotes entertainments, concerts, athletic events, contests or competitions or beauty pageants to be held on a nonregular basis and which require the payment of a fee for entry or admission, where such event is to take place within the confines of the Township of Florence; provided, however, that no such person shall be classified as a temporary business if he is sponsored by any bona fide civic, fraternal, educational or religious organization having a local chapter in the Township of Florence.
TRANSIENT MERCHANT
Any person, firm, corporation, partnership or other entity which engages in, does or transacts any transient business in the Township of Florence by traveling from place to place in the Township, offering for sale or selling goods, wares, merchandise or services.

§ 114-17 Applicability.

A. 
The provisions of this article shall not apply to:
(1) 
Sales at wholesale to retail merchants by commercial travelers or selling agents in the usual course of business.
(2) 
Wholesale trade shows and/or conventions.
(3) 
Sales of goods, wares or merchandise by sample catalog or brochure for future delivery.
(4) 
Any general sale, fair, auction or bazaar sponsored by any civic, fraternal, educational or religious organization.
(5) 
Garage sales held on premises devoted to residential use.
(6) 
Sales of crafts or items made by hand and sold or offered for sale by the person making such crafts or handmade items.
(7) 
Any new home construction contractor, residential developer, plumber or electrical contractor who is licensed or regulated by any state, county or municipal agency, division, department or professional board and any contractor of home improvements as defined in N.J.A.C. 13:45A-16.1 who, in the normal course of business, advertises or performs his services in the Township of Florence, provided that any such tradesman complies with all state, county and municipal regulations enforceable by the Township Construction Code Official.
(8) 
Sale of produce, flowers or other agricultural products from buildings or from roadside stands where the premises in question is owned by the farmer, it being the express intention of the article that nothing herein shall prohibit the sale of agricultural products on lands owned by the farmer unless prohibited by Chapter 91, Land Development.
B. 
A transient merchant or temporary business not otherwise exempted from the provisions of this article shall not be relieved or exempted from the provisions of this article by reason of associating himself temporarily with any local dealer, auctioneer, trader, contractor or merchant or by conducting such temporary business in connection with or in the name of any local dealer, auctioneer, trader, contractor or merchant.

§ 114-18 License required; violations and penalties.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any transient merchant or temporary business to transact business within the confines of the Township of Florence unless such merchant and the owners of any goods, wares, merchandise, food or drink to be offered for sale or sold, if such are not owned by the merchant, shall have first secured a license and shall have otherwise complied with the requirements of this article.
B. 
Any person or entity that transacts a transient or temporary business as defined herein without having first obtained a license in accordance with the provisions of this article or who knowingly advertises, offers for sale or sells any goods, wares, merchandise, food or drink or services in violation of the provisions of this article shall be a disorderly person. The penalties prescribed herein shall be in addition to any other penalties prescribed by law for any criminal offense committed by the licensee.

§ 114-19 License application.

Any transient merchant or temporary business desiring to transact business within the confines of the Township of Florence shall make application for and obtain a license therefor. The application for license shall be filed with the Township Clerk and shall include the following information:
A. 
The name and permanent address of the transient merchant or temporary business making the application and, if the applicant is a firm or corporation, the name and business and home addresses of the members of the firm or the officers of the corporation, as the case may be. If the applicant is a partnership, the name and address of all the partners. Post office box addresses will not be accepted.
B. 
If the applicant is a corporation or limited liability company, there shall be stated on the application form the date of incorporation or formation, the state of incorporation or registration and, if the applicant is a corporation or limited liability company formed in a state other than the State of New Jersey, the date of which such corporation or limited liability company qualified to transact business in the State of New Jersey.
C. 
A statement showing the kind of business proposed to be conducted, the length of time for which the applicant desires to transact such business and, for a temporary business, the location or locations of such proposed place of business.
D. 
The name and permanent address of the applicant's registered agent. Post office box addresses will not be accepted.
E. 
Proof that the applicant has acquired all Board of Health approvals and is in compliance with all Board of Health regulations.
F. 
Proof the applicant is in compliance with all Fire Code regulations.
G. 
Proof that the applicant has acquired all other required Township, county and state permits and licenses.
H. 
Proof that the applicant, if utilizing a motor vehicle as part of the transient merchant operation, maintains minimum combined single limit liability insurance in the amount of $100,000, naming the Township of Florence as an additional insured.

§ 114-20 Registered agents; service of process.

A. 
Each registered agent designated by a transient merchant or temporary business in the application for a license shall be a resident of the State of New Jersey and shall be agent of the transient merchant or temporary business upon whom any process, notice or demand required or permitted by law to be served upon the transient merchant or temporary business may be served. The registered agent shall agree, in writing, to act as such agent, and a copy of the agreement to so act shall be filed by the applicant with the application for a license.
B. 
The Township Clerk shall maintain an alphabetical list of all transient merchants and temporary businesses in the Township and the names and addresses of their registered agents.
C. 
If any transient merchant or temporary business doing business or having done business in the Township of Florence shall fail to have or maintain a registered agent in the State of New Jersey or if such registered agent cannot be found at his permanent address, the Township Clerk shall be an agent of such transient merchant for service of all process, notice or demands. Service on the Township Clerk shall be made by delivering to him, or any person designated by the Clerk to receive such service, duplicate copies of the process, notice or demand. When any such process, notice or demand is served on the Clerk, he shall immediately cause one copy thereof to be forwarded by certified mail to the permanent address of the transient merchant or temporary business. The provisions of this section shall not limit or otherwise affect the right of any person to serve any process, notice or demand in any other manner now or hereinafter authorized by law.

§ 114-21 Application fee.

Each applicant for a transient merchant license or temporary business license shall be accompanied by a license fee of $250.

§ 114-22 Issuance, transferability and term of license.

A transient business license or temporary business may be issued hereunder only by the Township Council and only when all requirements of this article have been met. Such license shall not be transferable, shall be valid only within the territorial limits of the Township of Florence, shall be valid only for a period of one year from the date of issuance and shall be valid for the business stated in the application. A license so issued shall be valid for only one person, unless such person shall be a member of a partnership or employee of a firm or corporation obtaining such license. The application shall be referred to the Chief of Police, who shall provide the Township Council with a report as to whether or not the applicant has a criminal record upon completion of a background check of the applicant. The applicant must report to the Police Department and provide information needed to conduct the background check. The applicant must provide a money order, or certified check, in the amount set by the New Jersey State Police that will be sent in with the applicant's fingerprint card to the New Jersey State Police. The Township Council may deny the issuance of a transient merchant license if it determines that the applicant has a criminal record, is engaging in criminal activity or has violated the Consumer Fraud Act, N.J.S.A. 56:8-1 et seq., or previously violated regulations promulgated by the Board of Health or previously violated the provisions of this article or any other governmental regulation governing mercantile operations, such that the issuance of said license will be harmful to the health, safety and/or welfare of the people of Florence Township.

§ 114-23 Location where transient merchant and temporary business operations are permissible.

A. 
Temporary businesses shall conduct their business operations in the following districts as established on the Zoning Map of Florence Township:
(1) 
HC Highway Commercial District.
(2) 
NC Neighborhood Commercial District.
B. 
Any temporary business located on any lot within the Township of Florence, without regard to the amount of time located on the lot, shall first obtain approval for a minor site plan specifically providing for adequate off-street parking, landscaping and buffering from adjacent uses.
C. 
Prior to conducting operations on property located in the aforesaid districts, the temporary business must first obtain the written permission of the owner of the property. This written permission shall be submitted as part of the license application.
D. 
Transient merchants may conduct their business operations: on property located in all zoning districts established on the Zoning Map of Florence Township during periods of construction activity, provided that the transient merchants first obtain the written permission of the property owner. Transient merchants may also conduct their business operations on property located in the Special Manufacturing (SM) and General Manufacturing (GM) Zones, provided that they first obtain the written permission of the property owners. The transient merchant may only conduct business at any site for a period of not more than 20 consecutive minutes in any two-hour period of time. Transient merchants may only conduct business at construction sites from the time of the issuance of a building permit until the last certificate of occupancy is granted on the construction site.
E. 
Transient merchants may conduct their business operations in all districts established on the Zoning Map of Florence Township, provided that the business operation is mobile and is conducted on a public right-of-way. "Mobile" is defined to mean stationary for a period of not more than 20 minutes. The mobile operation must move a minimum of 600 feet prior to resuming sales activities. The mobile operation may not return to any one location within 600 feet of a prior location where operations were conducted for a minimal period of one hour's time.

§ 114-24 Revocation of license.

The Township Council may revoke any license issued hereunder if it finds that the licensee has engaged in criminal conduct or engaged in conduct in violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, N.J.S.A. 56:8-1 et seq., or violated the regulations of the Board of Health or violated the provisions of this article or any other governmental regulation governing the merchant's operations. Prior to revoking the license, the Township Council shall first serve upon the licensee through his registered agent a notice of its intent to revoke the license and setting forth the reasons therefor. This notice shall be served by certified mail, return receipt requested, and shall be effective within 20 days of the date of the notice unless, prior thereto, the licensee requests a hearing before the Township Council to show cause why the license should not be revoked. A request for a hearing shall stay the revocation of the license until such time as the hearing has been conducted and a final decision rendered by the Township Council. The licensee shall be entitled to appear at the hearing with an attorney and to present witnesses and other proofs intending to show that the license should not in fact be revoked.

§ 114-25 Enforcement.

It is the duty of the Township Police Department, the Township Construction Code Official and the Board of Health to enforce the provisions of this article.

§ 114-26 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person who violates any section of this article shall be subject to a penalty as set forth in § 1-10 of the Florence Township Code.
B. 
Each day on which a violation occurs shall be deemed to constitute a distinct and separate violation of this article.