Village of Lawrence, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lawrence as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Garage sales — See Ch. 103.
Licenses and permits — See Ch. 125.
Parks — See Ch. 140.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 144.
Secondhand dealers — See Ch. 158.
[Adopted 5-25-1942 by part of Ord. No. 106[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: The provisions of this article are derived from § 313.2(b) and (c) of the Code of Ordinances of 1942.

§ 115-1 Crippled veterans and state licensees exempted from licensing.

No license or permit to hawk or peddle shall be required of an honorably discharged soldier, sailor or marine who is crippled as a result of injuries received while in the Naval or Military Service of the United States, and no such license shall be required of the holder of a license granted pursuant to § 32 of the General Business Law.

§ 115-2 Proximity to schools and parks.

In no event shall hawking or peddling of foodstuffs or merchandise of any kind be permitted, at any time, within 300 feet of any school or 300 feet of any village park, and no automobile, wagon, cart or vehicle of any kind from which foodstuffs or other merchandise is offered for sale or sold shall stand within said distance of 300 feet.

§ 115-3 Penalties for offenses.

[Added 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988; amended 9-11-2002 by L.L. No. 5-2002]
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine up to a maximum of $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this article shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.
[Adopted 9-8-1982 by L.L. No. 5-1982]

§ 115-4 Consent of occupant required.

It shall be unlawful for any person or company to enter upon any private residential property in the village for the purpose of peddling or soliciting without the consent of the occupant of said premises previously given.

§ 115-5 Notice of allowing soliciting to be filed.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
A. 
No person shall enter upon any private residential property in the village for the purpose of soliciting alms or a subscription or a contribution to any church, charitable or public institution; nor for the purpose of distributing any handbill, pamphlet, tract, notice, advertising or other like matter; nor for the purpose of selling or distributing any ticket or chance; nor for the purpose of distributing campaign literature of any political organizations; nor for the purpose of soliciting signatures on any petition, unless an occupant of said premises has filed in the Village Administrator's office a notice allowing any or all such solicitations or distributions.
B. 
Such notice shall include:
(1) 
The name of the person filing.
(2) 
The address of the property affected.
(3) 
The date of such filing.
(4) 
A statement specifically identifying the churches, charitable organizations or public institutions which the person filing objects to permitting entrance onto his private residential property for the purpose of solicitations or distribution or that all such solicitations or distributions are allowed.
(5) 
Whether the person filing wishes to permit entrance onto his private residential property only for solicitations or distributions by a person who has been a bona fide resident of the village for a period of at least six consecutive months prior thereto and/or is soliciting or distributing in behalf of a church, charitable organization or public institution of which the solicitor or distributor is a member and which has had a place of worship or office in the village for a period of at least six consecutive months prior thereto.
C. 
The Village Administrator shall prepare and maintain a list, by occupant's home and street address, of all private residential properties in the village which are the subject of a filing described herein.
D. 
Any occupant of private residential property who has given notice as described herein may withdraw or modify such notice at any time, upon notification to the Village Administrator.

§ 115-6 License required.

It shall be unlawful for any person, organization, society, association, company or corporation or their agents or representatives to solicit donations of money or property or financial assistance of any kind upon the streets, in office or business buildings, by house-to-house canvass or in public places in the village without a license issued pursuant to this article.

§ 115-7 Application for soliciting; grant of license.

A. 
Applications to solicit funds for any cause whatever, as provided for in this article, shall be in writing and addressed to the Mayor and shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The name, address and purpose of the cause for which permission to solicit is sought.
(2) 
The names and addresses of the officers and directors of the organization, firm, society, association, company or corporation.
(3) 
The time for which permission is sought and localities and places of solicitation.
(4) 
Whether or not any commissions, fees, wages or emoluments are to be expended in connection with such solicitation.
(5) 
Such other information as the Board of Trustees may require to determine the bona fide status of the applicant and whether such solicitation would not be detrimental to the best interests of the village and the public.
B. 
Upon receiving such application, the Mayor shall present the same to the Board of Trustees at its next regular meeting, and the Board of Trustees shall thereupon investigate or cause an investigation to be made of the person, organization, firm, society, association, company or corporation for which a license to solicit donations in public is sought and the time and locality in which it is desired to make such solicitation, and, if the Board shall, after such investigation, be satisfied that the purpose of the solicitation is not fraudulent or misleading and would not be detrimental to the best interests of the village and the public, the Mayor or such village officer designated by him shall issue a license signed by the Mayor or such designated officer.
C. 
The Board of Trustees may place reasonable restrictions on the granting of any such license, to include, but not be limited to, the hours of solicitation, the number of persons soliciting, the locality of such solicitation and the period for which such license is granted.

§ 115-8 Labeling of containers.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
Licensees operating under this article shall be compelled to label all collection boxes or containers used in the solicitation of funds, either by appeal in person or the placing of receptacles for the receipt of such public contributions in stores, factories, shops, offices, theaters, hotels, restaurants, railway stations or other public places, with the name of the organization for which the permit is issued and in such conspicuous manner as the Village Administrator may direct.

§ 115-9 Identification card to be carried.

All persons soliciting donations pursuant to this article shall, at all times during such solicitation, carry an identification card issued by the chairman or district chairman of any such charitable drive, which identification card shall plainly show the name of the person soliciting and the person, organization, society, association, company or corporation on whose behalf such solicitation is being made.

§ 115-10 Establishment of additional regulations.

The Board of Trustees may establish such regulations as it may deem necessary in effectuating the purposes and objects of this article.

§ 115-11 Applicability.

The provisions of this article shall not apply to any duly organized religious corporation, any lodge, benevolent or fraternal order or any political organization, whenever such solicitation is made at the regular places of worship or regular meeting places of such religious corporation, lodge, benevolent or fraternal order or political organization.

§ 115-12 Penalties for offenses.

[Added 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988; amended 9-11-2002 by L.L. No. 5-2002]
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine up to a maximum of $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this article shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.