Town of North Haven, CT
New Haven County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of North Haven 2-10-1972 Special Town Meeting, amended 3-2-1972 Special Town Meeting. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 177-1 License required.

No solicitors, canvassers or hawkers, as defined in § 177-3 of this ordinance, shall engage in any such soliciting, canvassing or hawking activities within the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, without having obtained from the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven a license therefor as required by this ordinance.

§ 177-2 Exceptions.

Pursuant to Section 21-37 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, this ordinance shall not apply to sales by farmers and gardeners of the produce of their farms and gardens or to the sale, distribution and delivery of milk, teas, coffees, spices, groceries, meats and bakery goods.

§ 177-3 Definitions.

As used in this ordinance, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CANVASSER OR SOLICITOR
Any individual, whether a resident of the Town of North Haven or not, traveling by foot or by any other type of conveyance whatsoever from place to place or from house to house, taking or attempting to take orders for sale of goods, wares, merchandise or personal property of any nature whatsoever for future delivery or for services to be performed in the future or for services to be performed at that time without previous arrangement with such person so requesting such services, whether or not such individual shall carry or expose for sale a sample of the subject of such sale or whether he is collecting advance payments on such sales or not.
HAWKER
An itinerant or traveling trader who carriers goods about in order to sell them and who actually sells them to purchasers at that time by offering them for sale on the streets by outcry or by attracting the attention of persons by exposing goods in a public place or by placards, labels or signals.

§ 177-4 Classes of licenses.

Licenses issued by the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, for canvassing, soliciting or hawking activities shall be in two classes:
A. 
Class A license, for canvassing or soliciting activities.
B. 
Class B license, for hawking activities.

§ 177-5 Class A licenses.

A. 
Class A licenses shall be issued to any person duly authorized by the Chief of Police for the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, to conduct canvassing or soliciting activities within the Town of North Haven. A Class A license shall be issued to a person only after investigation of the moral character of said applicant has been completed by the Chief of Police and shall not be issued prior to 21 days from the date of said application.
B. 
All Class A licenses issued by the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, shall expire on December 31 of the year in which such license was issued.
C. 
Application requirements.
(1) 
Any person making an application to the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, for a Class A canvasser's or solicitor's license shall furnish, in writing, on a form to be furnished by the Chief of Police of said town, the following information:
(a) 
The name and personal physical description of said applicant.
(b) 
The permanent home address and full local address or place of housing of said applicant.
(c) 
A detailed description of the nature of the business and goods to be sold or services to be performed, including the name of the manufacturer, publisher, distributor or parent company where applicable.
(d) 
If employed, the name and address of such employer.
(e) 
The length of time for which the applicant wishes to engage in such businesses as specified in said application.
(f) 
The place where said property to be sold or orders taken for the sale thereof is manufactured or produced or distributed from.
(g) 
Where such goods or products are located at the time that said application is filed with the Chief of Police and the proposed method and estimated time of delivery of said goods.
(h) 
The make, model, color and registration number of the vehicle, if any, to be used by said canvasser or solicitor, whether or not it is owned by said applicant, his or her employer or any person, if said vehicle is to be used in the performance of such canvassing or soliciting activities.
(2) 
Said applicant shall submit to fingerprints to be taken by the Chief of Police as necessitated to complete a thorough background investigation of the applicant's moral character.
(3) 
Said applicant shall submit to a photograph to be taken by the Chief of Police, which will remain with said application for a period not to exceed five years.

§ 177-6 Class B licenses.

A. 
A hawker's license shall be issued to any individual who shall offer goods for sale on the street by outcry or by attracting the attention of persons or by exposing goods in a public place or by placards, labels or signals. A Class B license shall be required of any person so requesting to conduct hawking activities within the Town of North Haven, whether or not he or she is a resident of the Town of North Haven. Such license shall be issued to a person only after investigation of the moral character of said applicant has been completed by the Chief of Police and shall not be issued prior to 21 days from the date of said application.
B. 
All Class B licenses issued by the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, shall expire on December 31 of the year in which such license was issued.
C. 
Application requirements.
(1) 
Any person making an application to the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, for a Class B hawker's license shall furnish, in writing, on a form to be furnished by the Chief of Police of said town, the following information:
(a) 
The name and personal physical description of said applicant.
(b) 
The permanent home address and full local address or place of housing of said applicant.
(c) 
A detailed description of the nature of the business and goods to be sold, including the name of the manufacturer, publisher, distributor, or parent company where applicable.
(d) 
If employed, the name and address of such employer.
(e) 
The length of time for which the applicant wishes to engage in such businesses as specified in said application.
(f) 
The place where said property to be sold or orders taken for the sale thereof is manufactured or produced or distributed from.
(g) 
Where such goods or products are located at the time that said application is filed with the Chief of Police and the proposed method and estimated time of delivery of said goods.
(h) 
The make, model, color and registration number of the vehicle, if any, to be used by said hawker, whether or not it is owned by said applicant, his or her employer or any person, if said vehicle is to be used in the performance of such hawking activities.
(2) 
Said applicant shall submit to fingerprints to be taken by the Chief of Police as necessitated to complete a thorough background investigation of the applicants moral character.
(3) 
Said applicant shall submit to a photograph to be taken by the Chief of Police, which will remain with said application for a period not to exceed five years.

§ 177-7 License fees. [1]

[Amended 9-4-1996 ATM Res. No. 4]
A. 
The fee for a Class A license as defined in § 173-4 above shall be $250 for each individual obtaining such a license.
B. 
The fee for a Class B license as defined in § 177-4 above shall be $250 for each individual obtaining such a license.
[1]
Editor's Note: As per Connecticut General Statutes, Section 7-194.

§ 177-8 Action upon application.

Upon receipt of said application by the Chief of Police for the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, and after a reasonable investigation period, not to exceed 21 days from the date of said application, which discloses that the applicant is of good moral character and proposes to engage in a lawful and legitimate commercial or professional enterprise, the Chief of Police shall then issue a permit to said applicant, for which the applicant shall pay the fee provided for in § 177-7 above; provided, however, that said fee may be waived by the Chief of Police for the Town of North Haven if the applicant or applicants are soliciting or selling for the benefit of a local nonprofit organization which maintains offices and headquarters within the Town of North Haven, Connecticut.

§ 177-9 Waiver of fee for veterans.

After having been presented with documentary evidence that any applicant for a solicitor's, canvassers or hawker's license has been honorably discharged from any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven may waive the fee as provided for in § 177-7 above.

§ 177-10 License to be carried and exhibited upon request.

After any license has been issued by the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven for soliciting, canvassing or hawking activities, said license shall be carried by said licensee at all times while conducting such activities within the Town of North Haven. Said license shall be exhibited by such licensee whenever he or she is requested to do so by any police officer or by any persons so solicited.

§ 177-11 Rules and regulations.

The Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, shall establish, in writing, appropriate rules and regulations to govern the conduct and methods of operation by any person so issued a license to conduct soliciting, canvassing or hawking activities within the Town of North Haven, Connecticut.

§ 177-12 Copy of rules and regulations to be furnished.

At the time that any person files with the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, an application for any license to conduct canvassing, soliciting or hawking activities within the Town of North Haven, he or she shall be furnished with a copy of the rules and regulations governing such activities, as established by the Chief of Police of said town in writing. At the time that said application may be approved by the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven and a license issued to conduct such activities, said applicant shall affix his signature to said application, indicating that she or he has read, is familiar with and agrees to abide by such rules and regulations of conduct of business, as established by said Chief of Police.

§ 177-13 Suspension of license.

Any such license issued by the Chief of Police of the Town of North Haven may be suspended by said Chief of Police for violation of said rules and regulations or violation of any section of this ordinance of the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, or for reasons of violation of any state or federal law or whenever the holder of such permit shall, in the judgment of the Chief of Police, cease to possess the character and qualifications required by this ordinance for the issuance of such permit.

§ 177-14 Location of hawking activities.

[Added 10-1-1983 ATM]
No person, firm or corporation, including the holder of a Class B license hereunder, shall hawk his or its goods, food, flowers or any other products or materials from any location or from any place within 1,000 feet of such location for a continuous period exceeding 1/2 hour or for a period of time exceeding one hour in any twenty-four-hour period. It is declared that this provision is necessary in order to prevent the disruption of the orderly flow of traffic upon the streets of North Haven and the threat to public safety created by the attraction of large numbers of motorists and pedestrians. The hawking of goods from a stationary position over a long period of time also creates activities and traffic patterns which have not been planned for in the zoning regulations and by the proper traffic authorities.

§ 177-15 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-1-1983 ATM]
Any person, firm or corporation convicted of violating the provisions of this ordinance shall be fined not more than $100 for each offense. A separate offense shall be considered to have been committed on each day that a violation occurs.