City of Town And Country, MO
St. Louis County
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Cross References — Commercial solicitations at certain intersections prohibited, sch. X of Title III; charitable solicitations at certain intersections prohibited, sch. X of Title III.
Editor's Note — Ord. No. 3991 §1, adopted May 23, 2016, repealed the entire ch. 610 enacting the new provisions set out herein. Former ch. 610 derived from Code 1975 §§14.33.1 — 14.33.14; CC 1989 §§12-46 — 12-59; Ord. No. 944 §1, 12-23-1985; Ord. No. 1661 §1, 3-8-1993; Ord. No. 2549 §1, 2-13-2001; Ord. No. 2763 §1, 10-29-2016.

Section 610.010 Scope.

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This Chapter is enacted to promote and protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City and shall be in effect as hereinafter defined and described within the corporate limits of the City. The identification cards provided for in this Chapter are not intended to be in addition to any license required under Chapter 605, but rather in lieu thereof. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of Chapter 605 and the provisions of this Chapter, this Chapter shall prevail.

Section 610.020 Definitions.

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As used in this Chapter, the following words have the meaning indicated:
CANVASSER
A person who attempts to make personal contact with a resident at his/her residence without prior specific invitation or appointment from the resident for the primary purpose of:
1. 
Attempting to enlist support for or against a particular religion, philosophy, ideology, political party, issue or candidate, even if incidental to such purpose the canvasser accepts the donation of money for or against such cause, or
2. 
Distributing a handbill or flyer advertising a non-commercial event or service.
ISSUING OFFICER
The City Clerk of Town and Country, Missouri.
PEDDLER
A person who attempts to make personal contact with a resident at his/her residence without prior specific invitation or appointment from the resident for the primary purpose of:
1. 
Attempting to sell a good or service.
2. 
Obtaining orders for merchandise, services, subscriptions or products for purchase at a location away from the residence or at a time different from the time of visit.
3. 
Distributing a handbill or flyer advertising a commercial event or service.
A.
A person who attempts to make contact with a resident at his/her residence in person or by distributing handbills or flyers without prior specific invitation or appointment from the resident for the primary purpose of:
1.
Attempting to obtain a donation to a particular patriotic, philanthropic, social service, welfare, benevolent, educational, civic, fraternal, charitable, political or religious purpose, even if incidental to such purpose there is the sale of some good or service.

Section 610.030 Exception.

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This Chapter shall not apply to a Federal, State or local government employee or a public utility employee in the performance of his/her duty for his/her employer.

Section 610.040 Identification Card Required For Peddlers and Solicitors, Available For Canvassers.

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No person shall act as a peddler or as a solicitor within the City without first obtaining an identification card in accordance with this Chapter. A canvasser is not required to have an identification card but any canvasser wanting an identification card for the purpose of reassuring City residents of the canvasser's good faith shall be issued one (1) upon request.

Section 610.050 Fee.

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A. 
The fee for the issuance of each identification card shall be:
1. 
For a peddler acting on behalf of a merchant otherwise licensed to do business within the City: no fee.
2. 
For a peddler acting on behalf of a merchant not otherwise licensed to do business with the City: a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for a license valid for three (3) months for each person to be authorized to solicit within the City limits. Peddlers may elect to pay a fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) for a license valid for twelve (12) months for each person to be authorized to solicit within the City limits. All fees shall be paid in advance for the period of soliciting set forth in the license application.
3. 
For a solicitor: no fee.
4. 
For a canvasser requesting an identification card: no fee.

Section 610.060 Application For Identification Card.

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Any person or organization (formal or informal) may apply for one (1) or more identification cards by completing an application form at the office of the issuing officer during regular office hours.

Section 610.070 Contents of Application.

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A. 
The applicant shall provide the following information
1. 
Name of applicant.
2. 
The name, physical description and photograph of each person for which a card is requested. In lieu of this information, a driver's license, State identification card, passport or other government-issued identification card (issued by a government within the United States) containing this information may be provided and a photocopy taken. If a photograph is not supplied, the City will take an instant photograph of each person for which a card is requested at the application site. The actual cost of the instant photograph will be paid by the applicant.
3. 
The permanent and (if any) local address of the applicant.
4. 
A brief description of the proposed activity related to this identification card. (Copies of literature to be distributed may be substituted for this description at the option of the applicant).
5. 
Date and place of birth for each applicant and (if available) the social security number of each applicant.
6. 
A list of all infraction, offense, misdemeanor and felony convictions of each person for whom a card is requested for the seven (7) years immediately prior to the application.
7. 
The motor vehicle make, model, year, color and State license plate number of any vehicle which will be used by each person for whom a card is requested.
8. 
If a card is requested for a peddler:
a. 
The name and permanent address of the business offering the event, activity, good or service (i.e., the peddler's principal).
b. 
A copy of the principal's sales tax license as issued by the State of Missouri, provided that no copy of a license shall be required of any business which appears on the City's annual report of sales tax payees as provided by the Missouri Department of Revenue.
c. 
The location where books and records are kept of sales which occur within the City and which are available for City inspection to determine that all City sales taxes have been paid.
9. 
If a card is requested for a solicitor:
a. 
The name and permanent address of the organization, person or group for whom donations (or proceeds) are accepted.
b. 
The web address for this organization, person or group (or other address) where residents having subsequent questions can go for more information.
10. 
Any other information the applicant wishes to provide, perhaps including copies of literature to be distributed, references to other municipalities where similar activities have occurred, etc.

Section 610.080 Issuance of Identification Card.

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A. 
The identification card(s) shall be issued promptly after application but in all cases within sixteen (16) business hours of completion of an application, unless it is determined within that time that:
1. 
The applicant has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude within the past seven (7) years,
2. 
With respect to a particular card, the individual for whom a card is requested has been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude within the past seven (7) years, or
3. 
Any statement upon the application is false, unless the applicant can demonstrate that the falsehood was the result of excusable neglect.

Section 610.090 Investigation.

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During the period of time following the application and its issuance, the City shall investigate as to the truth and accuracy of the information contained in the application. If the City has not completed this investigation within the sixteen (16) business hours provided in Section 610.070, the identification card will nonetheless be issued subject, however, to administrative revocation upon completion of the investigation. (If a canvasser requests an identification card, the investigation will proceed as described above, but if the City refuses to issue the identification card (or revokes it after issuance), the canvassers will be advised that the failure to procure an identification card does not prevent him/her from canvassing the residents of the City.)

Section 610.100 Identification Card — Not An Endorsement.

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No person holding an identification card, or an agent, member or representative of the same, shall advertise, represent or hold out in any manner that such identification card is an endorsement of the holder by the City or by any member of the City administration or Board of Aldermen thereof or by any organization which any of the same may represent.

Section 610.110 Denial — Administrative Revocation.

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If the issuing officer denies (or upon completion of an investigation revokes) the identification card to one (1) or more persons, he shall immediately convey the decision to the applicant orally and shall within sixteen (16) working hours after the denial prepare a written report of the reason for the denial which shall be immediately made available to the applicant. Upon receipt of the oral notification, and even before the preparation of the written report, the applicant shall have at his option an appeal of the denial of his application before the following tribunal:
Before the City Administrator, provided that such a hearing will be scheduled within ten (10) days of the request, due notice of which is to be given to the public and the applicant.

Section 610.120 Hearing On Appeal.

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If the applicant requests a hearing under Section 610.110, review from the decision (on the record of the hearing) shall be had to the Circuit Court of St. Louis County.

Section 610.130 Display of Identification Card.

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Each identification card shall be (when the individual for whom it was issued is acting as a peddler or solicitor) worn on the outer clothing of the individual as so to be reasonably visible to any person who might be approached by said person.

Section 610.140 Validity of Identification Card.

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An identification card shall be valid within the meaning of this Chapter for a period of three (3) or twelve (12) months from its date of issuance or the term requested.

Section 610.150 Revocation of Card.

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A. 
In addition to the administrative revocation of an identification card, a card may be revoked for any of the following reasons:
1. 
Any violation of this Chapter by the applicant or by the person for whom the particular card was issued.
2. 
Fraud, misrepresentation or incorrect statement made in the course of carrying on the activity.
3. 
Conviction of any felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude within the last seven (7) years.
4. 
Conducting the activity in such a manner as to constitute a breach of the peace or a menace to the health, safety or general welfare of the public.
B. 
The revocation procedure shall be initiated by the filing of an information by the Prosecuting Attorney or of a complaint by the issuing officer and a hearing before the tribunal identified in Section 610.110 above.

Section 610.160 "No Visit" List.

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The issuing officer shall maintain a list of persons within the City who restrict visits to their residential property (including their leasehold, in the case of a tenant) by peddlers, solicitors and canvassers. The issuing officer may provide a form to assist residents, and this form may allow the resident to select certain types of visits that the resident finds acceptable while refusing permission to others. This "no visit" list shall be a public document, reproduced on the City's web site and available for public inspection and copying. A copy of the "no visit" list shall be provided to each applicant for, and each recipient of, an identification card. If a canvasser chooses not to apply for an identification card, it will be the responsibility of that canvasser to obtain in some other way a copy of the current "no visit" list. In addition, to restrict visits to their property, residents may also choose to post a sign of the type described in Section 610.180, Subsection (A) or (B).

Section 610.170 Distribution of Handbills and Commercial Flyers.

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A. 
In addition to the other regulations contained herein, a solicitor or canvasser leaving handbills or commercial flyers about the community shall observe the following regulations:
1. 
No handbill or flyer shall be left at or attached to any sign, utility pole, transit shelter or other structure within the public right-of-way. The Police are authorized to remove any handbill or flyer found within the right-of-way.
2. 
No handbill or flyer shall be left at or attached to any privately owned property in a manner that causes damage to such privately owned property.
3. 
No handbill or flyer shall be left at or attached to any of the property:
a. 
Listed on the City "no visit" list, and/or
b. 
Having a "no solicitor" sign of the type described in Section 610.180, Subsection (A) or (B).
4. 
Any person observed distributing handbills or flyers shall be required to identify himself/herself to the Police (either by producing an identification card or other form of identification). This is for the purpose of knowing the likely identity of the perpetrator if the City receives a complaint of damage caused to private property during the distribution of handbills or flyers.

Section 610.180 General Prohibitions.

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A. 
No peddler, solicitor or canvasser shall:
1. 
Enter upon any private property or subdivision where the property has clearly posted a sign visible from the right-of-way (public or private) indicating a prohibition against peddling, soliciting and/or canvassing. Such sign need not exceed one (1) square foot in size and may contain words such as "no soliciting" or "no solicitors" in letters of at least two (2) inches in height. (The phrase "no soliciting" or "no solicitors" shall also prohibit peddlers and canvassers.)
2. 
Remain upon any private property where a notice in the form of a sign or sticker is placed upon any door or entrance way leading into the residence or dwelling at which guests would normally enter, which sign contains the words "no soliciting" or "no solicitors" and which is clearly visible to the peddler, solicitor or canvasser.
3. 
Enter upon any private property where the current occupant has posted the property on the City's "no visit" list (except where the posting form indicates the occupant has given permission for this type of visit), regardless of whether a sign is posted.
4. 
Use or attempt to use any entrance other than the front or main entrance to the dwelling, or step from the sidewalk or indicated walkway (where one exists) leading from the right-of-way to the front or main entrance, except by express invitation of the resident or occupant of the property.
5. 
Remove any yard sign, door or entrance sign that gives notice to such person that the resident or occupant does not invite visitors.
6. 
Enter upon the property of another except between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and sunset (the time designated as sunset published for that date in the St. Louis Post Dispatch).
B. 
Except that the above prohibitions shall not apply when the peddler, solicitor or canvasser has an express invitation from the resident or occupant of a dwelling allowing him/her to enter upon any posted property.

Section 610.190 Violation To Be Prosecuted as Trespass.

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Any person violating any part of this Chapter shall have committed a trespass on such property and shall be prosecuted under the general trespass ordinance of the City. The penalty for such violation shall be the same as for any other trespass.