Village of Naples, NY
Ontario County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Naples 8-13-2003 by L.L. No. 4-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 241-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Village of Naples Peddlers and Solicitors Law."

§ 241-2 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the conduct and to provide for the issuance of permits to vendors, hawkers, peddlers and solicitors within the Village of Naples, which the Village Board finds will protect the citizens of the Village from the fraudulent and criminal practices of unscrupulous persons posing as hawkers, vendors, peddlers or solicitors engaged in lawful business, and to further prohibit the placement of booths or barrels or other obstructions upon any streets or public places within the Village for the purpose of selling or exposing for sale any goods, wares or merchandise, which the Board of Trustees feels will promote the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the Village of Naples.

§ 241-3 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
Any organization organized exclusively for literary, religious, educational, scientific, civic, charitable or similar purposes, and no part of the profits or benefits of said organization shall inure to the benefit of its members, officers, directors or stockholders.
SOLICITOR
Includes any person who goes from place to place or house to house or who stands in any street or public place taking or offering to take orders for goods, wares or merchandise, or for services to be performed in the future, or for making, manufacturing or repairing any article or thing whatsoever for future delivery. The term "solicitor" shall not apply to a person selling milk, newspapers and food distributed on regular customer routes.
VENDOR, HAWKER and PEDDLER
Includes, except as hereinafter expressly provided, any person, either principal or agent, who, from any vehicle or any public street or public place or by going from house to house or place of business to place of business on foot or from any animal or vehicle, sells or barters or offers for sale or barter any goods, wares or merchandise, except milk, newspapers and food distributed on regular customer routes.

§ 241-4 Exemptions.

A. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be held to apply to any sales:
(1) 
Conducted pursuant to law or by order of any court.
(2) 
By persons under the age of 18 years.
(3) 
Of fruit and farm produce by farmers and persons who produce such commodities.
(4) 
By any honorably discharged member of the armed forces who has procured a permit issued by the County Clerk as provided by the General Business Law of the State of New York.
B. 
Nonprofit organizations and persons working for such organizations shall be exempt from the payment of fees otherwise required by this chapter. However, in order to obtain such exemption, each nonprofit organization shall be required to complete the appropriate permit application.
C. 
Vendors, hawkers, peddlers and solicitors who have registered with a nonprofit organization and who are conducting business in connection with a flea market, festival or other event sponsored, organized or promoted by said nonprofit organization shall be exempt from the requirements of this chapter.
D. 
Persons, organizations, firms or corporations who or which call at only those places where they have been requested by the owner or occupant to call shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
E. 
Persons, organizations, firms or corporations who or which call at business places exclusively for the purpose of arranging or soliciting the sale of goods or merchandise to the business owner at wholesale for the purpose of sale of such goods and merchandise by said owner at retail shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.
F. 
Persons, organizations, firms or corporations who or which call at businesses or school or municipal offices for the purpose of selling or soliciting the sale of goods or merchandise of a type customarily used in the normal day-to-day activities of such business, municipality or school shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter.

§ 241-5 Criteria for registering nonprofit organizations.

The following information shall be provided to the Village Clerk by nonprofit organizations seeking the exemption provided by § 241-4B of this chapter:
A. 
Name of organization.
B. 
Name of the person responsible, together with the person's address and phone number.
C. 
Certification of insurance (name of Village as additional insured).
D. 
Estimated number of people expected to conduct the activity.
E. 
Specific daily selling hours.
F. 
Product(s) to be sold.
G. 
Dates.
H. 
Specialty permits required and agencies involved.
I. 
Tax-exempt number or other appropriate proof of nonprofit status; for example, certificate of incorporation or affidavit.

§ 241-6 Permit required.

It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the Village to act as a vendor, hawker, peddler or solicitor as herein defined without first having obtained and paid for and having in force and effect a permit therefor.

§ 241-7 Application for permit.

A. 
Any person desiring to procure a permit as herein provided shall file with the Code Enforcement Officer of the Village a written application upon a form furnished by the Village Clerk or Code Enforcement Officer. A permit will only be valid for the person making application. For each additional person a separate permit is required. Food vendors must be in compliance with all applicable state health regulations and show proof thereof. Such application shall give:
(1) 
The number and kind of vehicles to be used by the applicant in carrying on the business for which the permit is desired.
(2) 
The kind of goods, wares and merchandise such person desires to sell or the kind of service such person desires to perform.
(3) 
The method and place or places of distribution.
(4) 
The name, address and date of birth of the applicant.
(5) 
The name and address of the person, firm or corporation represented by the applicant.
(6) 
The length of time the applicant desires the permit.
(7) 
Business card or business letterhead.
(8) 
Doing business as (DBA) certificate.
(9) 
Proof of liability insurance.
(10) 
Proof of workers' compensation.
(11) 
Photo identification from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or appropriate law enforcement agency.
B. 
Each applicant shall sign, on a form approved by the Village Attorney, an agreement indemnifying, defending and holding harmless the Village of Naples for any and all injuries caused or sustained by the applicant while carrying on the business for which the permit is desired. If applicable, such application shall be accompanied by a current certificate from the Sealer of Weights and Measures certifying that all weighing and measuring devises to be used by the applicant have been examined and approved.

§ 241-8 Issuance of permit.

Upon the filing of the application, the Code Enforcement Officer shall, upon his approval of such application, issue to the applicant a permit as provided in § 241-6 signed by said officer and setting forth the date of issuance and the effective date of said permit. Except as hereinafter provided, no permit shall be refused except for specific reason and for the protection of the public safety, health, morals or general welfare.

§ 241-9 Permit not assignable.

A permit shall not be assignable. Any holder of such permit who permits it to be used by any other person and any person who uses such permit granted to any other person shall each be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

§ 241-10 Loss of permit.

Whenever a permit shall be lost or destroyed on the part of the holder or his agent or employee, a duplicate in lieu thereof under the original application may be issued upon payment of the required fee.

§ 241-11 Expiration of permit.

Each permit shall automatically expire on the last day of the calendar month in which it is issued.

§ 241-12 Restrictions.

A. 
Such permit shall include the right to use only one vehicle in carrying on the business for which the person has been issued a permit.
B. 
No permit shall be granted to a person under 18 years of age.
C. 
No applicant to whom a permit has been refused or who has a permit which has been revoked shall make further application until a period of at least six months shall have elapsed since the last previous rejection no longer exists.
D. 
Every person, while exercising his permit, shall carry the permit with him and shall exhibit the same upon demand.

§ 241-13 Permit fees.

All permit fees shall be paid when the permit is issued. Permit fees shall be established by the Village Board by resolution.

§ 241-14 Revocation of permit.

The Code Enforcement Officer may, at any time, for a violation of this chapter, revoke any permit. When a permit shall be revoked, no refund of any unearned portion of the permit fee shall be made. Written notice of such revocation and the reason or reasons therefor shall be served by the Code Enforcement Officer upon the person named in the application or by mailing the same to the address given in the application.

§ 241-15 Prohibited acts.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to enter upon private property for the purpose of peddling or soliciting before the hour of 9:00 a.m. of any day or after the hour of 7:00 p.m. of any day except upon the invitation of the householder or occupant.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any peddler or solicitor in plying his trade to ring the bell or knock upon or enter any building whereon there is painted or otherwise affixed or displayed to public view any sign containing any or all or the following words: "No Peddlers," "No Solicitors," "No Agents" or other wording, the purpose of which purports to prohibit peddling or soliciting on the premises.
C. 
No peddler or solicitor shall peddle, vend or sell his goods or wares within 200 feet of any place occupied exclusively as a public or private school or for school purposes, nor shall he permit his cart, wagon or vehicle to stand on any public highway within said distance of such school property during such time as school is in session.
D. 
No peddler or solicitor shall falsely or fraudulently misrepresent the quantity, character or quality of any article offered for sale. No person shall, by any trick or device or by any false representation, obtain or attempt to obtain admission to the house or building of any person in the Village.
E. 
It shall be unlawful to create or maintain any booth or stand or place any barrel, boxes, crates or other obstructions upon the paved sections of any street or sidewalk or upon any public place for the purpose of selling or exposing for sale any goods, wares or merchandise. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit the placement of signs upon any street or sidewalk in accordance with the Zoning Law of the Village of Naples.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 385, Zoning.
F. 
Nothing in this chapter or any amendment thereto shall prohibit any use or activity permitted by the Zoning Law of the Village of Naples (Local Law No. 1 of the year 1999) or amendments thereto. Such use(s) or activity(ies) shall be governed solely by the Zoning Law.

§ 241-16 Orders.

All orders taken by solicitors issued permits who demand, accept or receive payment of deposit of money in advance of final delivery shall be in writing, made in duplicate and signed by the solicitor, stating the name, address and permit number of the solicitor, the terms thereof and the amount paid in advance, and one copy shall be given to the purchaser at the time the deposit is paid to the solicitor.

§ 241-17 Records.

It shall be the duty of the Code Enforcement Officer to keep a record of all applications and of all permits granted under the provisions of this chapter, giving the number and date of each permit, fee paid and the date of revocation of all permits revoked.

§ 241-18 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 7-16-2008 by L.L. No. 4-2008]
Any infraction of this chapter shall be deemed to be a violation within the meaning of the Penal Law of the State of New York and shall be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.