[Adopted 6-19-1967 by Ord. No. 937]
No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of soliciting or canvassing without first obtaining a permit and license therefor in compliance with the provisions of this article.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CANVASSER or SOLICITOR
- A person, whether a resident of the Borough or a nonresident therein and whether a principal, agent, servant or employee, who travels by foot or any other conveyance from home to home taking or attempting to take orders for the sale of goods for future delivery or for services to be performed in the future, whether or not a sample is carried or displayed and whether or not advance payments are collected.
[Amended 5-29-1990 by Ord. No. 1538; 4-11-2000 by Ord. No. 1893]
A permit or license to canvass or solicit under this article shall be issued by the Chief of Police after a written application therefor and the payment of the license and permit fee as set forth in Chapter 133, Fees, which such charge shall be to defray the Borough's cost of the investigation of said application. Said permit or license shall expire three months from the date thereof.
Said application for said permit or license shall be sworn to and filed with the Chief of Police in duplicate. Said application shall set up the following data:
The name and description of the applicant with his permanent home address and full business address, if any.
A description of the nature of the business and goods to be sold and services to be rendered.
If employed, the name and address of the employer, together with any credentials identifying or establishing the relationship between the applicant and his employer.
The length of time for which the right to do business is desired.
The place where the goods to be sold or orders taken therefor are manufactured or produced, where such are located at the time the application is filed and the proposed method of delivery.
A two-inch-square photograph of the applicant taken within 60 days.
The fingerprints of the applicant.
Any local references or references within the State of New Jersey who might furnish evidence as to the good character and business responsibility of the applicant or any other available evidence which might aid in the speedy evaluation of the character and business responsibility of the applicant.
A statement as to whether or not the applicant has been convicted of any crime or misdemeanor of any kind or the violation of any municipal ordinance for any act in connection with canvassing or soliciting as the same is defined in this article and, if so, the details of each such conviction.
The Chief of Police shall, after an investigation, grant such permit or license if he shall determine that the statements contained in said application are true and that the applicant is of good character and that there will be no danger to the public welfare resulting from the grant of the application. If the Chief shall determine that any of the statements contained in said application are knowingly untrue or that the applicant is of bad character or has been convicted of a crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or of the violation of a municipal ordinance in relation to canvassing or soliciting or that the applicant has been guilty of previous fraudulent acts or conduct or has a record of continual breach of solicited contracts, he shall refuse said permit. Any person dissatisfied with the action of the Chief of Police may, within 10 days after the denial of a permit, in writing, appeal to the Mayor and Council of the Borough, who, at the next regular meeting of said body, shall grant said applicant a hearing and may, for proper cause, reverse the determination of the Chief of Police.