Town of North Reading, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of North Reading as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Carnivals, fairs and exhibitions — See Ch. 37.
Secondhand dealers and pawnbrokers — See Ch. 143.
[Adopted 5-3-1971 ATM by Art. 36, approved 6-11-1971]
[Amended 10-17-1977 ATM by Art. 19, approved 2-28-1978; 10-2-1989 ATM by Art. 9, approved 12-7-1989]
No person, firm, or corporation shall offer for sale, solicit funds, or offer services door-to-door within the Town of North Reading without prior registration with the North Reading Police Department, said registration to consist of the name and address of all persons, firms, or corporations, together with a list of all persons to be engaged in said canvassing. Canvassing is to be done during daylight hours only. Provided, nevertheless, the above requirements shall not apply to any political, charitable, or religious organizations duly chartered under the laws of the states or of the Federal Government nor shall they apply to persons running for political office. Each violation of this by-law shall be punishable by a fine of ten ($10) dollars for each offense.
[Added 3-12-1973 ATM by Art. 2, approved 10-11-1973; amended 10-5-1998 ATM by Art. 13, approved 1-27-1999]
The term "transient vendor," for the purpose of this by-law, shall be the same as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 101 of the General Laws. The term "outdoor transient vendor" for purposes of this by-law shall mean any person, either principal or agent, who engages in any exhibition and sale of goods, wares, or merchandise, in one locality, which business is not conducted in or under a tent, booth, building or other structure.
[Amended 6-4-2018 ATM by Art. 28, approved 9-21-2018]
Every transient vendor or outdoor transient vendor, before making any sale of goods, wares, or merchandise in the Town, shall apply to the Select Board for a license and shall accompany such application with a license fee of twenty-five ($25) dollars. Thereupon the Select Board shall issue a license to the applicant, provided that the applicant meets all the requirements that may be established by law. Such license shall authorize the sale of goods, wares, and merchandise, and shall remain in force so long as the licensee shall continuously keep and expose for sale in the Town such stock of goods, wares or merchandise, but not later than January 1 following the date of issuance.
[Amended 6-4-2018 ATM by Art. 28, approved 9-21-2018]
No license shall be granted under this by-law until the applicant has complied with the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 101, Section 3 and has exhibited to the Select Board a license by the Director of Standards of the Commonwealth where applicable.
[Amended 6-4-2018 ATM by Art. 28, approved 9-21-2018]
The Select Board is hereby authorized to revoke any license under the provisions of this by-law where the licensee is guilty of violating any provisions of this by-law or any provisions of laws or by-laws which violation would make such licensee a person unfit to hold the license.
[Amended 6-4-2018 ATM by Art. 28, approved 9-21-2018]
No person, whether principal or agent, who engages in temporary or transient business shall offer for sale, expose for sale any article in any open area, alley, or vacant lot, and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, such items as wreaths, flowers, Christmas trees or Christmas decorations, unless such person has first obtained an outside transient vendor license therefore from the Select Board as provided by § 131-3. This section shall not apply to any person who is assessed or is liable for assessment of personal property taxes on the above referenced goods, as of January 1 in the year in which the sales referred to above are to be made. Religious and charitable institutions shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.
In [sic] any clause, sentence, paragraph or section of this by-law or the application thereof to any person or circumstances shall for any reason be adjudged by a court to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder of this by-law or its application.