[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Geneva as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Food service — See Ch. 180.
[Adopted 7-3-1968 as Ch. 17 of the 1968 Code]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ESTABLISHED PLACE OF BUSINESS
- A building or store in which or where the person transacts business and deals in the goods, wares and merchandise he hawks, peddles or solicits for during regular business hours.
- 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 or newspapers.
- VENDOR, HAWKER and PEDDLER
- 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 by vehicle, sells or barters, offers for sale or barter or carries or exposes for sale or barter any goods, wares or merchandise, except milk and newspapers.
Nothing in this article shall be held to apply to any sales:
Conducted pursuant to law or by order of any court.
At wholesale to dealers in such articles.
By persons under the age of 18 years.
Of meats, fish, fruit and farm produce by farmers and persons who produce such commodities.
By any honorably discharged member of the armed forces who has procured a license issued by the County Clerk as provided by the General Business Law of the State of New York.
By merchants having an established place of business within the City or their employees for soliciting orders from customers and delivering the same.
Nonprofit organizations and persons working for such organizations shall also be exempt. However, such organizations shall register annually with the City Clerk in the event that they plan to engage in vending, hawking, peddling or soliciting, and shall indicate the type of activities to be undertaken and the time when they will be performed; provided, however, that those who shall be exempt under the terms of this subsection shall nevertheless register with the City Clerk before doing any of the acts regulated by this article and receive from said Clerk a special license indicating that he has so registered.
It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the City 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 license therefor.
Any person desiring to procure a license as herein provided shall file with the City Clerk a written application upon a form furnished by the City Clerk and shall file at the same time satisfactory proof of good character. Such application shall give:
The number and kind of vehicles to be used by the applicant in carrying on the business for which the license is desired.
The kind of goods, wares and merchandise he desires to sell or the kind of service he desires to perform.
The method of distribution.
The name, address and age of the applicant.
The name and address of the person, firm or corporation he represents.
The length of time the applicant desires the license.
Such other information as may be required by the City Clerk.
If applicable, such application shall be accompanied by a certificate from the Sealer of Weights and Measures certifying that all weighing and measuring devices to be used by the applicant have been examined and approved.
An application for a license as a solicitor who demands, accepts or receives payment or deposit of money in advance of final delivery shall also be accompanied by a cash deposit of $1,000 or a surety company bond of $1,000 or other bond secured by sufficient collateral, said bond to be approved by the City Attorney as to form and surety conditioned for making a final delivery of the goods, wares or merchandise ordered or services to be performed in accordance with the terms of such order or failing therein, that the advance payment on such order be refunded. Any person aggrieved by the action of any licensed solicitor shall have a right of action on the bond for the recovery of money or damages, or both. Such bond shall remain in full force and effect, and in case of a cash deposit, such deposit shall be retained by the city, for a period of six months after the expiration of any such license, unless sooner released by the City Council.
Upon the filing of the application, bond and certificate as provided in the preceding section, the City Clerk shall, upon his approval of such application, issue to the applicant a license as provided in § 256-3 signed by said Clerk and setting forth the date of issuance and the effective date of said license, which latter date shall be three days after the date of issuance counting the date of issuance as the first day. Except as hereinafter provided, no license shall be refused except for a specific reason and for the protection of the public safety, health, morals or general welfare.
A license shall not be assignable. Any holder of such license who permits it to be used by any other person, and any person who uses such license granted to any other person shall each be guilty of a violation of this article.
Whenever a license 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 and bond, may be issued by the City Clerk upon the filing with him by the licensee of an affidavit setting forth the circumstances of the loss, and what, if any, search has been made for its recovery.
All licenses shall be issued from a properly bound book with proper reference stubs kept for that purpose, numbered in that order in which they are issued and shall state clearly the kind of vehicle to be used, the kind of goods, wares and merchandise to be sold or service to be rendered, the number of his license, the date of issuance and expiration of the license, fee paid and the name and address of the licensee.
Such licenses shall automatically expire on December 31 following the date of issuance of such licenses, but such licenses may specifically state and provide for an earlier expiration date.
Such license shall include the right to use only one vehicle in carrying on the business for which the person is licensed. No license shall be granted to a person under 18 years of age. No applicant to whom a license has been refused or who has a license which has been revoked shall make further application until a period of at least six months shall have elapsed since the last previous rejection or revocation, unless he can show that the reason for such rejection no longer exists. Every licensee, while exercising his license, shall carry the license with him and shall exhibit the same upon demand.
[Amended by Ord. No. 79-12, eff. 7-11-1979; 5-1-2002 by Ord. No. 3-2002]
The City Clerk may, at any time, for a violation of this or any other ordinance or any law, revoke any license. When a license shall be revoked, no refund of any unearned portion of the license fee shall be made. Notice of such revocation and the reason or reasons therefor in writing shall be served by the City Clerk upon the person named in the application or by mailing the same to the address given in the application.
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.
It shall be unlawful for any peddler or solicitor in plying his trade to ring a bell or knock upon or enter any building within the downtown business district or enter any building or home wherein there is painted or otherwise affixed or displayed to public view any sign containing any or all of the following words: "No Peddlers," "No Solicitors," "No Agents"; or any other wording, the purpose of which purports to prohibit peddling or soliciting on premises.
[Amended 1-5-1994 by Ord. No. 94-2]
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.
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 city.
No peddler or solicitor shall blow a horn, ring a bell or use any other noisy device to attract public attention to his wares, or shout or cry out his wares.
No sidewalk or street vendors shall be permitted unless they own commercial property or operate an established place of business in the City and locate their vending site on or immediately adjacent to said commercial property or established place of business.
[Amended 1-5-1994 by Ord. No. 94-2]
No private, for profit vendors associated with a City authorized festival or special event shall be permitted unless approved by the City Manager.
[Added 1-5-1994 by Ord. 94-2]
All orders taken by licensed solicitors who demand, accept or receive payment or deposit of money in advance of final delivery shall be in writing made in duplicate, stating 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.
It shall be the duty of the City Clerk to keep a record of all applications and of all licenses granted under the provisions of this article giving the number and date of each license fee paid and the date of revocation of all licenses revoked.
[Amended by Ord. No. 72-12, eff. 7-5-1972]
[Adopted 7-3-1968 as Ch. 24 of the 1968 Code]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- TRANSIENT BUSINESS
- One conducted in a store, hotel, house, building or structure for the sale at retail of goods, wares or merchandise, excepting food products, and which is intended to be conducted for a temporary period of time and not permanently.
If the place in which a business is conducted is rented or leased for a period of six months or less, such fact shall be presumptive evidence that the business carried on therein is a transient business.
A tax is hereby levied upon all persons conducting a transient retail business in the city. Such tax shall be based upon the gross amount of sales made by such person during the year in which such business is conducted and shall be at the same rate as other taxable real and personal property is taxed for the year in the city. If at any time such tax becomes due and payable, the tax rate of the City for the current year has not been fixed, such rate shall be estimated by the Assessor. Such tax shall be due and payable immediately upon the expiration of the permit hereinafter mentioned or immediately upon the termination of such business, if the same is terminated prior to the expiration of such permit, and shall be paid to the City Comptroller.
No person shall engage in, manage or conduct a transient retail business in the City unless a permit for the carrying on of such business as herein provided for shall have been obtained and shall be in force.
Every person desiring to conduct a transient retail business in the City shall present to the City Manager a verified application setting forth the following facts:
The name and place of residence of the person desiring to conduct such business.
The place where and the time during which such business is to be conducted.
The name of the person who will be in personal charge of such business.
A description of the kind of merchandise in which such person proposes to deal.
Such application shall also have annexed thereto a consent and agreement, duly acknowledged, that, if the applicant shall fail or neglect to file at the proper time any verified report of gross sales, as herein required, the City Clerk may estimate the amount of such gross sales for the period for which such report shall not have been filed and that the amount so estimated shall be deemed the amount of gross sales for such period for the purpose of computing the tax herein provided for.
Every person shall present to the City Manager with such application a bond with a sufficient surety or sureties in the penalty of $500, conditioned that the person to whom such permit is granted will pay the tax imposed by this article when due and that he will obey all the provisions of this article. Before any permit is issued, such bond must be approved by the City Manager as to the sufficiency of the surety or sureties and by the City Attorney as to form and must be filed with the City Clerk.
Upon the filing of such application and bond, the City Manager may issue a permit to the applicant to conduct a transient retail business in accordance with its terms.
No such permit shall be transferable.
Every person receiving such permit shall on Monday of each week after receiving such permit file with the City Clerk a verified report of the gross sales made in such business during the week preceding the filing of such report. In case that any such person shall fail to file such report when due, the City Manager may, in his discretion, immediately revoke the permit granted to him.