[Adopted 4-25-2001 by Ord. No. 01-09; amended in its entirety 10-22-2014 by Ord. No. 2014:12]
It is the intent of the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken to regulate the appearance of the vacant and fire-damaged structures within the neighborhoods of our community in order to minimize the negative impact that vacant and fire-damaged homes and structures have on the image of a neighborhood and/or our community as a whole.
Any business or individual that offers services to a residential or commercial property owner, for the purpose of securing a vacant or fire-damaged building or structure, shall be deemed a canvasser or solicitor as recognized under Chapter 233, Peddling and Soliciting, of the Code of the Township of Pennsauken. The application required under this section shall be developed by the Township Clerk. Registration certificates shall be valid for one year.
In addition to the registration certificate requirements set forth under § 243-7 of the Code, businesses or individuals governed by this article shall also provide to the Township Clerk, at the time of registration, proof of commercial general liability insurance providing for a minimum of $1,000,000 of insurance coverage. The applicant shall also be responsible for the payment of an annual administrative fee of $25.
Each business or individual, upon being so registered, shall be issued a registration certificate by the Township Clerk, upon which shall be affixed one photograph of the applicant and the signature of the Township Clerk or the Clerk's authorized representative.
Each representative of a business or individual governed by this article shall carry the original registration certificate at all times when providing services within the Township and shall exhibit same to any fire or police officer upon request.
The following regulations apply to all structures that are being secured (boarded-up) by property owners, lienholders, insurance companies or governmental agencies:
No person subject to the terms of this article shall enter or attempt to enter the building or structure of any resident or commercial owner, or approach any such property owners, while the Fire Department is operating on the incident scene, with established fire lines in place as per N.J.A.C. 40A:14-54.1.
No person subject to the terms of this article shall enter or attempt to enter the building or structure of any resident or commercial owner, or approach any such property owners, without the registration certificate in his/her possession.
No person subject to the terms of this article shall conduct himself/herself in such a manner as to harass or annoy any person while soliciting within the Township of Pennsauken.
No person subject to the terms of this article shall interfere with, hinder, or obstruct any member of the Pennsauken Fire Department, Pennsauken Police Department, Pennsauken Emergency Medical Services, or any other emergency service personnel from performing their duties in accordance with the general protection, health, and welfare of the residents of the Township of Pennsauken.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to one or more of the following a fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge. Each day that such violation shall continue after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
Any violation of this article shall further result in the revocation of a registration certificate for the period of one year, whereupon the issuance of a new registration certificate shall be governed by the procedures and requirements set forth within this article.