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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Monroe 11-23-2015.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Amusements — See Ch. 213.
Auctions — See Ch. 220.
Cigarettes and tobacco products — See Ch. 246.
Food service establishments — See Ch. 291.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 305.
Junk dealers — See Ch. 334.
Littering — See Ch. 349.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 397, Peddlers and Transient Sellers, which was comprised of Art. I, Peddling, adopted 1-11-1960 (Ch. 80 of the 1976 Code), as amended; and Art. II, Transient Sellers, adopted 6-14-1982 (Ch. 81 of the 1976 Code, as amended.
No person shall engage in business as a peddler within the Town unless he shall have a peddler's license of the proper class issued by the Chief of Police.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PEDDLER
A person who goes from place to place within the Town, either as principal or agent, selling or bartering, or carrying for sale or barter, or exposing therefor, any goods, wares or merchandise, either on foot or in or upon a vehicle, or offering to perform or performing a service for remuneration.
For the purpose of these regulations, peddlers' licenses shall be classified as follows:
A. 
Class A, which shall authorize peddling without the use of a vehicle.
B. 
Class B, which shall authorize peddling with a vehicle.
A. 
No license shall be required for an agent or employee of a licensed peddler holding a Class B peddler's license, provided that a separate license shall be issued for each vehicle used within the Town by such licensed peddler.
B. 
This article shall not apply to:
(1) 
Sales by farmers and gardeners of the produce of their farms, gardens and greenhouses, including fruit, vegetables and flowers;
(2) 
The sale, distribution and delivery of milk, teas, coffees, spices, groceries, meats and bakery goods;
(3) 
Sales on approval, to conditional sales of merchandise, or to the taking of orders for merchandise for future delivery when full payment is not required at the time of solicitation; or
(4) 
To itinerant food vending as defined in the Public Health Code of the State of Connecticut, provided that such itinerant food vendor is properly licensed by the Director of Health and operates with written permission from:
(a) 
The property owner while on private property; or
(b) 
The First Selectman while on Town property.
Any person desiring a peddler's license shall make application to the Chief of Police in writing on a form provided by such officer. Each application shall state the class of license desired, shall contain such information as the Chief of Police may require and shall be sworn to by the applicant. The Chief of Police may require an applicant to furnish a photograph of himself and to permit an impression to be taken of his fingerprints.
A. 
Where it appears from the application that the applicant is entitled to a license, the Chief of Police shall issue such license upon the payment of any required fee; provided, however, that the Chief of Police may decline to issue such license for a period not exceeding 30 days after the submission of the application for the purpose of making an investigation if he deems such investigation is required in the interest of public safety or if he has reasonable grounds to believe any information contained in the application is false or misleading. If such investigation should reveal that the issuance of a license is not in the interest of public safety or if there are reasonable grounds to believe any information contained in the application is false or misleading, the Chief of Police may decline to issue such license. When an application for a license is refused or declined, the application will be returned to the applicant stating, in writing, the reason for refusal.
B. 
Peddlers' licenses shall expire on December 31 of the year in which issued, except temporary peddlers' licenses, which may be issued by the Chief of Police for periods not exceeding seven days.
C. 
The Chief of Police shall furnish with each license a suitable badge or sign to be worn by the peddler or affixed to the vehicle as hereinafter provided.
A. 
Except as hereinafter provided, the following fees shall be charged for peddlers' licenses:
(1) 
For each peddler's license, $200, such license to expire December 31 in the year of issue.
(2) 
For each temporary peddler's license, $50, such license to expire in seven calendar days, maximum of two licenses in any calendar year.
B. 
A veteran meeting the criteria established in § 21-37 of the Connecticut General Statutes shall not be required to pay a license fee.
A. 
Each person holding a license shall, when engaged in peddling, wear conspicuously on his outer clothing a suitable badge furnished by the Chief of Police indicating that such person is a licensed peddler. Such badge shall contain the peddler's license number and the date of expiration of such license.
B. 
Each person holding a license shall, when engaged in peddling from the vehicle for which such license is issued, plainly display on each side of such vehicle a sign issued by the Chief of Police indicating that such person is a licensed peddler. Such sign shall contain the peddler's license number and the date of expiration of such license.
No person while engaging in the business of peddling from a vehicle or other conveyance shall permit such vehicle to remain in any one location for a continuous period exceeding 10 minutes. Any vehicle which remains within the property lines of real property owned by one owner or group of owners for a period exceeding 10 minutes, even if said person changes location within said boundaries, shall be deemed to have remained standing in one location for purposes of this article. Furthermore, no person, including an associate, agent or employee, operating under the same peddler's license, once having stood in a location, may return to said location or any location previously used for a second time within 24 hours. No vehicle will be permitted to locate at or on private property without written consent from the owner thereof, which consent must state the specified time of permission. No vehicle or other conveyance shall be allowed to stop at a location that is not in the public interest or constitutes a hazard or compromise of public safety.
No peddler shall use or employ others to use any noisemaking device for the purpose of attracting patronage between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this article shall receive a citation, said violation to carry a cost of $199.
No person shall engage in business as a transient seller within the Town unless he shall have a transient seller's license issued by the Chief of Police.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
TRANSIENT SELLER
A person, principal or agent, who remains at one or more locations within the Town, which are upon real property or within the permanent structures, selling or bartering or carrying for sale or barter or exposing therefor any goods, wares or merchandise or offering to perform or performing a service for remuneration.
A. 
The term "transient seller" shall not include:
(1) 
Farmers or gardeners selling the produce of their own farms or gardens located within the Town of Monroe;
(2) 
Persons owning the real property upon which said transactions occur;
(3) 
Persons renting said real property for a period of one year or more; nor
(4) 
To itinerant food vendors as defined in the Public Health Code of the State of Connecticut, provided that such itinerant food vendor is properly licensed by the Director of Health and operates with written permission from:
(a) 
The property owner while on private property; or
(b) 
The First Selectman while on Town property.
B. 
Public and private schools, charitable, religious or civic organizations and volunteer fire companies shall also be exempt from this article.
Any person desiring a transient seller's license shall make application to the Chief of Police in writing on a form provided by such officer. Each application shall contain such information as the Chief of Police may require and shall be sworn to by the applicant. The Chief of Police may require an applicant to furnish a photograph of himself and to permit an impression to be taken of his fingerprints.
A. 
Where it appears from the application that the applicant is entitled to a license, the Chief of Police shall issue such license upon the payment of the required fee; provided, however, that the Chief of Police may decline to issue such license for a period not exceeding 30 days after the submission of the application for the purpose of making an investigation if he deems such investigation is required in the interest of public safety or if he has reasonable grounds to believe any information contained in the application is false or misleading.
B. 
Transient sellers' licenses shall expire on December 31 of the year in which issued. If, after a license is issued, any violation, such as false or misleading information on the application, is found, the Chief of Police may revoke the license, and all fees will be forfeited by the applicant. The applicant will pay any other penalties that may be imposed.
C. 
The Chief of Police shall furnish, with each license, a suitable badge or sign to be displayed in a conspicuous place at all times.
The following licensing fee shall be charged said transient sellers: $250.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this article shall be fined not more than $250.