[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Harmony 12-7-76. Sections 63-5 and 63-12 amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Other amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, except as provided herein, shall canvass, solicit, distribute circulars or other matter or call from door to door or place to place in the Township of Harmony without first registering with the Township Clerk of the Township of Harmony.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CANVASSER OR SOLICITOR
- Includes itinerant vendors of merchandise who shall go from door to door in this township selling, causing to be sold, offering for sale or taking orders for present or future delivery of merchandise of any description whatever. For the purpose of this chapter, a "canvasser or solicitor" shall also be deemed to be one who is not in the business of selling goods but one who makes surveys for research purposes, analysis, opinion polls, rating data and any such similar work which, of its nature, involves a door-to-door or place-to-place activity, and shall include persons going from door to door or place to place for the purpose of contributions, donations or alms for any persons or organization.
- Includes magazines, periodicals, books and orders or contracts for a service, home improvement or alterations.
The purpose of this chapter is to prevent fraud, crime and unethical and dishonest practices and for the general protection, health and welfare of the residents of the Township of Harmony.
Each registrant shall, at the time of registering, file with the Township Clerk an application, in writing, which shall give the following information:
The name, age and physical description of the applicant.
The complete permanent home and local address of the applicant.
The name and address of the organization or person for whom the solicitation is being made.
A description of the nature of the business and the goods, services or wares to be sold and sufficient information to determine whether or not the business he is to transact is interstate or intrastate commerce.
Two (2) photographs of the applicant, which shall be approximately two and one-half by two and one-half (2 1/2 x 2 1/2) inches in size, showing the head and shoulders of the applicant in a clear and distinguishing manner.
A statement as to whether or not the applicant has been convicted of a crime, misdemeanor or disorderly conduct offense, where and when so convicted, the nature of the offense and the penalty, if any.
The make, model, year, color and license plate number of automobiles used by the applicant during the period of solicitation within the township and the number of his driver's license and the state of issuance.
Fees for licenses under this chapter shall accompany the application and shall be calculated as follows:
For one (1) month or any part thereof: fifty dollars ($50.).
For one (1) year or any part thereof: two hundred fifty dollars ($250.).
A separate registration must be made for every solicitor, agent or employee soliciting within the township limits.
Each registrant, upon being so registered, shall be issued forthwith a registration certificate by the Township Clerk, subject to § 63-9 below, upon which shall be affixed one (1) photograph of the applicant, over which is impressed the Official Seal of the Township of Harmony.
Each registrant shall carry the registration certificate at all times when in the township and shall exhibit it to any citizen or township official upon request. At the conclusion of the period for which registration certificate was issued, said registration shall be deposited with the Township Clerk.
In the event that an application for canvassing or soliciting is disapproved by the Township Clerk for any reason, the applicant may appeal to the Township Committee, which shall set a time and place for a hearing, which hearing shall be held within ten (10) days after appeal is taken by the applicant, at which hearing the applicant will be given an opportunity to present his reasons why the license should be issued. The decision of the Township Committee shall be final.
Every person to whom a registration certificate is issued under the terms of this chapter shall be governed by the following rules and regulations:
All circulars, samples or other matter shall be handed to an occupant of the property or left in a secure place on the premises.
No person subject to the provisions of this chapter shall canvass, solicit or distribute circulars or other matter except during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.