[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Meriden 10-7-1963 as Ch. 19 of the 1963 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Jewelry auctions — See Ch. 129.
Milk and milk products — See Ch. 139.
Health nuisances — See Ch. 144.
Signs and posters — See Ch. 174.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 180.
Junk dealers — See C.G.S. § 21-9 et seq.
Itinerant vendors — See C.G.S. § 21-27 et seq.
Hawkers and peddlers — See C.G.S. § 21-36 et seq.
[Amended 4-6-1981; 5-18-1987]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person who shall sell, offer for sale, vend, hawk, peddle or barter, or assist in selling, offering for sale, vending, hawking, peddling or bartering, upon the streets, sidewalks or public places or from house to house in the City, goods, wares, or other merchandise.
- Any person, whether individually or on behalf of any trust, foundation, group, association, partnership, corporation, society or any combination of them, whether principal or agent, who shall go from place to place within the City soliciting orders for future delivery of any goods, wares or merchandise, including magazines and other printed matter and any other services.
No person shall act as a peddler or solicitor, as defined herein, in the City of Meriden unless he has first obtained a license to do so from the Chief of Police.
This section shall not apply to newspaper carriers, to sales by farmers and gardeners of the produce of their farms and gardens or to the sale, distribution and delivery of milk, tea, coffee, spices, groceries, and bakery goods, to sales on approval, to conditional sales of merchandise, or the taking of orders for merchandise for future delivery when payment is not required at the time of solicitation, nor shall it apply to persons conducting business in a store or shop. This section shall also not apply to representatives of any nonprofit organization operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, historic or educational purposes and exempt from taxation pursuant to federal and state law, provided that such representatives register with the Police Department with the current tax-exempt numbers of the organization.
This section shall not apply to persons who have or have had a regular place of business in the City in the preceding 12 months.
[Amended 4-6-1981; 5-18-1987]
Application for the license required by the preceding section shall be made, under oath, to the Chief of Police, on a form provided by the Police Department. The application shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
Proof of compliance with all state requirements;
Place of residence;
A physical description, including the submission of two photographs taken within 60 days of the date of application;
A certified copy of the applicant's State of Connecticut sales tax permit;
The nature of the applicant's business;
Whether such applicant has been convicted of any crime(s); and
A certificate of adequate insurance.
The Chief of Police may issue the license to qualified applicants within 10 days of the date of application therefor.
The fee for licenses under this chapter shall be $150.
Such licenses shall expire one year after the date of issuance.
Every license issued as provided in the preceding section shall be a personal license to the licensee and shall not be transferable.
No itinerant vendor shall be relieved or exempted from the provisions or requirements of this chapter by reason of associating himself or herself temporarily with any local dealer, auctioneer, trader or merchant or by conducting any temporary or transient business in connection with or in the name of any local dealer, auctioneer, trader or merchant.
All licenses, with accompanying photograph affixed, shall be displayed in a conspicuous place where business is transacted.
Every person licensed under § 156-1 shall have the number of his license plainly inscribed on any vehicle which he uses under such license.
[Amended 9-15-1980; 4-6-1981; 9-6-1995]
Before any license, as provided by this chapter, shall be issued for engaging in a transient or itinerant business, as defined in this chapter, in the City of Meriden, such applicant shall file with the City Clerk a bond running to the City of Meriden in the sum of $3,000, executed by the applicant, as principal, and two sureties upon which service of process may be made in the State of Connecticut, said bond to be approved by the Corporation Counsel, conditioned that said applicant shall comply fully with all the provisions of the ordinances of the City of Meriden and the statutes of the State of Connecticut regulating and concerning the sale of goods, wares and merchandise and will pay all judgments rendered against said applicant for any violation of said ordinances or statutes, or any of them, together with all judgments and costs that may be recovered against him by any person or persons for damage growing out of any misrepresentation or deception practiced on any person transacting such business with such applicant, whether said representations or deceptions were made or practiced by the owners or by their servants, agents or employees either at the time of making the sale or through any advertisement of any character whatsoever printed or circulated with reference to the goods, wares and merchandise sold or any part thereof. Action on the bond may be brought in the name of the City to the use of the aggrieved person. Such bond must be approved by the Corporation Counsel both as to form and as to the responsibility of the sureties thereon.
No junk dealer, as defined by § 21-9 of the General Statutes, shall engage in business in the City without having obtained a license so to do from the Chief of Police. The fee for such license shall be $10 per year for each team or vehicle used in connection with such business. The Chief of Police may issue a junk dealer's license upon application made therefor in writing and the payment of the license fee. All such licenses shall expire one year after the date of issuance, and no such license shall be transferable.
No vendor shall hold or make any sale upon or near any street or sidewalk in the City in such manner as to obstruct or prevent the free and convenient use thereof by pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
No vendor shall hold or make any sale upon any portion of any street or sidewalk located within 500 feet of any school during the period from one hour prior to the beginning of a school day session to the period one hour after the close of a school day session.
The Chief of Police shall keep a record of all licenses issued by him under the provisions of this chapter in a book maintained for the purpose containing the number and date of each license, the name, age and residence of the person licensed and the amount of license fee paid.
A licensed peddler, solicitor or vendor shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and ordinances relating to activities for which a license is required under this chapter.
Suspension or revocation of license.
The Chief of Police may suspend or revoke a license for failure to comply with any applicable laws, regulations and ordinances relating to activities for which a license is required under this chapter. Such revocation shall occur following a hearing with respect to which notice in writing, specifying the time and place of such hearing and requiring the licensee to show cause why such license should not be revoked, is mailed or delivered to such licensee, at the address provided on the application for a license, not less than 10 days preceding the date of such hearing. Such notice may be served personally or by first-class mail.
If the Chief of Police finds, after a hearing as provided in Subsection B(1) of this section, that a licensee has violated any applicable laws, regulations and ordinances relating to activities for which a license is required under this chapter, the Chief of Police shall revoke said license. Notice of the decision shall be made within 10 business days after the hearing, and notice of the decision shall be mailed to the licensee at the address provided on the license application.
The Chief of Police shall not issue a new license to a former licensee whose license was revoked unless the Chief of Police is satisfied that such former licensee will comply with all applicable laws, regulations and ordinances relating to activities for which a license is required under this chapter.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter may be fined $50 to $90 for each violation.