[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Haverford 7-11-1983 by Ord. No. 1873; amended in its entirety 6-10-2019 by Ord. No. 2866. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter, enacted in response to numerous complaints from residents and businesses, is to: (1) preserve the public health, safety and welfare by regulating, controlling and licensing door-to-door commercial solicitors and peddlers, (2) minimize the disturbance of citizens, businesses and residents, and (3) protect against criminal activity relating to commercial solicitation, while assuring that persons, such as candidates for elective office, charitable solicitors, and others specifically enumerated in the chapter, are permitted to engage in their Constitutionally protected activity without undue restriction.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- Any person who shall engage in peddling as defined in this chapter.
- The selling or offering of wares, merchandise or services for immediate delivery, which the person selling or offering for sale carries with himself or herself, has in his or her possession or control or offers to immediately provide to any person, homeowner, or business in the Township on a temporary basis.
- Any natural person, association, partnership, firm, corporation or other business entity.
- (2) soliciting of membership, money and/or property from any person, homeowner, or business, or from any fixed location within the Township, by any organization:
- (a) Certified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c), 501(d) and/or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code or any other statute of like nature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the United States governing solicitation for charitable, benevolent, patriotic or any purposes or who or which is soliciting for any civic, religious or charitable organizations representative of any public school, student, church, fire company, veterans' organization or similar institution; or
- (b) Registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations, under the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P.S. § 162.1 et seq.
- (3) soliciting of funds or canvassing for purposes permitted under the Pennsylvania Election Code, 25 P.S. § 2601 et seq., as amended.
- (4) soliciting of membership, money and/or property from any person, homeowner, or business, or from any fixed location within the Township, by any bona fide duly constituted religious institutions and such separate groups or corporations that form an integral part of religious institutions, provided that:
- (a) The religious institutions, groups or corporations are tax-exempt pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
- (b) No part of their net income inures to the direct benefit of any individual; and
- (c) Their conduct is primarily supported by government grants or contracts, funds solicited from their own memberships, congregations or previous donors, and fees charged for services rendered.
- Any person who shall engage in soliciting as defined in this chapter.
- TEMPORARY BASIS
- No more than an aggregate total of 30 days during any one calendar year (i.e., January 1 through December 31), except for Christmas tree sales, which shall be considered a temporary basis if the sale thereof does not exceed an aggregate total of 45 days during any calendar year.
- The Township of Haverford, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Word usage. In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
No person, other than those exempted by § 130-9, shall engage in soliciting or peddling in the Township:
Any person desiring to engage in soliciting or peddling in the Township shall submit a written application to the Township Police Department on a form furnished by the Department, together with a copy of the applicant's criminal history.
The applicant shall, when making such application, exhibit a valid license from any state or county officer, if such license is also required, including a valid license from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the collection and distribution of sales tax on all taxable items.
Every application shall include the following information:
The applicant's name, address and phone number;
The address at which the applicant shall receive any written notices pursuant to this chapter;
The name, address and phone number of the person, corporation or other entity by whom or by which he is employed or represents;
The applicant's criminal history report, obtained from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and dated no more than 90 days before the date of the application;
The nature of the business or activity in which the applicant wishes to engage within the Township;
The length of time and dates of the peddling or solicitation for which the license is to be issued; and
The make, model, and license plate of each vehicle to be used by the applicant, if any.
When a person makes application for himself and one or more helpers, employees or partners, all applicable personal information specified above shall be given for each helper, employee or partner, including required proof of identity, and an individual license shall be required for each such helper, employee or partner.
Licenses issued under this chapter are not transferable from one person to another.
Fees for permits required under this chapter shall be fixed by resolution of the Board of Commissioners, which may be amended from time to time.
Upon receipt of such application and the prescribed fee, the Township Police Department, or such other official as may be designated by the Township Manager, if it finds such application in order, shall issue the license required by this chapter within 10 days from the completed filing of said application. The license shall contain the information required to be provided on the application.
Every such license holder shall carry the license upon his person if engaged in peddling or solicitation from house to house or business to business or shall display the license at every location where he shall engage in business if doing so from a fixed location.
No peddling or solicitation license shall be issued to any applicant who has been convicted of a crime involving fraud or false statements, burglary, robbery, acts of physical violence, or a sexual contact offense; provided, however, that this restriction shall not apply after the expiration of three years from the later of the date of conviction, the date of termination of probation imposed on account of such conviction, or the release of the applicant from incarceration imposed on account of such conviction, nor shall this restriction apply if the conviction has been vacated, reversed, expunged or pardoned.
Every person licensed to solicit or peddle in the Township, other than those exempted by § 130-9, shall report in person on those days on which he intends to solicit or peddle and register with the Police Department by signing a registration book, indicating his name and license number and the names and license numbers of all licensed helpers.
Every person to whom a license has been issued shall, in the conduct of his activities, comply with the following rules of conduct:
He shall carry his license at all times and exhibit it, upon request, to any police officer or Township official or to any person on whom he shall call or with whom he shall talk.
He shall not permit any person to have possession of his license and shall immediately report its loss to the Township Police Department.
He shall not cause or permit his license to be defaced or altered in any way.
He shall not enter or attempt to enter any dwelling without the invitation or permission of the occupants and shall immediately leave any premises upon request of the occupant.
He shall not be guilty of any false pretense or misrepresentation, and, particularly, he shall not represent his license to be an endorsement by the Township of himself, his goods, the services of him or his employer nor the organization he may represent.
He shall immediately surrender his license to the Chief of Police, or his designee, upon revocation thereof.
He shall not engage in selling or offering for sale, or in seeking or taking of orders or contracts for, any goods, wares, merchandise, article, device, subscription, contribution, service or contract not stated in the application for which a license has been issued, nor shall any person use any vehicle for soliciting or peddling other than the vehicle registered upon his license.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling shall hawk or cry his goods, wares, merchandise, offers, contracts or services upon any of the streets or sidewalks of the Township, nor shall be use any loudspeaker, except when the street is closed for a special event and a license for the said soliciting or peddling has been duly issued by the Township.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling shall park any vehicle upon any of the streets or alleys of the Township in order to sort, rearrange or clean any of his goods, wares or merchandise or samples, order books, contracts, circulars, literature or advertising matter pertaining thereto; nor may any such person place or deposit any refuse upon any such streets or alleys or sanitary or storm sewers; nor may any such person maintain or keep a street or curbstone market by parking any vehicle upon any street or alley in the Township for longer than necessary in order to solicit from or peddle to persons residing or businesses located in the immediate vicinity.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling shall occupy any fixed location upon any of the streets or alleys or sidewalks of the Township for the purpose of soliciting or peddling with or without any stand or counter.
He shall comply with "No Soliciting" notices on any commercial or residential property or business in the Township.
Any license issued shall be revoked by the Chief of Police, or his designee, upon the failure of the licensee to comply with the rules of conduct established by § 130-7 or any other provision of this chapter or upon ascertainment that the licensee has made any false statement in his application for license hereunder.
Notice of revocation shall be given by written notice, personally served or sent by certified mail, to the address designated for this purpose in the application for a license.
Any other provisions of this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding, the following shall be exempt from any fees or licensing and registration required under this chapter:
Any person, corporation, partnership or association, and the agents and employees thereof, certified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c), 501(d) and/or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code or any other statute of like nature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the United States governing solicitation for charitable, benevolent, patriotic or any purposes or who or which is soliciting for any civic, religious or charitable organizations representative of any public school, student, church, fire company, veterans' organization or similar institution.
Any person, corporation, partnership or association, and the agents and employees thereof, registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations, under the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P.S. § 162.1 et seq.
Any person, corporation, partnership or association, and the agents and employees thereof, soliciting funds or canvassing for purposes permitted under the Pennsylvania Election Code, 25 P.S. § 2601 et seq., as amended.
Any candidate for political or elective office.
Any merchants or their employees or agents delivering goods or services in the regular course of business.
Any person licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to engage in an activity described in § 130-1 hereof, when so engaged, including, without limitation, real estate, insurance or securities brokers and salesmen.
Authorized persons, carrying satisfactory identification, engaged in making surveys or collecting information for the federal, state, county or Township government, or any agency thereof.
Commercial soliciting and peddling shall be limited to the hours of 9:00 a.m. to sundown in residential areas and during regular business hours in commercial areas.
It is hereby declared to be unlawful and a public nuisance for any person, company, corporation or organization to enter upon the premises of a private residence or business at any time of the day or night for the purpose of conducting any form of commercial or charitable soliciting or peddling where the owner or occupant of the residence or business has posted a "No Trespassing" sign or a "No Soliciting" sign, or upon any property duly registered by the occupant/possessor thereof on the Township "Do Not Solicit" list, which shall be provided to the applicant with the license.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon summary conviction before any District Justice of the Peace, pay a fine not exceeding $600 and costs of prosecution; and, in default of one payment of the fine and costs, the violator may be sentenced to the county jail for a term of not more than 30 days. Each and every day in which any person, firm or corporation shall be in violation of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.