Township of Cranberry, PA
Butler County
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[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or association to sell or offer for sale, any goods, commodity, or services in, upon or along any of the public streets, alleys, or public places of the Township of Cranberry, or by going from house to house for such purposes, without having first procured a license to do so. "Sell" and "offer for sale" shall be defined to include any interaction that primarily proposes a commercial transaction.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005; as amended by Ord. 2014-441, 3-6-2014; and by Ord. 2017-472, 7-27-2017]
1. 
It shall be the duty of any person, firm, corporation, or association engaging in any activity set out in § 13-201, within the limits of the Township of Cranberry, to make application to the Chief of Police of Cranberry Township for a license to do so. It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to investigate the said application, with regard to accuracy of the information on the application and any record of unsafe, criminal or fraudulent conduct of the applicant.
2. 
The license referred to in this section shall issue upon filing of a completed application unless the Chief of Police informs the person, firm, corporation or association in writing and within 10 days of the date of application that the Chief of Police can show that the person, firm, corporation or association is seeking to engage in unsafe, illegal, fraudulent or criminal activity, or has made a material misrepresentation on the license application.
3. 
In order to preserve the right of Township residents to enjoy the peace and tranquility of their homes without unreasonable interruption or annoyance during times when door-to-door solicitations are most unwelcome, notwithstanding § 13-201, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or association to sell or offer for sale any goods, commodity, or services, or to solicit funds or donations of any kind, in, upon, or along any of the public streets, alleys, or public places of the Township of Cranberry, or by going from house to house for such purposes between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. or all day on Sundays or other business holidays recognized as such holidays by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
4. 
No activity described in § 13-201 shall be done on any private property posted with "no-solicitation" signs or listed on the Do Not Knock List, and any such violation will be considered trespass subject to the criminal laws of the commonwealth.
5. 
The license application referred to in § 13-201 shall require only information sufficient to allow the person, firm, corporation, or association engaging in activity described in § 13-201, to be contacted by a Cranberry Township citizen or by Cranberry Township. This information shall include the name, address, and phone number of the person, firm, corporation, or association engaging in activity described in § 13-201. The application shall also require a brief description of the goods, commodity, or service to be sold or offered for sale. If the applicant is a business enterprise of any kind, the application shall also include the official name of the business, any alternate names under which the enterprise conducts business, its state of incorporation, its tax identification number, and its registered address for accepting service of process. The licensee and any persons soliciting on behalf of licensee shall be required to wear an identification badge provided by the Township Police Department at the time of issuance of the license.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
The Board of Supervisors of Cranberry Township shall establish, by resolution, a schedule of fees for the obtaining of permits required under the provisions of this part. Such resolutions shall be duly recorded in the Resolution Book of the Township and such fee schedule shall be reproduced and made available upon request at the Township building. The resolution providing for the various fees shall be periodically reviewed and amended, when necessary, by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. The issuance of a permit shall be contingent upon the payment of the proper fee as established by the resolution and the fee schedule.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
If any person, firm, corporation, or association is denied a license pursuant to § 13-202, that denial shall, at the written request of the person, firm, corporation or association be reviewed by the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors at their regularly-scheduled meeting occurring in the month following the date of the denial of the application. The license shall be deemed approved unless the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors, by majority vote, finds that the person, firm, corporation, or association is seeking to engage in unsafe illegal, fraudulent, or criminal activity, or has made a material misrepresentation on the license application.
[Added by Ord. 2017-472, 7/27/2017[1]]
The Township Police Department shall maintain an annually updated list of Township residents who do not wish to have any person, firm, corporation, or association sell, offer for sale, any goods, commodity, or services at their place of residence at any time.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that it would become effective 10-1-2017 and also provided for the renumbering of former § 13-205 as § 13-208.
[Added by Ord. 2017-472, 7/27/2017]
The Township Manager, or his designee, shall promulgate regulations for the management of the "Do Not Knock List"; the distribution of the "Do Not Knock List" to licensees; notice and access of the Do Not Knock regulations on the Township website; and enforcement procedures for violations of the Do Not Knock regulations.
[Added by Ord. 2017-472, 7/27/2017]
Licensees who are notified of the Do No Knock List under the regulations and who violate the list by selling, offering for sale, any goods, commodity, or services at an address on the Do Not Knock List shall, in addition to the violations and penalties set for this Part, have his/her/its license immediately revoked. Licensees who believe that the license has been improperly revoked under this section may appeal said revocation pursuant to § 13-204.
[Ord. 2005-362, 12/15/2005]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this part, upon conviction thereof in any action brought before a district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this part continues or each section of this part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.