Town of Bloomsburg, PA
Columbia County
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[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 1; as amended by Ord. 641, 10/9/1978; by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 1; and by Ord. 861, 5/12/2003]
As used in this Part:
A. 
The word "peddling" shall mean engaging in selling, peddling, canvassing, soliciting or taking of orders, either by sample or otherwise, for any goods, wares or merchandise upon any of the streets or sidewalks or from house to house within the Town of Bloomsburg. Provided, an application is still required, but no fee will be charged for the following:
(1) 
To farmers who have registered with the Town of Bloomsburg, selling their own produce, while participating at the Farmer Market at Market Street Square, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
(2) 
For the sale of goods, wares and merchandise donated by the owners thereof, the proceeds whereof are to be applied to any charitable or philanthropic purpose.
(3) 
To any manufacturer or producer in the sale of bread and bakery products, meat and meat products or milk and milk products.
(4) 
To children under the age of 18 years who take orders for and deliver newspapers, greeting cards, candy, bakery products and the like or who represent the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts or similar organizations.
(5) 
To any honorably discharged member of any of the armed services who complies with the Act of 1867, April 8, P.L. 50, as amended, and who procures from the Prothonotary a certificate in pursuance of the Act of Assembly.
(6) 
To the seeking or taking of orders by insurance agents or brokers licensed under the insurance laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
(7) 
To any person who has complied with the provisions of the "Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act," 1962, August 9, P.L. 628.
B. 
The word "peddler" shall mean any person who shall engage in peddling, as herein above defined.
C. 
The word "person" shall mean any natural person, partnership, firm, association or corporation.
D. 
The words "transient retail business" and "transient retailing" shall mean peddling as defined above.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 2; as amended by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 2]
No person shall engage in peddling in the Town of Bloomsburg without first having taken out a license as herein provided.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 3; as amended by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 3]
Every person desiring to engage in selling, canvassing, soliciting or peddling in the Town of Bloomsburg shall first make application to the Code Administration Office. Such person shall obtain a valid license number for the Gross Receipts Tax and a review from the Bloomsburg Police Department before a transient retail sales license may be granted. Upon such application, such person shall give:
A. 
His/her name.
B. 
Address.
C. 
Previous criminal record, if any.
D. 
The name(s), address and telephone number of the person form whom he/she works, if any.
E. 
The type of goods, wares and merchandise he/she wishes to peddle.
F. 
The length of time for which they wish to be licensed.
G. 
The type of vehicle they use, if any.
H. 
The name, address and number of helpers he/she has.
Provided, where a person makes application for himself or herself and one or more helpers, all applicable personal information specified above shall be given for each helper. No license issued under this Part shall be transferable from one person to another. Provided, that no license shall be required of any person legally exempt by the laws of the Commonwealth from securing such license.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 4; as amended by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 4; and by Ord. 841, 12/19/2001]
No license(s) shall be issued under this Part until a fee in an amount to be determined, from time to time, by resolution of Town Council has been paid to the Code Administration Office as issuing agent, together with a deposit of $50 guaranteeing compliance with the provisions of this Part and proper conduct in selling, canvassing and soliciting. Each such license shall be good for a period of 30 days from the date of issue and shall be renewable upon application to the issuing agent. The deposit of $50 shall be returned upon the expiration of any license or the last renewal thereof; provided, the license shall have conformed strictly to the provisions of this Part and shall not have acted objectionable or offensively in such selling, canvassing or solicitation.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 5; as amended by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 5]
Upon making application thereof and paying the proper fee, as herein specified, a license shall be issued to every salesperson, canvasser or solicitor. Such license shall contain the information required to be given upon the application therefore. Every such license shall at all times when engaged in selling, canvassing or soliciting in the Town carry such license upon his/her person and shall exhibit such license upon request to all police officers, Town officials and citizens. No licensee shall engage in selling any product not mentioned upon such license. A copy of the license shall be forwarded to the Chamber of Commerce for their records upon approval.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 6; as amended by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 6]
No licensee hereunder shall engage in selling, canvassing or soliciting by foot or from door to door at any time on a Sunday or upon any other day of the week before 9:00 a.m. or after sunset, prevailing time.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 7; as amended by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 7]
No person licensed under this Part shall hawk or cry his/her wares upon any of the streets or sidewalks of the Town, nor shall be/she use any loud speaker or horn or any other device for announcing his/her presence by which the public is annoyed.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 8; as amended by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 8]
No person licensed under this Part shall park any vehicle upon any of the streets or alleys of the Town in order to sort, rearrange or clean any of his/her goods, wares or merchandise, nor may any such person place or deposit any refuse upon any of such streets or alleys, nor may any such person maintain or keep a street or curbstone market by parking any vehicle upon any street or alley in the Town for longer than necessary in order to sell therefrom to person residing in the immediate vicinity. This Section shall not apply to farmers as defined is § 13-101(A)(1) above.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 9; as amended by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 9]
No person licensed under this Part shall occupy any fixed location upon any of the streets, alleys or sidewalks of the Town for the purpose of peddling with or without any stand or counter.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 10; as amended by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 10]
The Code Administration Office shall keep a record of all licenses issued under this Part. Notice shall be given to the Chief of Police by the Code Office of the issuing of each such license. The Code Administration Office and the Chief of Police shall supervise the activities of all holders of such licenses.
[Ord. 589, 8/7/1972, § 11; as amended by Ord. 641, 10/9/1978; by Ord. 813, 8/10/1998, § 11; and by Ord. 841, 12/19/2001]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 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.