Township of Elizabeth, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 913, 3/17/2014]
1. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CANVASSER
One who engages in the practice of canvassing, the practice of going from dwelling unit to dwelling unit:
A. 
To conduct surveys for research purposes (other than those conducted by an agency of the state or federal government);
B. 
To make analyses, to take opinion polls, to compile rating data;
C. 
To obtain or seek contributions or donations for any person or organization or cause;
D. 
To advance religious or political causes and proselytizing with regard thereto; and
E. 
To conduct any similar work which, by its nature, involves door-to-door or place-to-place activity, including distribution of circulars, but not for commercial activity of any kind.
DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITATION
The activity of going onto the premises of other persons, without prior arrangement with the owner or occupant of such premises, to enter into any agreement for the provision of services, or any combination of the sale of goods or provision of services, or the distribution of advertising circulars relating to the sale of goods or provision of services.
DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITOR
A person engaging in the activity of door-to-door solicitation.
2. 
For the purpose of § 1104 only, a "canvasser" shall be considered a "solicitor."
[Ord. 913, 3/17/2014]
1. 
Any person or organization intending to engage or to cause persons to engage in the activity of a door-to-door solicitor, as defined in this chapter, prior to commencing such activity shall obtain a permit from the Chief of Police and shall register with the Township. Such permit shall be issued only after the person seeking to obtain such permit shall have provided on the application form appropriate information as to the identities and current addresses of all persons that shall be engaged as door-to-door solicitors, which information shall be provided under the penalty of law as provided in 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4904, and shall have completed such registration. In addition, the applicant shall execute an acknowledgment of receipt of the terms of § 1104 with respect to private "No Solicitors" or "No Solicitation" signs and shall provide notice to the Elizabeth Township Police Department of the approximate neighborhoods and locations in which the activity is to take place; for solicitors who obtain a four-month permit, daily telephone notice of locations of intended activity shall suffice.
2. 
Any person engaging in door-to-door solicitation or any organization employing any door-to-door solicitors that shall engage in such activity without obtaining the said permit shall be in violation of this chapter and shall be liable for the penalty as provided in § 1105.
3. 
Permit fees will be $100 per week per solicitor unless the solicitor obtains a four-month permit at $200 per person, or such other fees as are as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
4. 
The terms of this section shall not apply to:
A. 
Juveniles under the age of 18 years who take orders for and deliver newspapers, greeting cards, candy and the like or who represent the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts or similar organizations and take orders for and deliver cookies and the like.
B. 
Persons acting as canvassers, as defined herein.
[Ord. 913, 3/17/2014]
No person shall engage in any door-to-door solicitation and no canvasser shall enter upon the premises of another person prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. No person shall engage in any door-to-door solicitation within the Township on Saturday or Sunday.
[Ord. 913, 3/17/2014]
The owners or lawful occupants of any premises within the Township not desiring to have persons enter onto their premises may post on such premises a legible sign stating either "No Solicitors" or "No Solicitations." Any door-to-door solicitor or canvasser who shall enter upon the premises in defiance of such sign shall be in violation of this section and shall be liable to the penalty as provided in § 1105.
[Ord. 913, 3/17/2014]
Any person violating this chapter shall be guilty of a summary offense and shall, upon summary conviction, be responsible for paying a fine of not less than $300 per person nor more than $1,000 and/or be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 90 days. Each and every violation of this chapter shall be punished as a separate offense.