Town of Randolph, MA
Norfolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Randolph. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 143.
Purpose and goals. The purposes and objectives of this ordinance are as follows:
To protect the health, safety, welfare, resources and property of the general public through prevention of unsolicited deliveries (excluding literature from political and/or religious organizations) at residential and commercial properties that may affect property ownership and/or the quality of life within our Town.
To minimize long-term effects to our Town residents' quality of life and property ownership from activities, such as delivery of unsolicited literature and items, that may adversely impact our community within the Town of Randolph.
To protect the life and property of our Town's citizens from hardship due to unsolicited items being left at residential and commercial properties within the Town.
Scope and intent. This ordinance sets forth guidelines, standard practices, rules and regulations to control and to stop unsolicited deliveries within the Town limits. The provisions of this ordinance shall apply to all property owners, persons or their agents pertaining to unsolicited deliveries or otherwise disturbing the quality of life within the Town, by leaving certain unwanted and/or non-requested items left at the homes and businesses within the Town limits.
Definitions. For the purpose of this ordinance only, the following terms, words, phrases, and their derivations, shall have the meanings set forth below except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
The act of placing and/or delivery upon a residential or commercial property any unsolicited document(s), personal item(s) and/or personal material(s), (excluding political advertisements and/or literature) on any location within the Town of Randolph whether the location is public or private.
General prohibition. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or to deliver unsolicited materials to either a residential or commercial property within the Town of Randolph, that may cause blight and reduce property values or obstruct the quality of life of residents within the Town.
Enforcement. The Town of Randolph shall authorize a designated Town Enforcement Officer the power to enforce any provisions of this ordinance.
Right of entry, inspection. The Town Enforcement Officer shall have the right to enter upon any premises for the purposes of performing the duties imposed upon him by the provisions of this ordinance.
Notification of violation. Any person and/or business entity found to be in violation of the provisions of this ordinance shall be required to correct the problem upon written notification of violation, from the Town's Enforcement Officer. Such written notification may require that certain conditions be adhered to in the correction of the problem. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Use of specific prevention measures and techniques;
Clean up and disposal of any and all unsolicited materials;
Completion of all clean-up corrective work within a specified time period; and
Submittal to the Town proof of proper clean-up and/or disposal.
Penalties for Noncompliance. A penalty is hereby established whereby any person who shall violate any provision of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction, be fined in accordance with the Fine Schedule.[1] Each day after notification was given for violation for any particular section of this ordinance shall constitute a separable offense for the purpose of the Town's enforcement of this ordinance. In addition, the Town Counsel is authorized to petition any court of competent jurisdiction for an injunction to enjoin the continuance of such violation. This remedy shall be cumulative of and to all other enforcement powers granted to the Town by the terms of its Charter or any ordinance, or by the laws of the Commonwealth.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 301, Fines.