[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Burlington 6-20-2017. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of Burlington hereby finds and declares that the distribution of printed matter upon private property is creating widespread litter and therefore declares that the Town has a compelling need to prohibit the distribution of printed matter on private premises where the occupant has expressed his or her unwillingness to receive such printed matter. Prohibiting distributions of printed matter in defiance of an occupant's expressed desire not to receive them strikes an appropriate balance between the rights of distributors to solicit willing listeners and the rights of occupants to object to receive such matter. The prohibition against delivering printed matter contrary to the expressed desire of the occupant will decrease the amount of litter created by such printed material.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ADVERTISING MATTER
- Any printed or written matter, including handbills and signs, or otherwise reproduced original or copies of any matter or literature except a newspaper as defined in this chapter, which advertises for sale any merchandise, product, commodity or thing, or which directs attention to any business or commercial establishment or other activity for the purpose of either directly or indirectly promoting the interest thereof by sales, or which, while containing reading matter other than advertising matter, is predominantly and essentially an advertisement, and is distributed or circulated for advertising purposes, or for the private benefit and gain of any person so engaged as an advertiser or distributor.
- Any newspaper of general circulation as defined by general law, any newspaper duly entered with the Post Office Department of the United States, in accordance with federal statute or regulation, any newspaper filed and recorded with any recording officer as provided by general law, or any printed matter of general circulation published for the dissemination of local, regional, state, national or international news or information of a general character.
No person shall deposit, distribute, or place any advertising matter or newspaper, or cause the same to be done, in or upon any private premises which are unimproved or which are vacant, without first obtaining the permission of the owner or other person in control of such premises.
No person shall deposit, distribute, or place any advertising matter or newspaper, or cause the same to be done, in or upon any private premises within the Town when the owner or occupant of said private premises has notified the distributor or disseminator of such advertising matter or newspaper that he or she does not wish to receive said advertising matter or newspaper. Said notice shall be:
By written communication, including but not limited to letter, e-mail, or text message, to the distributor or disseminator of such advertising matter or newspaper; or
By placing on said premises in a conspicuous place near the entrance thereof a sign bearing the words "No Advertising," or any similar notice indicating that no such advertising matter or newspaper is to be left upon said premises.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the distribution of material through the United States mail, nor to the distribution of material if such distribution is required by federal, state or local regulation.
The penalty for a violation of this chapter shall be $100 per occurrence, enforced through the State of Connecticut Centralized Infractions Bureau by the issuance of an infraction ticket pursuant to C.G.S. § 51-164n.