[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now the Township Council) of the Township of Saddle River (now the Township of Saddle Brook) 7-13-1951 by Ord. No. 344. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall canvass, peddle, vend from house to house, solicit nor call from house to house, within the limits of the Township of Saddle Brook, hereinafter also referred to as the "Township," without first having reported to and received a written permit and identification card from the Chief of Police of the Township or fully complied with all of the terms, conditions and provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 6-28-2001 by Ord. No. 1231]
Issuing authority. Upon application having been duly made in accordance with the terms of this section, the Township Council shall hereafter have the power to issue a general canvassing permit, together with a vendor's identification card, to all applicants who have satisfied the criteria established by virtue of this chapter.
Contents of application.
In support of a vendor's application for the issuance of a canvassing permit, the following information, in addition to such other information deemed necessary or appropriate by the Township Council, shall be provided for consideration by the Township Council:
Name of permittee.
Permitees business address.
Permitee's tax ID or social security number.
Identification of all persons authorized to canvass or solicit in accordance with terms of the permit.
Authorization to investigate criminal history/arrest record/conviction record of each person identified in Subsection B(1)(d) above.
Area in which permitee is authorized to solicit.
Method of solicitation to be utilized by permitee.
Description of project or endeavor for which permitee is working.
Submission of photograph of all persons authorized to engage in solicitation.
Such application shall be made in accordance with such forms as may be proscribed by the Township of Saddle Brook.
Said identification card shall bear a number corresponding with the number on the written permit simultaneously issued and shall bear the words "Saddle Brook Township Canvassing Permit."
The aforementioned written permit shall specify the period of time that the permit will be in effect, permittee's full name, address, age, height, weight, place of birth, whether married or single, length and place of residence, whether or not previously arrested or convicted of crime, by whom employed, address of employer and description of project for which the canvasser is working, and have attached thereto a recent photograph of the permittee.
A permit shall not be issued in any case where the investigation of the issuing authority shows that the applicant is not of good character or that said applicant is canvassing or engaged in a project not entirely free from fraud or misrepresentation.
Upon submission of an application for issuance of a canvassing permit, the applicant shall pay to the Township an application fee of $100, plus an identification card fee of $25 for each identification card issued by the issuing authority in accordance with such application, and all such permits and identification cards shall expire one year following the date of issuance.
[Amended 12-30-1981 by Ord. No. 849; 7-12-1990 by Ord. No. 1006; 11-3-1994; 6-28-2001 by Ord. No. 1231]
Said permit may be revoked at any time by the issuing authority for failure or refusal on the part of the permittee to comply with the terms, conditions and provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 6-28-2001 by Ord. No. 1231]
All vendors conducting business in accordance with a duly issued canvassing permit and identification card shall conduct such canvassing, peddling or solicitations in a courteous manner and otherwise conduct themselves in a lawful manner at all times. All such conduct shall be undertaken in a manner which shall in no way compromise the privacy, health, safety, welfare or security of the residents of the Township of Saddle Brook. Upon a determination by the Township's Director of Public Safety that the conduct of a holder of an identification card issued in accordance with the terms of this chapter has violated the code of conduct set forth herein or upon expiration of such permit, which ever shall first occur, all identification cards issued in accordance with such permit shall be surrendered forthwith to the officer in charge at the Saddle Brook Police Headquarters.
Permittees shall be courteous and conduct themselves in a lawful manner at all times. Upon expiration of the permit the holder thereof shall surrender the same, together with the identification card, forthwith to the officer in charge at the Saddle Brook Township police headquarters.
[Added 4-1-1991 by Ord. No. 1023]
It is hereby declared to be unlawful and shall constitute a nuisance for any person, partnership or corporation or other entity, no matter how described, whether registered under this chapter or not, to go upon any premises and ring the doorbell upon or near any door of a residence located thereon or rap or knock upon any door or create any sound in any other manner calculated to attract the attention of the occupant of said residence for the purpose of securing an audience or discussion with the occupant thereof and engage in canvassing, peddling, vending or solicitation prior to 10:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. of any weekday, or at any time on a Sunday or on a state or federal holiday.
It is hereby declared to be unlawful and shall constitute a nuisance for any person to go upon any premises and ring the doorbell upon or near any door or create any sound in any other manner calculated to attract the attention of the occupant of said residence for the purpose of securing an audience or discussion with the occupant thereof and engage in canvassing, peddling, vending or solicitation in defiance of a notice exhibited at the residence which states "No Canvassing Permitted," "No Peddling Permitted," "No Vending Permitted" or "No Solicitors Permitted." The solicitor, whether registered or not, shall immediately and peacefully depart the premises if such a notice is displayed.
Sunday restrictions shall not apply to charitable or civic organizations or activities by student organizations either associated with any school system located in the Township of Saddle Brook or associated with any recreational organization organized in the Township of Saddle Brook, nor shall they apply to activities by such organizations generally identified as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and similar youth organizations; however, these organizations must file a written notice or statement with the Police Department setting forth the time, place and duration of their activities even though they are exempt from the terms of this chapter, nor shall they apply to anyone who has received a lawful and authorized license or permit to conduct an activity pursuant to the Licensing Code of the Township of Saddle Brook presently contained in Chapter 120 of the Saddle Brook Code.
The terms of this chapter shall not be held to include the acts of persons, firms or corporations selling personal property at wholesale to retailers in such articles; nor to apply to merchants or their employees engaged in the act of delivering newspapers, advertising circulars and/or goods in the regular course of their business or the collection of payments therefor, nor to any public utility and its duly authorized representative or agent, provided that said exemption shall not apply to any public utility agent or representative engaged in the business of selling other than public utility services; nor to any religious or charitable organization.
This chapter shall not affect any person or persons employed by an insurance company duly licensed to do business in the State of New Jersey.
Issuance of permits to honorably discharged veterans and exempt firemen shall be in strict compliance with N.J.S.A. 45:24-9 to 45:24-12 and any amendments or supplements thereto hereafter enacted.
[Amended 6-28-2001 by Ord. No. 1231]
Any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall pay a fine not exceeding $500 for each offense or shall be imprisoned for a term of not more than 90 days, or both, such fine or imprisonment to be at the discretion of the Judge of the Municipal Court of the Township of Saddle Brook or such Acting Judge sitting in his or her stead.