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Town of Appomattox, VA
Appomattox County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Appomattox 4-11-1994 as Ch. 50 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Advertising — See Ch. 42.
Business licensing — See Ch. 126.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 166.
Taxation — See Ch. 175.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 185.
Zoning — See Ch. 195.
STATE LAW REFERENCES
Solicitation of contributions, Code of Virginia, § 57-48 et seq.; local regulation and licensing of charitable or civic organizations making solicitations, Code of Virginia, § 57-63; local licensing of peddlers, Code of Virginia, § 58.1-3717 et seq.
No person shall obstruct or interfere in any way with the passage of persons along the streets or sidewalks in the Town for the purpose of inducing them to purchase any article or thing, or importune passersby to make any such purchase, or enter any establishment, or, in any disorderly manner, solicit trade, customers or patronage along the streets or sidewalks in the Town.
[Amended 3-25-1997]
It shall be unlawful for any person to solicit funds within the Town for any charitable organization as defined in Code of Virginia, § 57-48, without having first registered with the State Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, unless exempt from such requirement, and without having first registered with the administrative assistant of the Town the name of the organization, the names of its solicitors and the dates and times that they will be soliciting in the Town.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
SOLICITOR
A person who goes from door to door visiting multifamily or single-family dwellings for the following purposes: to sell any goods, wares, merchandise or services or to accept subscriptions or orders therefor.
[Amended 3-25-1997]
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Editor's Note: Definitions generally, see Ch. 1, Art. I.
All persons, before entering into or upon residential premises within the Town for the purpose of soliciting, shall register with the county sheriff and furnish him with the following information:
A. 
The name, local and permanent addresses, age, weight, height, color of hair and eyes and any other distinguishing physical characteristics of the applicant.
B. 
The nature or purpose for which solicitations will be made and the nature of the goods, wares, merchandise or services offered for sale.
C. 
The name and permanent address of the employer or organization represented.
D. 
A statement as to whether the applicant has been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor and, if so, the nature of the offense, when and where convicted and the penalty or punishment assessed therefor; provided, that in no case shall information be required to be disclosed regarding any arrest or criminal charge that has been expunged pursuant to Code of Virginia, § 19.2-392.2.
Upon furnishing the information required under § 143-3, the applicant shall be issued a permit, unless the information furnished in compliance with this chapter shows that the applicant has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. A permit issued under this chapter shall be good for one year from the date of issuance, unless revoked. Permits issued under this chapter shall be void upon conviction for a violation of this chapter. Every solicitor shall carry his permit with him at all times while engaged in soliciting and shall display such permit to any person who shall demand to see the permit while he is so engaged.
A. 
A fee of $100 to cover the costs of investigation of the applicant for a permit under this chapter and processing of the application shall be paid to the county sheriff when the application is filed and shall not be returnable under any circumstances. All such fees received shall be paid by the sheriff to the county treasurer for deposit in the county general fund.
B. 
In addition to the above mentioned fee, a license tax of $500 shall be paid to the Town Treasurer.
No person shall:
A. 
Enter into or upon any residential premises in the Town under false pretenses to solicit for any purpose or for the purpose of soliciting orders for the sale of goods, wares, merchandise or services.
B. 
Remain in or on any residential premises after the owner or occupant has requested any such person to leave.
C. 
Enter upon any residential premises for soliciting when the owner or occupant has displayed a "No Soliciting" sign on such premises.
D. 
Engage in the practice of soliciting in the Town without a permit as provided for in this chapter.
E. 
Knowingly give false information or fail to provide correct information in obtaining a permit.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
A. 
Any person who visits any residence or apartment at the request or invitation of the owner or occupant thereof.
B. 
Members or representatives of any civic or charitable organization who have an approved means of identification provided by the organization represented.
C. 
Newsboys soliciting subscriptions to any newspaper for home delivery within the Town.
D. 
Route deliverymen who make deliveries at least once a week to regular customers and whose solicitation is only incidental to their regular deliveries.
E. 
Persons selling fresh farm products.
F. 
Persons licensed under the provisions of Code of Virginia, Title 38.2.
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State law reference: Insurance, Code of Virginia, Title 38.2.
Any violation of this chapter shall constitute a misdemeanor and be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article II.