Township of Maple Shade, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Maple Shade 10-1-1975 as Ch. 91 of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Business licensing — See Ch. 114.
[Amended 9-20-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-11]
It is hereby determined, declared and recited that the legitimate business or practice of peddling, soliciting and canvassing from door to door or place to place, regardless of purpose, affords a means for the criminal-minded to obtain admittance to private homes or to survey private homes in furtherance of some present or future unlawful objective and an opportunity for the practice of fraud, deceit and dishonest dealing by the unscrupulous minority with redress difficult because of lack of means of identifying the peddler or solicitor, and, consequently, public safety and welfare require that those going from door to door, house to house or place to place for any purpose be required first to give such information as will identify themselves and prevent possible abuse of the right by the criminally inclined.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
The making of calls as part of a service to which the occupant of the house subscribes.
The act of going from door to door or house to house within this township without prior express invitation or request from the occupant of the premises at which the call is made, or going from place to place within the Township of Maple Shade, for any purpose or in any fashion, including but not limited to the vending, selling, offering for sale, distribution, dissemination or delivery of goods, wares, merchandise or services, or of written, oral or recorded intelligence or communication or invitation of any kind, including the ringing of a bell, buzzer or alarm, or requesting, inviting or taking orders or subscriptions for present or future delivery or furnishing of any such things or matters; or for the purpose of making canvasses, surveys or the like or doing any other act which is commonly comprehended within the terms "soliciting," "canvassing" or "peddling." The foregoing definition shall not include the discharge of any governmental duty, the giving of an alarm of fire or other emergency warning, campaigning by any political party or by the candidates of any political party, or soliciting duly authorized by a charitable or nonprofit organization, provided that prior written notice of such solicitation is given to the Chief of Police.
[Amended 9-20-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-11]
[Amended 12-2-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-27; 9-20-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-11]
No person shall peddle or solicit from door to door or place to place within this township without first registering and obtaining a registration card from the Chief of Police or designee of the Township of Maple Shade as provided in this chapter.
Each applicant for registration shall file an application on forms provided by the township, which application shall contain or be accompanied by the following:
Name of applicant.
Permanent residence; temporary local residence if different from the permanent address.
Business address.
Social security number.
Personal identification data, including height, weight and identifying marks.
A recent photograph of the face of the applicant, approximately 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches in size.
A record of any prior convictions of federal, state or municipal offenses, including the nature thereof and the sentence imposed.
Names and addresses of two references, preferably owners of real estate in Burlington County.
The purpose of the proposed peddling, solicitation or canvass.
[Amended 9-20-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-11]
The name and permanent address of the person, company or organization for whom he or she is acting, together with a copy of written credentials from such person so to act, stating his or her exact relationship to such person.
The place where the goods or services to be sold or offered are manufactured, prepared or produced and where then located.
The route, date and approximate hours of his or her peddling or solicitation in the township.
[Amended 9-20-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-11]
Such other available evidence as to his or her good character as will enable an investigation to corroborate that fact.
The applicant shall, at the time of completing the written application, deposit with the Chief of Police or designee for the use of the township the sum as set forth in Chapter 88, Fees, to defray part of the cost to the township of the application form, fingerprint cards and supplies and incidental cost of the investigation and of administration of this chapter. Each registration shall be renewed annually.
[Amended 12-2-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-27; 4-18-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-4]
Upon completion of the application form and deposit of the fee, the application shall be referred to the Chief of Police who shall promptly initiate and cause to be concluded within 10 days thereafter an investigation designed to corroborate the registration data, prior criminal record, moral character and, in the case of commercial solicitations, the business responsibility of the registrant, which investigation in any case shall include transmission of the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Identification Bureau of the New Jersey State Police and receipt from them of a report on the applicant's criminal record, if any; provided, however, that if the investigation has not been completed within the 10 days, the applicant will be issued a temporary registration card forthwith, subject to completion of the investigation.
If the investigation indicates that the applicant has been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude or that the application information is false or misleading in any material respect or that his or her moral character, or business responsibility in the case of commercial solicitation, or record of other offenses is of such a nature as to present a clear and present danger to public good, safety or welfare, the Chief of Police shall note his or her findings in that respect on the application form, together with his or her disapproval, and return said form to the Chief of Police or designee, who shall furnish the applicant with a copy thereof by certified mail to his or her permanent address or by handing it to him or her personally, and no registration shall issue thereon, provided that the applicant shall have the right, within 10 days of the date of such notice, to file a request with the Township Manager for a review thereof by the governing body of the Township of Maple Shade, who upon receipt of such request shall promptly fix a time and place at which the applicant may be heard by said governing body and the matter reviewed, and said governing body shall forthwith either affirm or reverse the disapproval of the Chief of Police and, in the latter event, order a registration card to be issued.
[Amended 12-2-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-27]
[Amended 12-2-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-27]
Upon compliance by the applicant with the terms of this chapter and upon approval of his or her application by the Chief of Police or the governing body of the Township of Maple Shade, there shall be issued to the applicant a registration card indicating that the person named thereon is registered in accordance with the terms of this chapter. Such card shall have securely fixed thereto one of the photographs submitted, and it shall be signed by the Chief of Police or designee in such fashion that part of his or her signature extends over a portion of such photograph.
Such registration card shall remain the property of the Township of Maple Shade and may be immediately suspended by the Chief of Police or designee for any violation of this chapter and, within five days of such suspension, upon written notice and the reasons therefor and an opportunity to be heard, revoked by the governing body of the Township of Maple Shade for such cause.
Each registrant shall forthwith advise the Chief of Police or designee in writing of any change in registration data required above, and, upon request, the registrant shall furnish new photographs when the ones provided become unrepresentative of his or her likeness.
[Amended 9-20-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-11]
The registrant shall:
Carry the registration card with him or her at all times while peddling or soliciting and exhibit it to any person upon request.
[1]Promptly notify the Chief of Police or designee of any change of address or any change in any of the data he or she has given on his or her application form.
[Amended 12-2-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-27]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection A(2), regarding deposit of the card, was repealed 6-27-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-14. This ordinance also renumbered former Subsection A(3) as Subsection A(2).
No registrant shall peddle or solicit before 8:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. each day, except that during the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day the peddling or soliciting may be done until 7:00 p.m. each day. No peddling or soliciting shall be done at any time on Sunday.
Soliciting prohibited; signs and stickers.
[Amended 6-27-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-14]
No registrant or unregistered canvasser, solicitor, itinerant merchant, transient vendor, peddler, or hawker shall peddle or solicit at any residence or other building when barred by the resident by a sign with words to the effect that solicitors or peddlers are not invited or are prohibited.
In an attempt to allow residents to be free from door-to-door solicitations, residents may elect to display prominently on their outermost front doors an official "No Knock" sticker issued by the Township of Maple Shade Police Department that signifies that the residents do not wish to be disturbed. No registrant or unregistered canvasser, solicitor, itinerant merchant, transient vendor, peddler, or hawker shall knock on the door or ring the doorbell of any residence upon which a "No Knock" sticker is so affixed. At the time that the registration card is issued as set forth above, registrants shall be provided a sample of the Township of Maple Shade "No Knock" sticker and a copy of this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed so as to interfere with any constitutional right of freedom of speech or religion, nor so as to place undue burden upon interstate commerce.
[Amended 9-5-1984 by Ord. No. 1984-11; 9-20-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-11; 4-16-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-07]
Any person who shall violate any provisions of this chapter, upon conviction, shall be subject to the penalty as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, herein.