[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Burgesses of the Borough of Newtown 7-15-1997. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All persons who shall vend, sell, hawk, peddle, offer for sale any goods, wares, or merchandise at public or private sale or auction upon the streets or sidewalks or from house to house, shall be deemed vendors, hawkers or peddlers within the meaning of this ordinance.
No person shall carry on business of a vendor, hawker or peddler without a license from the Board of Burgesses. The fee for such license shall be set by the Board of Burgesses provided that such fee shall not exceed the amount set by statute for each calendar year or portion thereof. The fee shall be in addition to any fee that the Town of Newtown sets pursuant to the authority of Connecticut General Statutes Section 21-36, et seq. "Vendors, Hawkers & Peddlers". The Board of Burgesses may waive the permit fee for nonprofit or charitable organizations.
Identification badges, signs, or cards as the Board of Burgesses deems necessary shall be displayed and worn at all times while vending, hawking, and peddling. All vendors, hawkers, and peddlers must carry a copy of the permit at all times while vending, hawking, and peddling. The Board of Burgesses may ask the Newtown Police Department or any other law enforcement department or agency to do a background check. There shall be no vending, hawking, or peddling on Sundays or holidays, except as to the Main Street Labor Day parade. Vending, hawking, and peddling shall be only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The Board of Burgesses shall keep a record of all licenses granted under the provisions of this ordinance. Such record shall contain the number and date of all licenses, the name and residence of the individuals licensed, the amount of fee paid and the date of expiration of each license. All receipts of such license shall be paid over to the Borough Treasurer to become part of the Borough of Newtown General Fund on the first day of each month.
The provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to the sales by farmers and gardeners of the produce of their farms, gardens and greenhouses, or the sale, distribution and delivery of milk, teas, coffees, spices, groceries, meats and bakery goods to the sales on approval, to the conditional sales of merchandise, or to the taking of orders for merchandise for future delivery when full payment is not required at the time of solicitation.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be fined in accordance with the state statute for each offense.