Ordinance 27: Regulation of Peddlers, Canvasser and Solicitors

BE It RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Townsend (a majority of those elected concurring therein):

SECTION I – DEFINITIONS

As used in this ordinance, unless the context otherwise clearly indicates, (a) “Peddler” is one who sells tangibles commodities from place to place, house to house, street to street, or on the streets or in any public place; his sales are not made from an established spot excepting when they are made in a street or other public place and he makes delivery at the time is immaterial, and futher provided that one who solicits orders and as a separate transaction makes deliveries to purchasers as a part of a scheme or design to evade the provisions of this ordinance.

(b) Canvasser or solicitor

Canvasser or solicitor is a person who, place to place, house to house, or street to street or from public places takes orders for future deliveries of tangible goods or intangible services, or seeks subscriptions or denotations, or contracts persons for the purpose of seeking information, giving them literature or verbal information.

SECTION 2 – BUSINESSES PROHIBITED DURING CERTAIN HOURS

No person given a permit under the provision of this ordinance shall conduct any business upon the streets or public places of the Town between the hours of six (6) o’clock P.M. and nine (9) o’clock A.M.

SECTION 3 – PEDDLERS, SOLICITORS AND CANVASSERS PERMIT REQUIRED

It shall be unlawful for any person to engage, either directly or indirectly, in the business of peddler, canvasser or solicitor without a permit therefore as provided in Section 4 therefore as provided in Section 4.

SECTION 4 – PERMIT REQUIRED

It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of a peddler, solicitor or canvasser, as defined in Section 1, within the Town, without first obtaining a permit therefore in compliance with the provisions of this ordinance.

SECTION 5 – PERMIT APPLICATION REQUIRED, LOCATION FEE

Applicants for a permit under this ordinance shall file a duplicated sworn application in writing with the Council or its designated agent, signed by the applicant on a form to be furnished by the Council, which shall give the following information:

a.) Name and address of the applicant

b.) Nature of business

c.) Employer’s name and address

d.) Vehicles, description and license number

e.) Application fee. At the time of filing the application, a fee equal to the permit fee shall be paid and it shall be applied to the permit be granted. Should the permit be denied it shall be returned to the applicant.

SECTION 6 – PERMIT FEES

The fee for a permit to peddle, solicit or canvass, within the corporate limits of the Town shall be ten ($10.00) dollars and such permit shall be good for a period of twenty four (24) hours.

SECTION 7 – PERMIT FEES

All persons meeting the following classifications shall not be included in the provisions of this ordinance regarding the requirements of a permit.

a.) Salesmen who operate daily or weekly on a regularly scheduled rate

b.) Local farms selling products of the farm, orchard or truck Gardner actually produced by the seller.

c.) Any person whose permanent residence is within the Town Limits.

First Reading: October 11, 1983; Second & Final Reading: November 11, 1983; Passed by Town Council: September 17, 1985; Signed by Town Council President: Carlene U. Foraker

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