[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Woodbridge 5-2-1983 as Ch. 5, Art. IV, of the 1983 Code; amended 12-9-1998, effective 1-9-1999. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This chapter was originally adopted by the Special Town Meeting 5-20-1957.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- HAWKER or PEDDLER
- Any person, whether principal or agent, who goes from town to town or from place to place in the same town selling or bartering, or carrying for sale or barter, or exposing therefor, any goods, wares or merchandise, either on foot or from any animal or vehicle.
No person shall engage in the vending, hawking or peddling of any goods, wares or merchandise (or services) of any sort or description in and upon any public highway or from house to house without first obtaining from the Chief of Police or his designee a license therefor.
Application for license shall contain proof of the residence or residences of the applicant during the five years immediately preceding the application, together with information concerning the following matters:
The street or streets within the Town upon which the applicant intends to engage in selling;
The date or dates during which the applicant will be engaged, as described above;
The item or items or services to be sold and the place of their manufacture or preparation for sale, and the principal or principals for whom the applicant will be acting;
Any information concerning any record of arrests of the applicant or his principal, or both.
The fee for such license shall be $75 for each year or portion thereof, and, unless sooner revoked, all licenses shall expire on the December 31 succeeding the date of issue thereof (provided, however, no license shall be issued to permit sales on Sunday, holidays, or at any time except during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and further, such license shall be for a term not to exceed the time, which in the discretion of the Chief of Police, is required by the applicant to complete his business). The license fee shall be waived for a veteran who meets the criteria of § 21-37 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Every person so licensed shall, when engaged in vending, hawking, or peddling, carry such license upon his person and, when using for the purpose for which he is licensed, a wagon (stand), cart or other vehicle, shall have displayed thereon a sign approved by the Chief of Police or his designee bearing the number of his license, the year of its expiration in numerals, and the words "Licensed Vendor" in Roman letters, such sign to be furnished by the Chief of Police or his designee without expense to the person so licensed.
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police or his designee to keep a record of all licenses granted under the provisions of this chapter in a book provided for the purpose, giving the number and date of each license, the name, age and residence of the person licensed, the fee paid and the date of revocation of all licenses revoked, as herein provided.
No person while so engaged vending, hawking, or peddling shall stop upon any public highway except when he is actually engaged in making the sale of an article.
This chapter shall not apply to sales by farmers and gardeners of the products of their farms and gardens; the sale, distribution and delivery of milk, teas, coffees, spices, groceries, meats and bakery goods; sales on approval; conditional sales of merchandise; and the taking of orders for merchandise for future delivery when full payment is not required at the time of solicitation.
Every person who shall engage in the business aforesaid without being duly licensed, as herein provided, or who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $199 for each offense, and the Chief of Police or his designee may, in his discretion, revoke the license of any person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter or from any proper cause, upon presentation of due evidence.