Township of East Caln, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Caln 6-8-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 139-1 Registration required.

From and after the enactment hereof, it shall be lawful for any person, not exempted by § 139-6 hereof, who is the holder of a valid and unexpired registration issued pursuant to sale or purchase of food, printed matter, services, goods, wares, merchandise of any description or to solicit contributions, pledges of money or any other things of value or to engage in making surveys or distributing samples by visitation to private homes or residences or on the public streets or highways of East Caln Township.

§ 139-2 Application for registration.

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A. 
Any person not exempted by § 139-6 hereof desiring to register to engage in the activities described in § 139-1 hereof, shall make application therefor, in person, to the Township Manager. The applicant shall supply over his signature, the following information: his true name; his place and date of birth; his temporary address; his residence address; the address which he will receive notices under this section; the name and address of his employer or principal, if any, and the nature of which the applicant wishes to engage within the Township; a statement as to whether the applicant has been convicted in any jurisdiction of any crime other than of minor traffic violations, and other identification information as the Township Manager may find necessary or appropriate. The applicant shall, together with application, submit to the Township Manager his photograph, of passport size, the fingerprints of his two hands and a written physical description of himself, all of which shall be maintained on file in the Township office. He shall pay a fee in the amount of $5 to defray the cost of administering this chapter.
B. 
Upon submission of the application and any supporting evidence required by the Township Manager, and after any reasonable investigation desired to be undertaken by the Manager, and after payment of the fee, there shall be issued to the applicant a registration in the form of a letter which shall, unless sooner revoked, entitle the registrant to engage in the activities described in § 139-1 for a period of six months from the date of issuance.

§ 139-3 Rules of conduct.

Every person to whom a registration has been issued hereafter shall, in the carrying on of his business or activities in the Township, comply with the following rules of conduct:
A. 
He shall carry his registration letter at all times and exhibit it upon request to any peace officer or any person whom he shall call or with whom he shall speak in carrying on his registered activities.
B. 
He shall not permit any other person to have possession of his registration letter and shall immediately report its loss to the Township office. He shall not cause or permit his registration letter to be altered or defaced.
C. 
He shall not enter, or attempt to enter, any dwelling house without invitation or permission of the occupant and shall immediately leave any premises upon request.
D. 
He shall not represent his registration letter to be an endorsement of himself of his goods or services or of his principal or employer.
E. 
He shall immediately surrender his registration letter upon revocation of his registration as hereinafter provided.

§ 139-4 Revocation of registration.

Any registration hereafter issued may be revoked by the Board of Supervisors upon the failure of the registrant to comply with the standards of conduct established in § 139-3 hereof, or upon entertainment of that the registrant has made any false statement in his application for registration hereunder or has not comported himself in a mannerly fashion. Notice of revocation shall be given by written notice personally served or sent by registered mail to the address designated for this purpose in the application for registration.

§ 139-5 Request for reinstatement.

Any person whose registration has been revoked shall be entitled to appear, with counsel if he so desires, before the Board of Supervisors at a regular or special meeting and be heard pursuant to a request for reinstatement of his registration.

§ 139-6 Exemptions. [1]

The following persons are exempted from the registration requirements only of this chapter:
A. 
Farmers selling their own produce.
B. 
The sale of goods, ware or merchandise donated by the owners thereof, the proceeds of which are to be applied to any charitable or philanthropic purpose.
C. 
Any manufacturer or producer in the sale of bread or bakery products, meat or meat products or milk and milk products.
D. 
Children under the age of 18 years who take orders for and deliver newspapers, greeting cards, candy, bakery products and the like or who represent the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts or similar organizations.
E. 
The seeking or taking of order by insurance agents or brokers licensed under the insurance laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
F. 
To a person who has complied with the provisions of the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P.S. § 162.1 et seq., as hereafter amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania.
G. 
Taking order for merchandise, by sample, from dealers or merchants for individuals or companies who pay a license or business privilege tax at their chief place of business.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 139-7 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues or each section of this chapter which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 139-8 Township endorsement.

The registration procedure established hereunder shall not be construed as an endorsement of approval by the Township of the individual's integrity, honesty or conduct, nor shall it be considered an endorsement of the goods, services or occupation of the registrant. Township residents must make their own, independent evaluation of the goods, services, occupation and character of such registrants and the Manager and Township assume no responsibility for conduct of such persons. This section is solely and expressly designed only to meet the identification objectives outlined herein.