Township of Ocean, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Ocean as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Garage sales — See Ch. 190.
Licensing — See Ch. 215.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 336.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 1963-1 (§ 6-3 of the 1972 Ocean Codified Ordinances)]

§ 273-1 License required.

A. 
No person shall canvass, solicit or call from house to house in the Township without having first reported to and received a permit from the Township Committee.
B. 
Before the permit required by Subsection A of this section may be issued, the canvasser or solicitor shall make an application in writing to the Township Committee, giving the information required by § 215-2 of Chapter 215, Licensing, of the Code of the Township of Ocean.

§ 273-2 Fingerprinting; photograph; fee.

Each applicant shall furnish with and as a part of his/her application a complete set of fingerprints prepared by a competent and reliable person or a police department of New Jersey, the State Police of New Jersey or by the sheriff's office of Ocean County and a recent and authentic photograph of the applicant showing both side and front views of his/her face. Each applicant shall also render with his/her application the sum of $5, which shall be retained by the Township to cover the municipal services in interviewing the applicant, examining his/her application, the making of such investigation as shall be required in connection with the application and the issuance of the permit or the refusal to issue the permit.

§ 273-3 Hours and day specified.

Every permit issued under the provisions of this article shall specify the number of hours or days or both that the permit will be in effect.

§ 273-4 Hours limited; display.

No person shall canvass or solicit within the Township except between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A copy of the permittee's photograph shall be carried on his/her permit, which photograph shall be furnished by the applicant. The permittee shall exhibit his/her permit to any police officer or other person on request. The permittee shall be courteous to all persons in canvassing or soliciting and shall not importune or annoy any of the inhabitants of the Township and shall conduct himself/herself in lawful manner. On expiration of the permit, the holder thereof shall surrender it to the governing body by delivery to the Township Clerk.

§ 273-5 Exceptions.

This article shall not affect any person engaged in the delivery of merchandise or other things in the regular course of business to the premises of persons ordering or entitled to receive them or any person engaged in activities for or on behalf of charitable religious, civic or political organization.

§ 273-6 Do-not-knock registry.

[Added by Ord. No. 2006-10]
A. 
The Township Clerk shall prepare a list of addresses of those premises where the owner and/or occupant has notified the Clerk that canvassing, peddling, itinerant vending and door-to-door sales enterprising are not permitted on the premises (hereinafter referred to as the "do-not-knock registry"). Notification shall be by completion of a form available at the Township Clerk's office during normal business hours. The list shall be updated on January 1 and July 1 of each year.
B. 
Any owner and/or occupant who has requested enlistment on the do-not-knock registry, pursuant to Subsection A of this section, shall be able to purchase from the Clerk's office, for a nominal fee, a sticker for display at his/her/its premises indicating enlistment on the do-not-knock registry.
C. 
The Township Clerk shall submit the do-not-knock registry to the Chief of Police biannually to be distributed to applicants for a license to peddle, canvass, itinerant vend or otherwise door-to-door sell pursuant to the provisions of this article. The licensee shall not peddle, canvass, itinerant vend or conduct door-to-door sales at any premises identified on the then-current do-not-knock registry.
D. 
Any canvasser, peddler, itinerant vendor or owner or employee of a door-to-door sales enterprise who violates any provision of this section shall be:
(1) 
Subject to a maximum ordinance violation fine of $1,250 per offense;
(2) 
Subject to a one-year revocation of any license issued pursuant to the within chapter; and
(3) 
Ineligible to receive a new license, pursuant to the within article, for a period of one year, coinciding with the terms of one-year revocation noted in Subsection D(2) of this section.

§ 273-7 Enforcement.

[Added by Ord. No. 2006-10]
It shall be the duty of any police officer of the Township of Ocean or the Code Enforcement Officer or person holding a substantially similar position, if any, to enforce the provisions of this article.

§ 273-8 Records.

[Added by Ord. No. 2006-10]
The Township Clerk shall maintain a record of all licenses issued under the provisions of this article and shall record therein all convictions for violations of this article and other pertinent circumstances and incidents reported by the Chief of Police.

§ 273-9 Revocation of licenses.

[Amended by Ord. No. 2006-10]
A. 
Licenses issued under the provisions of this article may be revoked by the Chief of Police, in writing, for any of the following causes:
(1) 
Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement contained in the application for license;
(2) 
Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement by the licensee in the course of conducting the business licensed;
(3) 
Any violation of this article;
(4) 
Conviction of any crime involving moral turpitude;
(5) 
Conducting the business licensed in an unlawful manner or in such a manner as to constitute a breach of the peace or a menace to the health, safety or general welfare of the public.
B. 
Revocation of a license may be appealed to the Township Committee in the same manner as set forth in § 215-9 of Chapter 215, Licensing, of the Code of the Township of Ocean, for an appeal of a denial of a license. The licensee may not operate the business or enterprise licensed during the pendency of said appeal.

§ 273-10 Appeals.

[Added by Ord. No. 2006-10]
Any person aggrieved by the action of the Township Clerk in the denial of a license as provided in § 215-10 of Chapter 215, Licensing, of the Code of the Township of Ocean, shall have the right of appeal to the Township Committee. Such appeal shall be taken by filing with the Township Committee, within 10 days after the notice of the action complained of has been mailed to such person's last known address, a written statement setting forth fully the grounds for the appeal. The Township Committee shall set a time and place for hearing on such appeal, and notice of such hearing shall be given to the applicant in the same manner as provided in § 215-10 of Chapter 215, Licensing, of the Code of the Township of Ocean, for notice of hearing on revocation. The decision of the Township Committee on such appeal shall be final and conclusive.

§ 273-11 Expiration and renewal of license.

[Added by Ord. No. 2006-10]
All licenses issued under the provisions of this article shall expire December 31 of the calendar year in which they are issued. Any such license may be renewed upon payment of the license fee as stated in § 215-8 of Chapter 215, Licensing, of the Code of the Township of Ocean, and upon submission by the licensee of a new application in conformity with the requirements of § 215-2 of Chapter 215, Licensing, of the Code of the Township of Ocean, or, in lieu thereof, a sworn statement in writing setting forth all changes in the information contained in the application for the expired license which are necessary to bring said application completely up to date.

§ 273-12 Violations and penalties.

[Added by Ord. No. 2006-10]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $500 or to imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both. Each and every day that a violation of the provisions of this article shall continue after issuance of the initial summons or complaint shall be deemed and considered a separate and specific violation of this article.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 1980-24 (§ 6-2 of the 1972 Ocean Codified Ordinances)]

§ 273-13 Definition.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PEDDLER
Any person, whether a resident of the Township or not, traveling by foot, wagon, automotive vehicle or any other type of conveyance, from place to place, from house to house, or from street to street, carrying, conveying or transporting goods, wares, merchandise, meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, foods, ice cream, fruit ices, soda water, garden farm products or provisions, offering and exposing the same for sale, or making sales and delivering articles to purchasers. "Hawkers," "hucksters," and "vendors" are included.

§ 273-14 License required.

It is unlawful for any person to engage in the business of peddler within the corporate limits of the Township without first obtaining a license.

§ 273-15 Fees.

[Amended by Ord. No. 2001-3; 11-10-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-12]
The license fee for a peddler shall be $1,000. This applies to any peddler, whether on foot or from a vehicle. This license fee shall be imposed annually. No portion of the fee as set forth herein shall be prorated for any part of the year. In addition, any applicant applying for such a license must obtain a background check from IdentoGO MorphoTrust, Brick, New Jersey, at their sole cost and expense and provide same to the Ocean Township Police Department. Each individual peddler must have a copy of their license on their person while performing any such solicitations within the Township of Ocean.

§ 273-16 Use of streets.

No peddler shall have any exclusive right to any location, nor shall he/she be permitted to operate in any congested area where his/her operations might impede or inconvenience the public. For the purpose of this article, the judgment of a police officer, exercised in good faith, shall be deemed conclusive as to whether the area is congested or the public impeded or inconvenienced. For safety purposes, no peddler shall be permitted to operate on Route 9 in the Township.

§ 273-17 Time restrictions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 2001-3]
No person shall sell, offer for sale, hawk or peddle in the Township any of the items listed in § 273-13 before 9:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m., nor on Sunday or holidays.

§ 273-18 Duty of police to enforce.

It is the duty of any police officer of the Township to require any person seen peddling, and who is not known by such officer to be duly licensed, to produce his/her peddler's license and to enforce the provisions of this article against any person found to be violating the same.

§ 273-19 Exceptions.

This article shall not be construed to include:
A. 
The delivery of milk, eggs, bread, newspapers or such other necessary and perishable articles of food or merchandise of the type commonly delivered on house-to-house basis at intervals of less than one week;
B. 
Federal census takers and polls or surveys taken pursuant to federal, state or local laws;
C. 
Any veteran or volunteer fireman who holds special license issued pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:24-9 shall be exempt from application for a license, but shall be required to comply with all other applicable sections of this article.

§ 273-20 Inspection of equipment.

The equipment used or employed by peddlers of ice cream, foods, beverages, confections and other related commodities shall be maintained in clean and sanitary manner and be subject to the inspection of the Board of Health or its authorized agents. Any violation found and not immediately corrected shall be grounds for revocation of the license.