[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Bethlehem as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Licensing of Peddlers
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person, whether principal or agent, who shall go from
place to place in the Town of Bethlehem 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. Anyone providing goods
or services during the Christmastown Festival is not considered a
peddler for the purposes of this article. Such persons must meet the
requirements of the Christmastown Festival Committee in order to sell
items during that event.[Amended 11-14-2002]
No person, except those exempted by the statutes of the state or by this article, shall sell upon the public highways of the Town any goods, wares or other merchandise at public or private sale or auction or sell or peddle such articles from house to house within the Town of Bethlehem unless such person shall first obtain a license from the Board of Selectmen. Written application must be made to the Board of Selectmen in such time as to allow the Selectmen two weeks in which to act upon the application.
Each such peddler shall pay as a fee for such a license the sum of $50 for each team or vehicle used by said peddler in connection with such selling or peddling. Licenses will be issued for a period of two months but may be renewed from time to time for a like period in the same calendar year without further charge. All licenses will expire at 12:00 midnight on the last day of January in each year, regardless of the date of issue.
Any peddler so licensed shall engage in said business within the Town of Bethlehem only on days other than Sundays and holidays. Said person shall carry on their person at all times while engaging in such peddling or selling the license issued to said person and shall display the same upon the request of any prospective purchaser.
This article shall not apply to:
Sales by farmers and gardeners of the produce of their farms and gardens.
The sale, distribution and delivery of milk, tea, coffee, spices, groceries, meats and bakery goods.
Sales by anyone on behalf of any church or school, Boy Scout or Girl Scout association, 4-H Club, American Legion or any other civic or non-profit-making organization.
Anyone who has not reached his or her 18th birthday.
Any person violating any provision of this article shall be fined not more than $100 for each offense. This article has been specifically designated for enforcement by citations issued by the designated municipal officers or employees, and the citation hearing procedure established in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I, Citation Hearing Procedure, shall be followed.