Borough of Pennington, NJ
Mercer County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Pennington 12-4-1961 by Ord. No. 200; amended in its entirety by 9-4-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-11. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 98.
Handbills — See Ch. 117.
Newsracks — See Ch. 131.
Selling in parks — See Ch. 143, 143-3.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the persons, property, privacy and well-being of Borough residents. The regulations contained in this chapter are intended to accomplish this purpose by ensuring that before entering upon the properties of residents or approaching them in their homes all peddlers, solicitors and canvassers, whether commercial or nonprofit, have been registered with the Borough. In addition, the regulations seek to promote the privacy of residents by enabling them to register their residence on a Do-Not-Solicit list maintained by the Borough. Commercial vendors are also required to register with the Borough in order to approach residents in the streets or other public places of the Borough or to work from a stationary location in a public place.
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.
CANVASSING
Communicating or attempting to communicate with residents to promote, distribute information about, seek support or solicit money for any religious, charitable, educational, civic, fraternal, political or other not-for-profit organization or cause, when done by traveling from house to house. A canvasser is one engaged in house-to-house canvassing.
COMMERCIAL VENDOR
Any person providing goods or services whose normal business involves the sale, rental, lease or provision of those goods or services.
EMPLOYER
All individuals and entities using representatives to engage in peddling, soliciting or canvassing on their behalf, regardless of whether or how the representatives are compensated or the nature of the employment or contractual relationship. All affiliated companies, organizations and enterprises shall constitute a single employer. An employee, as used in this chapter, shall include all such authorized representatives of an individual or entity.
PEDDLING
The selling or attempted selling of goods or services by a commercial vendor when done from a stationary location on a street or other public place or by traveling from house to house, place to place or street to street. A peddler is an individual engaged in peddling.
SOLICITING
The taking or attempted taking of orders by a commercial vendor for the sale of goods or services to be delivered or performed at a future time when done from a stationary location on a street or other public place or by traveling from house to house, place to place or street to street. A solicitor is an individual engaged in soliciting.
It shall be unlawful for any individual to engage in peddling, soliciting or canvassing in the Borough of Pennington without first registering for that purpose as further provided in this chapter. The only exceptions to this requirement shall be individuals possessing a peddler or similar license pursuant to New Jersey statute, N.J.S.A. 45:24-1 et seq.
A. 
An individual seeking to register as a peddler, solicitor or canvasser under this chapter shall file an application with the Borough Clerk on the applicable form supplied by the Borough Clerk or found on the Borough website. The application shall contain:
(1) 
The applicant's name and current address;
(2) 
Contact information;
(3) 
The purpose of the intended peddling, soliciting or canvassing and a description of any goods or services to be sold or given away as part of the solicitation or canvass;
(4) 
The name, address and contact information of the applicant's employer, if applicable; and
(5) 
A signed statement under oath swearing to or affirming the truth of the supplied information.
B. 
The completed application form shall be submitted to the Borough Clerk, together with state-issued photo identification, which will be copied and immediately returned to the applicant, and in the case of peddlers, solicitors and canvassers working on behalf of an employer, a signed consent on a form supplied by the Borough by which the employer consents to be served by mail with any summons or complaint relating to the conduct of the registrant in violation of this chapter. Peddlers and solicitors shall also submit to the Borough Clerk the appropriate registration fee as set forth in Article VI of Chapter 98 of the Code. There shall be no fee for registration of canvassers.
C. 
Upon the applicant's submission of a complete registration application, the required identification, the employer's consent to be served by mail, if applicable, and any applicable fee, the Borough Clerk shall return to the applicant a copy of the application, which the applicant must retain as proof of registration, as well as a copy of the employer's consent to service. The Clerk shall retain on file the original application, the original consent to service, and a copy of the applicant's state-issued identification.
Any person registered as a peddler, solicitor or canvasser shall carry a copy of the completed registration application, together with state-issued personal identification, at all times while acting as or carrying on the business of a peddler, solicitor or canvasser and shall display the same upon request.
Registration pursuant to this chapter shall expire on December 31 next succeeding the date of registration.
No activity permitted in accordance with this chapter shall occur before 9:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m.
A. 
All residents of the Borough may register their name and address with the Borough Clerk, together with a request to be placed on one of two Do Not Solicit lists to be maintained by the Borough. One list shall register residents who do not wish to be approached at their residence or within the perimeter of their property by any peddler, solicitor or canvasser without exception. The second list shall register residents who do not wish to be approached at their residence or within the perimeter of their property by any peddler or solicitor only.
B. 
All residents who have registered on a Do Not Solicit list may obtain from the Borough Clerk at no charge a sticker for display on their property warning that the property is on a no-solicit list. Display of a sticker is not required for enforcement of the no-solicit ban.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for a peddler, solicitor or canvasser to approach or seek personal contact with the occupant of any residence either at the residence or within the perimeter of the property if the residence is registered on an applicable Do Not Solicit list.
D. 
All peddlers, solicitors and canvassers shall be required to obtain the most current applicable Do Not Solicit list from the Borough Clerk.
E. 
Residents shall remain on the Do Not Solicit list until they request to be removed or move from the registered address.
F. 
The Borough Clerk shall maintain the two Do Not Solicit lists and provide copies to all individuals who register as a peddler, solicitor or canvasser. The Clerk shall thereafter provide these individuals with updated copies of the lists upon request.
G. 
The Borough Clerk shall also maintain copies of the lists on the Borough website.
H. 
The Borough Clerk shall forward copies of the lists and list updates to the Director of Public Safety for enforcement purposes.
Enforcement of this chapter shall be the responsibility of the Pennington Police Department.
A. 
Any individual violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine as follows:
(1) 
First violation: $100.
(2) 
Second violation: $500.
(3) 
Third violation: $1,000 and prohibition from all future peddling, soliciting and canvassing for a period of three years.
B. 
Each act constituting peddling, soliciting or canvassing when performed without first registering with the Borough as required by this chapter, or after or before the hours permitted by this chapter, shall be considered a separate offense. Each instance in which a peddler, solicitor or canvasser enters upon the property of a residence on an applicable Do Not Solicit list shall also be considered a separate offense.
C. 
Any person who submits false information as part of the registration process shall be subject to a fine of up to $1,000.
D. 
Employers of individuals who violate or are charged with violating this chapter shall be charged with a violation as well if the violations of one or more of the employees occurred or is alleged to have occurred over an aggregate of three or more days within a period of three years. The name of the employer on whose behalf individuals are accused or convicted of peddling, soliciting or canvassing in violation of this chapter, when applicable, shall be stated in the summons or complaint and in the record of conviction of the violating individual or individuals, respectively. The employer shall be sent by mail a copy of the summons and complaint and record of conviction of each affected individual.
E. 
If one or more employees of an employer are convicted of committing violations of this chapter over an aggregate of three or more calendar days within a three-year period, that employer, after notice and opportunity to be heard, shall be prohibited from future peddling, soliciting and canvassing in the Borough for three years. The notice to the employer shall be by summons or complaint sent by mail in accordance with the signed consent supplied as part of the registration process. For the purpose of this chapter, being "convicted" of a violation of this chapter shall include failing to appear in response to summons or complaint. "Employer" and "employees" shall be defined as set forth above.