[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Laurel Hollow 11-18-1991 as LL No. 5-1991. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Laurel Hollow recognizes the constitutional right of any person to disseminate information, including advertising or commercial matter. At the same time, the Village Board must address the concerns of private property owners that distribution of commercial handbills on private property may be injurious to public health, safety and welfare and may constitute a nuisance. The accumulation of unsolicited commercial handbills on private property can be regulated as a matter of public health and safety. The proliferation of such handbills indicates that a dwelling is unoccupied, thereby making it a potential target for vandalism, burglary or other violations and crimes. This legislation seeks to promote and preserve the right of any person to distribute such information and at the same time to protect the interests of the residents of the Village of Laurel Hollow.
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, cast, place or distribute or cause or permit to be thrown, cast, placed or distributed any commercial handbill, circular, card, booklet or other similar commercial or advertising matter or publication whatsoever upon any places in or upon any public place or in or upon any part of private property or dwelling or in any letterbox or receptacle on said premises unless the name and address of the distributor thereof are clearly and boldly printed thereon and unless the owners or parties in possession of the properties thereof have not sent a written request to said name and address printed thereon via the United States Postal Service, certified mail, return receipt requested, at least fourteen (14) days prior to such action, asking that said owners or parties in possession not receive such publications, provided that nothing herein contained shall be deemed to prohibit the distribution of such matter by the United States Postal Service or prohibit the distribution of sample copies of newspapers regularly sold by the copy or by subscription.
This section is not intended to prevent the lawful distribution of anything other than commercial or business matter or material.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COMMERCIAL HANDBILL
- Includes any printed or written matter, any sample or device, dodger, circular, leaflet, pamphlet, paper, booklet or any other printed or otherwise reproduced original or copies of any matter or literature which:
- (1) Advertises for sale any merchandise, product, commodity or thing;
- (2) Advertises for the employment of any service;
- (3) Directors attention to any business or mercantile or commercial establishment or other activity for the purpose of either directly or indirectly promoting the interests thereof by sales or employment;
- (4) Directs attention to or advertises any meeting, theatrical performance, exhibition or event of any kind for which an admission fee is charged for the purpose of private gain or profit; but the terms of this subsection shall not apply where an admission fee is charged or a collection is taken up for the purpose of defraying the expenses incident to such meeting, theatrical performance, exhibition or event of any kind when either of the same is held, given or takes place in connection with the dissemination of information which is not restricted under the ordinary rules of decency, good morals, public peace, safety and good order, provided that nothing contained in this subsection shall be deemed to authorize the holding, giving or taking place of any meeting, theatrical performance, exhibition or event of any kind without a license where such license is or may be required by any law of the state or under any ordinance of this municipality; or
- (5) While containing reading matter other than advertising matter, is distributed or circulated for advertisement purposes or for the private benefit and gain of any person so engaged as advertiser or distributor.
- Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind which actually delivers or causes the delivery of any commercial handbill as herein defined.
- HANDBILL DISTRIBUTOR
- Includes any person engaging or engaged in the business for hire or gain of distributing commercial or noncommercial handbills, other than newspapers distributed to subscribers thereof, and any person receiving compensation directly or indirectly for the distribution of such handbills.
- Includes any newspapers of general circulation as defined by general law, any newspaper duly entered with the United States Postal Service in accordance with federal statute or regulation and any newspaper filed and recorded with any recording officer as provided by general law and, in addition thereto, shall mean and include any periodical or current magazine regularly published with not less than four (4) issues per year and sold to the public.
- Includes any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- PRIVATE PREMISES
- Includes any dwelling, house, building or other structure designed or used either wholly or in part for private residential purposes, whether inhabited or temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant, and shall include any yards, grounds, walk, driveway, porch, steps, vestibule or mailbox belonging or appurtenant to such dwelling, house, building or other structure.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Includes any and all streets, boulevards, avenues, lanes, alleys or other public ways and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, plazas, grounds and buildings.
Words singular in form may include the plural, and any words plural in form may include the singular. Words in the masculine gender shall include the feminine and neuter genders.
Each violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense hereunder and be punishable by a fine not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) for each offense or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding fifteen (15) days, or both. Further, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Laurel Hollow may also enforce obedience to this chapter by injunction or any other available remedy.