[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Laurel Hollow 7-10-2019 by L.L. No. 2-2019. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Trespassing — See Ch. 131.
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former Ch. 88, Peddling and Soliciting, adopted 8-16-1960 as Ord. No. VIII of the General Ordinances, as amended.
Except as may be otherwise provided herein, it shall be unlawful for any person, organization, society, association, company or corporation, or their agents or representatives, to proselytize, canvass, solicit business, take orders for goods or services or to distribute handbills, pamphlets or other written material or solicit donations or contributions of money or property or financial assistance of any kind upon the streets, upon private property, by house-to-house canvass or in public places in the Village of Laurel Hollow without a license previously issued pursuant to this chapter.
Application for a license, as provided in this chapter, shall be in writing and addressed to the Clerk of the Village of Laurel Hollow and shall contain the following information:
Name, address and purpose of the cause for which the license is sought.
Names and addresses of the officers and directors of the organization, firm, society, association, company or corporation.
Time for which permission is sought and localities and places of activity, giving the date of the commencement and termination of the solicitation.
Legal and tax status of any organization, firm, society, association, company or corporation so applying.
Whether or not any commissions, fees, wages or emoluments are to be expended in connection with such activity.
The name, address, date of birth, social security number, personal photograph(s) and complete driver's license information of the person or persons who shall be conducting the solicitation or otherwise peddling, soliciting or canvassing.
A brief description of the nature of the business and the goods to be sold or services to be performed for which funds are to be solicited and an explanation of the intended use of the funds toward that purpose.
If a vehicle or vehicles are to be used in the solicitation, a description of same, including year, make and model, together with a license plate number, registration certification information and liability insurance information or other satisfactory means of identification. Such information shall be presented for inspection, upon demand, by any Laurel Hollow Village Code Enforcement Officer or Oyster Bay Cove Village police officer.
The names of any other municipalities in which the person registering has solicited or otherwise peddled, solicited or canvassed within the previous 12 months.
Such other information as the Board of Trustees may require.
All applications must be accompanied by a $25 processing fee payable to the Clerk, Village of Laurel Hollow. Upon approval of the license, a fee of $200 shall be paid to the Village of Laurel Hollow.
Upon receiving such application, the Clerk shall present the same to the Board of Trustees at its next regular meeting, but not later than 20 business days from the date upon which the application is filed. The Board of Trustees shall approve the application of all bona fide applicants who have complied with the above provisions. The Board of Trustees may deny the application for any of the following reasons:
An investigation reveals that the applicant falsified information on the application.
The applicant has been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or ordinance violation involving a sex offense, trafficking in controlled substances or any violent act against persons or property.
The applicant is a person against whom a judgment or administrative agency determination has been entered or a conviction obtained within the five years immediately preceding the date of the application, based upon fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
The solicitation involves the sale of illegal substances or services.
The applicant does not possess any applicable licenses required by the United States, the State of New York, the County of Nassau or the Town of Oyster Bay.
A determination by the Oyster Bay Cove Police Chief that the location and time of the activities described in the application would endanger the safety and welfare of the applicant or potential customers.
Any license approval granted by the Board of Trustees is subject to the following restrictions:
Payment by the applicant of the license fee of $200.
All activity must be conducted on weekdays and Saturdays, only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and dusk (i.e., 30 minutes after sunset).
Any organization, society, association, company or corporation licensed under this chapter shall not have more than 10 individuals engaged in the activity at any one time.
The license shall be effective for no more than one calendar year from the date of issuance, and all licenses shall terminate on December 31 in the year in which they were issued. There shall be no proration of fees over the calendar year.
The Board of Trustees shall not grant permission for applicants' activity with respect to those persons who have advised the Board of Trustees in writing that they do not desire solicitation.
Any person not desiring solicitation upon the person's private property may advise the Board of Trustees by written notice objecting to any or all solicitation or distributions. Such notice shall include the name of the person filing; the address of the property affected; the date of such filing; a statement specifically identifying the organizations or institutions which the person filing objects to permitting entrance onto his private residential property for the purpose of solicitation or distribution; or that all such solicitation or distribution is objected to.
All persons soliciting donations or contributions or proselytizing pursuant to this chapter shall, at all times during such period, carry an identification card issued by the organization, society, association, company or corporation licensed to conduct the solicitation. Each identification card shall be displayed on the outer garment and shall plainly show the name of the person who is soliciting, his or her photograph and the person, organization, society, association, company or corporation on whose behalf such solicitation is being made.
Any and all licenses which may be granted by the Board of Trustees pursuant to any part of this chapter may, for cause, be suspended by the Mayor and may be revoked by the Board of Trustees after notice and hearing for any of the following causes:
This chapter shall not apply to persons for whom exemption is made by any special provision of law from any of the provisions of this chapter, provided they are not engaged in commercial transactions or the solicitation of funds. This chapter also shall not apply to any duly organized religious corporation, lodge, benevolent or fraternal order, political organization; nor to a local community group or organization such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or other such youth organization; nor to any political party or candidate. In the event such organizations or individuals are involved in commercial transactions or the soliciting of funds, special permission shall first be obtained from the Board of Trustees for soliciting or canvassing.
If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this chapter is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by the decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine of not less than $500 and not exceeding $1,500 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.