[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Plainville 6-6-2011 ATM by Art. 26. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be no door-to-door solicitation by commercial salesmen or agents in the Town of Plainville except with the written authorization of the Board of Selectmen, and no person shall go from place to place in the Town of Plainville selling or bartering, or carrying or exposing for sale or barter, any fruits, vegetables, fish or other goods, ware or merchandise, except as provided in MGL c. 101, §§ 16 and 17, or otherwise provided for in these bylaws, in or from a cart, wagon or other vehicle, or in any other manner, without a license therefor from the Selectmen; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to any person who sells fruit or vegetables, meat or fish produced by himself or his family.
The Board of Selectmen shall have authority to grant such license to any person of good repute for morals and integrity who is or has declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States. Such licenses, unless sooner revoked by the Board of Selectmen, shall expire on the 31st day of December next after granting the license thereof, and each person so licensed shall pay therefor the sum of $25.
No hawker or peddler shall sell, or offer or expose for sale, any of the articles enumerated in MGL c. 101, § 17, or in any acts in amendment thereof or in addition thereto, until he has recorded his name and residence with the Board of Selectmen or such other board or officer as may be designated by the Selectmen. Every person licensed under the provision of § 346-1 of this bylaw as a hawker or peddler of fruit, vegetables, fish or other merchandise shall record his name and residence in like manner with such board or officer.
No person hawking, peddling or carrying, or exposing for sale, any article shall cry his wares to the disturbance of the peace and comfort of the inhabitants of the Town, nor shall he carry or convey such article in any manner that will tend to injure or disturb the public health or comfort, nor otherwise than in vehicles and receptacles which are neat and clean and do not leak.
Every hawker and peddler licensed by the Board of Selectmen shall be assigned a number and shall be provided by the Board of Selectmen with a badge which shall be conspicuously worn by him, and every other hawker and peddler as described in § 346-1 shall provide himself with a badge of such type and design as may be approved by said Board of Selectmen, which he shall wear in like manner.
Every vehicle or other receptacle used by a licensee as a conveyance for articles offered or exposed for sale by him shall bear the name of the licensee plainly inscribed or painted on the body of the vehicle and shall have attached thereto on each side a number plate, to be furnished by the Town, with his license number, bearing the number and date of expiration of such license and word "Plainville."
No person shall be registered or assigned a badge or number under the provisions of §§ 346-3 and 346-5 of this bylaw, until he presents a certificate from the sealer of weights and measures stating that all weighing and measuring devices intended to be used by such person have been duly inspected and sealed as required by law. The use of, or possession by such person with intent to use, any false or unsealed weighing or measuring devices shall be sufficient cause for the revocation of his license or the cancellation of his registration.
Any licensee who fails, neglects or refuses to exhibit his license when the same is demanded of him by any person shall be subject to the same penalty as if he had no license.
Nothing in this section shall be construed as conflicting with any license issued under the authority of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Any license granted under this section or under any bylaw amendatory or additional thereto may be revoked by the board granting same.
Any person convicted for violation of this bylaw shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $300 for each offense.