City of Clairton, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Clairton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Advertising materials — See Ch. 145.
Noise — See Ch. 243.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 255.
Special sales — See Ch. 291.
[Adopted 8-14-1973 by Ord. No. 1249 as Ch. 100 of the 1973 Code]
[Amended 10-23-1979 by Ord. No. 1330; 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518]
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of peddling, hawking or huckstering any goods, wares, medicines, food produce, provisions, books, periodicals, articles or merchandise of any kind whatsoever or to offer the same for sale by going from house to house or by hawking or huckstering the same upon the public streets, alleys or lanes within the corporate limits of the City, without first obtaining a license to do so as provided in this article, and such activities shall be limited to the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Any person desiring a license to peddle, huckster or hawk or solicit orders or canvass, hold tag days or conduct a transient business as contemplated by this article shall make application, in writing, to the Police Department.
[Amended 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518]
If the applicant, under the provisions of the preceding section, is a person of good character and repute and conducts a legitimate business and has not violated laws of the commonwealth, the provisions of this article or other ordinances of the City, such application shall be approved by the City Manager. Otherwise such application shall be refused.
[Amended 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518]
If the application for a license under the provisions of § 259-2 is approved, the application shall be stamped and noted thereon with the approval of the City Manager, who is authorized to issue the license upon an approved application.
[Amended 2-9-1982 by Ord. No. 1351]
A. 
The applicant for a license under the provisions of this article shall pay to the City Manager for the use of the City the following fee:
(1) 
A license for one day shall be $25.
(2) 
A license for one year shall be $400.
B. 
The fee shall be the same whether peddling or hawking on foot, by handcart or with a wagon or motor vehicle.
No license shall be issued any person to peddle, hawk or huckster any merchandise or products or to solicit any funds upon the sidewalks or upon the streets or lanes or within the City where such peddling, hawking, huckstering or soliciting would entail the gathering of a group or crowd of people on the sidewalk, street, lane or public highway.
Upon the payment of the required license fee to the City Manager for the use of the City, the City Manager shall issue and furnish to the person paying the same a license certificate granting to such person the privilege to hawk, peddle or solicit or canvass as authorized by this article within the corporate limits of the City.
The certificate of license issued under the provisions of the preceding section shall set forth the name, residence, place of business of the applicant, the amount of license fee paid and the time or period for which the license is issued.
The City Manager shall keep a record and copy of each license certificate issued by him or her and an account of all moneys received by him or her for such licenses.
The City Manager shall, on the last day of each month, turn over to the Financial Officer all moneys received by him or her during the month as license fees under the provisions of this article, together with a full statement of the same.
The City Manager shall notify the Police Department of the issuance of each license certificate immediately upon the issuance thereof.
Every license certificate issued under the provisions of this article shall be kept in the possession of the person engaged in peddling, hawking, soliciting or canvassing. It shall be exhibited on demand to any proper person or citizen desiring to see the same or posted in a conspicuous place on the cart or vehicle used.
Nothing in this article shall be construed so as to allow or permit any holder of a license granted under the provisions of this article to violate any of the police regulations, the provisions of this article or other ordinances of the City relating to the use or occupancy of the streets, lanes and sidewalks of the City by carts, wagons or other vehicles or to the display of wares, goods and merchandise for examination or sale.
Nothing in this article shall be construed as applying to the sale by any farmer of his or her own produce in and about the streets of the City, nor to prohibit retail milk and ice dealers and bakers from selling milk or milk products or ice or bread and bakery products or meat and meat products to customers.
Honorably discharged veterans of the United States armed forces who have procured a general license to hawk, peddle, solicit or canvass in conformity with the requirement of the state law shall be exempt from the payment of license fees required by this article. All such veterans shall, however, file with the City Police Department and with the City Manager an application, in writing, as required by this article, and upon satisfactory proof to the City Manager that he or she is an honorably discharged veteran, he or she shall be granted a license for the purposes herein set forth without payment of any license fee. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to permit any such veteran to violate the provisions of § 259-6 of this article.
No person shall enter upon or begin a transient retail business in the City for the sale of any goods, wares or merchandise whatsoever without first having made application for a license as provided for in this article through the City Police Department and the City Manager's office and paid the required license fee. Such retail merchant shall be any person who hires, rents, occupies or uses any room, apartment, store, shop, building or any other place or structure for the exposition and sale of goods, wares and merchandise and who shall do so temporarily or as a transient. The amount of license fee to be collected shall be the sum of $10 per month. Such fee shall be paid to the City Manager for the use of the City. All such licenses as provided for in this section shall be renewed monthly during the continuance of such sale.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $300 for each and every offense, together with the cost of prosecution.
[Adopted 8-14-1973 by Ord. No. 1249 as Ch. 95 of the 1973 Code]
It shall be unlawful to sell or offer for sale or to peddle any ice cream, candy, confection or beverage for human consumption from any vehicle, including motor vehicles and nonmotorized vehicles, on any public street, alley or parkway in the City of Clairton without having first obtained a license therefor.
Any person, partnership, association or corporation desiring a license to peddle ice cream and other foods as aforesaid shall make application, in writing, to the Chief of Police of the City of Clairton. Said Chief of Police shall make or cause to be made an investigation of the character and repute of the applicant and his or her business.
[Amended 2-9-1982 by Ord. No. 1351]
A. 
If the application for said license is approved by the Chief of Police, the City Manager shall be notified to issue the license requested upon receipt of the following fee:
(1) 
A license for one day shall be $25.
(2) 
A license for one year shall be $400.
B. 
The fee shall be the same whether peddling or hawking on foot, by handcart or with a wagon or motor vehicle.
It shall be unlawful to permit any such vehicle to stand or remain in any place where parking vehicles is prohibited or at any place or time when an unusual traffic hazard or danger to prospective customers exists. Such vehicles may remain stopped where permitted only so long as is necessary to consummate a sale or sales.
Sales from such vehicles may only be made between the hours of 12:00 noon and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time.
All such vehicles shall be kept clean and sanitary and shall be thoroughly cleaned each day they are used.
[Amended 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518]
It shall be the duty of the City Manager or the City Manager's designee to make or cause to be made such inspections as may be necessary to ensure compliance with the provisions of this article.
Any person, partnership, association or corporation violating any provision of this article shall be fined not more than $300 and costs for each offense; and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.