[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Vinland as Title 7, Ch. 4, of the 2004 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any transient merchant to engage in direct sales within the Town of Vinland without being registered for that purpose as provided herein.
In this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
- Includes any benevolent, philanthropic, religious, patriotic or eleemosynary person, partnership, association or corporation, or one purporting to be such, including, for example, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs and school organizations.
- The Town Clerk of the Town of Vinland, or his/her designee.
- Includes personal property of any kind, and shall include merchandise, goods or materials provided incidental to services offered or sold. The sale of merchandise includes donations required by the seller for the retention of merchandise by a donor or prospective customer.
- PERMANENT MERCHANT
- Any person who, for at least one year prior to the consideration of the application of this chapter to said merchant:
- All humans of any age or sex, partnerships, corporations, associations, groups, organizations and any other description of a collection of human beings working in concert or for the same purposes or objective.
- TRANSIENT MERCHANT
- Any individual who engages in the retail sale of merchandise at any place in this state temporarily, and who does not intend to become and does not become a permanent merchant of such place. The term shall include, but not be limited to, peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants. The sale of goods includes donations required by the transient merchant for the retention of goods by a donor or prospective customer. For purposes of this definition, sale of merchandise includes a sale in which the personal services rendered upon or in connection with the merchandise constitutes the greatest part of value for the price received, but does not include a farm auction sale conducted by or for a resident farmer of personal property used on the farm, or the sale of produce or other perishable products at retail or wholesale by a resident of the State of Wisconsin.
The following shall be exempt from all provisions of this chapter:
Any person delivering newspapers, fuel, dairy products or bakery goods to regular customers on established routes.
Any person selling merchandise at wholesale to dealers in such merchandise.
Any person selling Wisconsin agricultural products which the person has grown.
Any permanent merchant or employee thereof who takes orders at the home of the buyer for merchandise regularly offered for sale by such merchant within this country and who delivers such merchandise in the regular course of business.
Any person who has an established place of business where the merchandise being sold is offered for sale on a regular basis, and in which the buyer has initiated contact with and specifically requested a home visit by said person.
Any person selling or offering for sale a service unconnected with the sale or offering for sale of merchandise.
Any person holding a sale required by statute or by order of any court and any person conducting a bona fide auction sale pursuant to law.
Any employee, officer or agent of a charitable organization who engages in direct sales for or on behalf of said organization, provided that there is submitted to the Town Clerk proof that such charitable organization is registered under § 202.11, Wis. Stats. Any charitable organization engaging in the sale of merchandise and not registered under § 202.11, Wis. Stats., or which is exempt from that statute's registration requirements, shall be required to register under this chapter.
Any person who claims to be a permanent merchant, but against whom complaint has been made to the Town Clerk that such a person is a transient merchant, provided that there is submitted to the Town Clerk proof that such person has leased for at least one year or purchased the premises from which he/she is conducting business, or proof that such person has conducted such business within a five-mile radius of the Town for at least one year prior to the date complaint was made.
Any individual licensed by an examining board as defined in § 15.01(7), Wis. Stats.
This chapter does not apply to transient merchants while doing business at special events authorized by the Town Board.
Minors under 18 years of age who are residents of the school district(s) in the Town.
Registration information. Applicants for registration must complete and return to the Town Clerk a registration form furnished by the Clerk, which shall require the following information:
Name, permanent address and telephone number, and temporary address, if any;
Height, weight, color of hair and eyes, and date of birth;
Name, address and telephone number of the person, firm, association or corporation that the transient merchant represents or is employed by, or whose merchandise is being sold;
Temporary address and telephone number from which business will be conducted, if any;
Nature of business to be conducted and a brief description of the merchandise offered and any services offered;
Proposed method of delivery of merchandise, if applicable;
Make, model and license number of any vehicle to be used by the applicant in the conduct of his business;
Last cities, villages, towns, not to exceed three, where applicant conducted similar business just prior to making this registration;
Place where applicant can be contacted for at least seven days after leaving this Town;
Statement as to whether applicant has been convicted of any crime or ordinance violation related to applicant's transient merchant business within the last five years, the nature of the offense, and the place of conviction.
Identification and certification. Applicants shall present to the Town Clerk for examination:
A driver's license or some other proof of identity as may be reasonable required;
A state certificate of examination and approval from the Sealer of Weights and Measures where applicant's business requires use of weighing and measuring devices approved by state authorities;
A state health officer's certificate where applicant's business involves the handling of food or clothing and is required to be certified under state law; such certificate to state that applicant is apparently free from any contagious or infectious disease, dated not more than 90 days prior to the date the application for license is made.
Registration and investigation fees.
At the time of filing an application, a registration fee in accordance with the Town Board's current fee schedule shall be paid to the Town Clerk to cover the cost of investigation of the facts stated in the application and for processing said registration. Every member of a group must file a separate registration form.
License; fees. Except as provided by § 374-3, no person shall conduct any activity as a transient merchant without a license. Every applicant for a license shall pay a license fee as follows:
Annual license. The fee for an annual license shall be in accordance with the Town Board's current fee schedule, which shall be paid to the Town Clerk. Such license shall be for a calendar year and shall expire on December 31 following its issuance; provided, however, that the fee schedule be 1/2 of the amount stipulated for a calendar year if it is issued on or after July 1 of any year.
Daily license. The daily license fee shall be in accordance with the Town Board's current fee schedule, per day, which shall be paid to the Town Clerk. The license shall set forth the exact days on which such business may be carried out.
Upon receipt of each application, the Town Clerk may refer it to law enforcement authorities or other appropriate law enforcement agency for an investigation of the statements made in such registration, said investigation to be completed within seven days from the time of referral.
The Town Clerk shall refuse to register the applicant and issue a license if it is determined, pursuant to the investigation above, that: the application contains any material omission or materially inaccurate statement; complaints of a material nature have been received against the applicant by authorities in the last cities, villages and towns, not exceeding three, in which the applicant conducted similar business; the applicant was convicted of a crime, statutory violation or ordinance violation within the last five years, the nature of which is directly related to the applicant's fitness to engage in direct selling; or the applicant failed to comply with any applicable provision of § 374-4B above.
Any person denied registration may appeal the denial through the appeal procedure provided by ordinance or resolution of the Town Board or, if none has been adopted, under the provisions of §§ 68.07 through 68.16, Wis. Stats.
A transient merchant shall be prohibited from: calling at any dwelling or other place between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. except by appointment; calling at any dwelling or other place where a sign is displayed bearing the words "No Peddlers," "No Solicitors" or words of similar meaning; calling at the rear door of any dwelling place; or remaining on any premises after being asked to leave by the owner, occupant or other person having authority over such premises.
A transient merchant shall not misrepresent or make false, deceptive or misleading statements concerning the quality, quantity or character of any merchandise offered for sale, the purpose of his visit, his identity or the identity of the organization he represents. A charitable organization transient merchant shall specifically disclose what portion of the sale price of merchandise being offered will actually be used for the charitable purpose for which the organization is soliciting. Said portion shall be expressed as a percentage of the sale price of the merchandise.
No transient merchant shall impede the free use of sidewalks and streets by pedestrians and vehicles. Where sales are made from vehicles, all traffic and parking regulations shall be observed.
No transient merchant shall make any loud noises or use any sound-amplifying device to attract customers if the noise produced is capable of being plainly heard outside a one-hundred-foot radius of the source.
No transient merchant shall allow rubbish or litter to accumulate in or around the area in which he is conducting business.
After the initial greeting and before any other statement is made to prospective customer, a transient merchant shall expressly disclose his name, the name of the company or organization he is affiliated with, and the identity of merchandise or services he offers to sell.
If any sale of merchandise is made by a transient merchant or any sales order for the later delivery of merchandise is taken by the seller, the buyer shall have the right to cancel said transaction if it involves the extension of credit or a cash transaction of more than $25, in accordance with the procedure as set forth in § 423.203, Wis. Stats.; the seller shall give the buyer two copies of a typed or printed notice of that fact. Such notice shall conform to the requirements of § 423.203(1)(a)(b) and (c), (2) and (3), Wis. Stats.
If the transient merchant takes a sales order for the later delivery of merchandise, he shall, at the time the order is taken, provide the buyer with a written statement containing the terms of the agreement, the amount paid in advance, whether full, partial or no advance payment is made, the name, address and telephone number of the seller, the delivery or performance date and whether a guarantee or warranty is provided and, if so, the terms thereof.
Registration may be revoked by the Town Board after notice and hearing if the registrant made any material omission or materially inaccurate statement in the application for registration, made any fraudulent, false, deceptive or misleading statement or representation in the course of engaging in direct sales, violated any provision of this chapter or was convicted of any crime or ordinance or statutory violation which is directly related to the registrant's fitness to engage in direct selling.
Written notice of the hearing shall be served personally on the registrant at least 72 hours prior to the time set for the hearing; such notice shall contain the time and place of hearing and a statement of the acts upon which the hearing will be based.