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Town of Suffield, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Suffield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-30-1981 (Ch. 11, Art. II, of the 1987 Code)]
No person shall vend, peddle or hawk upon the public streets of the Town any goods, wares or other merchandise at public or private sale or auction or vend, peddle or hawk such articles from house to house within the Town limits without securing a permit in accordance with the provisions of this article.
No permit shall be issued to include more than one person. Each person shall apply for his individual permit. The permit shall be valid for one year from the date of issue.
A person shall make an application to the Chief of Police or his agent in order to obtain a permit required under the provisions of this article. The Chief of Police or his agent shall furnish the applicant a permit application which the applicant shall complete entirely. Any intentional misstatement or misrepresentation shall render the application and subsequent permit null and void.
[Amended 4-19-1988 by Ord. No. 88-04]
The Chief of Police or his agent shall review the application required by this article and upon being satisfied that the requested permit is for a lawful purpose shall date and sign the application. Any person who has an application denied by the Chief of Police or his agent because the Chief or his agent was not satisfied that the requested permit was for a lawful purpose may appeal to the Board of Selectmen. If a majority of the Selectmen determine that the application was improperly denied, then the majority shall date and sign the application. After the application has been properly signed and dated by either the Board of Selectmen or Chief of Police or his agent, the Chief of Police or his agent shall grant the permit upon receipt of the required fee. After issuing the permit the Chief of Police or his agent shall maintain a copy of the application with the permit number.
[Amended 4-19-1988 by Ord. No. 88-04]
No permit required by the provisions of this article shall be valid unless signed by the Chief of Police or his agent, and no permit shall be valid for any person other than the one named on such permit, and the permit shall be valid only for the purpose specified upon the application.
[Amended 12-19-2019]
A. 
The permit fee required for the activities stated in § 242-1 shall be set by the Board of Selectmen. Persons performing those actions stated in § 242-1 shall show their permit upon request of any individual who is being solicited or upon request of any police officer. Each person shall carry his permit upon his person at all times while engaging in those activities stated in § 242-1.
B. 
A person engaging in those activities stated in § 242-1 shall perform those actions between 9:00 a.m. and 15 minutes before sunset.
A. 
Upon receipt of a complaint regarding a person performing those activities stated in § 242-1, the Chief of Police or his agent shall conduct an investigation, and if it is determined that such person violated any state, federal or local law or ordinance, the Chief or his agent may confiscate and revoke such person's peddler permit.
B. 
Any person who has his peddler's permit revoked by the Chief of Police or his agent may appeal the revocation decision to the Board of Selectmen in writing within five days of such revocation. If a majority of the Selectmen determine that the permit was improperly revoked, they may reinstate such permit without additional fee to the person. If a permit is revoked and a majority of the Selectmen uphold the revocation, such decision shall be final. The Board of Selectmen shall issue a written decision within three days after the written appeal is received.
C. 
Any person whose permit is revoked shall not be allowed to reapply for any permit to perform those activities stated in § 242-1 for a period of one year from the date of revocation.
This article shall not apply to sales by farmers and gardeners of the produce of their farms and gardens, or to the sale, distribution and delivery of milk, teas, coffees, spices, groceries, meats and bakery goods, to sales on approval, to conditional sales of merchandise, or to the taking of orders for merchandise for future delivery when full payment is not required at the time of solicitation.
[Amended 4-19-1988 by Ord. No. 88-04; 12-19-2019]
If more than one person makes application for a permit and they are representing the same company or organization, then the Chief of Police or his agent may prorate the permit fee set by the Board of Selectmen among such persons so that the total does not exceed the amount set by the Board of Selectmen; each person involved shall be issued an individual permit.
[Amended 4-19-1988 by Ord. No. 88-04]
The Chief of Police or his agent may waive the required fee for any person upon a satisfactory showing that the person is vending, peddling or conducting a public auction for the benefit of a local civic group or nonprofit organization which is a tax exempt organization. The Chief of Police or his agent may require that a copy of the tax exemption certificate be filed at the time the application is presented.
Any person desiring to perform those activities stated in § 242-1 which are regulated by additional federal, state or local ordinances and laws shall obtain the proper permits in addition to a permit from the Town.
[Amended 12-19-2019]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be fined in an amount not exceeding the maximum amount authorized by the Connecticut General Statutes.