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Township of Chatham, NJ
Morris County
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[Added 6-27-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-12]
As used in this section:
CANVASSER
Any person, other than a peddler and solicitor, traveling by foot or vehicle of any kind, who distributes printed matter or any other thing from house to house or who calls in person upon the occupants of houses seeking contributions or anything of value.
PEDDLER
Any person, other than a solicitor or canvasser, traveling by foot or vehicle of any kind, who conveys or transports goods, articles or property of any kind or description for the purpose of offering for sale, selling and delivering the same to customers or offering to render immediate services of any kind or description. The term peddler shall include the words "hawker" and "huckster," but excludes any person under contract with a school or the Township.
PERSON
Includes the singular and the plural and shall mean any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, club, society or other organization.
SOLICITOR
Any person, traveling by foot or vehicle of any kind, who sells or offers to sell goods, articles or property of any kind or description by sample or otherwise for future delivery, or who offers to render services at some time in the future, with or without accepting payment or partial payment for the same.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Chatham in the County of Morris, New Jersey.
The Township Clerk shall prepare and maintain a list of those residents who notify the Clerk by completing a form that no peddling, soliciting and canvassing, nor the placement of literature, leaflets, pamphlets, advertisements, circulars, samples, door hangers or other written material (other than those requested by the resident) is permitted at their premises. Upon the adoption of Chapter IVA of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Chatham, the Clerk shall publicize its adoption and shall prepare the required form which shall be available on the Township's website or at the Clerk's office during normal business hours, Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except legal holidays.
The Clerk shall submit the Do Not Knock/Do Not Drop Off Registry to the Chief of Police as the Registry is updated and the Registry shall be distributed to applicants seeking a license to peddle, solicit or canvass pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 4 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township.
a. 
Do Not Knock: peddlers, solicitors, and canvassers shall not peddle, solicit or canvass on the premises of those residents on the Do Not Knock/Do Not Drop Off Registry.
b. 
Do Not Drop Off: peddlers, solicitors, and canvassers shall not place literature, leaflets, pamphlets, advertisements, circulars, samples, door hangers or other written material (other than those requested by the resident) on the premises of those residents on the Do Not Knock/Do Not Drop Off Registry.
a. 
The Clerk shall update the Registry as registrations are received by the Clerk to add properties or delete properties. However, once a premises is registered with the Clerk, the property may only be removed from the Registry by the property owner submitting a written request to the Clerk or as a result of a sale of the property.
b. 
The Registry shall consist solely of the premises addresses and shall include no further identifying information concerning the ownership of each property.
a. 
Those who have requested to be listed on the Township's Registry may procure from the Clerk's office a notice for display on the premises on the Registry stating that the premises is on the Township's Do Not Knock/Do Not Drop Off Registry. The notice for display shall be substantially as follows:
These premises are listed on the Township of Chatham Do Not Knock/Do Not Drop Off Registry. You may not enter these premises to peddle, solicit or canvass on behalf of any person or organization. Those engaged in the delivery of goods to premises of persons previously ordering or entitled to receive such goods, charitable, educational, nonprofit organizations, political, religious organizations are exempt and may be permitted.
b. 
The first notice for display for a particular premises shall be provided free of charge and shall be picked up in person from the Clerk's office during regular business hours. If a replacement notice is required, there shall be a fee of $5, which shall be payable to the Clerk's office.
c. 
The failure of an owner or occupant of premises listed on the Registry to have a notice displayed on the premises shall not serve as a defense because it is the sole responsibility of the canvasser, peddler or solicitor to obtain the current Registry from the Clerk prior to canvassing, peddling or soliciting.
The following persons are expressly exempted from the provisions of this Chapter 4A:
a. 
Any person who, as part of a regular course of business, is engaged in the delivery of goods to the premises of persons previously ordering or entitled to receive such goods.
b. 
Any person who, as a member of any public, civic, charitable, educational or nonprofit organization, is engaged in any fund-raising or other activity of such organization.
c. 
Any officer, employee, agent or representative of any public, charitable, educational or nonprofit organization.
d. 
Any honorably discharged veteran who holds a license issued by the Clerk of Morris County pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:24-9.
e. 
Any exempt member of a volunteer fire department holding an exemption certificate as provided in N.J.S.A. 45:24-9.
f. 
Any member, officer, employee, agent or representative of a religious or political organization, including candidates, engaged in any door-to-door canvassing on behalf of or for such organization or candidate.
The Police Department shall enforce this chapter. However, this does not preclude an owner or occupant of premises listed on the Registry from filing an appropriate summons with the municipal court administrator, nor does it preclude an owner or occupant of premises listed on the Registry from filing any other appropriate legal action.
a. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Chapter 4A shall be liable upon conviction to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.
b. 
Any peddler, solicitor or canvasser violating any of the provisions of this Chapter 4A is subject to revocation of that license pursuant to the revocation procedures set forth in Chapter 4.