[HISTORY: Adopted 3-1-1965 ATM, Art. 26. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in business as a canvasser or solicitor calling at residences without the previous consent of the occupants for the purpose of soliciting orders, sales, subscriptions or business of any kind, or soliciting alms or contributions for any person, cause or organization, without first having registered in the office of the Chief of Police.
The registrant shall give his complete identification, his signature, the name of his employer, the nature of the products or services in which he is interested, the names of the manufacturers of such products or of the organization which he is representing, and the proposed method of operation in the Town, and such other information as may be required of him.
The Chief of Police shall thereupon, if satisfied with the honesty and good character of the registrant, issue a written permit for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months.
Each person shall at all times while soliciting or canvassing in the Town carry upon his person the permit and the same shall be exhibited by such registrant whenever he is required to do so by any police officer or by any person solicited.
The Chief of Police may, however, authorize the directors of any veterans group, hospital, Community Chest, Red Cross, YMCA, or other organization, engaged in social, charitable or educational services, to solicit contributions without having each solicitor under their direction register.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to officers or employees of the Town, county, state or federal government or any subdivision thereof when the official business, nor shall it apply to religious organizations.
Any such registration may be revoked by the Selectmen or the Chief of Police because of any violation by the registrant of this chapter or of any other chapter of the Town or of any state or federal law, or whenever the registrant shall cease to possess the qualifications and character required by this chapter for the original registration.
Anyone failing to register under this chapter or anyone who solicits after his registration has been revoked as herein provided shall be required to pay a forfeit of twenty dollars ($20.) for each offense.