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Township of Tredyffrin, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Tredyffrin as Ch. III, Art. 1, of the 1979 General Laws of the Municipality of Tredyffrin. Amendments noted where applicable.]
From and after the enactment hereof, it shall be unlawful for any person, not exempted by § 143-6 hereof, who is not the holder of a valid and unexpired license issued pursuant to this chapter to engage in selling, purchasing or soliciting the sale or purchase of food, printed matter, services, goods, wares or merchandise of any description or in soliciting contributions, gifts or pledges of money or any other thing of value by visitation to private homes or residences or on the public streets or highways of Tredyffrin Township.
A. 
Any person, not exempted by § 143-6 hereof, desiring to obtain a license to engage in the activities described in § 143-1 above shall make application thereof, in person, to the Township Manager. The applicant shall supply, over his signature, the following information:
(1) 
His name.
(2) 
His place and date of birth.
(3) 
His temporary address.
(4) 
His residence address.
(5) 
The address at which he will receive notices under this chapter.
(6) 
The name and address of his employer or principal, if any, and the nature of the business activity thereof.
(7) 
The nature of the business or activity in which the applicant wishes to engage within the township.
(8) 
A statement as to whether the applicant has been convicted of any crime other than of minor traffic violations and, if so, of what crime or crimes.
B. 
The applicant shall, together with his application, submit to the Township Manager his photograph, the fingerprints of his two hands and a written description of himself, all recorded by the Tredyffrin Township Police, and shall pay a fee amount as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors to defray the cost of administering this chapter.
C. 
Upon submission of said application and supporting evidence of identification and the payment of fee as aforesaid, there shall be issued to the applicant a license in the form of a card which shall, unless revoked, entitle the licensee to engage in the activities described in § 143-1 above, for a period of one year from the date of issuance.
D. 
Licenses may be renewed annually upon payment of the fee hereinabove provided for and amendment of the original application to reflect any changes necessary in the information therein contained.
E. 
A permit card issued pursuant to this chapter is not transferrable to any other person or entity. A permit card issued pursuant to this chapter is not transferable to any employee or agent of a licensee who is not listed in the licensee's permit card application. A separate application shall be filed and a separate permit fee shall be paid by each person who shall actually conduct the soliciting or peddling and shall apply where an employer desires to secure permit cards for his employees or agents.
[Added 9-17-2018 by Ord. No. HR-421]
Every person to whom a license has been issued hereunder shall, in the carrying on of his business or activities in the township, comply with the following rules of conduct:
A. 
He shall carry his license card at all times and exhibit it upon request to any peace officer or any person upon whom he shall call or with whom he shall talk in carrying on his licensed activities.
B. 
He shall not permit any person to have possession of his license card and shall immediately report its loss to the Township Manager. He shall not cause or permit his license card to be altered or defaced.
C. 
He shall not enter or attempt to enter any dwelling house without invitation or permission of the occupant and shall immediately leave any premises upon request.
D. 
He shall not represent his license card to be an endorsement of himself or of his goods or services or of the goods or services of his principal or employer.
E. 
He shall immediately surrender his license card upon revocation of his license as hereinafter provided.
F. 
He shall peddle, solicit or distribute merchandise only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and dusk, which for the purposes of this subsection is hereby defined as 30 minutes after sunset Monday through Saturday and is expressly prohibited on Sundays.
[Added 9-17-2018 by Ord. No. HR-421]
G. 
He shall comply with "No Soliciting" notices posted on any property or business in the Township and comply with the standards relating to the "No Soliciting" registry established by § 143-6 of this chapter.
[Added 9-17-2018 by Ord. No. HR-421]
H. 
He shall not engage in peddling or soliciting in a manner that is intended to or is likely to intimidate a person responding affirmatively to the peddling or soliciting activity; or is likely to cause a reasonable person to fear imminent bodily harm or the commission of a criminal act upon a person's property.
[Added 9-17-2018 by Ord. No. HR-421]
[Amended 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278]
Any license hereafter issued may be revoked by the Board of Supervisors upon the failure of the licensee to comply with the standards of conduct established by § 143-3 hereof or upon ascertainment that the licensee has made any false statement in his application for license hereunder. Notice of revocation shall be given by written notice personally served or sent by certified mail to the address designated for this purpose in the application for license.
Any person whose license has been revoked shall be entitled to appear, with counsel, if he so desires, before the Board of Supervisors at a regular or special meeting and be heard in behalf of a request for reinstatement of his license.
[Amended 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278; 9-17-2018 by Ord. No. HR-421]
A. 
Any resident of Tredyffrin Township may register with the Tredyffrin Township Police Department by signing a registration application indicating that such owner or resident of such home does not wish to be solicited.
B. 
Any person seeking a permit card under the provisions of this chapter shall, in signing the application to obtain the same, agree that he or she will not solicit homes whose owners or residents have signed a registration list which indicates that such owner or resident of such home does not wish to be solicited. Such a list shall be held by the Police Department, and a copy thereof shall be given to each person obtaining a license and identification card under the provisions of this chapter. In the event that such person soliciting within the boundaries of the Township shall fail to recognize the wishes of the homeowner or the resident of such home expressed in the notice, then any such attempt to solicit such home shall result in revocation of the solicitor's license and identification card.
[Amended 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278; 10-2-2000 by Ord. No. HR-290]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall be guilty of a summary violation and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the township in the enforcement of this chapter. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. In default of the payment of any fine, the defendant shall be sentenced to imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the township are hereby authorized to seek any other available relief at law or equity, including injunction, to enforce compliance with this chapter.