[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Colchester 3-6-1993. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Ordinance enforcement — See Ch. 93.
No person, except those exempt pursuant to C.G.S. § 21-37, as amended, shall engage in the business of hawker or peddler on the public streets, Connecticut highways or sidewalks of the Town or any land abutting such streets, highways or sidewalks without first having obtained a permit from the First Selectman. This chapter shall not apply to the hawking or peddling of any goods, wares or merchandise from house to house within the Town. Nothing herein shall be deemed to allow hawking or peddling on limited access highways or public property, including without limitation, the Town Green or private property without the permission of the owner of the private property.
No person, except those exempt pursuant to § 21-37 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, shall engage in the business of hawker or peddler on the public streets, state highways or sidewalks of the Town or any land abutting such street, highways, or sidewalks along the route of a parade or at the location of a fair, festival or similar community or civic event during such parade or event, except in an area designated by the First Selectman.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- HAWKER or PEDDLER
- Any person, whether principal or agent, who goes from town to town or from place to place in the same town selling or bartering, or carrying for sale or barter, or exposing therefor, any goods, wares or merchandise, either on foot or from any animal or vehicle.
An application on a form established by the Board of Selectmen for a permit shall be submitted to the First Selectman and shall include the following information:
Name and address of applicant.
Name and address of any person or organization for whom the applicant is employed or acting.
Broad description of the general types of goods, wares or merchandise proposed to be sold or offered for sale, including the type of operation proposed to be conducted (e.g., motor vehicle, pushcart, vending table).
If food or beverages are to be sold, evidence of inspection by and approval of the Town Code Enforcement Department.
Registration number and name of the owner of any motor vehicle that will be used in connection with the applicant's business.
The fee for the privilege of so vending, hawking or peddling shall be $200 per year. Nonprofit organizations shall not be subject to said fee.
The permit shall continue in effect for one year from the date of issue and may be renewed annually.
The First Selectman's office shall keep a record of all permits issued hereunder in a book provided for such purpose containing:
Any permit granted under this chapter may be revoked by the First Selectman if the permittee violates any provision of this chapter or creates any nuisance situation in connection with the permitted activity.
Each permittee shall be required to affix the permit to the vehicle, cart, stand, carrying case or support structure used in peddling or vending in a location clearly visible to the public.
Permits issued under this chapter shall be subject to the following requirements:
The permittee shall make adequate provision for the collection and disposal of all containers, wrappings or other type of litter that is deposited in the area by the permittee or its customers.
The permittee shall operate the business in a safe manner and maintain any pushcarts, vehicles or similar devices in a safe operating condition so as not to be injurious to the public health and safety.
The permittee shall be in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and ordinances.
The penalty for violating any provision of this chapter shall be a fine of $50.