[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of East Hampton 8-11-1987; amended 9-13-1988; 6-25-1991. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PEDDLER or HAWKER
- Any person or business entity, whether principal or agent, who shall go from place to place, within East Hampton, selling or bartering, or carrying for sale or barter, or exposing therefor any goods, wares, merchandise or things, either on foot or from any animal or vehicle.
- SOLICITOR or CANVASSER
- Any person, or business entity, whether principal or agent, who shall go from place to place, or who shall call at residences either in person or by telephone within East Hampton, without the previous consent of the occupant for the purpose of soliciting sales, subscriptions, information, business of any kind, donations and orders for future delivery of any services, goods, wares or merchandise, including, without limiting the foregoing, magazines and other printed matter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to persons who are soliciting orders of purchase for future delivery, selling, bartering or exposing for sale or barter, goods, wares, or merchandise to regularly established customers; to salesmen selling goods to retail or wholesale stores for resale or to industrial establishments for processing; to the vending of any goods, sold at or upon the occasion of any public festival or holiday of any kind under the control of persons who are in charge of such occasions; to newsboys and those exempted under the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut from the operation of the general regulatory power granted to towns with respect to peddling to officials or employees of East Hampton, State of Connecticut or the federal government while on official business.
It shall be mandatory for any solicitor or canvasser and for any peddler or hawker to apply for a license with the Chief of Police of East Hampton and to provide him with the following data in order to procure such a license: complete identification, including date and place of birth, residence and permanent address, physical description, prior criminal record, if any, signature, name of employer, nature of the product or services in which he is interested, purposes in obtaining the license, organization he represents, the nature and extent of the proposed operation in the Town and the description and number of vehicles, if any, to be operated in connection with such operation.
Each applicant shall pay to the Chief of Police a license fee of $25 for one month, $125 for six months and $250 for one year. In addition to the license fee, each applicant will be charged an application fee of $20 to cover administrative costs.
Each location, stand or vehicle to be used by a person shall be separately licensed, and the license fee chargeable hereunder shall be paid for each such location, stand or vehicle.
Veterans, upon submission of verifiable documentation to the Chief of Police, will not be charged the license fee, but will be charged the application fee. Bona fide public interest groups registered in the State of Connecticut as nonprofit, and upon submission of verifiable documentation to the Chief of Police, will not be charged the license fee but will be charged the application fee for their group as a single applicant.
Each applicant who shows evidence of good character and who pays the fee herein provided shall be furnished a license indicating that he or she has registered and showing the dates covered by such registration. In the case of a business entity, such license shall be deemed furnished only to the individual who registered in its behalf and shall not be negotiable by such individual. In all other instances, such license shall be deemed furnished only to the individual who registered for it and shall not be negotiable by him or her to pay other persons or business entities.
Each applicant shall at all times, while soliciting or canvassing or peddling or hawking in the Town, carry upon his or her person the aforesaid license, and the same shall be exhibited whenever he or she is requested to do so by any police officer or by any person solicited or with whom the applicant has business dealings.
Any such license may be revoked by the Chief of Police because of any violation by the licensee of any provisions of this chapter or of any other ordinance of the Town or of any state or federal law or whenever the licensee shall cease to possess the qualifications and character required in this chapter.
No person or business entity licensed under this chapter shall engage in any activities or deal in any merchandise or services as a solicitor or canvasser or peddler or hawker in East Hampton, other than those specifically applied for and approved.
No person or business entity licensed under this chapter shall ply his vocation on any street, sidewalk, park, public parking area or in any other public place or within 200 feet of any school in East Hampton unless his license specifies that soliciting or peddling in such public place or places is permitted thereunder.
Any person licensed under this chapter who shall be guilty of any fraud, cheating or misrepresentation while acting as a solicitor or canvasser or peddler or hawker in East Hampton, or who makes any false statements or misrepresentations for the purpose of obtaining such a license, shall be deemed guilty of violating this chapter.
Any person or business entity violating any provision of this chapter shall be fined not more than $199 for each offense, and a separate offense shall be deemed committed each such time a violation occurs.