[HISTORY: Adopted by the Dalton Licensing Board of the Town of Dalton 3-3-2003; amended 7-15-2003. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this regulation the definition of hawkers, peddlers, and transient vendors shall be the same definitions as those contained in Chapter 101 of the Massachusetts General Laws.
No person shall hawk, peddle, or barter and goods or merchandise within the limits of the Town of Dalton, except as authorized by law, without first obtaining a license to do so from the Dalton Licensing Board, upon payment of a license fee, said fee to be in conformity with Chapter 101 of Massachusetts General laws. This requirement shall not apply to any hawking or peddling of newspapers, religious publications, ice, flowering plants and flowers, and wild fruits, nuts and berries. Noncommercial organizations, including political, civic, philanthropic, educational or religious organizations, shall be exempt from the application of this regulation.
The sale by hawkers and peddlers of jewelry, furs, wines or spirituous liquors, small artificial flowers or miniature flags is prohibited.
Any person licensed under this regulation shall keep said license in his/her possession which shall be readily available for display. The license shall indicate the license number and shall include the licensee's signature and date of the license expiration. The licensee shall display such license when requested to do so by any member of the Dalton Licensing Board, any officer of the Dalton Police Department, or the Dalton Health Agent.
No person licensed under this regulation shall conduct business in such a manner as would impede foot or vehicle traffic along or to a public way or public street or public sidewalk or access road or driveway.
Sales by any person licensed under this regulation shall be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. exclusively.
All hawkers, peddlers, and transient vendors must comply with all applicable Town of Dalton regulations and bylaws concerning the public health, safety and welfare.
Vehicles utilized for the selling of frozen deserts or confections must have installed on said vehicle an amber flashing light visible from the front and rear of the vehicle, and such light must be flashing when the vehicle is stopped for the purpose of transacting business.
People doing business as transient vendors may conduct their trade only on property that is business zoned. Prior to commencing business, the transient vendor shall submit to the Dalton Licensing Board a signed and notarized statement from the property owner granting permission to the vendor to so use the property.
Whoever violates any provision of this regulation, the violation of which is subject to a specific penalty, may be penalized by a noncriminal disposition as provided in MGL c. 40, § 21D, Noncriminal Disposition of Certain Violations. This regulation shall be enforced by the Dalton Police Department.
The Town Manager shall have the authority to administer the program and issue such licenses on behalf of the Dalton Licensing Board.