Every person desiring to
engage in soliciting, peddling or transient vending, as those terms are
defined herein, from persons in residences or businesses within this
municipality is hereby required to make written application for a
certificate of registration, as hereinafter provided, with the Borough
of Shippensburg Police Department.
Application for certificate of registration; issuance. A. Application
for a certificate of registration shall be made upon a form provided by
the municipality. The applicant shall truthfully state in full the
information requested on the application, to wit: (1) The name and
address of the present place of residence and length of residence at
such address; also the business address if other than the present
(2) The address of the place of residence during the past three years if
other than the present address.
(3) The age of the applicant.
(4) A physical description of the applicant.
(5) The name and address of the person, firm or corporation or
association whom the applicant is employed by or represents; and the
length of time of such employment or representation.
(6) The name and address of the employer during the past three years if
other than the present employer.
(7) A description sufficient for identification of the subject matter of
the soliciting in which the applicant will engage.
(8) The period of time for which the certificate is applied.
(9) The date, or approximate date, of the latest previous application
for certificate under this chapter, if any.
(10) Whether a certificate. of registration issued to the applicant
under this chapter has ever been revoked.
(11) Whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a violation of a
felony under the laws of the state or any other state or federal law of
the United States.
(12) The names of magazines, journals or books to be sold, if any.
(13) The names of the three most recent communities where the applicant
has solicited house-to-house.
(14) The proposed method of operation.
(15) The signature of the applicant.
(16) The social security number of the applicant.
(17) The sales tax identification number of the applicant.
B. All statements made by the applicant upon the application or in
connection therewith shall be under oath.
C. The Chief of Police shall cause to be kept in his office an accurate
record of every application received and acted upon, together with all
other information and data pertaining thereto and all certificates of
registration issued under the provisions of this chapter, and of the
denial of applications. Applications for certificates shall be numbered
in consecutive order as filed, and every certificate issued, and any
renewal thereof, shall be identified with the duplicate number of the
application upon which it was issued.
D. No certificate of registration shall be issued to any person who has
been convicted, of the commission of a felony under the laws of the
state or any other state or federal law of the United States within five
years of the date of the application, nor to any person who has been
convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, nor
to any person whose certificate of registration issued hereunder has
previously been revoked as herein provided.
§ 114-4. Revocation of certificate of registration; expiration. A.
Revocation. (1) Any certificate of registration issued hereunder shall
be revoked by the Chief of Police or his agent if the holder of the
certificate is convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this
chapter or has made a false material statement in the application or
otherwise becomes disqualified for the issuance of a certificate of
registration under the terms of this chapter. Immediately upon such
revocation, written notice thereof shall be given by the Chief of Police
to the holder of the certificate in person or by certified United States
mail addressed to his or her residence address as set forth in the
(2) Immediately upon the giving of such notice, the certificate of
registration shall become null and void.
B. The certificate of registration shall state the expiration date
thereof. The certificate of registration shall be valid for a one-month
period from the date of issuance. In no event shall the permit be issued
for more than a one-month period. The applicant must submit a new
application and pay the application fee for any renewal of a certificate
of registration/permit. [Amended 8-1-2000 by Ord. No. 724, approved
§ 114-5. Notice regulating peddling or soliciting on premises.
Every person desiring to secure the protection provided by the
regulations pertaining to soliciting contained in this chapter shall
comply with the following directions, to wit: Notice of the
determination by the occupant of giving invitation to solicitors or
peddlers, or the refusal of invitation to solicitors or peddlers, to any
residence shall be given in the manner following: A. A weatherproof
card, approximately three inches by four inches in size, shall be
exhibited upon or near the main entrance door to the residence,
indicating the determination by the occupant, containing the applicable
words, as follows:
"Only Solicitors or Peddlers Registered in Borough of Shippensburg
"No Solicitors or Peddlers Invited"
B. The letters shall be at least 1/3 inch in height. For the purpose of
uniformity, the cards shall be provided by the Borough Office of the
Borough of Shippensburg to persons requesting, at the cost thereof.
C. Such card so exhibited shall constitute sufficient notice to any
solicitor or peddler of the determination by the occupant of the
residence of the information contained thereon.
§ 114-6. Duty of peddlers and solicitors. A. It shall be the duty of
every solicitor or peddler, upon going onto any premises in the
municipality upon which a residence as herein defined is located, to
first examine the notice provided for in this chapter, if any is
attached, and be governed by the statement contained on any notice. If
the notice states "Only Solicitors or Peddlers Registered in Borough of
Shippensburg Invited," then a solicitor or peddler not possessing a
valid certificate of registration as herein provided shall immediately
and peacefully depart from the premises, and if the notice states "No
Solicitors or Peddlers Invited," then the solicitor or peddler, whether
registered or not, shall immediately and peacefully depart from the
B. Any solicitor or peddler who has gained entrance to any residence,
whether invited or not, shall immediately and peacefully depart from the
premises when requested to do so by the occupant.
§ 114-7. Uninvited peddling or soliciting prohibited.
It is hereby declared to be unlawful and shall constitute a nuisance for
any person to go upon any premises and ring the doorbell upon or near
any door, or create any sound in any other manner calculated to attract
the attention of the occupancy of such residence, for the purpose of
securing on audience with the occupant thereof and engage in soliciting
or peddling, as herein defined, in defiance of the notice exhibited at
the residence in accordance with the provisions of § 114-6 of this
§ 114-8. Time limits.
It is hereby declared to be unlawful and shall constitute a nuisance for
any person, whether registered under this chapter or not, to go upon any
premises and ring the doorbell upon or near any door of a residence
located thereon or rap or knock upon any door or create any sound in any
other manner calculated to attract the attention of the occupant of such
residence for the purpose of securing an audience with the occupant
thereof and engage in soliciting or peddling as herein defined, prior to
9:00 a.m. or after 8:30 p.m., prevailing time, of any weekday, or at any
time on a Sunday or on a state or national holiday.
§ 114-9. Application fees. [Amended 8-1-2000 by Ord. No. 724, approved
No permit shall be issued under this chapter except upon payment of a
fee hereinafter specified, to be made at the Shippensburg Borough
Office. The fee shall be $15 per permit per person. Where an application
is made for an organization, the fee shall the same as above for such
organization, together with 1/2 of such fee added for each person
representing such organization and engaged in such peddling,
merchandising or soliciting with the Borough.
§ 114-10. Issuance of license or permit.
Upon registering with the Borough Police Department as aforesaid, each
solicitor or peddler shall be issued a license or permit and may, unless
he shall have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, be
permitted to solicit or peddle within the Borough for the licensed
period beginning on the date such license or permit is issued and ending
on the expiration date thereof. Such license or permit shall not be
§ 114-11. Display of registration; restricted areas. [Amended 8-20-2002
by Ord. No. 759; approved 8-20-2002] A. Every solicitor or peddler
shall, at all times while engaged in soliciting or peddling in the
Borough, display evidence of such registration upon his/her person and
shall exhibit such evidence upon request to all police officers, Borough
officials and citizens. No solicitor or peddler shall engage in selling
or offering for sale or in seeking or taking of orders or contracts for
any goods, wares, merchandise, article, device, subscription,
contribution, service or contract not mentioned upon such license, nor
shall any person use any vehicle for soliciting or peddling other than
the vehicle registered upon his/her license.
B. Every solicitor, peddler or transient vendor shall be subject to and
shall abide by restrictions set forth in any Borough Emergency
Management Plan which prohibits vending, peddling or soliciting in a
prescribed area. Any solicitor, peddler or transient vendor who engages
in soliciting, peddling or vending in a restricted area shall be in
violation of this chapter.
§ 114-12. Noise restrictions.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling shall hawk or cry his goods,
wares, merchandise, articles, contracts or services upon any of the
streets or sidewalks of the Borough, nor shall he use any loudspeaker or
horn or any other device for announcing his presence by which members of
the public are annoyed.
§ 114-13. Use of vehicles; littering.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling shall park any vehicle upon
any of the streets or alleys of the Borough in order to sort, rearrange
or clean any of his goods, wares or merchandise or any samples, order
books, contracts, circulars, literature or advertising matter pertaining
thereto, nor may any such person place or deposit any refuse upon any
such streets or alleys, nor may any such person maintain or keep a
street or curbstone market or soliciting or peddling office by parking
any vehicle upon any street or alley in the Borough for longer than
necessary in order to solicit from or peddle to persons residing in the
§ 114-14. Fixed locations in public ways prohibited.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling shall occupy any fixed
location upon any of the streets or alleys or sidewalks of the Borough
for the purpose of soliciting or peddling, with or without any stand or
§ 114-15. Records and supervision.
The Chief of Police shall keep a record of all registrations made under
this chapter, and the Chief of Police or his agents or representatives
shall supervise the activities of all holders of such licenses.
§ 114-16. Exemptions from fees.
The following persons are exempt from the fee requirements of this
chapter: A. Farmers engaged in selling only the produce of their own
farms from a truck or other vehicle.
B. Persons engaged in the sale of goods, wares and merchandise donated
by the owner thereof, the proceeds whereof are to be applied to any
charitable, nonprofit, religious or philanthropic purpose.
C. An honorably discharged soldier, sailor or marine of the military or
naval service of the United States who is a resident of this
commonwealth and who is unable to earn a livelihood by manual labor or
D. Persons representing local volunteer fire companies and local
nonprofit civic organizations, and community events sponsored by a
nonprofit civic organization.
E. Persons who have been licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to
engage in an activity described in § 114-1 hereof, when so engaged,
including, without limitation, real estate, insurance and securities
brokers and salesmen.
§ 114-17. Contents of permit.
Each permit shall be issued in card form, shall be carried by the person
for whose benefit it is issued and shall contain the following the
number of the permit; the fee paid; the date of issue; the expiration
date; the permit holder's name, age, height weight and color; the name
of the employer; the address and signature of the holder. The reverse
side of such permit shall contain any regulations then in effect and
controlling the holder, as well as any conditions and/or limitations to
which permit is subject.
§ 114-18. Hearing to request reinstatement of revoked license.
Any person whose license has been revoked under the provisions hereunder
shall be entitled to appear with counsel, if desired, before the Council
of the Borough of Shippensburg, at a regular or special meeting and be
heard in behalf of a request for reinstatement of such license.
§ 114-19. Violations and penalties.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall, upon
conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $300 and
costs of prosecution or, upon default in payment of such fine and costs,
by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 30 days.
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