Hampden Township requires a Peddler’s/Solicitor’s Permit for anyone engaged in door-to-door sales of merchandise, goods and services, subscriptions or any other type of sale including taking orders for future delivery. Peddling and soliciting is prohibited any day of the week before 9 a.m. and after 8 p.m. Individuals and organizations in need of a permit must apply at the Township Building, 230 S. Sporting Hill Road. There is a 30-day waiting period following all applications. A 30-day permit costs $25. A one-year permit is $100. Please be aware that a peddling and soliciting permit does not grant the right to set up a stand or fixed display on a street or sidewalk.
If a permit is approved, the Township will give the applicant a photo ID. Residents may ask peddlers to show their ID to prove that a permit has been issued. Following is a sample of what a Hampden Township issued Peddler’s/Solicitor’s photo ID looks like.
When the Township issues a Peddler’s/Solicitor’s Permit, it is not an endorsement of the quality or safety of the product. The purpose of the permit is to allow the Police Department to conduct a background check and to have contact information on file if a complaint about an individual or organization is received.
PEDDLER any person who shall engage in peddling as hereinafter defined.
PEDDLING the selling or offering for sale of any goods, wares, services or merchandise for immediate delivery which the person selling or offering for sale carries with him in traveling, or has in his possession or control, upon any of the streets or sidewalks; or from house to house; or by visitation to private residences; or by entering in or upon private property; within the said Township.
PERSON any natural person, association, partnership, firm, organization or corporation.
SOLICITOR any person who shall engage in soliciting as hereinabove defined.
No license shall be issued under this Part until 30 days after the date the application is made to the Secretary of the Board of Commissioners for such license.
No license shall be issued under this Part until the sum, in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners, be paid to the Township Secretary and it shall be for the use of the Township. 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 licenses for his employees, agents or servants.
THIRTY DAY LICENSE
The license granted pursuant to this Part shall be valid for 30 days after the date of such license and upon the expiration of any License, if the person holding the same shall desire to continue or renew soliciting or peddling, he shall be required to file a new application for a permit and pay a new license fee. Such licenses may be issued, in advance, for consecutive 30 day periods not exceeding 12 in number, upon payment, in advance, of the sum in an amount as established from time to time by a resolution of the Board of Commissioners for 1 year or an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners for each 30 day period provided in §305 hereof.
LICENSE TO LIST PRODUCTS
Such license when issued shall state, inter alia, the products to be sold or services to be rendered by the ficensee. Every solicitor or peddler shall at all times, when engaged in soliciting or peddling in the Township of Hampden, carry such license upon his person and shall exhibit it upon request, to all police officers, Township officials and citizens. No solicitor or peddler shall engage in selling any product or service not mentioned on such license.
SALES PERIOD OF DAY
No person licensed as a solicitor or peddler under this Part shall engage in soliciting or peddling on any day of the week before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. During the time of year when Eastem Standard Time is effective, the aforesaid hours shall be Eastem Standard Time and during the time of the year when Daylight Saving Time is effective, the aforesaid hours shall be Daylight Saving Time.
USE OF STREETS
No person licensed as a solicitor or peddler under this Part shall park any vehicle upon any of the streets, highways or alleys of the Township in order to sort, rearrange or clean any of his goods, wares, services or merchandise; nor shall any such person place or deposit any refuse or any such streets, highways or alleys; nor shall any such person maintain or keep a street or curbside market by parking any vehicle upon any street or alley in the Township for longer than necessary in order to sell therefrom to persons residing in the immediate vicinity.
NO SALES FROM STREETS OR SIDEWALKS
No person licensed as a solicitor or peddler under this Part shall occupy any fixed location upon any of the sidewalks of the streets, highways, alleys or sidewalks of the Township for the purpose of soliciting or peddling with or without any stand or counter.
DUTIES OF MANAGER AND POLICE
The Township Manager shall keep a record of all licenses issued under this Part and the Chief of Police shall apply daily for a list of licenses issued hereunder since the previous day. The Chief of Pofice shall supervise the activities of all holders of such licenses.
Any license issued under this Part may be suspended or revoked at any time by the Manager of the Township of Hampden upon proof being furnished to him that the application for the license contained false information or that the applicant or licensee was convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude after the issuance of such license and that the licensee was convicted of disorderly conduct under any law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any ordinance of the Township of Hampden.
No person licensed as a Solicitor or peddler under this Part shall hawk or cry his wares or services upon any of the streets or sidewalks of the Township nor shall he use any loud speaker, bell, whistle or other device for announcing his presence by which the public is annoyed.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 -plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.