No person, firm or corporation shall canvass, solicit, distribute circulars or other matter or call from house to house in the Township of Long Hill to sell, promote the sale of or attempt to sell goods by sample or to take or attempt to take orders for the future delivery of goods, merchandise, wares or any property, personal or real, of any nature whatsoever, or take or attempt to take orders for services to be furnished or performed presently or in the future without first having obtained a written permit therefor from the Police Department of the Township of Long Hill. In the case of a firm or corporation, a permit shall be required for each individual who is to conduct such activities.
Any person engaging in religious proselytizing, anonymous political speech or the distribution of political or religious handbills or circulars or any person, firm or corporation canvassing or soliciting on behalf of a bona fide religious, charitable or political organization shall be subject to the permitted hours of operation set forth in paragraph “c” of subsection 4-3.3 below, but shall be exempt from all other provisions of this ordinance. Such persons or groups, however, must give 24-hours notice to the police department advising the department of the dates, times and neighborhoods in which they will be canvassing or soliciting.
Candidates for political office exempt. Any candidate for public office or person campaigning on behalf of such a candidate, where such candidate is seeking election to an office to be voted upon by the residents of the Township of Long Hill who are duly registered to vote in elections in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, shall be exempt from the requirements of this ordinance.
Any person, firm or corporation delivering goods or performing services which have previously been ordered by the person owning, leasing or occupying the property where such delivery is made or service performed shall be exempt from the requirements of this ordinance.
Any person, firm or corporation calling upon or soliciting from commercial establishments located in the Township of Long Hill shall be exempt from the requirements of this ordinance.
Any minor employed by a newspaper as a carrier, who has been issued a minor's carrier permit pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:2-21.15 and who has been previously registered with the Police Department by the employing newspaper, shall be exempt from the requirements of this ordinance.
Any person engaging in any activity found by the Federal or State courts to be exempt from the requirements of obtaining a permit under this ordinance.
Any person, firm or corporation seeking a permit to canvass or solicit shall file an application with the Long Hill Township Police Department on a form supplied by the Police Department. The Long Hill Township Police Department shall accept applications for processing only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. No applications shall be processed on weekends or holidays.
Each applicant for a permit shall pay a fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) for an annual permit. In the case of a firm or corporation, a permit shall be required for each individual who is to conduct such activities. The permit shall expire on December 31 of each year, and no permit fee shall be prorated for part of a year.
The application shall be accompanied by a letter or other written statement from the individual, firm or corporation employing the applicant certifying that the applicant is authorized to act as the representative of the individual, firm or corporation.
All applicants under this Article shall be fingerprinted and photographed by the Long Hill Township Police Department requiring a fee of $30.00 by certified check or money made payable to the New Jersey State Police, SBI and sign a notarized letter affirming that they do not possess a criminal record. In addition, each applicant is required to supply (2) current photographs with a dimension of 2” to be utilized on the permit.
Issuance of Permits:
The Long Hill Township Police Chief or his designee shall ordinarily act on all applications within forty-eight (48) hours after submission of a complete application. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays shall be excluded from such computation. If the Police Chief or his designee feels that the application should be denied, then the application shall be submitted to the Township Committee in accordance with the provisions of Section 18-14.