Peddling & Soliciting Ordinance

You can read the Chapter 209, Peddling and Soliciting ordinance online. This ordinance was adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Radnor 2-25-1974 by Ordinance Number 1564 (Chapter 100 of the 1974 Code). It was amended in its entirety 8-21-2006 by Ordinance Number 2006-18. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.

§ 209-1. License Required
It shall be unlawful for any person, not exempted by § 209-5 hereof, who is not the holder of a valid and unexpired license issued pursuant to this chapter, to engage in selling or soliciting the sale or purchase, by use of any sample or otherwise, of food, printed matter, services, goods, wares or merchandise of any description or to engage in soliciting contributions, gifts or pledges of money by visitation to private homes or residences or on the public streets or highways of Radnor Township.

§ 209-2. Application; Fee; Renewal
  • A. Any person, not exempted by § 209-5 hereof, desiring to obtain a license to engage in the activities described in § 209-1 herein shall make application therefor, in person, to the Police Department.
  • B. The applicant shall supply, over his/her signature, the following information:
    1. His/Her true name.
    2. His/Her place and date of birth and Social Security number.
    3. His/Her temporary address.
    4. His/Her residence address.
    5. The address at which he/she will receive notices under this chapter.
    6. The name and address of his/her employer or principal, if any, and the nature of the business activity thereof.
    7. The nature of business or activity in which the applicant wishes to engage within the Township.
    8. List any other current or expired soliciting permits within the last 24 months from Radnor Township or any other entity.
    9. A true statement as to whether the applicant has been convicted in any jurisdiction of any crime other than of minor traffic violations and, if so, of what crime or crimes. The Department shall not issue a peddling or solicitation license to any applicant convicted of any felony or misdemeanor who is still under court-ordered supervision of any kind as a result of said conviction(s).
  • C. The applicant shall, together with his/her application, submit to the Police Department his/her photograph, the fingerprints of his/her 2 hands, and a written description of himself/herself, all to be recorded by the Radnor Township Police, and shall pay a fee in the amount of $100 to defray the cost of administering this chapter.
  • D. Upon submission of said application and supporting evidence of identification and the payment of a fee as aforesaid, there shall be issued to the applicant a license in the form of a card, which shall, unless revoked, entitle the licensee to engage in the activities described in § 209-1 hereof for a period of 6 months from the date of issuance.

§ 209-3. Rules of Conduct
Every person to whom a license has been issued hereunder shall, in the carrying on of his/her business or activities in the Township, comply with the following rules of conduct:
  • A. He/She shall carry his/her license card at all times and exhibit it upon request to any peace officer or any person upon whom he/she shall call or with whom he/she shall talk in carrying on his/her licensed activities.
  • B. He/She shall not permit any other person to have possession of his/her license card and shall immediately report its loss to the Police Department. He/She shall not cause or permit his/her license card to be altered or defaced.
  • C. He/She shall not enter or attempt to enter any dwelling house without invitation or permission of the occupant and shall immediately leave any premises upon request.
  • D. He/She shall not represent his/her license card to be an endorsement of himself/herself or of his/her goods or services or of the goods or services of his/her principal employer.
  • E. He/She shall immediately surrender his/her license card upon revocation of his/her license as hereinafter provided.
  • F. He/She shall peddle, solicit or distribute merchandise only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday unless specifically having been invited to a house by the occupant or having made an appointment with such person previously; provided, however, that ice cream trucks and peddlers engaged in similar activity shall be permitted to operate until dusk, which, for the purposes of this subsection, is hereby defined as occurring 1/2 hour after sunset.
  • G. Every person licensed to solicit or peddle in the Township shall report in person on those days on which he/she intends to solicit or peddle and register with the Radnor Police Department by signing a registration book, indicating his/her name, license number and names and licenses numbers of all licensed helpers.
  • H. He/She shall comply with "No Soliciting" notices on any property or business in the Township.
  • I. In an effort to ensure pedestrian safety and maintain the efficient flow of traffic, no person, firm, or corporation, required to be licensed under § 209-1, License required, shall distribute flyers, solicit funds, or can on any roadway, medial barrier, berm, shoulder, or traffic way within Radnor Township.

§ 209-4. Suspension and/or Revocation Of License; Hearings
  • A. The Superintendent of Police or designate may immediately suspend any license for just cause or in the interest of public safety.
  • B. Any license hereafter issued may be revoked by the Board of Commissioners upon the failure of the licensee to comply with the standards of conduct established by § 209-3 hereof or upon ascertainment that the licensee has made any false statement in his/her application for license hereunder. Notice of revocation shall be given by written notice personally served or sent by registered mail to the address designed for this purpose in the application for license.
  • C. Any person whose license has been revoked shall be entitled to appear, with counsel, if he/she so desires, before the Board of Commissioners at a regular or special meeting and be heard in behalf of a request for reinstatement of his/her license.

§ 209-5. Exemptions
  • A. The following persons are exempted from the licensing requirements of this chapter:
    1. (1)Persons soliciting contributions in behalf of organizations or nonprofit corporations or a political entity for the purpose of political canvassing exempted from the provisions of or duly registered pursuant to 10 P.S. § 162-1 et seq., as amended, who, while soliciting, are possessed of a card or other written evidence of their appointment or authority to solicit for said organization or corporation or political entity.
    2. (2)Persons who have been licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to engage in an activity described in § 209-1 hereof, when so engaged; including, without limitation, real estate, insurance or securities brokers and salespeople.
    3. (3)Persons soliciting funds or canvassing for purposes permitted under the Act of 1937, June 3, P.L. 1333 (25 P.S. § 2601 et seq.), as amended.
    4. (4)Authorized persons, carrying satisfactory identification, engaged in making surveys or collecting information for the federal, state, county, or Radnor Township government or any agency thereof. Also exempt shall be authorized persons, carrying satisfactory identification, engaged in making surveys or collecting information for any bona fide educational or quasi-governmental agency, if such activity has previously been approved by the Board of Commissioners.
  • B. In an effort to ensure pedestrian safety and maintain the efficient flow of traffic, no person, firm, or corporation exempt from licensing under this section shall distribute flyers, solicit funds, or can on any roadway, medial barrier, berm, shoulder, or traffic way within Radnor Township.
  • C. Any person who is exempt under this subsection or any person who is engaged in political canvassing shall only conduct such activities Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • D. He/She shall comply with "No Soliciting" notices on any property or business in the Township.

§ 209-6. Violations & Penalties
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice, be subject to a penalty or fine of not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 30 days, for each such violation.