NEW SOLICITING ORDINANCE

INCLUDING AVAILABILITY OF “NO SOLICITING” SIGNS

Borough Council enacted major revisions to the Transient Retail Business Ordinance, also known as the Soliciting Ordinance.  These changes will be enforced starting October 1, 2014.

The major change that you asked for and which the Borough delivered is the availability of a Borough issued No Soliciting Sign.  Under the Ordinance, if you do not want solicitors coming to your home you can display the sign by the main entrance of your home.  If displayed, solicitors are not permitted to attempt to sell at your home.

The No Soliciting Signs are available at the Police Department.  They are free of charge to any Borough resident but are limited to one (1) sign per household.  To obtain a sign, please stop by the Police Department during normal business hours and request a sign.  You will be asked to show proof of residency to get a sign.  If you are unable to stop in person, you may contact the Police Department in writing by mail or email to request a sign.

Solicitors are required to carry a Borough Permit and must show you the permit on demand.  Please note that Charitable Organizations; Children selling items to support clubs or organizations such as the Boy or Girl Scouts; Farmers selling their own produce; and Political speech are exempt from the Ordinance.  These types of groups can solicit without a permit even at a residence displaying a No Soliciting sign.

 

The following are the primary acts prohibited by the new ordinance:

  • Soliciting without a Permit
  • Refusing to exhibit a Permit upon demand
  • Soliciting at a location where a “No Soliciting” sign issued by the Borough is displayed
  • Engaging in hard-sell tactics
  • Soliciting between the hours of 8:00 PM – 9:00 AM Monday through Friday or 4:00 PM – 10:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday
  • Selling any product not listed in the Permit application

 

A copy of the Ordinance is available for public inspection during normal business hours or click here for a downloadable version.