ARTICLE VI – SOLICITORS

            7-6-1              DEFINITIONS.  Whenever the following terms are used in this Article, they shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section.

            (A)               Soliciting shall mean and include any one (1) or more of the following activities:  Seeking to obtain orders, leads, referrals, or applications for the purchase of goods, contracts, policies, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs, services of any kind, character or description whatever; for any kind of consideration whatever or seeking to obtain subscriptions to books, photo or record clubs, magazines, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, or any other type of kind product, publication, or printed material; or seeking to obtain information of a survey nature of any type, with the exception of legitimate census, or church surveys, or those polls or surveys conducted by authorized city, state or federal governmental agencies, or their designated representatives; or seeking to obtain gifts, or contributions of money, clothing, or other valuable things for the support or benefit of any charitable, or non-profit group, club, association, corporation or project, not pre-authorized in writing by the County Clerk, and must be in possession of his authorizing letter prior to commencing solicitation.  These groups shall be bound by this Section and Section 7-6-9 hereafter.  These groups are exempted from Section 7-6-10 hereof.

Residents under sixteen (16) years of age, are specifically exempted from Section 7-6-10 but are required to conform to Section 7-6-9 herein and to fulfill the same requirements of pre-authorized letter as listed in the preceding paragraph.

            (B)               Residence shall mean and include every separate living unit occupied for residential purposes by one (1) or more persons, contained within any type building or structure, and this shall be so construed to include commercial establishments of any size, type or description within this County.

            (C)               Registered Solicitor shall mean and include any person who has obtained a valid certificate of registration as hereinafter provided.

            7-6-2            COUNTY POLICY.  It is hereby declared to be the policy of theCountyBoard that the occupant(s) of the residences within theseCountyLimits, shall make the determination of whether solicitors shall be or shall not be invited into the respective residential property.

            7-6-3            REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Every person desiring to engage in solicitation as herein defined, within residences in this County, is hereby required to annually make written application for a certificate of registration prior to any solicitation, as hereinafter provided, with the exception noted in Section 7-6-1, relative to those charitable or non-profit groups, clubs, associations or projects.

            7-6-4            APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION.  Application for a Certificate of Registration shall be made upon a form provided by the County Clerk of this County, and shall be filed with that same office.  The applicant shall truthfully state in full, the information requested.  The form shall include name, age, address, marital status, physical description, name of employer, nature of product or services and proposed method of operation within the County, in addition to any other information deemed necessary by the Sheriff, including fingerprinting.  The County Clerk’s office shall cause to be maintained a complete and accurate record of each application received, together with all other information or data pertaining thereto, including denial of any application.

            7-6-5           ISSUANCE AND REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION.  The County Clerk after consideration of the application, information obtained relative thereto, and payment of the fee prescribed in Section 7-6-10 hereof, shall issue a registration certificate card to applicant, or may deny the application.  The County Clerk may upon reviewing an application provide the Sheriff a copy of same who shall investigate the business character of the applicant and submit a report to the County Clerk within ten (10) days of receipt.  Any certificate of registration issued hereunder may be revoked by the County Clerk, if the certificate holder is convicted of a violation of any provision of this Chapter or any other ordinance of this County, or of any State or Federal law, or has made a false material statement in his application.  To revoke a certificate, the County Clerk shall mail by certified or registered mail to certificate holder’s last address shown in his or her application a letter stating certificate is revoked and reasons therefore.  The date of mailing of this notice shall determine the date that the certificate is null and void.

            7-6-6           ANNUAL EXPIRATION DATE.  The annual expiration date of all certificates of registration shall be the first (1st) day of January of each year, regardless of when issued.

            7-6-7           DUTY OF SOLICITORS.  Any registered solicitor who has gained access or entrance to any residence, invited or not, shall immediately produce his certificate of registration card when so requested, and shall immediately and peacefully depart from those premises when requested to do so by any occupant(s) thereof.  No solicitor shall solicit for any other purpose than that which is specifically shown on his or her application.

            7-6-8           UNINVITED 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 door bell, to knock, or make any sounds calculated to attract the attention of the occupant(s) of such residence, for the purpose of securing an audience with the occupant(s) thereof, and engage in soliciting is herein defined in defiance of any notice visibly exhibited, posted or displayed anywhere on the residence stating in manner of wordage that soliciting is not permitted.

            7-6-9           TIME LIMIT ON SOLICITING.  No soliciting as defined herein shall be conducted within the County prior to 9:00 A.M. or after 4:00 P.M. of any week day, or at any time on a Sunday, or a State or National holiday.

            7-6-10         FEE REQUIRED.  Each approved registered solicitor shall pay to the County Clerk a daily fee of Twenty Dollars ($20.00), or an annual fee of One Hundred
Dollars ($100.00)
; the fee being personable, not transferable, and not refundable.  The stated fee shall not be reduced if less than an annual period of registration is involved.

            7-6-11         NOT APPLICABLE.  All persons soliciting inside the corporate limits of a municipality subject to the provisions of that municipality are exempt from the provisions of this Article.