Link to Proposed Ordinance TO-11-12 - Methuen
esidential property, including multifamily or duplex residential property, 1. Seeking to obtainorders for the present of future delivery of goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs, services ofany kind, character or description whatsoever, for any kind of consideration whatsoever; or2. Seeking to obtain prospective customers for application or purchase of insurance of any typeor character; or 3. Seeking to obtain subscriptions to books, magazines, periodicals,newspapers and every other type or kind of publication; or 4. Seeking to obtain gifts orcontributions or money, clothing or any other valuable thing for the support or benefits of anyassociation, organization, corporation or project, not otherwise exempt under this chapter.DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES PERMIT – A permit issued to a sales agent to engage indoor-to-door sales in accordance with this article.SALES ORGANIZATION – Any entity engaged in the supervision, recruitment, retentionor employment of a salesperson or salespersons, including any person or representativethereof for door-to-door sales of goods, services, periodicals for future delivery.SALESPERSON – Any person engaged in door-to-door sales of goods or services forpresent or future delivery or seeking gifts or contributions of money or any other item(s) ofvalue.SALES SUPERVISOR – Any person who directs or supervises a salesperson orsalespersons engaged in door-to-door sales.SOLICITATION – 1. Seeking to obtain orders for the purchase of goods, wares, merchandise,foodstuffs, services of any kind, character or description whatsoever, for any kind ofconsideration whatsoever; or2. Seeking to obtain prospective customers for application or purchase of insurance of any typeor character; or 3. Seeking to obtain subscriptions to books, magazines, periodicals,newspapers and every other type or kind of publication; or 4. Seeking to obtain gifts orcontributions or money, clothing or any other valuable thing for the support or benefits of anyassociation, organization, corporation or project, not otherwise exempt under this chapterSection 50-3 AdministrationThe City of Methuen door-to-door sales permit process shall be administered by the City ofMethuen Police Department.Section 50-4 Application RequirementsA. Each salesperson must apply individually to the Methuen Police Departmentduring posted administrative hours by submitting a completed application, whichshall require:1. Government issued photographic identification2. Date of birth3. Social security number4. Permanent residential address5. Home telephone number6. Temporary local address7. Current cell phone number
8. Sales organization information9. Sales supervisor identity10. Make, model, color and registration number of any vehicle(s) used totransport the sales agent, his/her supervisor or sales materials.11. Such other identifying information as may be reasonably required12. Submission of (2) “passport” type photo’s. IE: A color photo printed on photo quality paper,2x2 inches in size, sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottomof the chin to the top of the head, taken within the last 6 months to reflect the applicants currentappearance, with a plain white or off-white background, taken directly facing the camera with aneutral expression and both eyes open.13. Submission of non-refundable permit fee.B. An application fee to be established and adjusted from time to time by the CityCouncil shall accompany each City Methuen sales permit application.Section 50-5 Background CheckA) Subject to the provisions of the Massachusetts Criminal Records Offender Statute,M.G.L. Chapter 6, Section 167 et seq., and regulations promulgated thereunder, the Cityof Methuen shall conduct a criminal records check of each applicant for a City of Methuendoor-to-door sales permit to determine the applicant’s fitness and suitability toconduct door-to-door sales.B) An inquiry shall be completed to determine whether a sales agent, or supervisor is a missingperson.Section 50-6 Door-to-Door sales regulationsA. No salesperson shall engage in door-to-door sales without first having applied forand received a City of Methuen door-to-door sales permit.B. No sales organization shall allow any salesperson to engage in door-to-door saleswho has not applied for and received a City of Methuen door-to-door sales permit.C. No sales supervisor shall direct, supervise or allow any salesperson to engage indoor-to-door sales who has not applied for and received a City of Methuen door-to-doorsales permit.D. Each salesperson shall wear affixed to their outer clothing the City of Methuendoor-to-door sales permit at all times while engaged in door-to-door sales.E. No salesperson or supervisor shall use any vehicle to transport persons ormaterials for door-to-door sales unless said vehicle is identified in the City of Methuen door-todoorsales permit application and the exterior of said vehicle is marked with the name of thesales organization and the words “door-to-door sales.” All required information shall be in lettersa minimum of four inches in height on both sides of the vehicle.F. The fee for the door-to-door sales permit shall be $35.00. Fee’s are non-refundable and shallremain with the Methuen Police Department.G. $25.00 deposit is required for the door-to-door sales permit; returned to personupon return of door-to-door permit to Methuen Police Department.