Ordinances

Forest City Council approved a new ordinance addressing solicitors and peddlers at last night’s (8/1/11)  regular scheduled council meeting.  Chief Jackson recommended the need for a change to the current ordinance to address solicitors/peddlers making door to door sales.  North Carolina General Statute 160A-178 gives municipalities the authorization for to regulate such activities.   The drafting of a new ordinance came as a result of numerous complaints the police department received from a group selling cleaning products several weeks back.  The new ordinance requires each salesman to receive a permit (a pictured identification) from the police department 15 days prior to engaging in sales.  The original application will cost $25.00 and each additional salesman permit will cost $5.00 per applicant/salesman.  Those denied permits may file an appeal within 10 days of being denied.  Salesman can only solicit sales between the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and they are prohibited from:
 
(a)  Accosting another, or by forcing oneself upon the company of another;

(b)  Touching a person being solicited without the persons consent;

(c)   Blocking the path of a person being solicited or blocking the entrance or exit of any   building or vehicle;

(d)   Using profane or abusive language during solicitation;

(e)   Using of a gesture or act intended to cause a reasonable person to be fearful of the solicitor or make the person being solicited to feel compelled to accede to the solicitation;

(f)   Be under the influence of alcohol or have illegally used controlled substances;

(g)  Continue to solicit an individual after the person has made a negative response, either  verbally or by physical sign, and

(h)  To solicit/peddle or attempt to solicit/peddle from city streets to include the right of way, sidewalks, median or shoulder thereof. 

 

Violations of the above conditions may result in the revocation of solicitor/peddler permits and the violator being charged with a misdemeanor resulting in up to $50.00 fine and/or up to 30 days of confinement.   
 
Anyone interested in applying for a solicitor and/or peddler permit may contact the Forest City Police Department, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Solicitors & Peddlers Ordinance

Solicitors & Peddlers Permit Application