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806.01 DEFINITIONS
(a)“Canvasser” or  “solicitor” means any person who engages in canvassing or soliciting
(b) "Canvassing" or "soliciting" unless expressly provided for otherwise, means traveling from residence to residence or to a commercial or industrial establishment displaying the type of notice or sign provided for in Section 806.07 within the Municipality, without having a previous appointment to visit the residence, residences or such commercial or industrial establishment(s) visited, for the purpose of exposing or offering for inspection or sale, goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs or any other property, tangible or intangible, of any nature whatsoever, or services, or for the purpose of taking or attempting to take orders for the purchase of goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs or other  property, tangible or intangible, of any nature whatsoever, for future delivery, or of services to be furnished or performed in the future.  The solicitation by a minor newspaper carrier of customers for a newspaper which he regularly delivers or will regularly deliver shall not be included in this definition.
(Ord. 2010-136.  Passed 9-7-10.)

806.02 LICENSE AND IDENTIFICATION BADGE REQUIRED.
 No person or organization shall canvass or solicit within the Municipality without  first obtaining from the Chief of Police or his representative a license and identification badge issued pursuant to this chapter.  A separate license and identification badge shall be required for every solicitor, agent or employee soliciting within the Municipality.
(Ord. 1996-34.  Passed 3-4-96.)

806.03 LICENSE AND IDENTIFICATION BADGE APPLICATION.
 Every application for a license and identification badge shall be made on a form furnished by the City, shall be signed by the applicant, and shall be made not less than five nor more than fifteen days prior to the commencement of solicitation, and shall contain the following information:
 (a) The full name, mailing address, telephone number, age, date of birth, social security  number and physical description of the applicant including the applicant’s height, weight, hair color, and eye color.  The application form shall state that an applicant is not required to furnish his social security number.  Each applicant who does not enter his social security number on his application form, upon request, shall furnish the Chief of Police or his representative with the applicant’s social security number, for purposes of determining whether a license or identification badge has been issued under the same social security number.  The Chief of Police or his representative shall not maintain the social security number as a part of the application record or enter it on the application form.
 (b) The full name, mailing address and telephone number of the person or organization sponsoring, promoting or conducting proposed activities.
 (c) The subject matter of the proposed distribution or communication and the purpose thereof.
 (d) A brief description of the proposed activities, indicating the type of communication to be involved.
 (e) The proposed dates and times of the solicitation, the routes to be followed in conducting the same and the expected duration of the proposed activities.
 (f) The make, model, year, color and license plate number of any vehicle to be used in the solicitation and the number of the applicant’s driver’s license and the state of issuance.
 (g) The names of all  other municipalities in which the applicant has conducted soliciting activities during the past six months;
 (h) A statement as to whether or not the applicant has complied with the requirements of Ohio R.C. Chapter 1716 pertaining to charitable solicitations, if applicable; and
 (i) A statement as to whether or not the applicant has ever been denied a license or permit to solicit or had such a license or permit revoked, including the time and place of such denial or revocation.
 The applicant shall swear that all information given on the application is true.
 Each applicant shall submit two color photographs of the portrait of the applicant which shall be approximately 1 ½ inches x 1 ½ inches in size at the time of filing of the application for license.

806.04 ISSUANCE OF LICENSES AND IDENTIFICATION BADGES; EFFECTIVE PERIOD; TRANSFERABILITY.
 (a) Within five days after receipt of the completed license application form provided for in Section 806.03, the Chief of Police or his representative shall issue a license and identification badge to the applicant unless he finds that:
  (1) The applicant has made a false, misleading or deceptive statement in his application and has failed to amend or correct the same.
  (2) The applicant has been convicted of a felony violation or misdemeanor violation involving fraud or moral turpitude within the past five years.

 (b) Each license issued by the Chief of Police or his representative shall be in a form prescribed by the Chief of Police.

 (c) Each identification badge issued by the Chief of Police or his representative shall bear a distinguishing number assigned to the licensee and shall contain the following inscription:
“SOLICITOR’S IDENTIFICATION”

 (d) Each identification badge shall also contain a color photograph of the license, the dates within which the licensee has been licensed to solicit in the City, and such further information or data from the application prescribed by the Chief of Police.  The identification badge shall be sealed in a transparent material and shall be designed to prevent its reproduction or alteration.

 (e) Each license and identification badge issued under this chapter shall be valid for not more than ninety days.  Licenses and identification badges cannot be assigned or transferred to any other person. 
(Ord. 1996-34.  Passed 3-4-96.)

806.05 DISPLAY AND RETURN OF LICENSES AND IDENTIFICATION BADGES.
 (a) No person shall canvass or solicit within the City without wearing the identification badge issued to such person affixed in a position on the licensee’s outermost garment where it will be clearly visible to those with whom the licensee is engaging in the licensed activity.

 (b) No person shall canvass or solicit within the City without carrying the license issued to such person.  Each licensee shall exhibit the license to any resident or Municipal official upon request.

 (c) Each licensee shall return the license and identification badge to the Chief of Police or his representative at the conclusion of the period for which the license and identification badge has been issued. 
(Ord. 1996-34.  Passed 3-4-96.)

806.06 RESTRICTIONS.
 No person engaged in activities regulated by this chapter shall:
 (a) Use sound or voice amplification systems, musical instruments, radio communication systems or other mechanical sound devices;
 (b) Canvass or solicit except between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.;
 (c) Enter or attempt to enter the house or apartment of any resident in the Municipality without an express invitation from the occupant of the house or apartment;
 (d) Enter or attempt to enter a commercial or industrial establishment in the Municipality displaying the type of notice or sign provided for in Section 806.07, without an express invitation from an authorized officer of such commercial or industrial establishment;
 (e) Distribute any circular, sample or other matter or leave the same on any porch, doorstep or vestibule of any residence or business unless it is left in the hands of an occupant of the property or in a secure place on the premises;
 (f) Make any false, fraudulent, misleading or deceptive statement during the course of the solicitation activity within the Municipality;
 (g) Make any solicitation where solicitors are notified by sign that soliciting is prohibited as provided in Section 806.07;
 (h) Obstruct, delay or interfere with the free movement of any other person; seek to coerce or physically disturb any other person; or hamper or impede the conduct of any authorized business in the area in which the solicitation or canvassing is taking place;
 (i) Engage in physical contact with or touching of, or attach or pin a flower or other object upon, another person, unless such person has consented to such contact;
 (j) Continue to solicit or canvass where any individual toward which such activity is directed has indicated his unwillingness to listen to the solicitor, make a donation or accept any handbill, flower or other object pro-offered by the solicitor;
 (k) Have any exclusive right to any location in the public streets, be permitted to stationary location or be permitted to operate in any congested area where his operations impede and inconvenience the public;
 (l) Solicit in any area in which an authorized public exhibition is being held, except as authorized by the exhibition permit holder; or
 (m) Engage in or transact any type of business or solicitation other than that specified on the license application. 
(Ord. 2003-288.  Passed 1-5-04.)

806.07 TRESPASSING IN VIOLATION OF POSTED SIGNS.
 No person, while engaged in any profit or nonprofit solicitation, shall knock at the door or ring the bell of any home, apartment, apartment building, other dwelling unit, or commercial or industrial establishment in the Municipality upon which is displayed at the entrance a notice which reads “No Peddlers or Solicitors Allowed,” or which otherwise clearly purports to prohibit peddlers or solicitors on the premises, unless such peddler or solicitor is or has been invited upon the premises by the owner, lessee or occupant thereof. 
(Ord. 2003-288.  Passed 1-5-04.)

These signs can be picked up at the strongsville police department.

806.08 REVOCATION OF LICENSES.
 A license issued under this chapter shall be revoked by the Chief of Police or his representative for any of the following reasons:
 (a) It is subsequently determined that the licensee provided false, misleading or deceptive information in completing the application form set forth in Section 806.03.
 (b) The licensee is convicted of a felony violation or a misdemeanor violation involving fraud or moral turpitude.
 (c) The licensee is convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter. 
(Ord. 1986-71.  Passed 6-2-86.)

806.09 APPEALS.
 If an application for a license is not approved or if any license issued under this chapter is revoked, the applicant or licensee shall be notified of the refusal or revocation in writing, and such notice shall be given to the applicant or licensee in person or sent by certified mail to the address set forth in the application for such license.  The applicant or licensee shall have ten days after receipt of such notice to appeal such refusal or revocation.  Such appeal shall be perfected by filing a written notice of the appeal with the Director of Public Safety.  Thereupon, the applicant or licensee shall have not less than ten days notice of the date and place of a hearing thereon.  The appeal shall be heard by the Director, who may, after such hearing, confirm the refusal or revocation or order the license to be issued.  The Director shall cause notice of his decision to be sent by certified mail to the applicant or licensee, at the address of the applicant or licensee as set forth in the license application, within thirty days of the date of the hearing. 
(Ord. 1986-71.  Passed 6-2-86.)

806.10 SIGNS ON STREETS.
 The Director of Public Safety shall cause appropriate signs to be posted at the Municipal limits upon all highways indicating the necessity of registration by solicitors and canvassers. 
(Ord. 1986-71.  Passed 6-2-86.)

806.99 PENALTY.
 Whoever violates or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree and shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both, for each offense.  A separate offense shall be deemed committed each day during or on which a violation or noncompliance occurs or continues. 
(Ord. 1986-71.  Passed 6-2-86.)