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As used in this chapter:
(a) “Business” means the business carried on by any person who is an itinerant merchant, peddler or solicitor as defined in this chapter.
(b) “Canvassing”, “canvassers” and “canvass” means the house-to-house distribution of ideas, pamphlets, literature, or the collection of signatures or support for any purpose or cause. This definition does not include solicitation, peddling, or vending, as those terms are defined in this section. This definition includes requesting contributions when such requests are made in conjunction with the house-to-house distribution of ideas, pamphlets, literature, or the collection of signatures or support for any purpose or cause. This definition includes both “contact canvassers” and “non-contact canvassers” as defined in subsections (b)(1) and (b)(2), hereof.
(1) “Contact canvassers” and “contact canvassing” mean those persons who canvass, as defined in subsection (a) hereof though in person, face-to-face contact, verbal or otherwise, with individual residents.
(2) “Non-contact canvassers” and “non-contact canvassing” mean those persons who canvass, as defined in subsection (a) hereof, without attempting in person, face-to-face contact with individual residents, such as the distribution of leaflets and/or pamphlets by leaving them at a place of residence.
(c) “Charitable purpose” shall be as defined in Ohio R.C. 1716.01(B)(1).
(d) “City Manager” means the City Manager or his or her designee.
(e) “Contribution” means the gift, sale for less than market value or purpose for more than market value of alms, food, clothing, money or property, including donations under the guise of a loan or money or property of the rental thereof for any charitable, religious or political use or purpose.
(f) “Itinerant merchant” means any person, whether as an owner, agent or consignee, who engages in a temporary business of selling goods within the City and who, in the furtherance of such business, uses any building, structure, vehicle or place within the City.
(g) “Peddler” means an itinerant solicitant/trader who sells wares which he or she may carry with him or her traveling about from place to place.
(h) “Person” means any firm, co-partnership, corporation, company, association, joint stock association, church, religious sect, religious denomination, society, organization or league, and includes any trustee, receiver, assignee, agent or other similar representative thereof.
(i) “Political” and “political organization” shall not mean or include the term “charitable.” Such terms shall be given their commonly accepted definitions. It is not necessary that a person be a candidate for an office or in support of another person as a candidate to be included within the definition of “political” or “political organization”.
(j) “Religious” and “religion” shall not mean and include the term “charitable”. Such terms shall be given their commonly accepted definitions.
(k) “Solicit” and “solicitation” mean the method by which a peddler or vendor conveys his or her wares.
(l) “Sunset” shall mean the time of day as designated by the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department.
(m) “Temporary use” for purposes of this chapter means a short term or seasonal use intended to promote or sell specific merchandise or products and shall include, but not be limited to special events, sidewalk sales, and outdoor seasonal sales.
(n) “Vendor” means a person who transfers property by door-to-door sale.
(o) “Youth fundraiser” and “youth fundraising” means fundraising for: (i) a K-12 school or school-related activity; or (ii) a youth organization such as an athletic club, Boy/Girl Scout troop, and the like, when such activity is undertaken by a person, age 18 or under. Youth fundraising activity, as contemplated by this definition, typically includes, but is not limited to, the sale of fundraising products such as popcorn, wrapping paper, candy, fruit or plants.
(Ord. 02-14. Passed 5-19-14.)