(a)   “Canvasser,” as used in this chapter, means any person who is at least eighteen years of age, who goes from house to house or from place to place through the streets of the Village of Wellington, and who solicits funds through donations for the benefit of any patriotic, philanthropic, social service, welfare, eleemosynary, benevolent, educational, charitable, civic, fraternal, veterans’, social research, political, or religious purpose.
   Notwithstanding the foregoing, a person is not acting as a canvasser under any of the following circumstances:
      (1)   He is responding to a prior request from the person being contacted;
      (2)   He is contacting only members of the same entity, group, or organization on whose behalf he is canvassing;
      (3)   He is making a delivery of goods, wares, food, or merchandise which has previously been ordered;
      (4)   He is engaged in commercial sales to a commercial business on behalf of a manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, or other supplier; or
      (5)   He is simultaneously licensed as a peddler.
   (b)   No person shall either engage in business as a canvasser or, as the employee of another for such purpose, act as a canvasser within the Village of Wellington, without having registered with the Village Chief of Police or his designee.
   (c)   Registration to act as a canvasser shall be filed with the Village Chief of Police by the individual intending to act as a canvasser or by the organization he represents, on a form to be furnished by the Chief of Police, which shall require the following information:
      (1)   Name of the organization for which contributions will be solicited and one of that organization’s officers;
      (2)   The nature or purpose of the organization;
      (3)   The name, address, and telephone number of the person in charge of the canvassing activity;
      (4)   The name and address of the person(s) who will be doing the canvassing;
      (5)   The length of time during which the canvassing will be conducted.
   (d)   The Chief of Police shall issue a certificate to the organization or individual covered by the registration within 72 hours of the receipt of a completed application unless he determines that the application is incorrect in some material respect.
   (e)   A canvasser shall have with him at all times that he is engaged in canvassing within the Village, and shall display on the request of any individual from whom he is soliciting, the following:
      (1)   A legible copy of the pertinent certificate of registration; and
      (2)   An identification card, bearing a current photograph of the individual, and issued by the organization on whose behalf he is canvassing, identifying the individual as an authorized representative.
   (f)   A license shall expire at the conclusion of the period designated in the application, or in one year, whichever is sooner.
   (g)   No person shall act as a canvasser in activities at dwelling houses, at businesses, or on sidewalks or streets of the Village, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
(Ord. 2004-19.  Passed 5-3-04.)