No person shall engage in peddling, solicitations or canvassing in conjunction with possible future soliciting of funds or donations in the City unless having first secured a license from the Chief of Police under the provisions of this chapter.
   Any person engaging in door to door sales (see definition of peddler and solicitor) in this City without first obtaining a license as provided in this chapter shall be a violation of this chapter.
   Each applicant for a license shall, not less than seven (7) nor more than thirty (30) days prior to the commencement of soliciting or a door-to-door vendor, furnish the Chief of Police or designee with the application for license. An applicant for a door to door vendor's or solicitor's license shall be for one year and the application shall contain the following information provided by the City:
   (a)   The following information shall be on the peddler/solicitor application forms provided by the City.
      (1)    Name, age and physical description of applicant.
      (2)   Complete permanent and local address of applicant.
      (3)   Name and address of the person, firm, corporation or association for whom the vendor or solicitor is presently being made and any other person, firm, corporation or association for whom the applicant has solicited during the past twelve (12) months.
      (4)   A general description of the nature of the business and the goods, services or wares to be sold, or otherwise sufficient to identify the subject matter of what is to be sold by the peddler/solicitor in which the applicant will engage.
      (5)   The names of all other political subdivisions in which the applicant has conducted soliciting or peddling activities during the past twelve (12) months.
      (6)   Whether the applicant has complied with the requirements of Ohio R.C. Chapter 1716 pertaining to charitable solicitations, if applicable.
      (7)   Whether the applicant has ever been denied a license or had a permit revoked, including the time and place of such denial or revocation.
      (8)   Whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony violation or a misdemeanor violation involving moral turpitude, force or violence, including the time and place of such conviction.
      (9)   The proposed dates and times of the solicitations or peddling and the routes to be followed in conducting the same.
      (10)   The make, model, year, color and license plate number of automobiles used by the applicant during the period of solicitation or peddling within the City, and the number of the applicant's driver's license and state of issuance.
      (11)   Two photographs of the applicant of appropriate size (approximately two inches by two inches), one of which shall be attached to the license and the other for the records of the Division of Police. The license is required to be attached or worn on the license holder while engaging in soliciting and/or peddling in the City of Whitehall.
      (12)   Submission to fingerprinting by the Division of Police for local police files and for the purpose of determining the criminal record, if any, of the applicant.
   (b)   No license shall be issued until the applicant has delivered to the Chief of Police no less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) per license or five hundred dollars ($500.00) for an employer employing a group of five or more license applicants.
   (c)   A fee paid for actual cost of the background check for each applicant.
   (d)   Issuance of License. Not more than fifteen (15) days after completion of the application form, the Chief of Police or designee shall, except as otherwise provided herein, issue a license to each applicant unless it is determined by the Chief of Police or designee:
      (1)   That the applicant has misrepresented his identity or intention or made a false, misleading or deceptive statement in providing the information required under subsection (a) hereof.
      (2)   That the applicant has been convicted, during five (5) years preceding the date of application, of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or force or violence.
   (e)   Transfer. It shall be unlawful for any person other than the original license holder to use or exhibit any license issued under this chapter.
   (f)   EXCEPTIONS. Canvassers, religious organizations and those soliciting for a charitable purpose as defined in Section 745.01 do not require a license.
      (Ord. 024-2018. Passed 4-3-2018.)