Vendors who wish to Peddle/Solicit must obtain a Peddler’s/Solicitors Permit, approved and issued by the governing body of Chester Township.
- All individuals submitting an application must undergo a detailed background check.
Permits are issued for a limited period of time, with duration ranging from a week to a year.
- Permits will have a photo ID on them.
- Residents who do not wish to have peddlers come to their door may get on the Township’s ‘Do Not Solicit’ list. They can do this by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and property address. This list will be issued to the peddlers. The Chester Township Police will also have this list.
- If a resident is on that list, and a peddler still comes to the door, the resident should notify the Chester Township Police.
- If a peddler comes to the door without a permit, the resident should notify the Chester Township Police.
- Residents can put up a ‘No Soliciting’ or ‘No Trespassing’ sign at the entrance to their property to keep out solicitors and peddlers.
Please note that there is a legal difference between ‘peddlers’ and ‘solicitors.’ Peddlers pertains to a for-profit business. The above information concerns peddlers. Their activities can be regulated by law. Solicitors, on the other hand, refers to non-profit groups, such as scouts or places of worship, and their solicitation activities are not regulated by law.
You can read more about the Peddling and Soliciting ordinance here.
If you have further questions, please contact Township Administrator Robin Collins at (908) 879-5100.