Berkley Sets New Hours for Door-to-Door Peddling

Berkley Sets New Hours for Door-to-Door Peddling

(City of Berkley, June 20, 2018)

Berkley, MI – The Berkley City Council has adopted new hours for peddlers and solicitors, making it unlawful to engage in commercial peddling before 9 am or after 7 pm. Door-to-door soliciting in Berkley is prohibited at any time on Sundays.

City Manager Matt Baumgarten recommended amending the city’s ordinance on Peddlers & Solicitors after listening to homeowner concerns about the existing ordinance, which allowed for peddling up to 9 pm. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable answering the door to a stranger when it’s dark outside,” Mr. Baumgarten said.

If a homeowner has any concerns about a person at the door, Mr. Baumgarten said the proper response is to close the door and call the Public Safety Department. The amended hours only applies to commercial soliciting. Political groups, religious organizations or charities are exempt from the ordinance. Those with concerns over peddlers can contact the Public Safety non-emergency line at 248-658-3380.

The new hours take effect on June 21st. Violation of the ordinance could result in a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a sentence of up to 90 days in jail and up to a $500 fine. Peddlers need a permit from the city and must display a visible photo ID badge when operating in Berkley.

For more information about the City of Berkley visit http://www.berkleymich.org.

 

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