Services: Permits & Licenses

Peddler/Solicitor Licenses

Pursuant to Chapter 428 of Vernon’s code, all peddlers and solicitors are required to be licensed by Vernon Township. The distinction between peddlers, solicitors and charitable solicitations follows, along with a brief explanation of the license/permit process and access to all relevant application forms. For questions or more information, please contact the township clerk’s office at 973.764.4055, ext. 2234.

Peddler (aka hawker, vendor)

A person who goes from place to place, house to house or from street to street offering for sale and immediate delivery goods, wares, merchandise, meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, food, ice cream, fruit ices, soda water, rolls, coffee, sandwiches, hot dogs, garden farm products or provisions. This does not include the delivery of milk, eggs, bread, newspapers or other necessary and perishable articles of food or merchandise of the type commonly delivered on a house-to-house basis at intervals at less than one week and which foodstuffs and newspapers have been specifically ordered and will be or have been paid for. Any veteran or exempt volunteer fireman who holds a special license issued pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:24-9 will be exempt from application for a license, but will be required to comply with all the rules.

Permissible hours:

Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., and no peddling may be conducted on Sundays or holidays. Ice cream vendors are exempt from the Sunday prohibition.

Fees:

  • Application fee $20.00
  • Annual license fee $125.00
  • Renewal application fee $25.00
  • Additional fee for each vehicle used in connection with license $50.00

Peddler License Application 

Solicitor (aka canvasser)

A person who goes from place to place, house to house or from street to street taking or attempting to solicit orders for the sale of goods, wares, merchandise and property for future delivery or for services to be performed in the future, with or without accepting an advance payment for the goods. This also includes persons who may be taking a poll or survey or distributing advertisements or handbills. It does not, however, pertain to persons who have obtained a charitable solicitation permit (see below), nor persons distributing literature or handbills on behalf of a candidate for public office.

Permissible hours:

No soliciting or canvassing activities may be conducted before 10:00 a.m. or later than 9:00 p.m., nor on Sundays or holidays. In addition, solicitors are required to refrain from soliciting any residents who have requested that their name be added to a “no solicitation list” maintained by the township, a copy of which will be furnished to the solicitor at the time the license is issued.

Fees:

  • Application fee $20.00
  • Annual license fee $100.00
  • Renewal application fee $25.00

Solicitor License Application 

Charitable Solicitations

Conducted by patriotic, religious, service, welfare, benevolent, educational, civic or fraternal organizations who solicit charitable and philanthropic contributions by requesting, directly or indirectly, money, credit, property, financial assistance, and other things of value on the representation that it will be used for a charitable and philanthropic purpose.

Permissible hours:

Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., and no solicitations may be conducted on Sundays. Any organization seeking to solicit at times other than those stated must submit a special request which will go before the mayor and township council for approval.

Fees:

  • No fee required

Charitable Solicitation Permit Application 

Applications must first be approved by the Vernon Township Police Department which will conduct a background investigation including review of the applicant’s motor vehicle operating record for at least the past 10 years and a check on all types of criminal convictions since the applicant was 18. Upon satisfactory findings, the application will go before the mayor and township council for review. If approved, it will then be returned to the clerk’s office for issuance of the license.

Once issued, the license will be valid until December 31 of the year in which it was issued. All licenses must thereafter be renewed if the licensee desires to continue his/her operations. This time frame does not apply to charitable solicitation permits which are only good for a period of up to 90 consecutive days.