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Peddler's License

Peddler's License

Peddler's License

New Hanover Township (NHT) allows for persons to engage in the act of peddling upon application and receipt of a peddler’s license through NHT.  Peddling is the act of going from house to house, from street to street, or from place to place, canvassing, soliciting or taking of orders, traveling by foot, automotive vehicle or any other type of conveyance, whether carrying or transporting merchandise either by sample or otherwise, for the purpose of selling or delivering goods, wares, merchandise, or providing services to customers within NHT.
Do Not Solicit Registry
Landowners and residents of NHT who do not wish to be contacted by peddlers at their properties may opt to be placed on the Do Not Solicit Registry. Please visit the Do Not Solicit Registry tab on the left to register or for further information. In addition to the Registry, or in place of registering, residents can place “No Soliciting” or other signs on their properties. Information collected for inclusion on this registry, including your name and address, is subject to public inspection pursuant to the Pennsylvania Public Records Act.
Peddler’s License Application
Persons wanting to apply for a peddler’s license must submit this application form, a certified copy of a Pennsylvania Criminal History Background Check, and license fee (if applicable) to NHT. For information about exceptions to the license fee, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.
The fee for the license is $50 per day or $500 per year. Each person must obtain their own license.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are there any activities that would not be considered “peddling”?
Yes. Peddling does not apply to:
-Farmers selling their own produce.
- The sale of goods, wares, and merchandise, donated by the owners thereof, the proceeds whereof are to the applied to any charitable or philanthropic purpose.
- Any manufacturer or producer in the sale of bread and bakery products, meat and meat products, or milk or milk products.
May one peddler’s license be shared amongst multiple individuals, such as between persons who work for the same company?
No. Each person must obtain their own license; they are not transferable from one person to another.
Which persons or activities require obtaining a peddler’s license but are exempt from paying the license fee?
-Children under the age of 18 years who take orders for and deliver newspapers, greeting cards, candy, bakery products and the like, or who represent the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts or similar organizations. Minors under 18 are exempt from providing a certified copy of a PA Criminal History Background Check.
-Seeking or taking of orders by insurance agents or brokers licensed under the insurance laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
-A person who has complied with the provisions of the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P.S. § 162.1 et seq., as hereafter amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania.
-Taking orders for merchandise, by sample, from dealers or merchants for individuals or companies who pay a license or business privilege tax at their chief place of business.
NHT may exempt from payment of the license fee, persons who are working without compensation and selling goods, wares, or merchandise for the sole benefit of a nonprofit.
Do I have to pay a license fee if I am peddling multiple products/services and some, but not all, of them are on the fee exemption list?
Yes, you would still be required to pay the license fee due to the products/services that are not exempt.
May another person apply for the peddler’s license on my behalf?
This would only be allowed under the circumstance of a representative of a charitable organization obtaining licenses for applicants. There is a section on the peddler’s license application in which the representative could sign the form on behalf of the applicant.

How long will it take to receive a peddler's license after I submit my application to NHT?

Once a complete application of all materials and fee(s) is received by NHT, the processing time is 15 township business days. The applicant will be notified once the license is ready.

Once I receive my peddler’s license, do I need to have it with me while I am peddling?

Yes. Every peddler must at all times, when engaged in peddling in NHT, carry the peddling license and must exhibit the license, upon request, to all police officers, NHT officials, and citizens. Peddlers may not engage in selling any product/service not mentioned on the license.
What hours are peddlers allowed to engage in business?
A peddler is only permitted to conduct business between the hours of 9:00 AM and 30 minutes after sunset.
When will I be notified of the properties listed on the township’s Do Not Solicit Registry?
Peddlers will be provided a dated copy of the registry list at the time of the submission of peddler’s application for a license. Peddlers must consult with NHT prior to engaging in future solicitation to obtain an updated registry list; they may contact Shaina Ward at
May I enter a property that is not on the Do Not Solicit Registry but has “No Soliciting” or other similar signs displayed on the property?
Are there any limitations pertaining to peddling on public streets?
Peddlers may not sell, solicit, or take orders upon any of the roads, streets, or sidewalks of NHT. They may not use any loud speaker, horn, or any other device for announcing the peddler’s presence which causes a nuisance to the public.
Peddlers may not park any vehicle on any of the roads, streets, or land of NHT in order to sort, rearrange, or clean any goods, wares, or merchandise. They are prohibited from placing or depositing any refuse upon roads, streets, or lands. They may not maintain or keep a street or curbstone market by parking any vehicle for longer than necessary in order to sell to persons residing in the immediate vicinity.
Persons who are peddling may not occupy any fixed location upon any of the roads, street and lanes, or sidewalks of NHT for the purpose of peddling, with or without any stand or counter.
Can New Hanover Township revoke a peddler’s licenses or impose penalties for violations?
The NHT Board of Supervisors or its authorized agent may suspend the license of a peddler who violates Ordinance 24-01 or gives false information upon the application for a license. Any person aggrieved by the action of an authorized agent in suspending a license may appeal in writing to the NHT Board of Supervisors for a hearing with respect to such suspension. Thereupon, the Board of Supervisors shall hold such hearing and take action with respect thereto as it shall deem appropriate.
Any person, firm, or corporation who violates provisions within the ordinance, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $1,000 plus costs or such other penalty as may be authorized and imposed by law. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute as a separate offense. NHT may seek enforcement by means of request for injunctive relief or other equitable remedies as may be provided by law in a court of competent jurisdiction.