Come and knock on my door (if you have a permit)

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By Laura Hagan

Residents of Oldham County could soon encounter fewer door-to-door salespeople, thanks to a proposed county ordinance.

Members of fiscal court heard the first reading of a Peddler’s Ordinance Feb. 17. The ordinance would require anyone wanting to sell magazines, appliances and other goods or services by traveling door-to-door, to obtain a license, have a background check and be subject to other limitations.

A resident of Glen Oaks suggested the ordinance several months ago, and recently, after several calls from residents concerned about individuals selling products door-to-door, members of fiscal court started discussions. 

Though all the sellers called on turned out to be legitimate, this ordinance would serve as a way to regulate them in the future.

Magistrate Bob Deibel said if someone wants to sell anything in the county, they must go to the police department and get a permit to sell their items. The department will run a background check on the peddler. 

If door-to-door sales are happening in a neighborhood where there are a lot of break-ins, Deibel said, the permits allow the police to know who is in the area at what time.

If a homeowner called police about someone going door-to-door, the officer could drive by and ask the person to see their permit. 

According to the ordinance, any “peddlers” in the county need a license. Each individual employee representing a business must have their own license.  Requests for licenses may go to the Oldham County Police Department. Certain information is required for a license, including the name and address of the applicant – “including a local address where the applicant will stay while peddling” – the applicant’s height, weight, age, sex, etc.; a social security number is required for the background check; and the items or services that will be sold. 

Any person engaging in peddling in the county must carry the license with them at all times. The license is valid up to six months, after which it must be renewed for the person to continue peddling in the county.

According to the ordinance, OCPD has the right to grant or deny a license after review of the application. If the license is denied, the applicant has the right to appeal the decision.

The ordinance applies only to those selling items – Deibel said the ordinance doesn’t look at what they’re selling. They have to be careful, however, Deibel said, that they don’t start exempting people because they are serving a charitable organization or something of that nature. 

Anyone who violates the ordinance would receive a citation for prosecution in Oldham District Court and could face a fine of up to $250 and/or up to 90 days in jail. Their license will be revoked and may not obtain a peddler’s license for two years after their violation. If they receive two violations, the person is banned from peddling in the county.

OCPD will monitor any peddling activity and provide an annual report to the fiscal court. Any fees collected from violations of the ordinance will be collected by OCPD and deposited into the county’s general fund.

The second reading of the peddler’s ordinance is scheduled for the fiscal court meeting March 17.


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