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Madison Township

Vendors must now register, obtain permit

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Madison Township officials hope that a new vendor permitting process will cut down on harassing -- and sometimes fraudulent -- door-to-door sales.

The new permitting process was originally approved in March, but signage about the permit requirements had to be finalized. The signs were installed in township neighborhoods over the past month.

Now, Township Administrator Susan Brobst said at the June 18 trustees' meeting, all vendors are required to show their permits to operate in the area.

"With the exception of nonprofits like church groups, anyone soliciting aggregation or other types of door-to-door sales to residents should have a visible Madison Township permit," Brobst said.

"There are specific times they are allowed and if you have a no-solicitation sign on your door, they also aren't allowed to bother you at all."

The few dozen residents in attendance at the meeting applauded the announcement.

Approved vendors will only be allowed to go door-to-door from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. No solicitations are allowed on Sundays and holidays.

Brobst said residents who continue to have a problem with vendors who do not clearly show their permits or who will not leave when asked should call the police department.

"If the vendor will not leave when asked the first time, they should close and lock their door and call the police at the nonemergency number of 614-525-3333 and ask an officer to come to their home," Brobst said. "Any information on the vendor -- description, company representing, vehicle information -- would be very helpful."

According to the township's transient vendor ordinance, potential vendors must complete an application with the Madison Township Police Department. A fee of $25 is required to process the application, which includes fingerprinting, a photograph and background checks.

The law also requires vendors to register with the police department 48 hours before they want to begin soliciting in the community. The registration period is valid for 90 days.

For more information, visit the Madison Township website, Important Information tab, at: madisontownship.org.

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