A sharply divided Marysville City Council approved an ordinance Thursday night requiring door-to-door peddlers and solicitors to meet tougher registration requirements before doing business in the city.

A sharply divided Marysville City Council approved an ordinance Thursday night requiring door-to-door peddlers and solicitors to meet tougher registration requirements before doing business in the city.

The legislation, authored by public safety committee members John Marshall, Mark Reams and Nevin Taylor, was approved by the narrowest of margins, 4-3, when Councilwoman Leah Sellers added her support.

Council President John Gore, Councilman Dan Fogt and Councilwoman Deborah Groat all voted against the measure.

The ordinance repealed an existing chapter of the city code and adopted new, tougher standards for peddlers, solicitors and canvassers.

The sponsors of the legislation said it was designed to regulate those who do business door-to-door in the community and to help ensure the safety of residents. They noted that recent case law has placed limitations on how municipalities regulate door-to-door peddlers, solicitors and canvassers and that created the need to revise the city code and replace it with updated legislation.

Highlights of the new ordinance include:

All persons who systematically go to residences, or randomly select residence(s), for the purpose of peddling or soliciting, shall first obtain a license from the police chief, or his or her designee, prior to proceeding with such activity.

Exceptions to the licensing requirement include: the local delivery of newspapers and solicitation of subscriptions for the same; those canvassing in order to disseminate ideas, thoughts, or messages regarding any cause, issue, religion, or political candidate as long as such canvassing does not include the violation of any local, state, or federal law; any individual who, without compensation, acts as a peddler or solicitor on behalf of and for any recognized religious or charitable not-for-profit organization.

Applications for licenses shall be filed with the police chief, or his or her designee and require the name of the applicant; a physical description; the applicant's Social Security number; the federal identification number of the applicant's entity or organization if the applicant is peddling or soliciting on behalf of an entity or organization; the name and address of the person by whom the applicant is employed or for whom he is soliciting, if any, and the length of the applicant's service with such employer or person; the nature and character of the goods to be sold or services to be furnished by the applicant; the names and dates of other municipalities in which the applicant has, within the last three years, conducted peddling or soliciting activities; and each individual must furnish a valid government issued form of identification that includes a photograph of himself or herself.

Each individual must also allow the police chief or his designee to secure his or her fingerprints.

Applications must be made at least five business days before the license is issued to allow time to complete a background check completed by the police chief, or his or her designee.

If the police chief, or his or her designee, determines after investigation that the information furnished is correct; that the applicant proposes to engage in lawful commercial or professional enterprise and that neither the applicant nor the enterprise upon which the applicant proposes to engage constitutes a clear and present danger to the residents of the city, he/she shall issue a license to the applicant.

Any person 18 years of age and older shall pay a license fee of $75. The fee shall be waived for all individuals under 18 years of age.

No person shall peddle, solicit, canvass or conduct market research at dwelling houses or private residences in the city between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. or on any holiday.

Whoever violates any provision of the chapter shall be guilty of a minor misdemeanor on the first offense and a misdemeanor of the first degree for a second or subsequent violation.