In August, the Metro Council instructed Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart, Metro Sheriff Mark Logan and Metro Attorney John T. Bobo to form a working group to propose a metro ordinance to address door-to-door salesmen in the county.
Earlier that month, a group of traveling sales people ruffled feathers in the county with late-night visits and pushy sales tactics.
On Monday night, the Council unanimously passed an updated “Peddlers” ordinance to address the issue.
The revised ordinance makes it unlawful for any “peddler, canvasser, solicitor, transient merchant, itinerant merchant or itinerant vendor to ply his trade” in Metro Moore County without a permit.
The previous peddler ordinance covered only the former Lynchburg city limits footprint, now referred to in Metro business as the Urban Services District.
The new ordinance also sets specific hours that “peddlers” may visit area homes: “only during the hours of 9 a.m. and the earlier of sundown or 7 p.m.”
As with the previous ordinance, wholesale salespersons, newsboys and delivery of goods already purchased are exempt.
Those applying for a permit must provide name(s), physical description(s), address(es), vehicle description(s) and license plate numbers to the Metro Clerk with a $50 permit fee.
The fee will be waived for local students, schools, Moore County non-profit organizations and churches.
All applicants must also provide a statement(s) as to whether any individual in their group has ever been convicted of a felony.
Peddlers must also provide a list of addresses they propose to make sales calls during their time in Moore County.
The new law requires all peddlers to display their permit.
If a local resident wished to file a complaint against a “peddler,” they should contact the Metro Sheriff’s Department at 759-7323.
For information about acquiring a peddler’s permit, contact Metro Clerk Nancy Hatfield at 759-7346.•