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No, the rules about soliciting pertain to door-to-door. A solicitor must have a license to go door-to-door.
A business cannot put advertisements in the mailbox but there are no rules about leaving it in the driveway; only that it cannot be more than once a week. If you want to discontinue this, you must contact the business directly.
Any solicitor that shows up at a resident's door should have an ID badge permit license from the Township. If they cannot provide one, resident can notify the police of the situation. If you would like to know if a solicitor is licensed, the Clerk's Office can verify this. Submit a Citizen Service Request or contact either the Clerks Office at 609-890-3622 or the Call Center at 609-586-0311. You must provide the name of the solicitor. If you do not have the solicitor's name, the Clerk's Office may be able to verify licensure with the company name. If you would like information on or to sign up to be on the Township No Knock List please visit No Knock page.
Any one that solicits in the township must apply for a solicitor's permit. See Chapter 102 Sec. 102-61 Peddler and Solicitor.
To obtain a solicitor's permit, an application must be completely filled out with the original signature. Three passport photos must be included. There is a $125 fee/application. A separate application and background for each applicant is required. Once the application is received by the Clerk's office, the police will send the background check information.
If the applicant is not coming in person to drop off the application and background, it must be notarized. If the applicant is coming in person, it can be notarized at the Clerk's Office.
All documentation; Complete application, Copy of Tax Identification Certificate (Business Registration Certificate from County or State), Background Packets with original signature and notarized with 3 passport photos and $125 fee; is returned to the Office of the Municipal Clerk located at 2090 Greenwood Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08609 (bring in person or mail). Once the application and fee is received by the Clerk's Office the information will be sent to the Police and the Police will send out the background packet.
Please allow 2 weeks for the application and background to be completed before a permit can be issued.
A solicitor's license is good for one year.
Fingerprinting is not done, but background checks are performed.
Any solicitor that shows up at a resident's door should have an ID badge permit license from the township. If they cannot provide one, resident can notify the police of the situation.
To sign up for the Do Not Knock for Hamilton Township, residents can simply go to the No Knock page.
Please note that Pursuant to Chapter 349 of the Code of Ordinances (Do Not Knock List), this will prohibit peddlers, canvassers and other solicitors (except non-profit, religious organizations, or political groups) from seeking contact with you at your home.