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File #: Int 0094-2018    Version: * Name: Door to door commercial solicitations.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to door to door commercial solicitations
Sponsors: Peter A. Koo, Justin L. Brannan, Robert F. Holden
Council Member Sponsors: 3
Summary: This bill prohibits in-person commercial solicitations or “door to door sales” of goods and services at residences where an owner or occupant posts a sign stating that such solicitations are prohibited. This bill addresses concerns related to aggressive door to door salespeople who disrupt residents in their homes for the purpose of advertising or attempting to sell products or services.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 94, 2. Int. No. 94, 3. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda

Int. No. 94

 

By Council Members Koo, Brannan and Holden

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to door to door commercial solicitations

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

      Section 1. Chapter five of title 20 of the administrative code is amended by adding new a subchapter 19 to read as follows:

SUBCHAPTER 19

DOOR TO DOOR COMMERCIAL SOLICITATIONS§ 20-824. Definitions.

                      § 20-825. Definitions.

§ 20-825. Prohibited activity.

                      § 20-826. Penalties.

 § 20-824. Definitions. For the purposes of this subchapter the following definitions shall apply:

a. "Door to door commercial solicitation" shall mean to go upon, ring the doorbell affixed to, knock on the door of or attempt to gain admission to any private or multiple dwelling for the purpose of advertising a business or soliciting business.

b. "Multiple dwelling" shall have the same meaning as defined in paragraph seven of section four of article one of the state multiple dwelling law.

c. "Person" shall mean any natural person, firm, partnership, joint venture, corporation or association.

 d. "Private dwelling" shall have the same meaning as defined in paragraph six of section four of article one of the state multiple dwelling law.

§ 20-825. Prohibited activity.  a. No person shall engage in door to door commercial solicitation at any private or multiple dwelling where, in a conspicuous location at the entrance to such private or multiple dwelling, a sign is posted stating that door to door commercial solicitation is prohibited. 

b. 1. In a private dwelling that is entirely owner-occupied and is designed for and occupied exclusively by no more than two families, any owner of such property shall have the authority to post such sign.

2. In all other private and multiple dwellings, the property owner shall only post such sign if the owner or lessee of each separate dwelling unit on such property or within such building indicates a desire to prohibit door to door commercial solicitations.  Where one or more of such owners or lessees do not consent to the prohibition of door to door commercial solicitations, the property owner may post a sign prohibiting door to door commercial solicitation as long as the sign indicates those units where door to door commercial solicitation is permitted. 

3. The signs permitted by this section shall be in a size and style to be determined by the commissioner.

§ 20-826. Penalties. A civil penalty of not less than two hundred and fifty dollars nor more than one thousand dollars shall be imposed for each violation of the provisions of this subchapter.

§ 2. This local law shall take effect 120 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

LS 519/Int. 331/2014

LS 609

RC

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