BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Any person who owns or rents property within Berkeley Heights can now sign up for their residence to be included on the Township’s new “No Knock” list. Signup is available online on the clerks' office page on the township website. There is no charge for registering your residence.
The Berkeley Heights Township Council recently joined the growing number of New Jersey towns establishing a “No Knock list,” amending its existing ordinance regarding licenses for peddlers, solicitors, and canvassers.
It is important to note that the revised ordinance continues to allow for some organizations and/or groups to continue to “knock”. Specifically, charitable, religious, political or other nonprofit groups or individuals, including schools, civic organizations and service clubs may continue to spread information, advocate for a cause, solicit signatures in support of a cause, solicit donations or charitable contributions or conduct sales of personal property for a charitable purpose. Residences cannot elect to be exempt from lawful door-to-door business.
The “No Knock List” is a registry of residential addresses within the Township for which the owner or occupant has notified the Township Clerk via the signup list that he/she wishes to prohibit certain peddling, soliciting, or canvassing at his/her residence. Per the ordinance, the No Knock List shall consist solely of residential property addresses and no further information about the residence or owners. Once a property is listed on the No Knock List, it shall only be removed by written request to the Township Clerk by the current owner or occupant of the property.
For those licensed to engage in peddling, solicitation, or canvassing within the Township, they must obtain a copy of the No Knock List from the Township Clerk and must carry the list with them at all times while engaged in the licensed activity.
Peddlers, canvassers and solicitors must apply for this license annually, must comply with the No Knock List, and may only go to residences not on the list between the hours of 9 a.m. and 30 minutes after sunset daily.
Please visit the township website to sign up for the No Knock list and to see the revised Peddlers and Solicitors Ordinance.
The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee Founded in 2010, the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) is an all-volunteer committee consisting of business owners, community leaders, and residents of Berkeley Heights Township. The BHCC’s mission is to maximize the transparency of Township activities as well as promote both public and private sector initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for local community members. For more information, visit the Township’s website or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.