CHATHAM, NJ – The Chatham Township Committee has adopted a Do Not Knock Registry that residents may sign up for if they do not wish to receive commercial solicitations at their home. The form is available online at www.chathamtownship-NJ.gov. The information will be maintained by the Township Clerk’s office.
All canvassers, peddlers and solicitors must be licensed by the Township and have their license on them when engaging in this activity. Residents who sign up for the Registry will have their homes on a Do Not Knock list given to the organization. Canvassers, solicitors and peddlers must obey the ordinance or face a penalty. The Do Not Knock ordinance also covers dropping off of literature, flyers, circulars, samples or other material not requested by the resident.
Please note that this ordinance includes the following exemptions:
a. Any person who, as part of a regular course of business, is engaged in the delivery of goods to the premises of persons previously ordering or entitled to receive such goods.
b. Any person who, as a member of any public, civic, charitable, educational or non-profit organization, is engaged in any fund-raising or other activity of such
c. Any officer, employee, agent or representative of any public, charitable, educational or non-profit organization.
d. Any honorably discharged veteran who holds a license issued by the Clerk of Morris County pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:24-9.
e. Any exempt member of a volunteer fire department holding an exemption certificate as provided in N.J.S.A. 45:24-9.
f. Any member, officer, employee, agent or representative of a religious or political organization, including candidates, engaged in any door-to-door canvassing on behalf of or for such organization or candidate.
To review the full ordinance or to download the form, visit the township website listed above. The Municipal Offices are open Monday through Thursday 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 to 1:30 p.m.