KENILWORTH, NJ - Starting July 1, Kenilworth residents and businesses owners who don't want to be bothered by unsolicited visitors can ward them off with stickers that designate their property as being on a "No Knock Registry."
If that persistent door-to-door salesman knocks anyway, he faces a fine of $250 the first time and $500 for a second offense. If that doesn't put an end to the unwanted visits, another attempt could result in a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 90 days in jail.
All this is now law in the borough, thanks to Kenilworth Ordinance 2018-07, otherwise known as the borough's "NO KNOCK ORDINANCE," according to town records.
The borough Mayor and Council says - right in the ordinance - that it "received, both at the regular council meetings and by phone and in person, several complaints by residents about people coming to their homes unsolicited, when the property owners do not want such visitors."
The ordinance calls for the creation of a "registry" that contains a list of addresses "where the owner or occupant has notified the Borough Clerk that he/she wishes to prohibit persons and entities from canvassing, soliciting, peddling, itinerant vending or attempting door-to-door sales on his/her premises."
Those who register will get a free sticker advising visitors they have approached a building on the No Knock Registry. The stickers are to be placed "in a readily observable location near the front door."
The ordinance says the registry will be updated monthly and that anybody who wants to knock on doors has the obligation of obtaining the latest list from the borough clerk.
Borough officials carved out some exceptions to the law. Religious groups are on that list as are politicians or political action groups and people seeking money for bona fide non-profits.
Children will be glad to know that, thanks to another exception in the new law, they won't face punishment for Halloween Trick or Treat activity.