Campaign Finance Information:
Campaign Finance is under the jurisdiction of the County Clerk. It is your responsibility to contact the County Clerk as soon as your nominating petitions are filed. You should do this prior to expending funds, advertising, or placing signs in support of your campaign. The Oakland County Clerk’s Office – Elections Division can be reached at 248-858-0564 or via their web-site.
CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WATERFORD ORDINANCE EXCERPT
ARTICLE VII. PEDDLERS, SOLICITORS AND CANVASSERS
Division 1. General
Sec. 10-482. Definitions.
In addition to those rules of construction and definitions contained in Section 1-002, the following definitions shall apply to this Article:
Canvass and canvassing means to enter upon private property, without any prior specific invitation or appointment, to inform, educate, advocate, petition, secure petition signatures, request or enlist support or opposition, or to convey any other message regarding religion, philosophy, ideology, politics, including parties, candidates, initiatives and issues, charitable organizations, or other cause or issue, by verbal, written, or other forms of communication, including the distribution of handbills, flyers, or other materials.
Canvasser means a person that engaged in canvassing in the Township without requesting or accepting the payment, delivery, donation, pledge, or commitment of money, credit, financial assistance, membership, property, goods, services, or other thing of value, and without selling or attempting to sell any property, ticket, emblem, publication, advertisement, subscription, membership, or other thing, whether of value or not.
Charitable purpose means a charitable, benevolent, educational, philanthropic, humane, patriotic, veterans support, religious, youth, fraternal, social, civic, conservation, recreational, or other non-profit objective of a charitable or religious organization, or political organization. Charitable purpose does not include political campaign fundraising or non-profit objectives of an individual.
Charitable, religious or political organization means a charitable, religious, political, benevolent, educational, philanthropic, humane, patriotic, fraternal, social, or civic organization that is recognized as non-profit and/or tax exempt under applicable State or Federal laws.
Solicit and soliciting means a direct or indirect request by or on behalf of a charitable, religious, or political organization to any person in the Township for the payment, delivery, donation, pledge, or commitment of money, credit, financial assistance, membership, property, goods, services, or other thing of value, on the plea or representation what is requested will be used for charitable purposes of the charitable, religious or political organization, and includes sales and sales offers of any property, ticket, emblem, publication, advertisement, subscription, membership, or other thing, whether of value or not, on the pleas or representation that the proceeds of the sale will be used for charitable purposes of the charitable, religious, or political organization.
Solicitor means a person engaged in soliciting in the Township.
Sec. 10-483. Canvasser, solicitor and peddler requirements.
(c) All canvassers, solicitors and peddlers shall comply with the general regulations in Division 2.
Division 2. General Regulations for Canvassers, Solicitors and Peddlers
Sec. 10-490. Hours for Canvassing, Soliciting or Peddling.
No canvassing, soliciting, or peddling shall take place in the Township after 8:00 p.m. or the official time of sunset, whichever is earlier, or before 9:00 a.m., prevailing time.
Sec. 10-491. Posted Property; Access to Premises Restricted.
(a) No canvasser, peddler or solicitor shall enter into or upon any private property that has posted a "no peddling," "no canvassing," "no soliciting" or "no trespassing" sign, or similar notice, in accordance with subsection (c), below.
(b) No canvasser, peddler or solicitor shall engage in canvassing, peddling or soliciting in any residential subdivision, condominium, or other residential neighborhood or development that has a privately posted "no peddling," "no canvassing," "no soliciting" or "no trespassing" sign, or similar notice at each entrance to the subdivision, condominium or other neighborhood, in accordance with subsection (c), below.
(c) A sign posted under subsection (a), above, must be a weatherproof sign measuring a minimum of three (3) inches by four (4) inches, the letters must be at least one-third (1/3) inch in height, and the sign must be exhibited upon or near a main entrance door to the main structure, building or residence on the property. A sign posted under subsection (b), above, must be a weatherproof sign measuring a minimum of two (2) square feet, the letters must be at least two (2) inches in height, and the sign must be exhibited in a location visible to the drivers of vehicles at each entrance to the subdivision, condominium or other neighborhood. A sign posted under subsection (b), above, must comply with all otherwise applicable requirements of this code and Township standards, including, without limitation, the requirement to obtain a permit if the sign is to be located within a public right-of-way.
Sec. 10-492. Request to Leave.
No canvasser, peddler or solicitor shall remain on private property after having been asked or directed to leave the premises by any person lawfully in possession of the premises.
CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WATERFORD ORDINANCE EXCERPT
NO. 2015-001 STREET SOLICITING & HANDBILL ORDINANCE
An Ordinance to amend the Charter Township of Waterford Code to provide for the Township Clerk ...to define and regulate the distribution of handbills.
THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF WATERFORD ORDAINS:
Sec. 10-482. Definition.
Handbill means any flyer, leaflet, pamphlet, booklet, circular, literature, brochure, document, sample, device, or material that in writing and/or by symbols, drawings, figures, or other form of communication, advertises, promotes, identifies, directs attention to, requests support or opposition of, or provides information regarding or for, any goods, wares, merchandise, product, commodity, offer, business, service, establishment, organization, issue, cause, program, purpose, or other message.
Sec. 10-496. Handbills.
Handbills shall not be distributed by a canvasser, solicitor, peddler, or other person in violation of a restriction in this section. In addition, persons or organizations whose name or message is included on a handbill distributed in violation of a restriction in this section are presumed to be responsible for that violation. Such presumption may be rebutted by written proof from such person or organization of the name and address of the person who distributed the handbill and that such person was provided with written notice of, and instructions to comply with, the restrictions in this section.
(a) Handbills that do not bear proper postage shall not be placed in or on, attached to, or hung from mailboxes and other mail receptacles used, designed, or intended for use by the United States Postal Service.
(b) Handbills shall not be distributed, placed, or left on private property or in a residential subdivision, condominium, or other residential neighborhood or development that has posted a “no handbills”, or similar notice in accordance with the posting requirements in Section 10-491(c).
(c) Handbills shall not be left on public or private property if the intended/desired recipient refuses or declines to accept the handbill.
(d) When not delivered to a person, distribution of handbills shall be by placement on a structure or object in a location and manner that does not damage, deface, or interfere with use of that structure or object and that is sufficiently secure so as to avoid being dislodged from that location by wind and becoming litter on public or private property contrary to Section 9-074.
(e) Placement of handbills on private property that is not posted against such placement as provided in subsection (b) shall only be at the front entrance door to the main building on the property and shall not be allowed if access to that door is restricted by a fence, wall, or other physical barrier.
(f) Handbills shall not be placed on utility poles in a public right-of-way and are subject to immediate removal without notice as provided in the Section 2- 501 of the Township Zoning Ordinance.