Elberton City Council Looking to Update Peddler Ordinance

August 13, 2012

The Elberton City Council is looking to adopt Ordinance 2177.

The new Ordinance’s purpose is to create and establish rules and regulations for licensing peddlers, solicitors, transient merchants, and mobile vendors within the city of Elberton.

Elberton City Manager Lanier Dunn explains why the city is looking into adopting this Ordinance.

“We have had an issue over the last couple of years with having more and more street vendors, primarily along the four-lane.” said Dunn. “We have an existing ordinance, but it needs to be updated. The requirements need to be more stringent so that we know who is in town, and we need to update this ordinance so that we can regulate it a little bit better.”

According to Dunn, the new Ordinance would prohibit people from setting up shop in a parking lot without the property owner’s permission.

“For example, if you are going to be in a vacant parking lot or a store parking lot we don’t require now any kind of permission from the owner. The new requirement will require you to provide a letter from the owner saying that you can be there selling goods.” said Dunn.

The Ordinance was placed on First Reading, with the first reading being waived, during last Monday’s Elberton City Council meeting. The council will look over the Ordinance and make any changes necessary prior to adopting during their next monthly meeting in September.