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Tinton Falls municipal officials establish ‘No Knock’ registry

TINTON FALLS – The Borough Council has adopted an ordinance that amends the Tinton Falls municipal code and creates a “No Knock” registry.

Council President Gary Baldwin, Deputy Council President John Manginelli, Councilman Christopher Pak, Councilwoman Nancyanne Fama and Councilman Brock Siebert voted to adopt the ordinance on March 19.

The ordinance will give residents the opportunity to inform municipal officials they do not want peddlers, canvassers or solicitors to knock on the door of their home.

The Tinton Falls Police Department will maintain the list, to be known as the “No Knock” registry, of residents who fill out a form which indicates they do not want to be disturbed.

Any resident and/or occupant who signs up for the registry will be able to purchase, for a nominal fee, a sticker for display at his residence which indicates the home is on the “No Knock” registry, according to the ordinance.

Police will distribute the registered list of homes to a licensee at the time of issuance of a license to peddle, canvass or solicit. Individuals who receive a license will be prohibited from disturbing an individual who has signed up for the registry, according to the ordinance.

No solicitor, canvasser or peddler will be permitted to conduct door-to-door business or canvassing outside the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or sundown (whichever is earlier), according to the ordinance.

Municipal officials said political candidates are exempt from the requirements and do not have to register with the police department if they wish to campaign door-to-door in the borough.

Council members said nonprofit organizations are exempt from paying a fee to obtain a license to go door-to-door, but should register with the police department to obtain a list of residents who do not wish to be disturbed.

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