Licensing

Soliciting Ordinance Summary
Ordinance 010-79

License/Permit Required
No person shall engage in the business of peddling or soliciting within the Township without first obtaining a license/permit.

Exceptions
-Any Farmer upon the sales of his own produce in or about the streets of the Township.
-Insurance companies or their agents, or insurance brokers, authorized to transact business under the laws of the State.
-Persons taking orders for merchandise by sample from dealers individuals or companies who pay a license or mercantile tax place of business.
-Persons soliciting for charitable or religious purposes.
-Persons distributing by vehicle on a regular route any meat,milk or bakery products.

License Application
An application for a license/permit must be filed with the Chief of Police.

License Issuance and Fees
Upon receipt of an application properly prepared and accompanied by the appropriate license fee, as established from time to time by resolution, the Township Police Chief shall issue a license.

Exhibit of Licensee’s Compliance with Terms of License
Licensee shall carry the permit on his person at all times while engaged in peddling or soliciting and shall exhibit it upon demand from any police officer, Township official or citizen.
Peddling and soliciting for good, wares, merchandise and/or services not mentioned on the permit/license is prohibited.
Persons having a license/permit to solicit on foot are prohibited from doing so from or with a vehicle.

Prohibited Times
No licensee shall engage in peddling or soliciting at any time on Sundays or holidays, or upon any other day of the week before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. prevailing time.

Penalties
Up to $300.00 fine plus court costs, or up to 90 days in jail.

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Business Privilege License
Bethlehem Township contracts with Berkheimer Associates to administer our Business Privilege Licenses and Taxes. Any questions about Business Privilege (policies, procedures, forms, etc.) should be directed to Berkheimer Associates at 1-800-360-8989.

All businesses located within Bethlehem Township require Business Privilege Licenses. If you are operating a business that uses your home address as the business address, but you have not received a Business Privilege License Application for the current year, please contact Berkheimer Associates.

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Bicycles/Pedalcycles License
For person who reside in Bethlehem Township, it is unlawful to ride a bicycle/pedalcycle upon any street, sidewalk or designated paths for exclusive use of pedalcycles without having said pedalcycle registered and licensed by the Township.

Where do I register my Bike?
Applications for bicycle/pedalcycle registration can be made at the police department on a form provided by the Township. A registration fee of $1.00 is required.

How long is my registration good for?
The license sticker shall be affixed to the bicycle and will be good for one year starting June 01 of that year and expiring on May 31 of the following year.
Licenses must be renewed annually on or before June 01.

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Dogs
Ordinance 011-89

Does my dog require a license, collar or tag?
Dogs over 6 months old are required to be licensed and have a collar with the license tag.

Where can I obtain a license for my dog?
Northampton County Court House
7th & Washington streets, Easton, PA.

Canine Grooming Shoppe
736 Linden street, Bethlehem, PA.

Richard Ritter Pharmacy
115 West 4th street, Bethlehem, PA.

Sandy King’s Pet Supplies
1059 South 25th street, Easton, PA.

SPCA - RD#4, Island Park Road, Easton, PA.



Bethlehem Township
4225 Easton Avenue
Bethlehem, Pa. 18020
Phone: 610-814-6400
Fax: 610-814-6408
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