The following are some of the rules that are in effect at Town parks, beaches
and open spaces:
No person shall dress or undress in any portion of any public beach except
in buildings designed for such purpose.
Persons using Town beach facilities and swimming in designated areas shall
be appropriately attired.
Loitering on the patio area of Jennings Beach pavilion, Penfield Pavilion,
or the Lake Mohegan pavilion is prohibited.
Loaded firearms are prohibited on any Town beach, marina, or open space,
except when carried by law enforcement officers in the performance of their
No alcoholic beverages are allowed on Town parks, beaches, marinas, or pen
spaces without the express written permission of the Park Commission or
No glass containers or glass utensils shall be carried into or used in any
public beach or parking area.
No licensed domestic animals shall be permitted to enter or to roam in any
park, play lot or marina. No attended domestic animals shall be permitted to
enter any Town beach or marina, except for the period from October 1 to
No person shall light, kindle or use any fire on any Town beach, park,
marina, or open space, except in receptacles installed for this purpose, or
by the authority of the Park Commission or Conservation Commission.
Swimming at South Benson Boat Basin and Ye Yacht Yard in Southport, is
All open spaces are open from dawn to one hour after sunset.
The operation of a motorized vehicle is prohibited on ant Town park or
No stone or other missile shall be thrown or rolled from , into, within or
upon any park or open space area.
Hunting, trapping, and discharging of firearms on or into any park or open
space is prohibited.
Threatening, abusive, boisterous, insulting or indecent language or
gesture in any beach, marina, park, or open space is prohibited.
No person shall expose any article or thing for sale in any Town beach,
marina, park, or open space area unless a permit is issued by the Park
Commission or Conservation Commission.
No person shall discharge or set off within any Town beach, park, or open
space area, firecrackers, torpedoes, rockets, or any other fireworks, except
under special permit...
No bottles, broken glass, waste paper, or other rubbish, shall be left in
any Town beach, park, marina, or open space area, except in containers
designated for that purpose.
Golfing in Town parks and open space areas is prohibited without express
permission of the Park Commission, the Conservation Commission, or their
designee, as appropriate.
Mountain bikes or other un-motorized bicycles may be used on Conservation
Department designated open space trails only. At no time may mountain bikes
be taken off the trails.
No dumping is allowed on open space property.
Fairfield Ordinance 99-2
shall engage in business as a transient merchant within the Town
unless he/she shall have a transient merchant’s license issued
by the Chief of Police.
Merchant is described as: Any person who, as principal agent,
either goes from place to place or occupies a roadside or
outside stand or booth, including a vehicle from which sales are
made, selling or offering for sale any goods, wares or
merchandise for purchase for immediate or future delivery, which
shall include any offer to sell or offer of any printed material
and sales of or contracts for sales of services to be performed
within the Town of Fairfield.
are exempt from the above definition:
or gardener selling the produce from their own farm or
engaged in the sale, distribution and delivery of milk, tea,
coffee, spices, groceries, meats, bakery goods or
selling goods to retail or wholesale establishments within
the Town for resale.
Salespeople taking orders for merchandise for future
delivery when full payment is not required when the order is
schedule route salespeople.
at fairs on Town or Board of Education property.
person engaged in the selling of goods and services on
behalf or under the authority of any charitable or nonprofit
organization having a Connecticut officer or registered with
the Secretary of the State of Connecticut.
requested to call upon a private residence by the owner or
using a roadside or outside stand on the same site as an
established business owned or operated by the same person,
(Zoning regulations may apply. Property owners should check
with Town of Fairfield Zoning Department).
using a roadside or outside stand or booth located at their
regarding transient merchant permit should be directed to the
Fairfield Police Department, Detective Division at 203-254-4840.
violating any of the provisions of this ordinance, or making any
false statement or misrepresentation of fact, for the purpose of
obtaining permission to solicit orders shall, upon conviction
thereof, and in addition to other penalties provided by law, be
subject to a fine not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.),
each solicitation or sale being deemed a separate offense.
Persons engaged in any of the activities listed under the
definition of transient merchant shall conform to the following
themselves at all times in an orderly and lawful manner.
state the purpose of the contact, (to make a sale and
general goods or services offered).
written, signed receipt (describing the item or service
sold, total price, amount of payment received)
obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic
sell on the street, sidewalk or other public place: Spray
string, stink bombs, and similar devices.
The above are
excerpt from the Town ordinance.
If you feel
you are being mistreated by a solicitor call the Fairfield
Police at 203-254-4800 or 911.
OF DOOR TO DOOR SALES
sales crews have been operating since ancient times. Stories of
men traversing ancient civilizations to sell and trade goods can
be found in history books from all over the world. In the
United States there are many stories of men selling household
goods door-to-door in the mid 1800’s. Around 1853, the problem
became so bad that some states started enacting laws to deal
with annoying peddlers, drummers, and canvassers. After 1929
the great depression started and again men went to work going
door-to-door selling goods to make enough money to survive.
After WWII, veterans who returned home with war wounds could be
found going door-to-door using their wounds to gain sympathy to
help make sales of goods and books. In the 1980’ Congress held
two congressional hearings on the sales crews. Nothing changed
and the only regulations were found through state and local
governments. Today crews can be found selling everything from
bogus coupons, candy, cleaning products, magazine subscriptions,
books, vacuum cleaners, cell phones and asphalt to pave your
TO SALES CREWS
It seems like
door to door sales crews have been canvassing our towns and
neighborhoods in increasing numbers since telemarketing crews
have lost ground to “no call lists”. Many of the crews who
operate in our area are operating illegally by not having the
necessary permits. It is not unusual for sales crews committing
fraud to operate without permits to avoid detection from
government agencies who would prosecute them for their illegal
activities. Many sales crews commit other crimes such as
burglary, theft, harassment and assaults.
SOLICITORS AT YOUR DOOR
knocks at your door, acknowledge you are home. Talk through the
door without opening it. If you don’t answer, and it happens to
be a criminal type, they may attempt to break into your home.
Remember, You are NOT obligated to open the door to anyone.
Identification should always be verified before opening the
door. A wide angle door viewer is recommended if visibility of
callers is not possible. Service representatives, such as
chimney repair or asphalt paving, should have appointments and
not just “show up” at your door.
DO NOT rely
on a door chain for security. Partially opening a door equipped
with a door chain is a practice which must be discouraged, the
door is not secure. A door chain can not withstand any physical
Talk to the
person through the door. If you don’t know the person, don’t
open the door.
individual what they need. If they indicate they have a car
problem, or were involved in an accident, offer to call the
police for assistance. The idea is to keep the individual
outside and you make the call for them. There is a chance that
it is legitimate and a chance that they may be trying to scam
can not make any statements that misrepresent the activity for
which they have been authorized by their permit to solicit.
may be fraudulent if they: Behaves aggressively, acts
threatening or tries to make you feel guilty for not wanting
what they are selling.
for an immediate decision and demands cash only.
supply paperwork to substantiate what they claim to be selling
or to give a contact phone number and address for whom they
claim to work.
Ask for your
bank account or Social Security numbers. An individual who
supplies account information may also become the victim of
make entry into your home, by opening doors or entering under
the guise of having to use the bathroom or asking for food or
seems too good to be true, It usually is.
feel uncomfortable opening your door to a solicitor for any
suspect a solicitor is not legitimate, DO NOT hesitate to
call the Fairfield Police Department and request an officer
be sent to your neighborhood.
Fairfield Police may be reached at 203-254-4800 or 911 for
here to view a sample Transient Merchant ID Card