CHAPTER 329. PEDDLERS, TRANSIENT MERCHANTS
Table of Sections
|329.02||Repealed, 2001 c 53 s 1
|329.03||Repealed, 2001 c 53 s 1
|329.04||Repealed, 2001 c 53 s 1
|329.05||Repealed, 2001 c 53 s 1
|329.06||Repealed, 2001 c 53 s 1
|329.07||Repealed, 2001 c 53 s 1
|329.08||Repealed, 2001 c 53 s 1
|329.09||Repealed, 2001 c 53 s 1
|329.095||DEAF OR MASQUERADING AS DEAF.|
|329.11||LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.|
|329.12||LICENSE REQUIRED FOR CERTAIN SALES; FALSE AFFIDAVIT.|
|329.14||CERTAIN SALES EXCEPTED.|
|329.15||MUNICIPALITIES MAY REGULATE.|
|329.16||DISPOSAL OF FEES.|
329.095 DEAF OR MASQUERADING AS DEAF.
Subdivision 1. Prohibition.
No person shall, while engaged in the business of peddling, sell
or distribute finger alphabet cards or printed matter stating that the person is deaf, or use finger
alphabet cards or such printed matter or masquerade as a deaf person in any way as a means of
inducement in the sale of merchandise; and no state or local license as provided in this chapter
shall be issued to any person for the purpose of peddling finger alphabet cards or printed matter
stating that the person is deaf, or masquerading as a deaf person.
Subd. 2. Penalties.
Any person who, while engaged in the business of peddling, sells or
distributes finger alphabet cards or such printed matter, or uses the same, or masquerades as a
deaf person in any way as a means of inducement in the sale of merchandise shall be guilty of
History: 1969 c 406 s 1
The term "transient merchant" includes any person, individual, copartnership, limited
liability company, and corporation, both as principal and agent, who engage in, do, or transact
any temporary and transient business in this state, either in one locality, or in traveling from
place to place in this state, selling goods, wares, and merchandise; and who, for the purpose of
carrying on such business, hire, lease, occupy, or use a building, structure, vacant lot, or railroad
car for the exhibition and sale of such goods, wares, and merchandise. The term "transient
merchant" does not include a seller or exhibitor in a firearms collector show involving two or
more sellers or exhibitors.
History: (7340) 1911 c 39 s 4; 1913 c 504 s 1; 1984 c 654 art 2 s 123; 1995 c 64 s 1
329.10 LICENSE REQUIRED.
It shall be unlawful for any transient merchant to engage in, do, or transact any business as
such without first having obtained a license as hereinafter provided.
History: (7337) 1911 c 39 s 1
329.11 LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.
Any transient merchant desiring to engage in, do, or transact business by auction or
otherwise, in any county in this state shall file an application for a license for that purpose with
the auditor of the county in which the desired business is to be conducted, which application shall
state the name of the applicant, the proposed place of business, the kind of business proposed to
be conducted, and the length of time desired to do business. Such transient merchant shall pay to
the treasurer of such county a license fee of $150, and shall give bond to the county in an amount
to be determined by the county treasurer, which shall be not less than $1,000 nor more than
$3,000. The bond shall be approved by the treasurer and be conditioned that the merchant will
in all things conform to the laws relating to transient merchants and further conditioned on full
compliance with all material oral or written statements and representations made by the seller, the
seller's agents, representatives, or auctioneers with reference to merchandise sold or offered for
sale and on faithful performance under all warranties made with reference thereto. The treasurer
of such county shall issue to such person receipts therefor, and such transient merchant shall
thereupon file such receipts with the auditor of such county, who shall thereupon issue to such
transient merchant a license to do business as such at the place described in the application; and
the kind of business to be done shall be described therein. No license shall be good for more than
one person unless such person shall be a member of a copartnership, nor for more than one place,
and shall not be good outside of the county in which it was issued. Such license shall be good for
a period of one year from the date of its issuance. The auditor shall keep a record of such licenses
in a book provided for that purpose, which shall at all times be open for public inspection. No
license shall be issued unless the merchant produces evidence that the merchant is the holder of a
valid seller's permit issued under section
, or a written statement from the merchant that
the merchant is not offering for sale any item that is taxable under chapter 297A.
The application shall further contain the applicant's residence and business address for the
prior two-year period; the type of business engaged in during the previous two years; and the
name and address of the auctioneer who will conduct the sale. No such sale shall be conducted in
the name of any person other than the bona fide owner of the merchandise.
The applicant shall attach to the application an itemized list of merchandise to be offered
for sale reciting as to each item a description thereof including serial number if any, the owner's
actual cost thereof, and a designation by number corresponding with a number to be affixed to
each item by a tag which shall be kept fastened to the item at all times until sold.
Prior to the issuance of the license and approval of bond, the applicant shall in writing
appoint the county auditor as the applicant's agent to accept service of process in any action
commenced against the applicant arising out of the sale for which the license is sought. Such
action shall be brought in the county where the sale was held.
History: (7338) 1911 c 39 s 2; 1953 c 271 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 719 art 10 s 19; 2000 c
418 art 1 s 44
329.12 LICENSE REQUIRED FOR CERTAIN SALES; FALSE AFFIDAVIT.
It shall be unlawful for any transient merchant to advertise, represent, or hold forth as being
sold for an insurance, bankrupt, insolvent, assignee, trustee, testator, executor, administrator,
receiver, syndicate, wholesaler or manufacturer, or closing out sale, or as a sale of any goods,
wares, and merchandise, damaged by smoke, fire, water, or otherwise, or in any similar form,
unless such transient merchant shall file with the auditor of the county in which the application
for license is filed and issued for such purpose an affidavit at the same time the application is
filed, showing all the facts relating to the reasons and character of such sale so to be advertised or
represented, and showing that such sale is in fact as is to be advertised and represented, including
a statement of the names of the persons from whom the goods, wares, and merchandise so to
be advertised or represented were obtained, the date of the delivery to the person applying for
the license, and the place from which the goods, wares, and merchandise were last taken, and
all details necessary to exactly locate and fully itemize all goods, wares, and merchandise to be
sold. If such affidavit shall fail to show that such sale is of the character as the same is intended to
be advertised or represented as shown in such affidavit, and fails to disclose the facts as herein
required, then such auditor shall refuse the applicant a license for such sale. Should license be
issued to such applicant, then such license shall state that such person is authorized and licensed
to sell such goods, wares, and merchandise, and advertise and represent and hold forth the
same as being sold as such insurance, bankrupt, insolvent, assignee, trustee, testator, executor,
administrator, receiver, syndicate, wholesaler or manufacturer, or closing out sale, or as a sale
of any goods, wares, and merchandise, damaged by smoke, fire, water, or otherwise, or in any
similar manner present other facts as shown in such affidavit. The affidavit shall be sworn to
before a person authorized to administer oaths by such person so applying for such license, or, if a
partnership, by a member of such partnership, or, if a corporation, by one of the officers of such
corporation. Every person making a false statement of any fact in such affidavit shall be guilty of
perjury, and shall be punished for such offense as is provided by the Criminal Code of this state.
History: (7339) 1911 c 39 s 3
When it appears that any such stock of goods, wares, and merchandise has been brought
into any county in this state by a person not a resident therein, and that it is claimed that such
stock is to be closed out at reduced prices, such facts shall be prima facie evidence that the person,
copartnership, or corporation so offering such goods for sale is a transient merchant.
History: (7341) 1911 c 39 s 5
329.135 PROHIBITED SALES.
No transient merchant or seller at a flea market, except an authorized manufacturer's
representative, shall offer for sale any of the following items:
(1) infant formula or other food intended primarily for consumption by a child under the
age of two years; and
(2) over-the-counter drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics.
History: 1995 c 64 s 2
329.14 CERTAIN SALES EXCEPTED.
The provisions of sections
shall not apply to sales
made to dealers by commercial travelers or selling agents in the usual course of business, nor
to bona fide sales of goods, wares, and merchandise by sample, catalog, or brochure, for future
delivery, or to hawkers on the street, or to peddlers from vehicles, baskets, or packs carried on
their backs, or to sheriffs or other public officers selling goods, wares, and merchandise according
to law; nor to bona fide assignees or receivers appointed in this state selling goods, wares, and
merchandise for the benefit of creditors, nor to persons who may sell or peddle the products of the
farm or garden occupied and cultivated by themselves, nor to sales made by a seller at a residential
premises pursuant to an invitation issued by the owner or legal occupant of the premises.
History: (7342) 1911 c 39 s 6; 1986 c 444; 1995 c 64 s 3; 2005 c 10 art 2 s 4
329.15 MUNICIPALITIES MAY REGULATE.
Nothing in sections
contained shall be construed as prohibiting, or in
any way limiting or interfering with, the right of any city, or other municipal corporation
or governmental subdivision of the state, to regulate or license the carrying on within such
municipality the business of a transient merchant in any case where authority has been, or shall
hereafter be, conferred upon it so to do, but the requirements of sections
be in addition thereto. A city, or with respect to the area outside the corporate limits of a city,
a county, may enact a transient merchant licensing requirement excluding certain classes of
transient merchant events, or determine by resolution of its governing body that certain classes of
transient merchant events need not comply with section
History: (7343) 1911 c 39 s 7; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1984 c 594 s 1
329.17 VIOLATIONS; PENALTIES.
Subdivision 1. Gross misdemeanor.
Every person, either as principal or agent, who shall in
any manner engage in, do, or transact any business as a transient merchant, without having first
obtained a license, or who shall conduct any sale, or who shall sell or expose for sale any goods,
wares, and merchandise contrary to the provisions of sections
, or who shall
advertise, represent, or hold forth any sale of goods, wares, and merchandise, to be conducted
contrary to the provisions of sections
, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
Subd. 2. Misdemeanor.
Every person who shall engage in or follow the business of a hawker
or peddler without having first obtained a license is guilty of a misdemeanor.
History: (7335, 7345) 1911 c 39 s 9; 1911 c 121 s 8; 1986 c 444; 2005 c 10 art 3 s 18