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Does New Hanover County have an ordinance on panhandling?

Tim Buckland


It sure does.

According to county codes, section 38-104 prohibits begging or soliciting on county property and section 38-111 prohibits begging or soliciting in an “aggressive manner,” according to an email from Lt. Jerry Brewer of the sheriff’s office, who provided a copy of the codes. A separate section, 38-103, also prohibits “loitering for the purpose of engaging in drug-related activity.”

The penalties are $50 for begging on county property and $100 for begging in an aggressive manner, which includes making physical contact with another person, following the person being solicited, using “obscene or abusive language or gestures,” continuing to solicit from someone “after the person has made a negative response” or blocking the path of someone being solicited from.

Anyone wishing to report a panhandler can call the county’s non-emergency number at (910)452-6120.


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