Depending on which registry you join, either peddlers, solicitors or both would be prohibited from disturbing you at home by law.
Peddlers are those individuals selling goods or services door to door for profit (e.g. the typical door-to-door salesman or handyman).
Solicitors are those individuals selling goods or services, or soliciting donations for charitable, religious, non-profit or other causes (e.g. someone seeking a pledge of money for a walk-a-thon, someone selling cookies or magazine subscriptions for a non-profit organization, someone seeking a monetary contribution for a religious mission to Africa).How do peddlers and solicitors know they are not welcome to my home?
There are two ways in which peddlers and solicitors are provided notice. The first method is the City registry which lists all of the addresses of residents who have joined. By law, peddlers and solicitors are required to first reference the registry before knocking. The second method is by the posting of a sign decal conspicuously displayed in the front window or door of the home. The sign decal indicates whether peddlers, solicitors or both are unwelcome.How will this Ordinance be enforced?
Enforcement will be primarily through complaints or calls to the Police Department by residents who have been wrongly disturbed at home by peddlers or solicitors in violation of the Ordinance. The Police will respond accordingly to such calls or complaints.What will happen to violators?
Violators are guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor on a first offense and subject to a maximum $250.00 fine and/or thirty (30) days in jail. On a second or subsequent offense, the penalty escalates to a first degree misdemeanor subject to $1,000.00 and/or six (6) months in jail.If I join the registry and post the sign decal, are there any uninvited persons who can still come to my door?
Yes, the Ordinance only addresses those individuals seeking funding. Individuals who wish to conduct polling or surveying, circulate petitions, engage in political or religious speech, or other similar conduct in which funds are not being sought are not prohibited by the Ordinance on the basis of constitutional groundsIs there anyway I can prohibit these persons from disturbing me at home as well?
While the City may not restrict access to your residence by individuals identified in #5 above, the homeowner still has a right to post No trespassing signs or signs of similar import indicating these persons are unwelcome as well.I generally do not want to be disturbed at home by peddlers and solicitors; however I do not mind one (or more) specific peddlers or solicitors from calling on me at home. How can I join the registry and still allow these individuals to call on me?
The Ordinance is intended to prevent uninvited peddlers and solicitors from coming to your home; therefore, you can either specifically invite such individuals to your home and/or at sign-up indicate on the registry who is specifically welcome.When will my address come off of the registry?
Your address will come off of the registry when either:You properly notify the City of your desire to be removed from the list.
The City receives notice that you have moved.
The expiration of five (5) calendar years from the date of registration.
You remove yourself from the list using the cities web site.
How can I obtain the sign decals?
They are available at city hall and police department free of charge.