Show/Hide
The City of Robbinsdale has declared a Snow Emergency. Vehicles need to be moved off of the street until the plows have completed a curb to curb full plow. The Sanborn Park Warming House and Ice Rinks have been closed for today due to the weather.

About Transient Sales and Canvassers

Print
Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Regulation of door-to-door visits from a variety of merchants, political candidates, petition drives, and other unexpected visitors raises a lot of questions. Some door-to-door activities are legally protected c ommerce and speech. The city requires all types of door-to-door activities to register and provides a list of registered entities on the website. 

City code 1120.01 describes the different types of  Door-to-Door sales and advocacy and requirements for each category:

  • Peddler - sales of items and services immediately provided to the customer. Peddlers, which conclude the transaction on-the-spot, are required to be licensed including background checks and liability insurance. Licenses are required to be carried and exhibited on request. This includes both door-to door sales and sales at a temporary fixed location (example-food truck). Licenses can be revoked for violation of requirements.
  • Solicitor - orders for items or services for future delivery. Anything more than registration has been found to be unlawful restraint on commerce. Solicitors are issued proof of registration.
  • Canvasser - providing information eliciting support for a cause or candidate. Registration has been upheld as a way to protect the public but more regulation risks impinging on constitutional rights. Canvassers are issued proof of registration.

All door-to-door activities are restricted to 9 am to 8 pm. Renewal of peddler license is required annually. Solicitors and canvassers are to register for each campaign. Listings of active licenses and registrations are listed on the city clerk license page.

A Solicitor or Canvasser may be issued a citation for violating city code. This does not prohibit continuation of legitimate soliciting of sales or canvassing for support.