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.