Solicitation Permits for door to door sales persons?

So how many of you hate or love when people come knocking on your door only to try to sell you magazine subscriptions, carpet cleaning solutions or anything else that you may or may not care for?Door To Door

The Huntsville City Council would like to have commercial sales people and professional fundraisers to apply to the city for solicitation permits. They would have to provide current background reports including criminal history and ex-convicts and parolees would be automatically disqualified for the permit.

Once the background check passed and an application fee paid, the solicitors would be given permits and photo identification tags. The solicitors need to wear to tags in clear view while going on door-to-door sales calls. Other stipulations of the new rule would not allow sales people to knock on doors before 8:00 am or after sunset. Homes with "No Solicitation" signs in the yard would be off limits (which I have on my own door).

No soliciting

This new ordinance would not affect Girl Scouts, religious groups, political candidates, student fundraisers and charitable groups (what is left?). This is just a proposal and will be discussed in a special work session later this month.

I believe they are proposing this due to a recent increase in home burglarlies~some of which, neighbors or homeowners had stated that a sales person had recently been to their home soliciting. I am not sure how this will play out. But in the meantime, my "No Soliciting" sign on our door will stay put. 

How would you feel if this was happening in your neighborhood? 

Diane Casale, Coldwell Banker First


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Comment balloon 4 commentsDiane Casale • January 31 2012 09:30PM


Honestly, Diane, I think this is a great idea.  When I am at home, the last thing I want to do is to worry about who is knocking at my front door.  Girl Scouts are fine.  I just love their cookies.  Perhaps too much... LOL.  Other than that... I think having to register and get a permit from the local authorities is the way to go.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 6 years ago

We have to many gated communities here in S. Florida, so the chances of this happening are non-existent. That being said the older communities do have some limitations. Though I think it is annoying, I'm OK with it to a degree.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) about 6 years ago

Huntsville's proposed ordinance would likely be challenged by First Amendment / Free Speech advocates.  It probably won't stand up in Federal Court.




Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 6 years ago

I don't think the first amendment should grant anyone the right to bother me in my home. I would love a law like this, and would add heavy fines for anyone knocking on a door with a clearly posted no soliciting sign.

Posted by Erin Boggs over 3 years ago