Skip to code content (skip section selection)
Unless otherwise noted herein, the following shall apply to all solicitors, including those exempt from obtaining a solicitor’s permit or from registering with the city.
(A) Any solicitor who has gained entrance to any residence or commercial building, whether invited or not, shall immediately and peacefully depart from the premises when requested to do so by the occupant.
(B) It is hereby declared to be unlawful and shall constitute a nuisance for any person, whether issued a permit under this chapter or not, to solicit on a public street or to go upon any premises and ring the doorbell upon or near any door of a residence or commercial building located thereon, or rap or knock upon any door, or create any sound in any other manner calculated to attract attention of the occupant of such residence or commercial building for the purpose of securing an audience with the occupant thereof, and engage in soliciting as herein defined, at any time less than 30 minutes after sunrise or 30 minutes before sunset. Further, it shall be unlawful to engage in soliciting at any time Sunday or any state or nation holiday. This provision shall not apply to solicitation on streets by charitable organizations, as provided in § 111.14 of this chapter. Further canvassing may take place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. central time on any day.
(C) Except as provided in § 111.14 of this chapter, no solicitor shall solicit in a city street or highway located within the city.
(D) No solicitor shall represent in any manner that the city or its departments or officers have indorsed the permit holder or the products, services or causes on behalf of which individuals are being solicited without the written consent of the Director of Public Safety.
(E) No solicitor shall willfully obstruct the movement of any person on any street, sidewalk or other public place.
(F) No solicitor shall solicit any person that has objected by words or conduct to such soliciting.
(G) No solicitor shall refuse to identify the entity on whose behalf the soliciting is being conducted when requested to do so by any person contacted by the solicitor or fail to truthfully state the use(s) to which any solicited item(s) will be put when requested to do so by any person being solicited.
(H) No solicitor shall threaten any injury or damage to any individual who declines to be subject to any soliciting or who declines to make a purchase, donation or contribution.
(I) No solicitor shall directly or indirectly solicit for any purpose by misrepresentation of his or her name, occupation, financial conditions, social condition, physical or mental health or residence and no person shall make or perpetrate any misstatement, deception or fraud in connection with any soliciting for any purpose.
(J) No more than two solicitors shall solicit at a residence or commercial building at any one time.
(K) It shall be unlawful for any solicitor, other than the permit holder, to use any permit issued under the provisions of this chapter.
(Ord. 3775, passed 9-4-2012; Ord. 3858, passed 2-2-2015; Ord. 4111, passed 9-3-2019) Penalty, see § 111.99