What does the Solicitation Ordinance mean?
Balancing the safety of Collierville residents with First Amendment rights of commercial solicitors, the Town requires all commercial solicitors to obtain a permit and identification badge. The ordinance also provides citizens with the right to prohibit solicitors by displaying a “No Soliciting” sticker or sign at their residence and/or registering their home address in the “No Knock” registry.
What is a “Commercial Solicitor?”
Any person who engages in door-to-door solicitation to hand out a flyer, or to sell a product or service (excluding newspapers or other editorial publications, exempt under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.) Commonly called a solicitor or peddler.
What is a “Non-Commercial Solicitor?”
Any person who engages in door-to-door solicitation representing a religious organization, charity/non-profit group, or political campaign. Commonly called a canvasser.
What are my options to manage door-to-door sales? Homeowners have two options:
- Display sign-age that reads “No Soliciting” or “No Solicitors” at or near the front of residence. The Town will direct-mail one free "No Soliciting" sticker to all Collierville homeowners late September, 2015.
- This site is The Town's “No Knock” registry. Citizens may submit their address on the registry to be immediately added to a “No Knock” list.
What is the difference between the “No Soliciting” sign and “No Knock” registry?
The “No Soliciting” sign will prohibit all forms of solicitation from engaging in door-to-door contact at a residence. The “No Knock” registry will prohibit commercial solicitation, but will allow non- commercial solicitation at a residence. Residents may choose to use one method, both, or neither depending on personal preference; limitations may also be determined by Homeowner’s Association covenants.
How will the Solicitation Ordinance be regulated?
If a residence is not listed on the registry or does not have a posted sign, commercial solicitors may conduct door-to-door solicitation after obtaining a permit and identification badge from the Town. (Applicants will undergo a criminal background check as part of the permit process; permits will be denied to those with a criminal history.) Commercial solicitors are required to display their ID badge while conducting door-to-door sales; non- commercial solicitors are exempt from the permit requirements. View a list of "Home Solicitation Safety Tips" from the Collierville Police Department here.
How do I report a Solicitation Ordinance violation?
Commercial Solicitors are prohibited from soliciting at any location listed on the Town’s “No Knock” registry; all solicitors are prohibited from soliciting at a location with a posted “No Soliciting” sign. Commercial Solicitors must have an ID badge displayed; residents have the right to ask to see an ID badge. If a solicitor does not adhere to the registry or sign-age, or is not able to show an ID badge, immediately report the violation by calling the non-emergency police number: 901-853-3207.