Solicitors Ordinance

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Solicitors Permit Application

Who is a Solicitor?

Anyone who goes to a private residence or business without being invited for the purpose of taking orders for the sale of goods, merchandise, or services.

What are the penalties for soliciting without a permit?

  • The first offense is a citation.
  • The second offense is a misdemeanor.
  • If a person knocks where a No Solicitor sign is posted, they lose their permit.

What are residents’ responsibilities?

  • Never open your door to strangers.
  • If you encounter a solicitor at your door without a permit, call (925) 284-5010 24 hour police dispatch.
  • If a solicitor knocks where a No Solicitor sign is posted, call (925) 284-5010.

What are the responsibilities of the Lafayette Police Department?

  • Perform a background check.
  • Provide the permit with a picture ID.
  • Respond to citizen’s calls.

Who needs a permit?

  • All commercial peddlers or solicitors.
  • Anyone asking for money in exchange for goods or services.

How should the permit be displayed?

Every solicitor or peddler must wear the permit. This permit will include a photo ID. It must be visible at all times. Otherwise, they are in violation of the ordinance.

Who is exempt?

  • Religious & political groups.
  • Non-profits where goods, or services are not being sold.
  • Any person who is 15 years old or younger.

What is the “No Knock” rule?

No peddler or solicitor can knock or ring the bell of a private residence or business where a No Soliciting sign is
clearly posted. To do so is a violation of this ordinance.

When is soliciting NOT allowed?

A person can not solicit, peddle, or canvass between the hours of 6pm—9am.

Why is this ordinance necessary?

The Crime Prevention Commission responded to concerns over unregulated door-to-door peddling in Lafayette.
Our goal is to protect residents from fraud and criminal activity, while promoting the safety and privacy of our residents and business owners.

Refer to Section 4-4 of the Municipal Code for more details.

Solicitor's Permit Brochure


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