Chapter 12.34


12.34.010    Purpose.

12.34.020    Soliciting residences with “No Soliciting” signs prohibited.

12.34.030    “No Soliciting” signs – Requirements.

12.34.040    Violation – Penalties.

12.34.010 Purpose.

The city council finds that door-to-door solicitors sometimes infringe upon the rights of privacy of the residents in the city. The city council further finds that door-to-door soliciting increases the possibility and potential for criminal activity by persons posing as legitimate salespersons and canvassers. The city council further finds that the city cannot regulate the content of speech of door-to-door solicitors or canvassers. The city council further finds that residents should be entitled to choose not to listen to various messages by posting a “No Soliciting” sign if they choose. The city council further finds that solicitors should honor the choice of those residents who desire not to hear a political, social or commercial message. (Ord. 94-04 § 1, 1994)

12.34.020 Soliciting residences with “No Soliciting” signs prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to solicit, sell to or canvass any residence, business or other dwelling in the city containing a “No Soliciting” sign. The existence of such sign indicates that the occupant or owner desires not to be disturbed by any solicitor, peddler, hawker, itinerant merchant, transient vendor or other person canvassing for any purpose. For the purpose of this chapter “soliciting” means approaching any dwelling, without an express invitation, for the purpose of selling any good or goods, collecting money or merchandise, expressing any opinion or belief or discussing any matter or matters. (Ord. 94-04 § 1, 1994)

12.34.030 “No Soliciting” signs – Requirements.

Any sign prohibiting soliciting of individual dwellings shall be no smaller than 15 inches by three inches in size, and the lettering with the words “NO SOLICITING” shall be no smaller than 65 point type. Such sign shall be posted on or near the entrance to the dwelling or immediately adjacent to the doorbell, door knocker or other device available for notification that a person is at the door. If a fence surrounds the property, such sign shall be posted near the gate or on the gate admitting a person or persons to the property. (Ord. 94-04 § 1, 1994)

12.34.040 Violation – Penalties.

Violations of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be unlawful and shall be punished as an infraction. (Ord. 94-04 § 1, 1994)