Amendments to:
“Solicitors, Charitable Solicitors,
Itinerant Vendors, Handbill
Distributors” Regulations
College Station C...
APRIL 2013
RESIDENT COMPLAINTS RE:
UNWANTED/ AGGRESSIVE DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITORS
CSPD Statistics for Solicitation Calls
201...
Home Solicitations
Defined
“Home Solicitation” means the business of soliciting,
selling, or taking orders for goods or se...
Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1
Proposed Amendments
Objectives:
1. Prohibit during certain times to protect citizens
privac...
Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1
Proposed Amendments
Prohibitions:
1. It is unlawful for a person 14 years of age or older t...
Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1
Proposed Amendments
Defenses:
1. Educational Solicitations at invitation of the
property ow...
Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1
Proposed Amendments
Defenses:
6. Before taking any enforcement action under this
section, a...
Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1
Proposed Amendments
Certificate of Registration:
If applicant is a company, application mus...
4. Description of the goods or services solicited.
5. Dates, times, locations, and methods
of solicitations.
6. Applicant’...
Home Solicitors (Cont.)
Certificate of registration
If the applicant is an individual, application
must include:
1. Applic...
4. Names of other communities where applicant
has worked as a home solicitor.
5. Description of the goods or services soli...
Home Solicitors (Cont.)
Certificate of Registration Fees
1. Nonrefundable registration fee will be charged - $50
(Concurre...
1. Provided false information.
2. Was convicted of homicide, kidnapping,
specified sexual offenses, specified assaults,
ro...
Home Solicitors (Cont.)
Aggressive Solicitation
1. Making any contact or touching a person during solicitation
2. Approach...
Home Solicitors (Cont.)
Solicitation Prohibited
1. In an aggressive manner in a public area
2. In a bus or at a bus stop
3...
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Door-to-Door Solicitor Regulations

  1. 1. Amendments to: “Solicitors, Charitable Solicitors, Itinerant Vendors, Handbill Distributors” Regulations College Station City Council March 27, 2014
  2. 2. APRIL 2013 RESIDENT COMPLAINTS RE: UNWANTED/ AGGRESSIVE DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITORS CSPD Statistics for Solicitation Calls 2011 = 338 Calls for service 2012 = 291 Calls for service 2013 = 354 Calls for service
  3. 3. Home Solicitations Defined “Home Solicitation” means the business of soliciting, selling, or taking orders for goods or services or distributing commercial printed matter on residential premises
  4. 4. Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1 Proposed Amendments Objectives: 1. Prohibit during certain times to protect citizens privacy and security of their homes 2. Regulate locations to promote safety and minimize congestion. 3. Regulate solicitation manner to protect citizens from aggressive and intimidating practices. 4. Require home solicitors to register with the City and wear City-issued badge while soliciting
  5. 5. Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1 Proposed Amendments Prohibitions: 1. It is unlawful for a person 14 years of age or older to solicit at a residence, unless requested, without first registering with the city and obtaining an identification badge 2. No residential solicitation before 9:00a.m. or 30 minutes after sunset Monday through Sunday, or at any time on a federally observed holiday 3. No residential solicitation where “No Solicitation” signage is provided at or near the primary entrance 4. Solicitation only allowed at the primary entrance to a residence.
  6. 6. Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1 Proposed Amendments Defenses: 1. Educational Solicitations at invitation of the property owner or occupant 2. Political solicitations 3. Newspaper sales -owner/occupant request 4. Charitable 5. Religious
  7. 7. Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1 Proposed Amendments Defenses: 6. Before taking any enforcement action under this section, a police officer or code compliance officer must ask the reason for the person being on the premises and consider whether a defense applies. 7. A violator may be fined up to $500
  8. 8. Home Solicitations Chapter 4-1 Proposed Amendments Certificate of Registration: If applicant is a company, application must include: 1. Name, address, and telephone number of the company and its officers. 2. Date and place of establishment of the business. 3. Name, address, and telephone number of each solicitor working for the applicant.
  9. 9. 4. Description of the goods or services solicited. 5. Dates, times, locations, and methods of solicitations. 6. Applicant’s criminal history and authorization for city to obtain a criminal history report. 7. Proof of any required licenses or permits to operate the business. Home Solicitors (Possible Amendments – Cont.) Certificate of Registration:
  10. 10. Home Solicitors (Cont.) Certificate of registration If the applicant is an individual, application must include: 1. Applicant’s name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and driver’s license (or ID card) number. 2. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of applicant’s employers, employees, and agents. 3. Current photograph of applicant.
  11. 11. 4. Names of other communities where applicant has worked as a home solicitor. 5. Description of the goods or services solicited. 6. Dates, times, locations, and methods of solicitations. 7. Applicant’s criminal history and authorization for city to obtain a criminal history report. 8. Proof of any required licenses or permits to operate the business. Home Solicitors (Cont.) Certificate of registration:
  12. 12. Home Solicitors (Cont.) Certificate of Registration Fees 1. Nonrefundable registration fee will be charged - $50 (Concurrent renewal $25) 2. Certificate of registration expires 30 days; is non- transferable. 3. Must notify City of any material changes in initial registration information: changes in Registrant’s employer, employees, or agents. 4. Certificate of registration must be issued within 3 business days after application unless applicant:
  13. 13. 1. Provided false information. 2. Was convicted of homicide, kidnapping, specified sexual offenses, specified assaults, robbery, burglary, or theft or fraud committed while soliciting and less than two years for a Misdemeanor (or five years for a felony) have elapsed since the conviction or release from confinement. 3. Failed to meet other specified qualifications. Home Solicitors (Cont.) Certificate of Registration Denial
  14. 14. Home Solicitors (Cont.) Aggressive Solicitation 1. Making any contact or touching a person during solicitation 2. Approaching or following a person in an intimidating manner 3. Continued solicitation after a negative response 4. Blocking the safe or free passage of a person being solicited 5. Using obscene or abusive language toward the solicited person
  15. 15. Home Solicitors (Cont.) Solicitation Prohibited 1. In an aggressive manner in a public area 2. In a bus or at a bus stop 3. Within 25 feet of the following areas where the public may be vulnerable a. automated teller machine b. entrance or exit of a bank c. entrance or exit of a check cashing business d. entrance or exit of a credit access business e. self-service car wash or fuel pump f. parking meter or parking pay station g. a public parking garage h. a marked crosswalk i. entrance or exit of a restaurant or patio area of a bar
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