Is Door to Door Solicitation Legal in Chesterfield?
The City's solicitor ordinance requires all individuals going door to door in residential neighborhoods selling items or services to obtain a permit (license) for solicitation from the City. This does not include the placing of fliers for services, etc. on someone's door. A person must actually ring the resident's doorbell or knock on their door in order for the solicitor's permit law to apply to them.
Organizations with a valid 501C3 (not for profit-charitable) are exempt from the solicitors licensing requirement. If they have a copy of documents verifying their organizations 501C3 status they may solicit without a permit from the City.
The hours of solicitation are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. November through March and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April through October. Furthermore, solicitors cannot go to any other door than the front door in their solicitation.
The City's solicitor ordinance does not apply to commercial establishments. Salesmen are not required to have a City of Chesterfield solicitors permit in order to sell door to door to Chesterfield businesses.
Street Corner Solicitation (Toll Roads)
Solicitation at intersections, commonly referred to as toll roads, is a practice that is rarely, but occasionally approved by the City. In the past, the City has issued permits for the Knights of Columbus, The Firefighters Muscular Dystrophy campaign and the Old Newsboys. Such solicitation can take place only at signalized intersections with concrete medians. Certain intersections, such as Clarkson & Baxter, have been determined to be too dangerous for such practices. In all cases, one of the solicitors must have a copy of an approved solicitor's permit from the City. The permit will specify the dates, times and location for which the street corner solicitation is approved. No one shall be permitted to continue their solicitation efforts if these conditions are not met.