Door-to-Door Sales Regulations – What You Should Know

Residents sometimes ask about township regulations governing door-to-door solicitations and non-profit solicitations in residential areas. Anderson Township formerly prohibited “for profit” doorto-door vendors. However, since a ruling from the United States Supreme Court altered the landscape on this issue, Anderson cannot prohibit transient vendors in residential areas.

If residents do not wish to be contacted by door-to-door salespeople or non-profit organizations, they can post a “No Soliciting” sign on their front door or near their driveway.

Cpl. Dave Boiman with the Hamilton County Sheriff ’s Office District 5 noted that residents now must advise solicitors to cease their activity and leave their private property if they do not wish to be contacted. “If they refuse or return (after being advised), the homeowner now has the right to file criminal trespassing charges and can contact law enforcement for assistance,” he said.

“While there is no violation for anyone to be on a public roadway or to solicit as a private business, we (the Sheriff ’s Office) can still investigate to make sure that they are conducting legitimate business,” Boiman said. “That is why we recommend reporting this activity to the Sheriff ’s Office non-emergency number at 825-2280 if a resident has concerns, so we can evaluate and/or retain appropriate information (if needed). Some solicitations are legitimate and innocent,” Boiman said, but “others are scams or may lead to further criminal activity.”