No Soliciting Sign: Do Signs Stop Solicitors? No Soliciting Explained

[UPDATED: 12/10/19]

Table of Contents
1. Who Are Solicitors? 7. Can I Be Refunded?
2. What Do They Sell? 8. Can HOAs Ban Them?
3. Is It Legal? 9. When to Be Aware
4. How Do I Stop Them? 10. Beware of Fraudsters
5. Do No Soliciting Signs Work? 11. Soliciting Laws by State
6. Are There Exemptions?

Who Are Solicitors?

A solicitor is any person who goes door-to-door attempting to sell goods to residents.

What Kinds of Things Do Solicitors Typically Sell Door-to-Door?

Most often, solicitors offer tangible goods like windows, doors, or other structural, big ticket items. Or, they offer intangible goods like clean up and repair after a major weather event or insurance policies and other financial instruments.

Is Door-to-Door Soliciting Legal?

Even private property owners may be surprised to learn that door-to-door soliciting actually is legal in the United States. The Supreme Court has ruled that traveling salespeople have a constitutional right to be there, upholding their right to free speech for commercial purposes. States, and even local municipalities, are not allowed to create laws or regulations, for example requiring registration or permits or setting permissible solicitation hours.

How Can I Keep Solicitors From My Home or Business?

While door-to-door soliciting may fall under the constitutional rule of law, one effective way to deter or even stop a solicitor from knocking on your door is by posting “no soliciting signs” or “no trespassing signs” conspicuously on your property. These signs make it known to potential visitors that they are not welcome to infringe on your privacy or trespass on your property.

Neighborhood residents should post signs in windows, on doors, fences, trees, or at property entrance ways. Businesses should post signs at all public and property entrances and in parking lots for all to see.

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Do No Soliciting Signs Really Work?

Yes! “No soliciting” signs are effective in deterring unwelcome guests. By posting these signs, you are exercising your legal right to refuse uninvited visitors and convey your request to not be disturbed. Anyone who refuses to leave can face trespassing charges and/or fines.

Is Anyone Exempt From Following A No Soliciting Sign?

In the US, anyone who refuses to leave your property upon request is breaking the law. While each state is different, many areas impose penalties on those who choose to ignore posted “no soliciting” or “no trespassing” signs on private property, including businesses that post such signage.  Even those who are not actually selling a tangible product, such as religious, political, or charitable organizations, are legally required to leave your property upon your verbal or written request.

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Can I Be Refunded For A Purchase Made With A Door-to-Door Salesperson?

Even though there are no formal laws prohibiting soliciting, there are laws in place to protect consumers from defective products, fraudulent offers, and scams. Many individual cities or towns require door-to-door salespeople to post a solicitation bond before selling their goods to the masses. This protects the customer in the event that a product or service is faulty or part of a scam; the consumer will be able to claim a portion of these funds proportional to the money he or she lost as a result of the original transaction.

Further, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has instituted a rule that allows anyone who purchases something at his or her home from a door-to-door salesperson (totaling $25 or more) to cancel his or her order and receive a full refund within three days. This rule also applies to purchases made from solicitors at other locations with a purchase price of $130 or more.

Can Homeowner’s Associations Ban Solicitation in Their Neighborhoods?

Typically, homeowner’s associations are not permitted to stop solicitors from visiting individual homes in a neighborhood, since the decision to listen to or purchase from someone is an individual decision. There may be exceptions, though, as when gated communities post “no soliciting” or “no trespassing” signs at the neighborhood entrances. Since rules can widely vary, always be aware of your local directives.

When To Be More Aware Of Door-to-Door Scams

The most popular seasons for solicitors to be out and about are typically during the spring and summer months when the weather is wonderful and many people are home during seasonal breaks. However, additional caution should be used when unforeseen events happen in widespread areas, such as strong storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other disasters. Unfortunately, scammers use these catastrophes to take advantage of vulnerable people who are desperately in need of assistance.

Notice No Loitering No Trespassing Sign

Major Storm Alert! Be Aware of Fraudulent Solicitors

Centrally located on Florida’s first coast in Jacksonville, at CustomSigns.com, we know how important proper preparedness is for major tropical storms and hurricanes. Especially in southern coastal states where natural disasters seem to be a common occurrence, preparedness also means educating local residents to be particularly mindful of potential scam artists. These fraudsters, who often show up suddenly and unannounced, offer deeply discounted prices and promise immediate repairs, only to take the homeowner’s deposit and run. In addition to protecting your property with “no soliciting” and “no trespassing” signs, whenever in doubt, always take the time to get the facts. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a reputable place to begin, as well as asking for references and verifying professional licenses and insurance. Safety always comes first.

Soliciting Laws by State

Most states have established municipal codes following the same general regulations. However, as with anything, there are exceptions and distinctions from state to state, county to county, and even city to city.

The following table lists examples of municipal codes concerning solicitors, peddlers, and canvassers by state and city. The examples include the required or suggested wording for your “No Soliciting Sign” to comply with local laws and regulations.

NOTE: the following table is NOT comprehensive by state or municipality. For additional information, visit Municode.com or contact your City Clerk or other local government official.

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AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA
HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD
MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ
NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC
SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

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State Municipality Required Wording for Your Signs
Alabama Alabaster “No Solicitation” or “No Soliciting
Alexander City 16-25 square inch sign, “No Soliciting”
Anniston “No Soliciting” sign no smaller than 16 square inches
Alaska Seward “No Solicitors,” “No Peddlers,” “No Trespassers,” or similar wording
Arizona Avondale “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Canvassers,” “No Trespassing,” “Do Not Disturb,” or similar wording
Buckeye “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Canvassers,” “No Trespassing,” “Do Not Disturb,” or similar wording
Chandler “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Canvassers,” or similar wording
Eagar “No Peddling,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Gilbert “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors or Canvassers,” “No Transient Merchants,” or “No Trespassing”
Arkansas Cabot “No Solicitors,” “No Solicitations,” “No Soliciting,” “No Peddlers,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Farmington “No Soliciting,” “No Peddling,” “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Trespassing,” or similar; City Business Manager can provide
Springdale “No Soliciting,” “No Peddling,” “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Trespassing,” or similar; City Clerk can provide
Rogers “No Solicitation”
California Arcadia “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Ivine Any wording clearly stated & posted
Oceanside “No Trespassing,” “No Soliciting,” “No Peddlers or Agents,” “No Advertisements,” or similar wording
Redding Any wording clearly stated & posted
Saratoga “No Solicitors,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Colorado Alamosa “No Solicitation” or “No Trespassing”
Denver Any wording clearly stated & posted
Fort Collins “No Solicitation” or “No Trespassing”
Johnstown “No Solicitors,” “No Peddlers,” or similar wording
Lafayette Any wording clearly stated
Connecticut Avon Any wording clearly stated & posted
Shelton 3” x 4” sign “Only Solicitors Registered in Shelton Invited” or “No Solicitors Invited”
Delaware Dover “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Milford Any wording clearly stated & posted
Newark “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Smyrna “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Florida Bay County “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Callaway 3” x 4” sign “Only Solicitors Registered in Callaway Invited” or “No Solicitors Invited”
Fellsmere “No Trespassing,” “No Solicitors,” “No Soliciting,” or similar wording
Jacksonville “No Solicitors,” “No Solicitors Allowed or Invited,” “No Peddlers,” “No Peddlers Allowed or Invited,” or similar wording
Kenneth City “No Soliciting” or similar wording
Georgia Acworth “Solicitors, Peddlers, Salesmen Prohibited”
Alma “No Soliciting” or similar wording
Berkeley Lake Any wording clearly stated & posted
Bloomingdale “No Peddlers,” “No Soliciting,” or similar wording
Duluth Any wording clearly stated & posted
Hawaii No information available Contact your municipal clerk’s office
Idaho Aberdeen “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitors Allowed,” or similar wording
Homedale “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
McCammon “No Solicitors or Peddlers” or similar wording
Preston “No Solicitors” or similar wording
St. Anthony “No Solicitors” or similar wording
Illinois Alsip 3” x 4” “NO SOLICITORS INVITED” weatherproof card
Bartonville 3” x 4” sign “Only Solicitors Registered in Bartonville Invited” or “No Solicitors Invited”
Calumet City 3” x 4” weatherproof card provided by the city Police Department
Davis Junction “No Soliciting”
Geneva 3” x 4” “NO PEDDLERS OR SOLICITORS INVITED” weatherproof card
Indiana Bloomington “No Solicitation” or similar wording
LaPorte “No Soliciting” or similar wording
Tipton “No Solicitors”
Westfield Westfield Police Department provides stickers, decals, or signs freely to any resident of the city or post other clearly stated wording
Iowa Mount Pleasant “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Des Moines Any wording clearly stated & posted
Kansas Basehor “No Solicitors”
Fairway “No Solicitors,” “No Trespasser,” or similar wording
Lansing “No Solicitors” or “No Trespassers”
Manhattan “No Peddling,” “No Solicitations,” or similar wording
Neodesha “No Solicitation,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Kentucky No information available Contact your municipal clerk’s office
Louisiana Caddo Parish Any wording clearly stated & posted
Central “No Solicitation” sign according to §12:152(a) | HOAs may assign no peddling areas with the City Clerk
DeSoto Parish Police Jury “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Hammond “No Solicitation”
Natchitoches “No Canvassers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Peddlers,” or similar wording
Maine No information available Contact your municipal clerk’s office
Maryland Baltimore County “No Soliciting” or similar wording
Gaithersburg Any wording clearly stated & posted
Laurel “No Soliciting” or similar wording
Middletown “No Solicitation,” “No Peddling,” or similar wording
Prince George’s County “No Soliciting”
Massachusetts Holyoke “No Peddler,” “No Solicitors,” “No Agents,” or similar wording
Quincy “No Trespassing” or “No Soliciting”
Revere “No Solicitors”
Salem “No Trespassing” or “No Soliciting”
Westfield “No Soliciting”
Michigan Ada “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Sales,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Atlas “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Salespersons,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Bedford “No Soliciting,” “No Peddling,” “No Salesman,” or “No Trespassing”
Bloomfield “No Soliciting,” “No Solicitation,” or similar wording
Brighton “No Solicitors” in at least 1 ½” letters
Minnesota Bayport Minimum 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” sign with 48pt font “Peddlers and Solicitors Prohibited”
Caledonia 4” x 4” with 48pt font “No Peddlers, Solicitors or Transient Merchants” or “Peddlers, Solicitors, and Transient Merchant Prohibited”
Chaska “Peddlers and Solicitors Prohibited”
Crosslake 4” x 4” with 48pt font “No Peddlers, Solicitors or Transient Merchants” or “Peddlers, Solicitors, and Transient Merchant Prohibited”
Eagan Any wording clearly stated & posted
Mississippi Biloxi “No Panhandlers or Solicitors” or similar wording
Columbus “No Peddlers Allowed”
Diamondhead “No Peddlers or Solicitors” or similar wording
Gulfport “No Peddlers or Solicitors” or similar wording
Jackson Any wording clearly stated & posted
Missouri Branson “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Peddling,” or similar wording
Des Peres “No Trespassing,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Gladstone “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Miner “No Peddlers,” “No Canvassers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Raymore “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitors Allowed,” or similar wording
Montana No information available Contact your municipal clerk’s office
Nebraska Bellevue “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Fremont “No Peddlers Allowed” or similar wording
Nebraska City “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
York “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Nevada Carson City “No Peddlers,” “No Peddling,” “No Solicitors,” “No Soliciting,” “No Trespassing,” “No Day Sleeper,” or similar wording
North Las Vegas “No Peddlers” or similar wording
Reno “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Day Sleeper,” or similar wording
Sparks “No Trespassing,” “No Peddlers or Agents,” “No Solicitors or Agents,” “No Salesmen,” or similar wording
Washoe County “No Trespassing,” “No Peddlers or Agents,” “No Solicitors or Agents,” “No Salesmen,” or similar wording
New Hampshire Claremont Any wording clearly stated & posted
Concord “No Peddlers,” “No Trespassing,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
New Jersey Audobon Borough Do Not Knock Registry sticker provided by the municipal clerk’s office
Magnolia Do Not Knock Registry sticker provided by the township clerk’s office
Sayreville Borough Must register for the Do Not Knock List & then post an up to 6” x 9” sign with clear wording
Tewksbury Township “No Solicitors,” “No Soliciting,” or similar wording
Berkeley Heights Township Any wording clearly stated & posted
New Mexico Alamogordo Any wording clearly stated & posted
Carlsbad “No Trespassing,” “No Peddlers,” “No Agents,” “No Solicitors,” “No Advertisements,” or similar wording
Farmington “No Solicitors” or “No Peddlers”
Hobbs “No Soliciting”
Las Cruces “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or other variations
New York Goshen 3” x 4” weatherproof card “Only Solicitors Registered in the Village of Goshen” or “No Solicitors Invited”
Kenmore “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitors Allowed,” or similar wording
Syracuse “No Solicitors” or similar wording | No Solicitors List kept by the Syracuse Central Permit Office
Tonawanda Any wording clearly stated & posted
White Plains Do-Not-Knock registry & sticker is available to purchase from the City Clerk’s office
North Carolina Black Mountain “No Solicitation”
Elon “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Forest City Any wording clearly stated & posted
Highlands “No Trespassing” or “No Soliciting”
Sanford “No Soliciting” or similar wording
North Dakota Fargo Minimum 3” x 4” with ⅓” tall letters, “NO SOLICITORS” available for sale by the City
Grand Forks Any wording clearly stated & posted
Mandan 10 square inches; “No Trespassing,” “No Soliciting,” or similar wording
Ohio Akron Minimum 2” x 3” with ⅓” tall letters, “No Solicitors” or similar wording
Bay Village “No Peddlers, Solicitors or Canvassers Allowed” or similar wording
Huber Heights “No Solicitors” or similar wording; Do Not Solicit list kept by Chief of Polics
Marysville Minimum 2” tall letters, “No Solicitors” or similar wording
New Albany Minimum 3” x 4” & ⅓” tall letters, maximum 1 square foot surface area, “No Peddlers or Solicitors Invited”
Oklahoma Del City “ONLY SOLICITORS LICENSED IN DEL CITY, OKLAHOMA, INVITED” or “NO SOLICITORS OR PEDDLERS” for sale by the City
Edmond “No Solicitors,” “No Trespassers,” or “No Trespassing”
McAlester “No Solicitors”
Nichols Hills “No Solicitors,” “No Solicitations,” or similar wording
Oklahoma City “No Solicitors,” “No Trespassers,” or “No Trespassing”
Oregon Lebanon Any wording clearly stated & posted
Ontario “No Canvassers or Solicitors” or similar wording
Roseburg “No Solicitations,” “No Peddlers,” or similar wording
Sheridan Minium 6” x 8” with ½” tall letters, “NO SOLICITATION” & reference §5.32.080
Tualatin Any wording clearly stated & posted
Pennsylvania Bensalem “No Soliciting”
Kennett Township “No Soliciting” or similar wording
London Grove “No Peddling or Soliciting” or similar wording
Marshall Township Any wording clearly stated & posted
Wilkes-Barre “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Rhode Island Bristol “No Soliciting”
Exeter “No Solicitation”
Newport 3” x 4” weatherproof card with ⅓” tall letters sold by the Chief of Police, “Only Solicitors Registered in Newport Invited” or “No Solicitors Invited”
North Kingstown 4” square, “No Solicitations”
Warwick “No Peddlers or Solicitors” of similar wording
South Carolina Berkeley County “No Peddling,” “No Soliciting,” “No Canvassing”
Newberry “No Soliciting”
Walterboro “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
York “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
Tega Cay “No Peddlers Allowed,” “No Solicitations Allowed,” or similar wording
South Dakota Miller “No Peddlers Allowed”
Tennessee Clarksville “No Peddling,” “No Solicitation,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Farragut “Peddlers or Solicitors Prohibited” or similar wording
Gallatin “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Lakesite Minimum 1” tall letters, “Peddlers Prohibited,” “Solicitors Prohibited,” “Peddlers and Solicitors Prohibited,” or similar wording
Mt. Juliet “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Texas Addison Minimum 3” x 4” weatherproof card with minimum ⅔” letters, “No Solicitors”
Eagle Pass “No Solicitors”
Haltom City Minimum 2” x 4”, “No Peddlers”
Keller Minimum 3” x 4” weatherproof card with minimum ⅔” tall letters, “No Solicitors”
Taylor Minimum 3” x 4” weatherproof card with minimum ⅔” tall letters, “No Solicitors”
Utah Alpine City “No Solicitation”
Ballard Minimum 16 square inches, “No Soliciting,” “No Solicitors,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Harrisville City “No Soliciting,” “No Solicitors,” “No Salespersons,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Layton City “No Soliciting,” “No Solicitors,” “No Salespersons,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Magna Metro Township “No Soliciting,” “No Solicitors,” “No Salespersons,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Vermont No information available Contact your municipal clerk’s office
Virginia Bedford Any wording clearly stated & posted
Damascus “No Soliciting”
Fairfax Any wording clearly stated & posted
Gate City “No Soliciting,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Halifax “No Soliciting”
Washington Arlington “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” “No Trespassing,” or similar wording
Carnation Any wording clearly stated & posted
Cheney “No Peddlers or Solicitors” or similar wording
Dayton “No Peddlers,” &ldquoNo Solicitors,” &ldquoNo Trespassing,” or similar wording
Morton “No Trespassing,” “No Peddlers,” “No Soliciting,” or similar wording
West Virginia No information available Contact your municipal clerk’s office
Wisconsin Berlin “No Soliciting” or “No Solicitors”
Chippewa Falls “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Hammond “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Jackson “No Peddlers,” “No Canvassers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Thiensville “No Peddlers,” “No Solicitors,” or similar wording
Wyoming Cheyenne “No Solicitors” or similar wording
Green River “No Commercial Solicitors,” “No Commercial Solicitations,” “No Solicitors,” or “No Solicitation”
Laramie “No Solicitors” or similar wording
Powell Minimum 2” x 4” with 48pt font, “No Peddlers, Solicitors or Transient Merchants,” “Peddlers, Solicitors, and Transient Merchants Prohibited,” or similar wording

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