City Ordinance on Soliciting

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that the “No Soliciting” sign at the entrance of the community prohibits door-to-door soliciting. Unfortunately, this is not true. The following summary was taken from the Jacksonville Municipal Code, Section 250.

  • The City does issue permits for door-to-door soliciting. The commercial or professional solicitor is required to make written application for a permit and the permit must be carried with the solicitor when engage in soliciting.
  • If you do not want solicitors to knock on your door, you must place a notice upon or near the main entrance door to your home containing the applicable words, similar to the following: “No Solicitors” or “No Soliciting Allowed or Permitted”. This will constitute sufficient notice that any peddling or soliciting is prohibited at such residence.
  • It is unlawful for any person to go upon any premises for the purpose of securing an audience to engage in soliciting in defiance of the notice at the residence.
  • Residents might want to use due diligence and check out vendors for licenses and insurance before hiring them to do a job. Just because they are incorporated does not guarantee that they are licensed to perform certain services.

Bottom Line: You must place a notice at your front entrance stating your wishes. If a solicitor ignores the notice, they are breaking the law and the non-emergency police should be called at (904) 630-0500.

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