In Westlake, peddlers, solicitors, and canvassers are prohibited from knocking at the door or ringing the doorbell at any residence on which there is a sign reading “No Peddlers, Solicitors, or Canvassers Allowed." This law is codified in WCO, Section 751.03(e).
WCO Code Section 751.03(e) reads: “. . . , no peddler, solicitor or canvasser, while peddling, soliciting or canvassing, shall call upon, knock at the door or ring the door bell of any residence, house, apartment or other dwelling in the City upon which there is posted at the entrance a notice which reads “No Peddlers, Solicitors or Canvassers Allowed,” or words of similar import, which clearly prohibit peddlers, solicitors and canvassers on the premises, unless such peddler, solicitor or canvasser has previously been invited upon the premises by the owner, lessee or an adult occupant thereof.”
As the code section reads that a warning/notice be “posted at the entrance” of each home, please consider placing a warning sign on your front door or at your front entrance. The Law Department has such placards available for any resident who needs one. Individuals who disobey this ordinance may be liable for trespass or for improper door-to-door peddling, soliciting or canvassing.
Additionally, under Ohio Law, door-to-door solicitors must allow a resident three (3) days to think over and cancel any contract for a sale over $25.00 when the sale is made at the resident’s home. It is strongly recommended that residents not sign any agreements “at the door” or during the visit by the person selling a product or service. It is best to take time and look the agreement over with a person the homeowner knows and trusts. It may be wise to consult an attorney, depending on the scope and value of the product or service.
You may call my office 440-617-4230 or the Westlake Police Department 440-871-3311 if a salesperson comes to your door when you have a “No Soliciting” sign displayed.
--Michael P. Maloney
Law Director, City of Westlake