According to city code, a solicitor is anyone who seeks to obtain orders for any goods, merchandise or services (including subscriptions to magazines and other publications) or requests money, credit, property or financial assistance for a charitable, educational or religious cause. Solicitation does not include requests made by mail or phone or the distribution of flyers or advertisements to residences.
In Maryland Heights, solicitors are required to have a certificate of registration from the city before they can legally knock on the door. Solicitors need to apply for the certificate at least five working days before the solicitation is to take place and pay a $25 fee. Applicants are also required to obtain a criminal background check through the Missouri Highway Patrol and submit it with the application, which is available here.
If someone knocks on your door with something to sell or a cause to promote, you have the right to ask to see their certificate of registration. If they are unable to do so, you are encouraged to report the person(s) to the police department at (314) 298-8700.
In addition to requiring a certificate of registration, solicitors' activities are restricted in the following ways:
- Solicitors are prohibited from knocking on doors or ringing doorbells between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 a.m.
- Solicitors may not visit properties marked with "No Trespassing" or "No Soliciting Allowed" signs.
- Solicitors may not stand in public rights-of-way – including roadway shoulders and medians – to solicit or distribute material to drivers and passengers in motor vehicles.
To read the section of the Maryland Heights Municipal Code that addresses the city’s licensing and other requirements for contractors interested in door to door solicitation, click here. For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at (314) 291-6550.