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Federal cases interpreting the First Amendment have found that local laws prohibiting all solicitation after dark are unconstitutional.
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Commercial solicitors and peddlers are prohibited from coming to your door if you join the registry. Commercial solicitors are people who go door-to-door selling products or services, such as a wireless vendor or vacuum salesperson.
Charitable organizations and religious organizations, as well as individuals who wish to conduct polling or surveying, circulate petitions, engage in political or religious speech, or other similar conduct, are not subject to the Do Not Knock law. However, residents still have the right to post "No Trespassing" signs or signs of similar import indicating that such solicitors are unwelcome as well. If these persons refuse to leave your property, or if you feel at all threatened or doubt their authenticity, you should call the police department at 238-4422.
There are two ways in which peddlers and solicitors are provided notice. Every registrant under our Town Code will be issued a copy of the then-current "Do Not Knock" list simultaneously with the registration certificate issued by the Chief of Police. As well, residents can post a sign or decal conspicuously displayed in the front window or door of the home. The sign decal indicates "Knock it Off - No Solicitation Here".
Enforcement will be primarily through complaints or calls to the Police Department by residents who have been wrongly disturbed by peddlers or solicitors in violation of the local law. The police will respond accordingly to such calls or complaints.
Any person violating the terms of the Do Not Knock law may be charged under the local law. Upon conviction in the Justice Court of the Town of New Castle, violators will be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 or to imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or both, at the discretion of the Justice Court.
Sign decals will be available, during regular business hours, at Town Hall. You must be signed up on the "Do Not Knock Registry" prior to receiving a sign decal.
Yes, both peddlers and solicitors are required to register with the Town. Peddlers and solicitors must come in to the Police Department to register and are subject to a background check.
Persons leaving commercial flyers attempting to solicit paid customers should follow the restrictions of the Do Not Knock law. Persons providing a flyer for an exempt organization are not prohibited from dropping such literature.
Although it is a violation of the local law to solicit or deliver handbills to any residence on the "Do Not Knock" registry, the signs displayed at residences help counter a solicitor's argument that he or she did not have prior notice that the resident did not want to receive information.
Yes, they must be licensed and are required to carry the license with them.
The permit will indicate the date of expiration, which will not exceed one year from the date of issuance.