Spring Means Door-to-Door Solicitation
Spring is here and warmer weather brings solicitors to our community. A solicitor is any person who goes from house to house, place to place, or street to street, soliciting or taking orders for sales. Per Chapter 122 of the Marion Code of Ordinances, all solicitors, peddlers and transient merchants are required to obtain a license through the City of Marion prior to the first day of any sale, offer for sale or solicitation.
Solicitors may find unique ways to gain access to your home, such as offering a free grocery drawing or coupons for free service, giving solicitors the ability to call upon you at your home for the purpose of an in-home presentation or demonstration. As a citizen living in Marion, you have the ability to turn the solicitor away.
If you decide to continue a conversation with a solicitor, you should ask the individual to see their identification and City of Marion License if it is not in plain sight. Their City of Marion license is evidence of compliance with all requirements of the Code and will indicate the length of time the license is valid. If the individual is unable to display their license, you should call the Police Department at 319-377-1511 while s/he is at your house or in your neighborhood.All peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants license time restrictions are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 319-743-6350.