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City Resumes Issuance Of Permits For Solicitations In The Community

City Resumes Issuance of Permits for Solicitations in the Community

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Manager temporarily issued an Executive Order which stopped the issuance of Solicitation Permits for entities wishing to go door-to-door attempting to sell residents a good or service, or to solicit other donations. That hold has now been lifted and the City has received several Solicitation Permit applications from various entities wishing to resume peddling/solicitation activities in Upper Arlington.

As these activities resume, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of residents and the representatives going door-to-door, all entities that seek a Solicitation Permit from the City are being notified that their representatives are required by the executive order to wear face masks and to follow appropriate social distancing measures, in addition to meeting the following set of guidelines and requirements:

  • Any organization wishing to go door-to-door at private residences in Upper Arlington in order to sell a good or service or to solicit donations of any kind must obtain a Peddling/Solicitation Permit from the City at least 30 days prior to commencing their activities.
  • Upon submitting a Peddling/Solicitation Permit application with the City Manager’s Office, the applicant must pay a fee of $50 for the permit, plus any additional costs related to processing the application, such as background checks.
  • The issuance of a Peddling/Solicitation Permit from the City does not indicate an endorsement from the City.
  • The City Manager has the authority to exempt an applicant from the background check based on information known to the City, such as prior history.
  • Hours permitted are from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • It is unlawful for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to enter the premises of a residence that has a “No Peddlers, No Solicitors, No Canvassing, No Trespassing” (or similar language) notice posted.
  • All issued permits expire 60 days from the date of issuance.

Residents can ask to see a copy of the Peddling/Solicitation Permit from the City therefore all representatives should be provided the appropriate documentation. The City also maintains a list of current permit holders on the City Manager’s Office page of its website (link to list). If proof cannot be provided and you don’t see them on the list, contact the Police Division to report this activity, at 614-459-2800.

Permits are not required for canvassing, however, to better facilitate this First Amendment right that is afforded to charities, religious groups, commercial entities, political parties and candidates for public office—while also providing a level of protection for residents as allowed by law—the City has the following set of guidelines and requirements in place:

  • Canvassers should wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • Canvassing that requests donations as part of the canvassing message does not require the issuance of a Solicitation Permit.
  • Hours permitted are from 9 am to 9 pm.
  • It is unlawful for any canvasser to enter the premises of a residence that has a “No Canvassing, No Trespassing” (or similar language) notice posted.

    The City has two different decals available free of charge to residents:

    • No Solicitors / Peddlers
    • No Canvassers / Trespassers / Solicitors / Peddlers

    These can be obtained from the City Manager’s Office and the Police Division.

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