RE: CHAPTER 711, “CANVASSERS, PEDDLERS AND SOLICITORS”
On January 25″, Chagrin Falls Village Council amended Chapter 711 of the Codified Ordinances. The new ordinance now permits someone to go door-to-door for commercial purposes; the previous ordinance only allowed door-to door solicitation for non profits and charitable organizations. This change became necessary due to case law regarding First Amendment rights.
You should be made aware that the village had to allow peddling and canvassing later than 8 PM, thus the new ordinance permits a person to peddle or canvass “between the hours of 9:00 AM and the later of sunset or 9:00 PM.” Anyone who does not want any peddlers or canvassers coming to their home should acquire a “NO SOLICITOR” sign and post it at the entrance to their home. The new law prohibits peddlers or canvassers from knocking on your door when the sign is clearly displayed.
The new ordinance states that “No person may peddle within the village without holding a valid license issued by the Chief of Police.” There are certain restrictions and exceptions that apply to the application process.
You can review the ordinance, Chapter 711; Canvassers, Peddlers and Solicitors, in its entirety on the village web site: www.chagrin-falls.org.
James T. Brosius
Chief of Police