Phoenix has set firmer rules for door-to-door salesmen that will take place in April.
Salesmen will not be allowed to knock on doors from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. April 1 through Sept. 30 and from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Oct. 1 through March 31. All solicitors must also carry government-issued identification and show it when requested. Solicitors 16 years olds and younger must carry a school ID with a photo.
Misconduct such as peaking through windows, not honoring "no soliciting" signs and not leaving when asked will also be cracked down on.
The new city ordinance will create a process to track resident calls and complaints regarding door-to-door solicitors in order to help identify the scope of the problem, a statement from city government said.
"Since I have returned to the Phoenix City Council, many residents have voiced strong concerns about door-to-door solicitors in our neighborhoods," said a statement from City Councilman Sal DiCiccio of Ahwatukee Foothills. "For me this is a public safety issue that must be addressed. Citizens have complained there may be a link between door-to-door solicitors and crime in their neighborhoods. Many people approaching our homes are not like the sales people of years past."
The ordinances passed unanimously in the City Council.
The city established a group of residents from each of the eight council districts and some city staff to come up with the changes. The group, headed by council members Claude Mattox and Tim Simplot, spent nine months working together and holding meetings for public comment. At the end of the nine months the group took its recommendations to the City Council and all of their input was included in the final ordinance.
"This ordinance was created to not only protect residents from illegal solicitors, but to also protect legitimate businesses," Mattox said. "Businesses who rely on door-to-door selling will still have access to homeowners, but the new rules are clearly defined to protect them as well."
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