All commercial door-to-door solicitors are required to have a permit issued by the Village of East Canton. A permit, however, does not represent an endorsement from or partnership with the Village. If you have concerns regarding a door-to-door solicitor and/or questions regarding the authenticity of their permit, call Village Hall at 330-488-0220.
Per Village Code, all solicitors should have a Village solicitor’s badge visible on their outer garment at all times while soliciting within the Village and have a copy of the permit issued by Village of East Canton. If a solicitor does not display or cannot produce a solicitor’s badge or permit, they will not be licensed to solicit within the Village of East Canton.
The First amendment and the U.S. Constitution protect the rights of door-to-door solicitors and preclude the ability of a community to ban door-to-door sales. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects door-to-door solicitation for commercial purposes, religious proselytizing, and political campaigning and the Village’s ability to restrict such activity is limited to local regulations restricting the time, place and manner of door-to-door solicitations. Homeowners and occupants, however, do have the ultimate right to determine whether solicitors shall or shall not be invited to their residences or property. Homeowners who do not wish to be disturbed by solicitors are encouraged to post “No Solicitation” signs on their property or by their front doors.
It is illegal to solicit at a location where proper “No Soliciting” signage has been posted in the Village. With or without a sign, residents should not ever be afraid to exercise boundaries with solicitors by refusing to answer their door or by saying “no thank you” and shutting and locking their door.
Energy suppliers (such as natural gas or electric suppliers) and telecommunications companies (such as cable or telephone companies) must apply for solicitor permits. If the Village of East Canton, enters into a contract with an alternative electric supplier, or gas supplier, the Village’s supplier will not go door-to-door – Instead, all residential customers in the Village would have the opportunity to enroll with the new supplier unless they choose to opt out. If a solicitor asks to see your utility bill, remember that you are not obligated to do so; however, if you choose to show a solicitor your bill, remember to remove or conceal your personal account information.