Solicitors, Peddlers & Canvassers
Throughout the year, door-to-door soliciting, transient merchants, peddling, and canvassing questions are raised by Wayzata residents. While most of these activities are regulated by the City, they cannot be prohibited entirely. A canvasser, for example, may go door-to-door without a permit from the City. A canvasser may be a person asking for signatures on a petition, requesting support for a political candidate or position. A solicitor may seek donations for a religious or charitable organization. Charitable organizations conducting door-to-door sales or solicitations do not need a license. However, the city does request that charitable organizations register. For-profit sale of products or services requires a license from the city. Only licensed peddlers and solicitors will have a photo ID issued by the city. The City does not endorse any specific product or service by the issuing of this license.
For complete details on peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants, read the license requirements in the Wayzata City Code.
Requesting a License
If you are a peddler, solicitor or transient merchant, please contact the Deputy City Clerk at city hall at 952-404-5300 for an application.
Every year, the Wayzata Police Department responds to numerous calls regarding door-to-door solicitors. All solicitors including non-profit organizations are required to register with the City. There are many legitimate organizations that solicit door-to-door, either to sell products or services or to promote a religious, political, or charitable cause. However, there are also a growing number of individuals who illegally solicit with the purpose of committing fraud.
For your safety, remember the following:
- IF you feel uncomfortable opening your door to a solicitor for any reason, DON’T.
- DO NOT let a peddler, solicitor, or canvasser into your home, even if they have a license.
- A solicitor should not knock or ring your doorbell for the purpose of selling a product or service if the property is posted with a "No Solicitors" sign.
- Call 911 to report suspicious persons or activities to the police.
If a solicitor knocks at your door, that person must display a city-issued ID card that contains their photo, name, company, ID number and expiration date before they even start their "pitch". Be aware that the average con-artist will have many reasons why he/she does not have a solicitor ID to show you. Remember that there is no "legal" reason not to have it. The only exemption for not having a solicitor ID is a city resident canvassing his or her neighborhood from house to house for contributions or support for any charitable, religious, civic, educational, philanthropic, social service, or welfare organization.
How to Tell if a Person may be a Fraudulent Solicitor if he/she:
- Is out of compliance with the city code (lacks a city-issued ID).
- Behaves aggressively, acts threatening, tries to make you feel guilty for not wanting to buy what he/she is selling.
- Pressures you for an immediate decision and demands cash only.
- Pressures you into signing a contract on the spot. If you are signing a contract, READ THE CONTRACT THOROUGHLY.
- Refuses to supply paperwork to substantiate what he/she claims to be selling or to give a contact phone number and address for whom they claim to work.
- Asks for bank account or social security numbers.
- Attempts to make entry into your home (jiggles your door handle if no one answers). Tries to peer into your home through an open window or door to look at your valuables.
Please join with us in making our neighborhoods safer by promptly reporting solicitors or any other suspicious activity.
Every resident and business has the right to prohibit peddlers and solicitors from their property. If you post a sign on your home or business that prohibits solicitors, they are not permitted to approach your property.
Direct complaints about business practices to the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota at 651-699-1111.
- Check contractor references at www.dli.mn.gov
- Help in filing insurance alarms can be found at mn.gov/commerce
The list below is updated as new peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants are approved.
||Dates & Times
||Type of Organization
|| Solicitor Badge Requirement
|Clean Water Alliance of Minnesota
||Citizen's lobby group focused on water pollution problems
||May 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017 between 4pm and 9pm
||Canvassing in Wayzata