LIVINGSTON, NJ – Residents of Livingston have an opportunity to avoid being approached by licensed solicitors on their property thanks to a recently adopted “Do Not Knock” ordinance.
Residents looking to register their home address for this list can do so now through the township’s online database.
“We’ve heard from many individuals, encouraging the township to institute a program like this,” said Mayor Ed Meinhardt. “This will allow residents to choose whether or not they want solicitors leaving leaflets and knocking on their doors.”
The adoption of this ordinance comes after residents complained of individuals with permits for door-to-door sales have misrepresenting themselves as township employees.
The “Do Not Solicit” list was included in the language added to the township’s peddling and soliciting ordinance, which was updated in August in order to address some of the language that an environmental group claimed was “unconstitutional.” This included details of the application process as well as the times that solicitation is allowed.
Once an address is registered to the “Do Not Knock” list, a decal will be mailed to the resident, who is then encouraged to place the decal in a window near the front door of the residence.
According to the township, solicitors will receive a list of addresses and will be responsible for adhering to that list, whether or not a decal is visible. Under this ordinance, solicitors are directed not to approach any address on the “Do Not Knock” list.
The township also noted that this ordinance legally cannot prevent solicitation by non-profit, charitable, religious and political organizations protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. These groups are permitted to perform those activities from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both weekdays and weekends.
All door-to-door solicitors must be licensed by the Township of Livingston, and must have the township-issued permit with them whenever they are out soliciting.
Anyone visited by an unlicensed solicitor are urged to contact the Livingston Police Department non-emergency number immediately at (973) 992-3000.
“It’s important to strike a balance between the organizations for which door-to-door solicitation is a key source of business and the residents who don’t want solicitors on their property, knocking on their door, or ringing their doorbell,” said Meinhardt. “We believe this registration program will do that.”
It was noted that licensed solicitors by the Township Clerk’s Office will only include the number and street name of all registered addresses. No name or other personal information will be included.
Those who do not have access to a computer and wish to register their address can do so in person at the Clerk’s Office at Livingston Town Hall, 357 S. Livingston Avenue.
Click HERE to register online.