Is Knocking On A No Soliciting Door Illegal?

Local ordinances cannot prohibit what Federal law protects.

In other words, no local regulation can make door-to-door sales, canvassing, or leafleting illegal; nor can it prohibit soliciting by a particular group in violation of their First Amendment right to free speech.

Is it illegal to knock on a door with a no soliciting sign?

While door-to-door soliciting may fall under the constitutional rule of law, one effective way to deter or even stop a solicitor from knocking on your door is by posting “no soliciting signs” or “no trespassing signs” conspicuously on your property.

What does a no soliciting sign mean?

A “no soliciting” sign at a business says cold calls from salespeople are not welcome. There’s never a shortage of people wanting to sell you, your company or your employees something. Companies that don’t want the distraction post the signs to keep salesmen away. It doesn’t always work.

The term solicitation is used in a variety of legal contexts. A person who asks someone to commit an illegal act has committed the criminal act of solicitation. It may or may not be legal, however, depending on the laws of the states where the telemarketer and the caller reside.

What constitutes soliciting?

Soliciting business means seeking the business of potential customers. The term usually refers to directly asking potential customers to purchase goods or services, rather than using advertisements. Freelance contractors and other independent business owners often engage in solicitation to seek new customers.