Peddlers Regulations

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Application For Commercial Soliciting & Peddling Permit

The Village of Clemmons requires that all peddlers, canvassers, and solicitors apply for a permit before going door to door. The application process is administered by Village Staff. Applicants must submit a criminal history check and photo ID before permits are issued. There is a nonrefundable $100 application fee.  

The application is available online.

What Can Residents Do?

The Village has received complaints about persons conducting door-to-door solicitation in residential neighborhoods.

First Amendment law does not allow the Village of Clemmons to prohibit solicitation at all businesses and residences. Federal courts have said that completely prohibiting solicitation infringes on the First Amendment rights of speakers, who may have few alternative means of communicating their ideas or messages. However, federal law allows residents to take specific steps to protect their own privacy. 

The easiest way to give the required notice is to display a “no soliciting” sign in a location where solicitors can see it. Courts have routinely found that if a resident displays a “no soliciting” or similar sign at the residence, he or she has the right to not receive unsolicited communication.

Clemmons has initiated a “Do Not Solicit” registry, which Village of Clemmons residents can join here

Residents may join the registry at any time during the year. However, to keep the list current and comply with First Amendment principles, residents who wish to remain on the “Do Not Solicit” registry from year to year must renew their registration on an annual basis.

Non-commercial solicitors are allowed to go door-to-door if a residence does not have a "No Trespassing" or "No Solicitation" sign posted - even if you have registered on the "Do Not Solicit" list. This includes religious, political, non-profit, public entities such as schools and government, newspapers, and magazine subscriptions.