Solicitors in our Neighborhood
In 2011 the Santa Rosa County Commissioners changed the county ordinances putting more teeth into our "No Soliciting" signs.
Below is some additional information regarding solicitors and solicitations in Santa Rosa County and Florida.
From Florida Statutes:
"(1)(a) It is unlawful for any person to conduct any home solicitation sale, as defined in s. 501.021, or to supervise excluded minors conducting such sales provided in subparagraph (b)5., in this state without first obtaining a valid home solicitation sale permit..."
"(8) Every permit holder shall carry the permit and certificate required by this section at all times while engaged in home solicitation sales and shall display the same to all prospective buyers before initiating the solicitation of a sale, lease, or rental."
Link to a full version of Florida Statute 501.022 "Home solicitation sale; permit required."
From Santa Rosa County Ordinances:
"(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in solicitation or canvassing activities in, of or upon any private structures, property, residences, establishments or premises within the unincorporated area of the county without first obtaining a permit from the county. ..." (Ord. No. 2002-27, § 3, 11-14-02)
Also, even if they are permitted you can ask them to leave your property:
"Any person issued a permit to solicit or canvass in accordance with this article shall upon request of any owner or occupant immediately leave the residence or place of business of such owner or occupant."
(Ord. No. 2002-27, § 12, 11-14-02)
You can access all Santa Rosa Ordinances at this location.
IF A SOLICITOR KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR ASK TO SEE THEIR PERSONAL PERMIT. IF THEY DON'T HAVE ONE, ASK THEM TO LEAVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND YOU CAN REPORT THEM TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
The responsibility for the safety of our neighborhood is in our hands.