Fist knocking on door

Keep the sticker, skip the registry for Do Not Knock

Posted March 26, 2021 in Police by Andrea Litchfield

Preventing unwanted solicitors from knocking on your door in Hilliard is as easy as placing a sticker at your front door.

Residents no longer have to formally sign-up online with the City of Hilliard’s Do Not Knock Registry, following recent action by Hilliard City Council to amend a City ordinance regulating solicitation. Instead, residents can simply place a sticker or sign at their doors to alert canvassers, peddlers and solicitors to skip their door.

Although any type of “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” sign legally meets the requirement to prohibit a solicitor from entering your property, city-issued stickers remain available for residential use.

Residents can pick-up complimentary stickers at City Hall, the Hilliard Community Center or the Safety Service Building.

Removing the registration requirement simplifies the process for both residents and staff, said Chief of Police Robert Fisher.

Under the Hilliard City Code, vendors are still required to register with the city for a permit, Chief Fisher noted. Through this registration, the vendor goes through a background check and receives an official ID.

Vendors may only conduct business from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and must display their city-issued permit on outer clothing.

Children 18 and under, such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, as well as charitable and religious organizations are exempt from the requirement to obtain a permit. However, those groups must still avoid homes with no canvassing, no soliciting, or no peddling signs.

Residents who wish to confirm the validity of a permit, or report a trespassing vendor, can call the Hilliard Division of Police at (614) 876-7321.