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Thursday
Feb252016

Guidance on Discouraging Unwanted Soliciting & Lit Drops




Recently we've received complaints from residents who have received graphic literature that is nonetheless protected by freedom of speech laws.  Residents have several options to protect themselves from receiving unwanted literature drops or solicitation:

Option 1: Send letters to specific solicitors to avoid unwanted solicitation
In the instance of specific solicitors who are circulating literature or engaging in direct solicitation, residents can send a certified letter to the organization requesting to not be solicited.  Violation of this request would constitute criminal trespass, and will be enforced by the City of Bexley.  Click here to download a sample form letter for delivery via certified mail (MS Word Format).

Option 2: Post a notice against specific types of solicitation on your property
Residents have a right to post against specific types of solicitation.  Click here to download a fillable sign to prohibit specific types of solicitation and literature distribution.

Option 3: Post a notice against any type of solicitation on your property
Notices against all solicitation are effective in prohibiting solicitors, but may not be effective in prohibiting literature drops. Note that a blanket prohibition against soliciting also prohibits community groups (i.e. Bexley Boosters, Girl Scouts, etc) from soliciting. 

Option 4: Post a "No Trespassing" sign on your property
A prominently placed "no trespassing" sign will prohibit any uninvited guests from entering your property and is enforceable per Bexley's criminal trespassing ordinance.

As a reminder - unlike in the case of protected political speech, commercial solicitation (solicitors engaged in selling goods or services) are required to register for and obtain a Bexley solicitor's permit.  If you observe an individual or group violating Bexley's solicitor laws, please contact the Bexley Police Department non-emergency number at (614) 559-4200.

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