About Door to Door solicitors
What to do if a solicitor knocks at your house?
Ask if they have a city issued license like the one pictured below.
If the solicitor does NOT have a Boise City license, CALL BOISE POLICE IMMEDIATELY at 377-6790. Give dispatchers a description of the solicitor, direction of travel, and any vehicle description including, if possible, a license plate number. An officer will respond and investigate.
Call 911 if a solicitor appears threatening or suspicious: CALL BOISE POLICE IMMEDIATELY at 377-6790. Even if a solicitor is licensed, they are required to be honest about who they work for. You have a right not to feel threatened in your own home. You may also send a complaint about an overly aggressive licensed solicitor to the Boise City Clerk's office. Get the solicitor's name and solicitor license number. Call the City Clerk at 208-384-3710. The City Clerk can investigate whether the solicitor is following the licensing requirements. It is possible for the City Clerk to pull the solicitor license of an individual found to be falsely representating themselves or deceitful. Solicitors are licensed individually, not by company.
All Solicitors operating in Boise must display a current city license! Boise City requires all door-to-door solicitors must be licensed by the City and to carry and display their official license at all times. Boise City Solicitors Licenses have the individual's picture on it as well as the Boise City logo like the one pictured here.
Non-Profits, Schools and Charities: Representatives from non-profit 501c(3) organizations, like scouts, school organizations, churches or charities are not required to have a city license. If a solicitor claims to be from a non-profit organization, you're encouraged to ask for ID to confirm they are a true representative. If you feel threatened or you feel the person is not being truthful in their representation of a charity, call 377-6790 immediately.
Excerpts from Boise City Code on solicitors:Chapter 5-12 http://cityclerk.cityofboise.org/media/223496/13539_0512.pdf:
Solicitors are allowed to engage in their licensed business only between 9:00 a.m. and one hour after sunset unless located in a commercially zoned area.
The license issued to the licensee hereunder by the City Clerk shall be exhibited in a conspicuous place if the licensee is using a vehicle or a building in his business, and otherwise must be displayed on the outside garment of the individual during hours of operation.
Section 5-12-14 UNLAWFUL CONDUCT
No licensee hereunder shall:
A. Fail to comply with any of the requirements and restrictions set forth in this Chapter.
B. Misrepresent the purpose of, or affiliation of those engaged in, the solicitation;
C. Continue efforts to solicit from an individual once that individual informs the solicitor that he does not wish to give anything to or to buy anything from that solicitor;
D. Represent the issuance of any license under this Chapter as an endorsement or recommendation
of the solicitation;
E. Enter upon any premises when the same is posted with a sign stating "No Peddlers Allowed" or "No Solicitation Allowed" or other words to such effect;
F. Commit fraud, make misrepresentation or false statement in the course of carrying on the business.
Section 5-12-20 PENALTY
Any person, business, firm, company or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of
this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine not to
exceed three hundred dollars ($300.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed
thirty (30) days or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day or violation continued shall be separate
offenses, punishable as hereinabove described.