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October 16, 2013

City adopts new, more stringent rules for solicitors

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s peddler or solicitor’s ordinance has been altered to allow violators to be penalized and ensure only above-the-board businesses are conducting business in Enid.

Changes to the ordinance, passed Aug. 6 by Enid City Commission, includes a more stringent application process for a permit and prevent high-pressure sales tactics.

Enid Police Department Capt. Kevin Morris, who oversees solicitor permits, said the ordinance changes do not affect charitable groups or organizations.

“You are not required to get a certificate for registration if you’re involved in a trade show, flea market, convention or garage sale,” Morris said. He added a solicitor’s permit was not required “if you have a permanent business, (or) if you’re soliciting on behalf of a public or private school or religious institute.”

Morris said officers can cite someone acting as a solicitor if they do not have the proper permit. Solicitor’s permits are issued monthly for $25, instead of yearly. Daily permits are available for $5 a day for those spending less than a month in Enid.

Morris said the changes also have increased the amount of information a solicitor must share before conducting business in town and receiving a permit.

“One of the requirements is any of the businesses they are soliciting for have to have Better Business Bureau rating of C+ or better,” he said. “That’s one of things I do is check the Better Business Bureau rating on them. If they don’t have better than a C+, it’s an automatic denial of registration.”

Changes to the ordinance allows residents to place “no solicitors” signs or placards at the entrance of their home.

“If a solicitor comes to their business, or house, and sees that ‘no solicitors’ sign, they are required to immediately and peacefully depart from the premises or the area,” Morris said.

He said the ordinance also makes those solicitors who enter your home to demonstrate a product or service liable for citation if they refuse to take no for an answer.

“If you want them leave they are required to leave. By the ordinance they are required to leave instead of using a high-pressure tactics,” he said. If they fail to do that it’s punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.”

Those who are denied a solicitor’s permit may appeal the decision to the city of Enid. Applications are available at city of Enid central office or online at www.enid.org.

The ordinance now makes it unlawful for a solicitor to visit a residence prior to 11 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or at any time on Sunday or a national holiday.

Those wanting to view the amended ordinance can visit enid.org and go to City Code (Sterling Codifiers) tab under the City Government tab.

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