Door-to-Door Solicitation

In December 2013, the Montrose City Council passed Ordinance 2331, which established a permit system to regulate residential door-to-door sales. All commercial solicitors must apply for and receive a solicitation permit from the City before soliciting within the City of Montrose.

What is commercial solicitation?
Commercial solicitation is defined as attempting to make personal contact with a resident at his or her residence, without prior specific invitation by or appointment with the resident, for the purpose of:
  • Attempting to sell, for present or future delivery, any goods, wares or merchandise or any services to be performed immediately or in the future.
  • Personally delivering to the resident a handbill or flyer advertising a commercial event, activity, good or service that is offered to the resident for the purchase at a location away from the residence or at a future time."
Commercial solicitors are "Any person, whether as volunteer, owner, agent, consignee or employee who engages in door-to-door commercial solicitation."

What is non-commercial solicitation?
Non-commercial solicitors are allowed to go door-to-door if a residence does not have a "No Trespassing" or "No Solicitation" sign posted. This includes religious, political, non-profit, public entities such as schools and government, newspapers and magazine subscriptions.

Commercial Solicitor Requirements
All commercial solicitors are required to obtain a commercial soliciting permit to include:
  • City issued permit
  • City issued photo ID badge
  • A list of all individuals who will be soliciting for the company
  • A valid City of Montrose sales tax license
  • Do not solicit any address on the City's No Solicitation list
  • Do not solicit any address with a "No Trespassing" or "No Soliciting" sign posted.
To prevent solicitors at your door:
  • Residents may post a "No Trespassing" or "No Solicitation" sign which prohibits all door-to-door solicitation whether commercial or non-commercial.
  • Complete the online no solicitation form which bans all commercial solicitation, but non-commercial solicitation is still allowed.
To Report Violations
Please contact non-emergency dispatch at (970) 249-9110.