The City of La Vergne has a substantial interest in protecting the well-being, safety and privacy of its citizens, including the ability to protect citizens from unwanted intrusions, fraud, unfair consumer sales practices as well as criminal activity. The new ordinance provides the City with a better way to regulate solicitors, while protecting the public’s safety by requiring all persons, businesses and organizations wishing to solicit in La Vergne for commercial purposes to obtain a permit.
Residents Will Have Options in How They Manage Door-to-Door Sales at Their Residence
- Property owners who do not want solicitors coming to their home may display signage that reads “No Solicitation” or “No Soliciting” at or near the front residence. The City will provide one free "No Solicitation" decal to all La Vergne homeowners which are available at La Vergne City Hall.
- This site contains the City's “No Knock” registry. The “No Knock” registry gives citizens a choice as to whether they want to allow solicitors at their residence. Citizens may submit their address to be included in the “No Knock” registry.
First, residents need to clearly understand the distinction between this “No Knock” registry and “No Solicitation” stickers or signs. The “No Solicitation” sticker or sign will prohibit all forms of solicitation from engaging in door-to-door contact at a residence. Using the “No knock” Registry will only prohibit commercial solicitation at a residence. Residents may choose to use one method, both, or neither depending on personal preference, and homeowner association covenants, which may not allow the display of signs.
Next, residents who choose to sign up on this “No Knock” registry will enter their address which will be loaded into a “No Knock” data base. Commercial solicitors will be required to print off the “No Knock” registry address list the first of every month in advance of conducting door-to-door sales. Signing up for the “No Knock” registry WILL NOT prohibit groups that are exempt from the ordinance such as religious groups, politicians, non-profits like school booster clubs and charitable organizations from soliciting at your residence.
One requirement of a “No Solicitation” sign is visibility from the sidewalk.
Residents who want to prohibit any and all solicitors at their residence will need to display a “No Solicitation” sticker or "No Soliciting" sign at the front entrance to their residence. Displaying a “No Solicitation” sticker or sign WILL PROHIBIT all solicitors, including religious groups, non-profits such as school booster clubs and charitable organizations.
The new ordinance includes strict permit requirements, requiring detailed information from those who apply. Applicants will undergo a criminal background check, and permits will be denied to those with a criminal history. All commercial solicitors will be issued an ID badge by the City which must be displayed while conducting door-to-door sales. Religious groups, charities and political campaigns are exempt from the City’s permitting requirements.