Periodically, we receive telephone calls and complaints about door-to-door solicitations in the city. While this seems like a harmless situation, it could be a violation of the law in Bartow.
Many years ago, cities in Florida began enacting ordinances to regulate such activity, and for very good reasons. One never knows who may be staking out your neighborhood, casing your house or just trying to find out if anyone is home, just so they can break-in; all under the guise of being a door-to-door salesperson.
Like other cities, Bartow does have an ordinance that regulates solicitations, and all with a few exceptions must have a permit in their possession while doing so.
Bartow’s code 22-131 states, “No person shall engage in business within the city as a canvasser, solicitor, peddler, or transient merchant without having first been issued a permit by the city manager”. All of this notwithstanding any business licenses that would be required.
When a solicitor comes to your door, ask to see their permit. If they are not in compliance, typically they will excuse themselves. This will also demonstrate to them that you know they are required to be permitted by the City. If you are concerned, don’t hesitate to contact the Bartow Police Department at 863-534-5034.