Solicitors

Recently residents have made complaints about unwanted solicitor coming to their door.

While there is a “No Soliciting Sign” near the front of the cluster, it has no legal power.

However, an individual sign on your door that says “No Peddlers or No Solicitors” or “No Solicitation” can be used and has legal meaning on one’s individual property, not on the Cluster as a whole.
Persons defined by Fairfax County as “canvassers”, “peddlers” and “solicitors” may not knock on the door of a residence at which a sign bearing the words “No Peddlers or Solicitors” (or similar words) is affixed or otherwise exposed to public view.
However this will not stop individuals who are not technically solicitors.

Exemptions:

There are some people and organizations who can knock on your door without a Fairfax County license:

  • Fresh farm food products, including produce and dairy products.
  • Newspapers or newspaper subscriptions.
  • Real estate or insurance, when the salesperson is licensed by Virginia.
  • Girl Scouts that solicit in Fairfax County are members of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, which is exempt from licensure by Fairfax County because the organization has registered with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  • Each Fairfax County School is authorized to conduct two school-wide fundraisers each year, which may include soliciting. One popular school fundraiser in Fairfax County is known as “Tag Day.”
  • There are no specific exemptions for neighborhood children who might sell lemonade, shovel snow or mow lawns; however, Fairfax County does not issue solicitor licenses to individuals under the age of 16 because state labor laws prohibit children younger than 16 from working as solicitors in Virginia.
  • Political parties and political campaigns that file federal and/or state financial statements are exempt.

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