Haverhill Councilors Consider ‘Do Not Knock’ Registry

Haverhill City Hall. (WHAV News file photograph.)

A proposed “do not knock” registry—part of the city’s “peddling and soliciting” ordinances—will be decided by the Haverhill city council Tuesday night.

Councilors are being asked to approve an ordinance amendment calling for a police-administered registry of homeowners and residents who request to prohibit door-to-door salespersons from their properties. However, exemptions would be granted to “any person who goes door to door for the purpose of advocating any religious, political, social or other position or belief protected by the federal or state constitution; the sale or delivery of newspapers; any corporation organized for charitable purposes, such as schools or the boy/girl scouts; and candidates for public office.”

Residents would use a form filed with the police department. Violators would be subject to a fine of $300 per offense and/or a one-year revocation of a peddler license granted by the chief of police.

An additional provision under the proposed ordinance amendment “allows residents to post their property to prohibit sales persons from entering on their property,” according to Mayor James J. Fiorentini.

Also on Tuesday’s meeting agenda, the council will schedule a May 19 public hearing for a request by National Grid to construct underground electric conduits in the vicinity of 54 Merrimack St. to service a new apartment complex, as part of the new Harbor Place project.