City Council Approves ‘Do Not Knock’ Registry

City Councilor William H. Ryan.

The city of Haverhill will have a new “Do Not Knock” registry to govern where door-to-door salespersons would not be allowed to make solicitations to local residents.

City Councilor Colin F. LePage, chairman of Administration and Finance Committee.

City Councilor Colin F. LePage, chairman of Administration and Finance Committee.

The Haverhill city council Tuesday night voted unanimously, 9-0, to pass an amendment to the city’s peddling and soliciting ordinance allowing homeowners and residents to inform such vendors, via the police department, to stay away from their property.

Councilor William H. Ryan said there has been a “large increase in people banging on our doors.”

“I always ask for their identification and they don’t usually have it. But I do think, at least, we should have an opportunity to say that we don’t want these folks at our door selling whatever they’re selling. They need to go and get permission from the police. I would think when they go for their permit that we give them a list, don’t go to these addresses,” Ryan said.

Councilor Colin LePage said the measure, adopted from a similar ordinance in Methuen, allows residents to inform the chief of police they don’t want salespersons coming to their doors.

“They can also do this by posting ‘no soliciting’ or ‘no trespassing’ signs. But by doing this with the chief of police, if the salesperson who comes to the door violates that, they’re possibly subject to a fine and/or revocation of their license with the city,” LePage said.

Violators would be subject to a fine of $300 per offense and/or a one year revocation of their peddling license obtained from the police chief.

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