On August 15, 2005, the Carmel City Council revised the Chapter 4, Article 1, Division III, Section 4-26 of the Carmel City Code which regulates "Door-to-Door Vendors and Solicitors.
Any vendor who desires to engage in door-to-door solicitation must first apply for a Door-to-Door Vendor License from the police department. License applications may be obtained from the records section of the police department, during business hours, Monday through Friday. Completed vendor applications will be processed and, if approved, the Door-to-Door Vendor License and associated identification tags will be issued by the police department.
The licenses are available for 10 days ($15.00 per vendor) and 120 days ($90.00 per vendor). In addition, ID_Card.gif (18067 bytes) each vendor must obtain 1 non-transferable identification card ($1.00 each) for each employee or agent that will be actively soliciting in the community and provide a $500.00 surety bond at the time the license is issued.
Door-to-Door Solicitation shall include all methods and means of soliciting funds and/or of selling commercial products, services or property within the corporate limits of the City of Carmel (Indiana), by and through the uninvited in-person solicitation of City residents on private property.
A person, partnership, corporation, company, organization or entity who is NOT AN EXEMPT PERSON and who is engaged in the selling, peddling. Merchandising or brokering of products, services or property to the general public for a commercial purpose and/or who is engaged in the solicitation of funds.
An exempt person shall include the following:
1. An individual while and to the extent he/she is engaged in protected political speech or activity.
2. An individual while and to the extent he/she is engaged in protected religious speech or activity.
3. An individual engaged in the solicitation of funds and/or the sale of cookies, candies, paper products or similar sundries for and on behalf of a not-for-profit organization or association that is exempt from the Indiana Gross Retail Tax.
4. An individual who, due to pre-exemption or applicable federal or state law, is exempt from local licensing requirements.
Door-to-Door Solicitation Regulations
1. Door-to-door solicitations shall only be conducted between the hours of 10:00 am and 7:00 pm, local time.
2.The license and ID cards issued by the police department DO NOT empower the holder to ignore "No Trespassing" signs or any lawful request to not trespass on private property. This includes signs posted at the entrance to subdivisions and/or individual homes and being verbally informed by the resident or other authorized person that the solicitation is unwelcome.
3.Each solicitor, employee or agent involved in the direct door-to-door solicitation shall display prominently on their outermost clothing, the issued Identification Card.
4. If a solicitor uses a vehicle in solicitation activities (such as transportation to and from various locations or the actual selling from the vehicle) there must be a sign located in a conspicuous place on or in the vehicle, identifying the name of the person, company or organization that the person represents.
5. The vendor and vendor's employees and agents shall comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations while engaging in door-to-door solicitation.
6. Failure to follow any of these regulations could result in license revocation.
Crime Watch Helpful Links
Report any suspicious activity to the Carmel Police Department and to Nextdoor.com