For well over 10 years, the City of Oakley has had on the books a law relating to individuals peddling, soliciting, and vending door‐to‐door. Among the many a purposes of the ordinance are: 1) to regulate individuals entering upon private property, particularly private residential property for the purpose of peddling, soliciting or vending goods, wares, merchandise, food or services; and, 2) to protect the public health, safety and welfare against unlawful activities or operations by individuals falsely representing themselves as peddlers, solicitors, or vendors.
A new tactic that seems to be associated with burglaries, as observed in neighboring cities, stems from persons posing as solicitors going door to door to identify vulnerable and vacant homes to target.
Please be reminded that consistent with our ordinance, it is unlawful for any person, unless otherwise exempt, to go from door to door or home to home peddling, soliciting or vending without first obtaining a permit and paying applicable fees.
The City’s permit process is intended to acquire and verify personal identifying information, as well as information about the applicant’s business or employer, description of products or services, a defined time frame for the activity, among other details. The process is intended to preclude solicitation and sales by individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes that would be revealed upon investigation.
Upon approval, permitees will be issued a permit (that includes their photograph) to be carried on their person and that must be exhibited upon request. Even upon having obtained a permit, these persons are to abide within several limitations specific to hours of contact and location. Additionally, they shall not solicit at any premise upon which is posted a visible sign bearing the words “No Peddlers or Solicitors,” nor create nuisances which would disturb neighborhood peace.
Persons and entities exempt and not required to obtain the permit include salesmen at retail stores, agents of public agencies, delivery drivers on regular routes, licensed real estate persons, persons gathering signatures and nonprofit organizations.
Should you encounter a person peddling, soliciting, or vending please ask to see their permit. If you believe the person is in violation of this ordinance contact our Police Department immediately at 925‐625‐8060. Please be ready to provide a physical description of the individual.