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Soliciting ordinances vary city to city


Do you know what is or isn't allowed when it comes to solicitors knocking on your door?

Ordinances vary from city to city, but WTOC is looking into the rules in Pooler after a woman claiming to be a steam cleaner salesperson went door-to-door in one neighborhood this week.

Our newsroom caught the post on Facebook this week from a woman living off Highway 80, wondering, was solicitation even allowed? And it seemed to strike a chord with several others, who responded to the post saying similar encounters with different pitches had happened to them.

Even if a “no soliciting” sign isn't posted on the property, like you sometimes see in apartment communities and gated subdivisions, it's still a violation that could get you at least a citation in Pooler.

According to the ordinance, peddling any goods or services on private property without being asked to, is considered a nuisance.

The Facebook poster said the saleswoman who came to her front door handed over a brochure, with no company name on it and offered to clean a room in her house, even though it appeared she had no cleaning equipment with her.

Certain kinds of solicitors are allowed in Savannah, with proper licensing or registration. But if you're not sure, check your local government’s codes to know who should or shouldn't be knocking on your door.

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