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UNWANTED SOLICITATION AND HANDBILLS
AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS?

 

The Plano Police Department suggests you put a sign like this on the front of your house if you do not want solicitors at your front door:

 

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The City of Plano has an ordinance prohibiting solicitation if a property owner has a posted sign. A violation of this ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor and may result in a fine up to $500.00. Many solicitation problems are effectively handled when the citizen takes the following steps.


** TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO STOP SOLICITATION AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS **

GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING UNWANTED SOLICITATIONS AND HANDBILLS AT YOUR HOME


The City of Plano has an ordinance prohibiting solicitation if a residential property owner has a posted sign directing No Solicitations or Handbills. A violation of this ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor, and may result in a fine up to $500.00. Many solicitation problems are effectively handled when the citizen takes the following steps:


STEP 1:

You must post a sign on your property stating that soliciting is prohibited. Many people place this sign near or on the front porch or door. Remember, to be in compliance with the City Ordinance, the sign must:
    • Be in a conspicuous place where it can be seen approaching the door!
    • The waterproof sign must be at least 3” by 4” in size with words to this effect:
         “NO SOLICITATION OR HANDBILLS.”
    • Letters on the sign must be at least 2/3” in height.

IF YOU’VE DONE THE ABOVE AND THOSE PESKY HANDBILLS AND SOLICITORS ARE STILL APPEARING
Sometimes posting a sign is not enough to deter solicitors. If you are still getting unwanted handbills or solicitors, it is time for you to file a Citizen’s Complaint for Handbill Solicitation with the Police Records Department.


STEP 2:

To obtain a Citizen’s Complaint for Handbill Solicitation form:
    • Call 972-941-2507 (Police Permits Coordinator) and ask that an application be mailed, faxed or emailed to you, or
    • Stop by the Police Records Department (909 14th Street or 7501A Independence Pkwy), during business hours and pick up a Complaint form, or
    • Download the Handbill Citizen Complaint form available online at the City of Plano website under “Request City Services”, then “Solicitation Complaint Process”.

IMPORTANT:
    • A separate written Citizen’s Complaints for Handbill Solicitation must be submitted for each offense.
    • A picture of your “No Solicitation or Handbills” sign and the actual handbill, with the date it was left, must be attached to the Application.
    • The Application must be sworn to and notarized. If you do not have access to a notary, come to the Police Records Department and one of the staff will notarize your signature.
    • In order to prosecute the offense successfully, YOU must provide sufficient information to identify the person who left the handbill.
    • Plano’s Solicitor ordinance requires solicitors to show their Solicitor’s Permit and government photo ID to any person requesting this information.

You have the right to obtain the name, address and solicitor - employer of any solicitor or handbill distributor at any time.


STEP 3:

    • Drop off the notarized Citizen’s Complaint for Handbill Solicitation, with the photo of the “No Solicitation or Handbill” sign and the handbill attached,
       at the Police Records Department 909 14th Street or 7501A Independence Parkway.
       Address it to the attention of Gayle Ross, Police Permits Coordinator.

    • You may also mail the notarized Complaint with the photo and handbill attached to:

            Gayle Ross
            Plano Police Permits Coordinator
            P.O. Bo 860358
            Plano, TX 75086-0358

Many of these cases are resolved without the need for a trial. In the event a trial is required, you will need to appear in court to testify about your problem.

If you have questions about this process, please contact:

            Gayle Ross
            Plano Police Permits Coordinator
            972-941-2507
 

Here is the link to the GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING UNWANTED SOLICITATIONS AND HANDBILLS AT YOUR HOME:


      http://tx-plano.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/2657

 

Here is the link to the CITIZEN’S COMPLAINT FOR HANDBILL SOLICITATION and SWORN AFFIDAVIT forms:

      http://tx-plano.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/2658

Last   Update 09/11/16

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West Creek Estates, Plano, Texas  75025  USA