City Attorney Wants to Make It Much Harder For Strangers to Knock On Your Front Door
[The] purpose is to prevent criminal activity (including burglary and fraud) and to minimize the unwelcome disturbance of citizens or disruption of privacy. "Home Solicitation" means the business of soliciting, selling, or taking orders for goods or services or distributing commercial printed matter on residential premises.Per the amendment to Chapter 42 of the Dallas City Code, those doing the soliciting would have to register with the city first, for which there's a yet-to-be-determined fee that needs to be paid upfront. Anyone caught soliciting without the official OK will be fined up to $500, assuming they can't convince the Dallas PD there's a good reason for them being out and about between 9 a.m. and sunset Monday through Saturdays only (the deadline set in the ordinance to be discussed Monday). And there is a way around this:
Defenses are provided, including for educational, charitable, religious, or political solicitations; solicitations conducted at the invitation of the property owner or occupant; and newspaper sales requested by the property owner or occupant.That's called The Belo Exemption.