Soliciting Clarification

Published June 13, 2017 | Police Department | Automatically Archived on 9/28/2017

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We are grateful to those residents who called our department yesterday, June 12, allowing us to further investigate circumstance surrounding two separate solicitors who were in violation of the Sudbury Door-to-Door Salesman Bylaw. As a result, both subjects were cited and their supervisor was contacted regarding their infractions reminding him of the requirements in Sudbury. We hope the enforcement taken yesterday will help mitigate future violations but we remind residents to call us if they suspect solicitors are in violation of the bylaw which can be found on the town’s website,, in the Town of Sudbury General Bylaws under Section 29: Door-To-Door Salesman or the subjects are acting inappropriately.


We do not have jurisdiction over non-profit or religious organization but those for-profit organizations that wish to solicit door-to-door must be licensed by the state or have a solicitor license issued by the Sudbury Police Department that should be displayed. As well, they must abide by the stipulations contained in the bylaw. Those that purport to be non-profit or religious in nature to initiate conversation who then transition into trying to sell something is an absolute violation. Residents have the right to ask any solicitor to leave their property and if they become aggressive or try to force their way into your residence irrelevant of their proposed status please call the Sudbury Police Department immediately. Additionally, residents can opt to be added to a non-solicitation list for-profit solicitors must abide by. This can be accomplished by sending an email to or dropping off the request at our station with the form found on our webpage.



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