You don't have to open the door to solicitors

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Door-to-door solicitors must carry solicitor licenses

To ensure public safety, the City of Shoreline regulates the activities of door-to-door sales people and solicitors. It requires for-profit solicitors to file a written application for a license with the Shoreline City Clerk and carry the license at all times when soliciting or canvassing. Solicitors must produce the license when requested by persons being solicited, police, or City officials.

Over the past several months, the City has received reports of individuals representing a company called RED Safety canvassing neighborhoods offering home fire-safety inspections. As of this date, these individuals have not obtained their individual solicitors’ licenses and are soliciting illegally.

It is also important to note that representatives of RED Safety do not work for or in conjunction with the Shoreline Fire Department.

Shoreline firefighters do not go door-to-door offering home fire-safety inspections or any type of safety checks inside private residences.

If someone comes to your door, ask to see their credentials and their City of Shoreline soliciting license. If they refuse or do not have them, ask them to leave. If you encounter a solicitor who becomes aggressive or will not take “no” for an answer, ask them to leave, shut the door and call 911. 

Never invite a solicitor into your home or answer the door if you feel uncomfortable. You can say “no thank you” without opening the door.

To report suspicious behavior of individuals coming to your door, call 911 or call the non-emergency Police line at 206-296-3311 to report fraud or suspected fraud. For more information about solicitor licenses, call the City Clerk’s Office at 206-801-2230.

--City of Shoreline


Anonymous,  June 10, 2016 at 4:18 AM  

Nice to see this effort is being made by the city for solicitors. Now what about the endless stream of developers and agents repping developers knocking on our doors in the light rail areas?

You've created a bottomless mess with these upzones, and it is not going to be forgotten or cease to be spoken of anytime soon. Are you longing for the olden days before the age of social media when an angry mob could be placated by a few public meetings to give them the fleeting, fake sense of satisfaction that "they've been heard"? Well, those days are over. I know change is "scary" and things going against the status quo can be uncomfortable, but you'll get used the new normal... the age of the informal, online neighborhood associations that are absent of city oversight, involvement, access to information, and lack of ability to "control the conversation" or fear-monger. The collective push to hold a municipal entity accountable without attending useless and endless meetings? Sounds like progress 2.0 to me.

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