All solicitors are required by Town Bylaw to be licensed by the town.
This requirement is important and allows us to know exactly who is authorized to be soliciting in our community. There have been instances in MA where criminals have posed as solicitors to gather information about homes or to commit crimes.
Who is considered a solicitor?
A solicitor or canvasser is defined as any person who, for himself or for another person, firm or corporation, travels by foot, automobile or any other type of conveyance from place to place, from house to house, or from street to street, taking or attempting to lease or take orders for retail sale of goods, wares, merchandise, or services, including, without limiting, the selling, distributing, exposing for sale or soliciting orders for magazines, books, periodicals or other articles of a commercial nature, the contracting of all home improvements, or for services to be performed in the future, whether or not such individual has, carries or exposes for retail sale a sample of the subject of such sale or whether he is collecting advance payment on such retail sales.
What should you do if you see a solicitor?
If a solicitor knocks on your door and you choose to speak with them, ask them first for their license issued by the Town of Salisbury. It is also important to ask them for information on what company they are soliciting for and to show proper credentials.
If you see solicitors in the area, call our business line 978-465-3121 to let us know. Solicitors are required to check in with us and let us know which part of town they will be soliciting in. If the solicitors are licensed, we will let you know and you can feel safe that the individuals are permitted to be there.
Click Here for the Town of Salisbury Bylaws regarding solicitors.