With the warmer weather comes more door-to-door solicitors, but a process is in place to vet those individuals and the businesses they represent.

With the warmer weather comes more door-to-door solicitors, but a process is in place to vet those individuals and the businesses they represent.

Each town has its own code when it comes to a peddler’s permit, but typically allow for licensed individuals to go door to door between daylight hours.

In Irondequoit, those hours are between 10 a.m. to 30 minutes before sunset. In Greece, each individual goes through a background check before being allowed to obtain a permit.

In most towns, the approved companies are listed on the town’s website. Typically, exempt organizations include non-profits, religious groups, and political groups who are campaigning. Exemptions can also include children’s, veteran, and fraternal organizations.

In most towns, the person must have a permit readily available to show a homeowner. They are also required to abide by certain guidelines.

These can include keeping their cars clean, not using bells or horns, staying away from school property, and not being allowed to sell goods during certain holidays. Being licensed allows solicitors to go onto your property, even if you have a 'no trespassing' or 'no solicitation' sign.

Towns typically refuse to give a license to anyone convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. They can also revoke those licenses if the person is found to be in violation of the regulations.

GreenSpark Solar is one of the approved companies throughout towns surrounding Rochester and the Finger Lakes “We’re not there to sell something, we’re there to educate them on their solar options,” explained Meaghann Schulte, who said the company launched its door-to-door education campaign two years ago.

They’ll send out postcards ahead of time to alert homeowners and will make sure employees are wearing branded gear.

“When we hire a new canvasser we go through a long training process so they understand not only the rules associated with the peddler’s permit but also our mission as a company. We’re not pushy. If you have a no solicitation sign, we won’t solicit,” she said.

Her canvassers will go through monthly training and have daily meetings to discuss the community in which they are heading to that day. She also makes sure they have their permits readily available to show you.

“If person can’t provide a permit, call police. If the person, at any time, is threatening or aggressive, or makes you feel uncomfortable, there’s no harm in having us come and making sure this person is licensed,” explained Sgt. Jared Rene with the Greece Police Department.

Local police departments monitor the calls concerning solicitors.

“We want to make sure you’re legitimate, we want to make sure our communities are safe. There is a process in place,” explained Officer Kylee Nichols with the Irondequoit Police Department.