Village Council revises rules for peddlers and solicitors

The Batavia Village Council has replaced its ordinance restricting door-to-door solicitation.

On March 13 the Village Council unanimously approved a set of rules that require people soliciting or canvassing without an invitation from the property owners to get a village permit and go through a screening to ensure that they do not pose a threat to the public. The ordinance replaces a rule that forbade peddles or solicitors except in business districts.

Two recent inquiries had asked for permission to sell or solicit donations. Village officials reviewed their requests and recommended that Batavia modify its ordinance to respect legitimate requests, but with measures to prevent nuisances or hazards.

The new rule requires peddlers to get permits from the Batavia Police Department, which will determine whether the activity or its schedule impose a risk to public health, safety, and welfare. If the Police Department finds no probable risk, it will issue a nontransferable permit after payment of a $150 license fee. Solicitors can work only from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Any resident may file a no-solicitation notice with the Batavia Police Department, which will provide a no-call list to any solicitor when issuing a permit, and can post notice on the property saying “No Soliciting,” “No Peddlers,” “No Trespassing,” or similar terms to bar solicitors.

The Batavia Police Department will enforce the rules.