Door to door solicitations require a license that is obtained at the city office. If a door to door salesman comes to your home, you should ask for proof of a solicitors license. If this person is unable to provide proof of a solicitors license, then you may direct them to the city office or call dispatch at phone number 716-9400.

Solicitors are required to wear an identification badge. From section 3-7-11 of the Wellsville City Code: With both the temporary and annual certificates, the city shall issue each registered solicitor an identification badge that shall be worn prominently on his or her person while soliciting in the city. The identification badge shall bear the name of the city and shall contain: 1) the name of the registered solicitor; 2) address and phone number of the registered solicitor, or the name, address and phone number of the responsible person or entity is provided; 3) a recent photograph of the registered solicitor; and 4) the date on which the certificate expires. (Ord. 2006-09, 12-6-2006)

The following are exempt from registration under the city code:
1. Persons specifically invited to a residence by a competent individual prior to the time of the person’s arrival at the residence;

2. Persons whose license, permit, certificate or registration with the state permits them to engage in door to door solicitation to offer goods or services to an occupant of the residence;

3. Persons delivering goods to a residence pursuant to a previously made order, or persons providing services at a residence pursuant to a previously made request by a competent individual;

4. Persons advocating or disseminating information for, against, or in conjunction with, any religious belief, or political position, regardless of whether goods, services, or any other consideration is offered or given, with or without any form of commitment, contribution, donation, pledge, or purchase; and

5. Persons representing a charitable organization. The charitable exemption shall apply to students soliciting contributions to finance extracurricular social, athletic, artistic, scientific or cultural programs; provided, that the solicitation has been approved in writing by the school administration, and that such student solicitors carry current picture student identification from the educational institution for which they are soliciting.

The entire ordinance can be found by clicking on ‘Ordinances’ in the left-hand Find It Fast column and searching for section 3-7-1.