Citizen Information on Solicitors

What is soliciting?

Soliciting is any person who goes from house to house or from place to place in the city soliciting, selling or taking orders for any services, goods, wares, or merchandise, of any nature or kind whatsoever.

Solicitation is not a permitted activity in the City of Missouri City without the appropriate permit. However, there are requirements that solicitors must adhere to even after receiving their permit.

The full ordinance, Chapter 18; Article IV of the Missouri City Code of Ordinances.

How do I find out if a solicitor is registered with the City?

Solicitors are required to display their City of Missouri City issued badge. Citizens may view the Active Solicitor List  (June 2, 2023).

Can a solicitor ring my doorbell?

Yes, with the appropriate permit.

When is a solicitor not allowed to ring my doorbell?

It shall be unlawful for any person acting as a peddler or solicitor to go in or upon the premises of a private residence in the City prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.

What if I do not want a solicitor to ring my doorbell?

Conspicuously post a sign that such activity is not welcomed with a sign that contains the words no peddling or soliciting, or words of similar meaning. 

What are some tips for dealing with door to door solicitors?

If the solicitor does not go away peacefully after you ask, call the police non-emergency line at (281) 403.8700. If you need to report aggressive or threatening solicitors to police immediately dial 9-1-1.

Report suspicious solicitors by calling the non-emergency dispatch line at (281) 403.8700.

Follow identity theft prevention guidelines by never giving your social security number, credit card information or checks to anyone who solicits you and you cannot verify they legitimately represent an organization or charity.

Complaints regarding solicitors can be made to the Missouri City Police Department at 281.403.8700.

For more information about the solicitor permit process, contact the City Secretary's Office at 281.403.8500.