Do I need a permit to sell door to door in the Township?

Solicitors are required to register with the Police Department and obtain a permit prior to soliciting. They are required to carry and display identification. Some service clubs and non-profit organizations are exempt and are not required to seek permits. If a solicitor at your door does not have identification, please contact us at 285-5191 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, to determine their status. That's our way of protecting you from unwanted solicitation.

It shall be unlawful for any individual to solicit funds, peddle, canvass, or take orders either by sample or otherwise, for any goods, wares or merchandise, upon any street, alley, sidewalk or public place, or from house to house in West Hempfield Township without first obtaining a license as provided herein.   However, the Township has authorized exemptions from the license for the following:

  1. Farmers selling their own products;
  2. Persons soliciting funds or selling goods, wares or merchandise, donated by the owner thereof, where the funds or the proceeds of sale are to be applied exclusively for a charitable purpose;
  3. Representatives and members of Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, American Association of Retired Persons, Disabled American Veterans, Y.W.C.A. and Y.M.C.A., Y.W.H.A. and Y.M.H.A., Red Cross, Salvation Army and other national and international service organizations and associations existing for the benefit of youth, aged, handicapped or stricken and soliciting or selling for the purpose of self-perpetuation and who may be registered as charitable organizations with the State or Federal Government
  4. Manufacturers or producers of bread and bakery products, meat and meat products, or milk or milk products, who sell their own products;
  5. Insurance and real estate agents and brokers licenses by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  6. School Children selling goods, wares or merchandise where the funds or proceeds of the sale are to be applied exclusively for a function or organization sponsored or approved by the school which such children attend.
  7. Any honorably discharged soldier, sailor or marine of the military service who complies with the Act of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of 1867, April 8, P.L. 50, as amended1, who procures from the Prothonatory of any court in this commonwealth a certificate with said Act of Assembly.
  8. Any person taking orders for merchandise from dealers or merchants for resale to an ultimate consumer.
If you are suspicious of a door to door salesperson or have a question about door to door solicitation, please contact the West Hempfield Police Department non-emergency dispatch at 717-285-5191.