Solicitor/ Canvasser & Charitable Solicitation Information
As of July 15, 2020 – all permitted solicitors and charitable organization participants MUST adhere to social distancing guidelines. Participants should have no symptoms of Covid-19, wear a face mask at all times, use hand sanitizer, and maintain 6 feet distance from others.
Permits and procedures are subject to change based on Governor Pritzker's State of Illinois 5 Phase plan.
All solicitors MUST obtain a permit. Each individual who wants to solicit door-to-door in the Village of Niles is required to register with the Village Manager's Office. To register:
Attention Solicitors: Please note the application has changed as of 8-20-2020.
- Fill out a Solicitor / Canvasser Application and a Disclosure and Release of Information form
- Provide a valid driver’s license or State ID
- Provide a copy of business ID and any presentation/distribution materials
- Pay a fee of $100 at the time of registration for a background check
Solicitors or canvassers wishing to solicit or canvass in a business establishment or on the private property of a business establishment in the Village of Niles must obtain permission from the business establishment owner or property manager.
A permit is not required to distribute print materials, however the following rules are enforced: Print Material Distribution Rules
A solicitor should not approach your residence before 9:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday; or at any time on Sundays or national holidays.
A door-to-door solicitor who does not produce, upon request, a Solicitor/Canvasser Permit with the Village of Niles seal has not been given permission to solicit in the Village of Niles. If a solicitor comes to your door without a permit, you may ask them to leave your property and call the Niles Police Department as soon as possible at (847) 588-6500.
Click here to view a sample of the Solicitor / Canvasser Permit.
Click here to view the current list of approved door-to-door solicitors.
The Village of Niles has “No Solicitors or Peddlers Invited” decals available upon request. This decal, or any similar notice indicating that you do not wish to be solicited or otherwise disturbed, should be placed on the front door or window so that it can be clearly seen when approaching the building. If the decal/notice is clearly visible, a solicitor should not distribute advertising materials, knock on the door or ring the doorbell. If this happens, you may ask them to leave your property and call the Niles Police Department as soon as possible at (847) 588-6500. Decals can be picked up at Village Hall, 1000 Civic Center Drive, anytime Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Certain groups do not need permission from the Village to solicit/canvass door-to-door and are allowed to do so between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday. These groups include religious organizations; educational institutions; membership, political or veterans’ organizations; and scouts. But even these groups are prohibited from distributing advertising materials, knocking on your door or ringing your doorbell if the “No Solicitors or Peddlers Invited” decal or similar notice is clearly visible.
For more information, please refer to the Solicitation Ordinance or contact the General Government department (847) 588-8010 or email Margaret Keating at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charitable Solicitors (Fund Drives & Tag Days)
Every charitable organization who wishes to conduct a fund drive or tag day in the Village of Niles is required to register with the Village Manager’s office. To register:
- Review the Rules and Regulations for Fund Drives/Tag Days
- Complete and sign the application: Funds Drive/Tag Days Application and Hold Harmless Agreement
- Submit a Certificate of Liability Insurance showing that the organization has obtained insurance providing coverage for bodily injury liability in the amount of $1,000,000 for any individual and $1,000,000 for any occurrence. Said policy shall name the Village of Niles as an additional insured.
Once the organization has been approved, the Village Manager's office will issue a permission letter.