Door-to-Door Solicitation or Canvassing Permit


The City of Avon Lake allows for Door-to-Door Solicitation and Canvassing, provided that certain conditions are met, and a permit is obtained. During door-to-door solicitation or canvassing, the permit must be prominently displayed at all times, and exhibited to any resident or municipal official upon request. There is a permit fee of $15 for one month and $60 for one year. Soliciting is only permitted between the hours of 9:00 AM through 30 minutes after sunset from October 1 through March 31, and between the hours of 9:00 AM through 9:00 PM April 1 through September 30.

For more information regarding Canvassing and Door-to-Door Solicitation, please refer to the City of Avon Lake Codified Ordinances Chapter 840: Canvassing and Door-to-Door Solicitation, by Clicking Here


To obtain a Door-to-Door Solicitation or Canvassing Permit:

    1. Obtain a solicitor's application form, here (page 1 & page 2), or pick one up at either Avon Lake Police Department (32855 Walker Rd) or at Avon Lake City Hall (150 Avon Belden Rd)
    2. Completely fill out the two-page application. A separate application must be filled out for each person.
    3. Returned the completed form, along with two 2" x 2" photos, to the Finance Department, located on the 2nd floor of the Avon Lake City Hall (150 Avon Belden Rd)
      • Photos can be generated from your camera, or from a Photo Service Center, such as Walgreens (32798 Walker Rd) or CVS Pharmacy (375 Lear Rd)
    4. The Police Department will conduct a background check (usually takes 2 - 3 days)
    5. After a satisfactory background check has been completed, the Safety Director will review the application.
    6. After the Safety Director approves the application, the applicant will be contacted and advised that the permit is ready for pickup.
    7. Payment is due when the permit is picked up at City Hall during regular office hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM).


If you have questions or problems during your solicitation period, please contact the Finance Receptionist by calling 440-933-6141.

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