The Lafayette City Council recently approved a new solicitor ordinance, which will require solicitors to first obtain a permit from the police department.
Before the solicitors are granted a permit, the police will run background checks to ensure that those who have been previously convicted of crimes will not be allowed to go door-to-door in Lafayette.
The new ordinance comes in response to the 2005 murder of Ann Elizabeth Vuori, a 90-year old Lafayette woman, by a door-to-door magazine salesman.
Canvassers and children under the age of 15 will not be required to obtain a permit.
To avoid being disturbed by solicitors, citizens may place a “No Solicitors” sign near their door or in a window.