After a rash of complaints from residents, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public that door-to-door solicitors and the companies that use them are required to have permits.

They also are restricted to operating between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. unless they have an appointment.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said each solicitor or salesperson must have a permit issued by the JPSO’s Sales Tax Division in their name that also names the company they are representing.

Fortunato said there are plenty of legitimate companies that use solicitors, but many are just hiring people — often children — without getting the proper permits. He said most of the complaints have come from Metairie.

“We want to give them a fair chance to know what the law is,” he said.

The Sheriff’s Office said the requirements are discussed thoroughly with permit applicants and will soon be printed on each permit to serve as a guide for the solicitor.

Solicitors must complete an application, and the business they represent must register for sales and license taxes. The permits include the name of the business and information about the individual solicitor.

Fortunato urged anyone suspicious of a solicitor’s behavior in their neighborhood to call 911. Parish permits are valid only in unincorporated parts of the parish. Municipalities have their own rules governing solicitors.

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