Seattle’s Door to Door Sales Requirements

Updated 02/28/2018

There’s a knock at your front door.  It must be important because it’s late, but you find it’s a sales guy trying to get you to switch cable companies.  This is an all too common experience and many neighbors wonder what the rules are regarding door-to-door sales.  Here are a few tips from the Residential Sales, Seattle Municipal Code and a message from Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mary Amberg.

  1. It is unlawful for any residential seller or agent to sell before eight (8:00) a.m. or after nine (9:00) p.m. of any day without the specific prior consent of the prospective buyer.
  2. All licensees and agents shall conspicuously display on their outer clothing their residential sales license or residential sales agent licenses when selling. (See example at bottom of page.)
  3. Residential sales licenses and residential sales agent licenses expire annually on May 31st. (Good reminder to check the date on their license!)

Message from Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mary Amberg of the Seattle Police Department (2016).·

Hello North Precinct community members,

I wanted to send out some information that was given to me by the RCCP (Regulatory Control and Consumer Protection Division) in regards to residential sales licenses. Please see my attached PDF (door-to-door-sellers). All door to door sellers should have a visible license provided by the City of Seattle.

A few key tips when someone knocks on your door day or night:

1.  Always answer the door (Don’t open it).
2.  Get a good look at the person either through a peep hole or a side window.
3.  If someone is selling something ask to see their license.
4.  To find out if their license is valid you can call the general number for RCCP at 206-684-8484 or Ron Halas directly at 206-233-0050.
5.  If someone is aggressive or something just feels off you can always call 911.

Thank you,

Mary Amberg
Seattle Police Department
Crime Prevention Coordinator

Seattle Residential Sales License Ballard West Woodland

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