Have solicitors been knocking at your doorstep?

Janet Franken and her husband LaVerne say they've recently been bothered by solicitors at their home on Vermont Street in Quincy.

"They were trying to sell some magazine; the guy said he was from Australia," Janet Franken said.

The Franken's also said they saw a van pull up and drop off people who then dispersed through the neighborhood going door to door.

So, what are the laws when it comes to solicitation?

Quincy City Clerk Jenny Hayden says it's quite a process.

"They come in to this office, they fill out an application, we ask who they're working for, a background of themselves and the company they're working for, and they're also asked if they've been convicted of a felony,â?? Hayden said.

The city clerk will then define you as a solicitor or peddler.

"Anybody that is collecting money by the time they are at that door, they are considered a peddler, if they are not collecting money and the goods will be delivered later, then that is considered a solicitor,â?? Hayden said.

The clerkâ??s office writes around 60 permits a year.

The most common type of soliciting involves cleaning supplies or educational tools. She also says there have not been many problems when it comes to solicitors, but if you find them at your front door, just tell them you're not interested.

"If for some reason they felt very unsafe go ahead and call the non-emergency of 911, or if they feel their life's in danger call 911," Hayden also mentioned.

Itâ??s also beginning to be that time a year where the thin mints and peanut butter patties will be knocking on the door.

Not to worry, the girl scouts have to go through the same process as everyone else when it comes to going door to door.