Soliciting and Canvassing
HOMEOWNERS: Recent Supreme Court and District Court
decisions have changed the way solicitors may conduct business.
The Township has updated the Solicitation Ordinance (No.
1187 & No.
1236) to include these rulings. Now individuals who solicit
door-to-door for charitable, religious or political groups
are no longer required to obtain a permit from the Township.
All individuals who solicit door-to-door for commercial purposes
must still obtain a permit.
The courts have also ruled that to ensure no solicitors come
to your door, it is now necessary to place a sign on your
property. The sign should simply read NO SOLICITORS and be
placed on your door or in a window.
Although for profit solicitors and canvassers have constitutional
rights to conduct business in the Township, residents also
have the right to keep these individuals from visiting their
homes. Residents who do not wish to be solicited or canvassed
by commercial solicitors may complete a No Soliciting and
Canvassing Form at the Township Police office. The form may
also be downloaded
here and mailed to or dropped off at the Police office.
A list of all properties where solicitors and canvassers are
not welcome is given to all individuals or groups obtaining
a solicitation permit from the Township. If you are visited
by a solicitor and have filed such a form, notify the Police
Department. In all circumstances, citizens are urged to ask
solicitors to present their permits.
SOLICITORS/CANVASSERS: Pursuant to the provisions
of O'Hara Township Ordinance No.
1187 & No.
1236, as amended, Solicitors/Canvassers must apply for
a Canvassers and Solicitors Registration Certificate. Solicitors
or canvassers must complete a Canvassers and Solicitors Registration
Application available at the Township Police office. The form
may also be downloaded
here for completion and submission to the Police Department.
Residents may call the Township of O'Hara Police Department at (412) 782-1403
to request pick up of any animal such as dogs, cats, or wild
animals. Residents may also register a complaint for animals
which are barking/howling, running loose, etc.
The Township of O'Hara is under contract with Hoffman Kennels
(724-468-5505) to: collect and capture dogs running at large,
hold licensed dogs for a period of five days after capture,
after having notified the owner by certified mail, feed and
water all dogs while in custody; hold all stray dogs, unlicensed
and of good health for a period of 48 hours after which time
said dogs will be placed or humanely destroyed, and to answer
and respond to all calls including calls referring to road
killed animals. All felines and wild animals, under the State
Game Warden's jurisdiction and requested to be collected,
must be authorized by the Chief of Police.
Hoffman Kennels is to notify owners of licensed animals
by certified mail. Such owners are responsible for any charges,
fees, costs associated with pickup and holding. Owners of
dogs seized and detained are responsible for all charges,
boarding fees, placement or destroying humanely. Fines are
$300.00. Each day of violation after notification constitutes
a separate offense.
Hoffman can also provide traps to capture nuisance animals
(i.e. raccoons getting into trash) for a fee. This includes
delivery and pickup of the trap; a weekly rental fee and a
deposit which is refunded upon return of the trap are also
If you are going to be away from home on vacation or business, you may wish to
have a Police Officer check your home on a regular basis while
you are gone. To request this service, complete the request
form available at the Police station or print the vacation
notice and drop it off or mail it to the Police Department.