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The Evanston City Council adopted measures in February 2013 amending the City Code regarding soliciting and panhandling to limit the hours during which solicitors or panhandlers can knock on doors and to also bar them from doing so when residents have posted “No Soliciting” signs. Effective as of February 21, 2013, door-to-door panhandling is prohibited before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Soliciting is permitted between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm Monday to Saturday. The practice of door-to-door panhandling or soliciting is prohibited at all times on Sunday and on state and federal holidays.

Additionally, Evanston City Code §9-5-25-(D) allows for any owner or occupant, wishing to prohibit individuals from entering their premises for the purposes of panhandling or soliciting, to give notice by posting a weatherproof card at least 3” x 5” stating “NO SOLICITORS ALLOWED” or “NO SOLICITING” on or near a main entrance.  The City of Evanston provides a sample sign here>>>.  

A panhandler or solicitor who disregards prohibited hours, a posted “No Soliciting” sign or fails to leave a premise after being requested to do so, violates the Evanston City Code. Violators may be subject to a fine or community service. Residents can call the Police non-emergency line at 847/866-5000 to report non-emergency violations. Read the Ordinance here>>>.