Doorstep or cold calling is the act of making uninvited visits to your home with the intention of selling goods or services. It is not illegal and does not require a licence.
Door step cold caller sticker scheme.
Are you fed up with receiving visits to your home from cold calling traders?
Are you concerned about rogue traders calling on your elderly or vulnerable neighbours, seeking work?
If so, say “no” to cold calling doorstep traders with a Trading Standards door sticker.
This sticker initiative is designed to empower residents, giving them the confidence to deal with cold calling traders. Traders should respect your wishes but if they don’t, they may be liable to prosecution for ignoring your request to leave and not return.
How do you get a sticker?
Sticker packs can be collected from your local district council, police station or library. If you have any trouble getting a sticker pack, please contact Trading Standards. You can find details of your nearest Trading Standards office by entering your postcode at https://www.gov.uk/find-local-trading-standards-office
Register your sticker
You can register your stickers online.
Registering your sticker pack enables the council to gauge their popularity and success at deterring cold callers and identify neighbourhoods where stickers are not being displayed and attempt to increase take up in those areas.
Trading Standards Newsletter
Many Trading Standards offices publish regular newsletter including information on scams and rogue traders.
Check the online details for your nearest Trading Standards office.
Q. What should you do if my sticker is ignored?
Unfortunately, not all cold calling traders will respect your wishes and some will ignore your sticker. If this happens, try complaining to the company and ask them not to visit you again in the future.
Also send a copy of the letter to Trading Standards.