On October 17, 2017, The Biddeford City Council adopted Chapter 34, Article II-A - Delivery of Unsolicited Printed or Written Materials. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the rights of Biddeford residents and property owners who desire not to receive unwanted printed or written materials, whether commercial or noncommercial in nature, including unsolicited newspapers. The right of privacy affords citizens the right to determine and limit the materials they will allow to be delivered on their private property. When a resident or property owner affirmatively provides notice that they do not want to receive delivery of unsolicited print or other written materials on their property, to deliver such materials in contravention of such expressed desire is, in effect, a trespass against the resident or property owner.
This ordinance is intended to ensure and protect the privacy rights of Biddeford residents and property owners on their private property and to deter the accumulation of unsolicited printed or written materials that might signal that a house is unoccupied. It is further intended to prevent littering and protect the aesthetic appearance of the City by reasonable regulation as to the time, place, and manner of the distribution and delivery of unsolicited print or written materials within the community.
Although the ordinance will not become effective until after January 1, 2018, the City has created an opt-out online registration form to allow citizens the ability to register for the opt-out in advance of the effective date of the ordinance.
To opt-out under the ordinance, complete the online form provided below for each property. If at any point after registering for the opt-out option you wish to rescind the decision, simply resubmit the form changing the status.