Delta asked to ban delivery of flyers

Don’t expect the city to enact a rule prohibiting flyers from being left at your front door.

A recent letter to Delta council from a concerned resident complained about real estate and paint companies leaving flyers at front doors, saying if a homeowner is gone for any length of time it’s an invitation for thieves to come into your home. The resident said advertisers won’t voluntarily stop the practice, so a bylaw is needed.

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However, a response from staff notes there is currently no bylaw to prohibit the distribution of flyers, door hangers or other unsolicited mail, but a homeowner has an option to sign their front door with a “no soliciting or junk mail” sign.

“Advertising performs an important role for many residents and business owners and to prohibit this activity could be a detriment to both parties. A bylaw prohibiting this activity is not recommended,” the staff response states.

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