The City Solicitation Ordinance, Chapter 721, regulates solicitors by requiring registration, identification badges and other information. It is coordinated by the City Police Department.
Permit Criteria and Application
Q: Why do we have this law?
A: The law was passed due to the rise in complaints by the public. The complaints weren’t just about people selling items, but the aggressive tactics and manner in which some peddlers approached their jobs. The proverbial “final straw” was the reports of thefts after salespeople had been in the home of citizens.
Q: What does the licenses look like, so I know what to look for?
A: Click here.
Q: How do I report a violation?
A: Phone the Police Department at 740-203-1111.
Q: Will this stop my child from selling items for school?
A: Not at all. School sales and sales for recognized charitable organizations are exempt as long as the solicitor is not compensated. By “compensated” we are not referring to such things as a merit badge or a prize for selling the most cookies.
Q: I am running for office and have volunteers who will be campaigning for me, will they need licensed.
A: No. As long as they are not soliciting for funds or donations, a license is not required for candidates or their volunteers.
Q: I am a paid employee of an organization that goes door to door and asks for donations to further our cause, will I need a license?
A: Yes, paid employees who are soliciting donations are required to be licensed.
Q: I am an unpaid employee of an organization that goes door to door and asks for signatures for our cause, will I need a license?
A: No. As long as you are not soliciting for funds or donations, a license is not required.
Q: I go door to door dropping off flyers, will I need a license?
A: If you are not knocking on the doors, trying to get the attention of the occupants, you will not need a license.
Q: I do in-home parties selling jewelry, do I need a license?
A: No, prearranged appointments such as this do not require a license.
Q: I am a representative of a pharmaceutical company that sells to doctor’s offices, do I need licensed?
A: No, sales that are offered exclusively to local businesses, such as a doctor, do not require a license.
Q: I need a peddler’s license. What is the cost?
A: $75. This pays for the licensing fee, BCI and FBI fingerprint check, and materials.
Q: How do I get my license?
A: Peddler licensing is done by appointment at the Justice center, 70 N. Union St. Please call 740-203-1151 to arrange for an appointment or with any other questions.