Solicitation Permit

Applying for a City of Twinsburg Solicitation, Vending and Selling Permit
Note: To verify application information, the investigation can take a minimum of 10 working days.

All Solicitors will be required to have a photo ID card created by the City for $5 on their person during all times of solicitation in addition to the license fee as listed below.

A solicitor can renew their permit within 5 business days of the expiration of the permit for the door-to-door fee noted on the application without requiring an additional background investigation. If the time frame is longer than 5 business days, a new additional background investigation will be necessary. An additional background investigation will be required after one year of continued renewal.

Groups that can prove 501c3 status must still check in with the police department prior to beginning their door to door campaign, however they are not issued a photo ID.   

Please call our non-emergency phone number of 330-425-1234 for current approved solicitors.

Please complete and submit this online application: Permit Application for Soliciting, Vending and Selling
Chapter 741 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Twinsburg:


   No person shall sell or offer for sale, barter or exchange or go from door to door soliciting the purchase of or gift of any goods, wares, merchandise or other articles of value or money, in any place in, upon, along or through the streets, avenues, alleys or other public places within the Municipality, unless he is the holder of a license and identification tag which is in full force and effect and issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. Such person shall at all times have with him the required license while exercising such calling and shall exhibit the license and identification tag to any police officer, person being solicited or other official of the Municipality upon demand. In addition, each licensee shall retain upon his person additional evidence of personal identification to be displayed upon request.
(Ord. 50-1975. Passed 5-13-75.)

   Any person desiring to sell or offer for sale, barter or exchange or solicit from door to door the purchase of or gift of any goods, wares, merchandise or other articles of value or money within the Municipality shall make application to the Mayor who, upon being furnished with sufficient proof that such person is of good moral character, shall issue to the applicant a license and shall charge for the same five dollars ($5.00) per day, twenty dollars ($20.00) per week or fifty dollars ($50.00) per month per solicitor. Each such person shall also register with the City Tax Administrator before any license is issued. 
(Ord. 72-1994. Passed 6-28-94.)

   741.03  HOURS.
   No person including duly authorized solicitors of recognized educational, civic, religious or charitable organizations shall sell or offer for sale, barter, exchange or solicit from door to door, without appointment the purchase of or gift of any goods, wares, merchandise or other articles of value or money within the Municipality during the period from dusk to 9:00 a.m. of the next succeeding day, nor shall such person peddle, solicit or canvass on Sunday or any legal State or Federal holiday. 
(Ord. 135-2008.  Passed 11-25-08.)

   No person shall open or conduct a temporary store or other place including vehicles for the selling of wearing apparel or any other goods, wares or merchandise within the Municipality on a temporary basis or offer any such article for sale until he has procured from the Mayor a license to open such temporary store or conduct such temporary sale business. Such license fee shall be paid to the Mayor in the sum of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and such license shall be valid for one week excepting Sundays. Each such person shall first register with the City Income Tax Administrator before any license is issued.
(Ord. 50-1975. Passed 5-13-75.)

   (a)    The following persons are declared exempt from the requirement of obtaining the licenses herein mentioned:
      (1)    Any person selling the products of his own raising;
      (2)    A manufacturer selling any article manufactured by him;
      (3)    A person selling newspapers;
      (4)    A duly authorized solicitor soliciting the purchase of goods, wares, merchandise or gifts for or on behalf of any recognized educational, civic, religious or charitable organization;
      (5)    All vendors who are invited or scheduled upon private premises, who appear by appointment and time schedule arranged with the customer and who are not selling upon a random, casual, door to door basis but rather who have established a definite appointment schedule; and
      (6)    All other persons otherwise exempted by law provided, however, that all of such persons conducting any such exempted activities shall nevertheless first register in the Police Division prior to engaging in random sales or solicitations and shall state the name of the organization for whom each of them are conducting such activities and the duration of such activities from beginning to ending dates. No charge shall be made for such registration.
         (Ord. 50-1975. Passed 5-13-75.)

   Any license issued hereunder may be revoked or suspended at any time should the person to whom it is issued be guilty of any fraud, false information on the application, misrepresentation, deception or wrongful act in connection with his business or otherwise or is found to be a person not fit to be engaged in such business. Failure to abide by the ordinances of the City or laws of the State shall be grounds for revoking of a license.
(Ord. 50-1975. Passed 5-13-75.)

   (a)    It is not the intention of this chapter to prohibit the sale or offering for sale of the products set forth in subsection (b) nor is it the intention to prohibit the use of reasonable sound producing devices to attract trade but for the sole purpose of regulating the sale of the above mentioned products to provide for the protection of the children and other persons of this community whose attraction to these products outweighs their sense of precaution.
   (b)    The use or operation of noise producing devices employed by vendors or peddlers using motor vehicles, push carts or tricycles for the sale of ice cream, popsicles, ice sherbets, other frozen desserts, soft drinks, candy, sandwiches, peanuts, popcorn and any and all other products is hereby prohibited when such vehicles are in motion.
   (c)    Vendors or peddlers employing motor vehicles, push carts or tricycles for the sale or offer for sale of any products are hereby prohibited from selling or offering for sale any products to any person or persons when such person or persons are on or within the traveled portion of any public street, thoroughfare or right of way normally used by motor vehicles.
   (d)    Each vendor desiring to sell any products, by virtue of which such vendors shall move from place to place upon the streets of this City, shall first have each and every motor vehicle inspected by the Police Division of the City under the jurisdiction of the Chief of Police or his appointee and shall first obtain a safety permit for each of such vehicles. Such inspection shall be as to the mechanical safety of the vehicle and shall be conducted at the Police Division and an inspection permit fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for each and every vehicle shall be paid unto the City. No vehicle which has not been so inspected and approved shall be employed in such business. Each vehicular permit shall expire on December 31 next following its issuance and shall be displayed as set forth in subsection (j) hereof.
   Vendors using a motor vehicle to sell ice cream, popsicles, ice sherbets, other frozen desserts, soft drinks, candy, sandwiches, peanuts or popcorn shall first have each and every such vehicle inspected by the Police Division as provided above. The seasonal permit fee in addition to the inspection fee above shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each and every vehicle so inspected and no vehicle which has not been so inspected and approved shall be used in such business. A permit shall be issued, expired and displayed as provided above.
   Provided further that each and every such vendor shall post indicia of public liability insurance with the City in minimum amounts of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) personal injury to one person, fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) injury to two or more persons and ten thousand dollars ($10,000) property damage, it being understood that there attaches no liability upon the City to pursue claim for the neglect of any such vendor.
   (e)    On obtaining a permit or at any other time, the Police Division will inform the vendor concerned of major thoroughfares that cannot be used for vending due to reasons of public safety concerning motorists, inhabitants and the vending company itself.
   (f)    Vendors must be clean and neatly dressed.
   (g)    Day or night, yellow warning lights shall be operated continuously when vendor is stopped for sales and when the vehicle has slowed down to five miles per hour or less for selling. Lights must be off when traveling to and from route.
   (h)    Vendors shall designate their name and telephone number on vehicles.
   (i)    No riders except those who are employees of the vendor, who are licensed by the City shall be allowed.
   (j)    Vendors shall display all City permits on or near windows so as to be clearly discernible.
   (k)    Vendors shall not pull to wrong side of street to service customers. Vendors shall park on right side and walk over to service children.
   (l)    Vendors shall act to protect children when children are coming to and leaving truck. They shall be alert to protect children from oncoming traffic.
   (m)    Vendors shall not sell to customers unless they stay on curb or berm.
   (n)    Vendors shall circle truck to make sure that all children are safely away from truck before getting in cab after sales.
   (o)    Vendors shall not back up unless completely necessary and then as little as possible after they have checked that no one or thing is behind them.
   (p)    Vendors shall refrain from allowing boxes and papers to fall upon the public right of way and shall pick up any papers deposited in the immediate area of sale by their customers.
   (q)    Vendors shall have no police radios. However, standard AM or FM radios or tape players are allowed in their vehicles but shall not be played during the time when the vehicles are moving in potential sale areas.
   (r)    In accordance with Parks and Recreation Department rules and other enactments of Council, vendors shall not sell upon City owned property other than streets.
(Ord. 50-1975. Passed 5-13-75.)

   Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, no peddler, solicitor or canvasser, while peddling, soliciting or canvassing, shall call upon, knock at the door or ring the door bell of any residence, house, apartment or other dwelling in the City upon which there is posted at the entrance a notice which reads “No Peddlers, Solicitors or Canvassers Allowed”, or words of similar import, which clearly prohibits peddlers, solicitors and canvassers on the premises, unless such peddler, solicitor or canvasser has previously been invited upon the premises by the owner, lessee or an adult occupant thereof.
(Ord. 135-2008.  Passed 11-25-08.)

 741.99  PENALTY.
   Whoever violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor on the first offense and shall be guilty of a first degree misdemeanor for the second or subsequent offenses.  In addition, his or her license shall be revoked by the Mayor.
(Ord. 135-2008.  Passed 11-25-08.)