You will not need to file for a Solicitor’s permit if:
- You are with a local church or other religious group, or ministers or agents thereof soliciting funds for the support of such religious group.
- An established society, association, or corporation that is organized and operated exclusively for educational, philanthropic, benevolent, fraternal or charitable purposes, not operated for pecuniary profit, where no part of the net earnings inures to the benefit of any person, private shareholder, or individual, where the solicitation of such organization is:
- Conducted among the members thereof by other members or officer thereof, voluntarily and without remuneration for such solicitation; or
- In the form of collections of contributions at the regular exercises or services of any society, lodge, benevolent order of fraternity or similar organization, or any branch thereof.
- Vendors of farm produce, poultry, stock or agricultural products in their natural state if raised on land owned or leased by the vendor or a member of the vendor’s household
- Sales of goods, wares, and merchandise donated by the owners thereof, the proceeds of which are to be used and applied to some charitable, religious or philanthropic purposes.
- Sales of goods, wares, and merchandise by any bonafide charitable, religious or philanthropic organization.
You will need to file for a Solicitor’s permit if:
Applicants for permits under Ordinance #004-15 must file with the Mayor/City Administrator an application in writing on a form obtained from the city and provide the following:
- Full name and date of birth of the applicant and of any agents working for the applicant under the permit.
- A valid Texas Driver’s License or state issued photo identification for the applicant and each agent working under the permit.
- A brief description of the activity or business to be conducted.
- An authorization to conduct a criminal background check on the applicant and on any and all agents working for the applicant under the permit.
- A standard permit will be in effect for 15 days after the date of issuance. The standard permit shall cost $50.00, plus an additional $10.00 for each agent working under the permit. If an extended permit is requested, that permit shall be in effect for 30 days after issued. The extended permit shall cost $100.00, plus an additional $100.00 for each agent working under that permit.
- The names of the last three (3) cities in which the applicant and any agents have worked.
- The application for a permit shall be accompanied by a bond in the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) issued by a surety company authorized to do business in the State. The bond shall be conditioned on compliance with this Ordinance and upon the final delivery of goods sold through soliciting and peddling activities under this ordinance.
If approved, the permit shall be issued within 5 business days. Any person violating any provision of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine in a sum not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). A separate offense occurs each day of the violation.