Information for Solicitors
Under the ordinance effective May 27, 2011, all commercial solicitors must apply for and receive a solicitation permit from the City before you begin soliciting within the Fort Collins City Limits
Commercial solicitors include: "Any person, whether as volunteer, owner, agent, consignee or employee who engages in door-to-door commercial solicitation is required to obtain the permit."
Door-to-door commercial solicitation is defined as attempting to make personal contact with a resident at his or her residence, without prior specific invitation by or appointment with the resident, for the primary purpose of:
- "Attempting to sell, for present or future delivery, any goods, wares or merchandise or any services to be performed immediately or in the future (not including newspaper or magazine subscriptions)"
- "Personally delivering to the resident a handbill or flyer advertising a commercial event, activity, good or service that is offered to the resident for purchase at a location away from the residence or at a future time."
Commercial Solicitor Requirements
- Apply for a City issued permit (link to applications and forms)
- Provide City issued photo ID badge to each solicitor
- Provide a list of all solicitors for your company
- Hold a current Fort Collins sales tax license
You will be responsible for ensuring that your individual solicitors:
- Do not contact anyone on the City's maintained No Solicitation List
- Do not solicit at any residence with a "No Trespassing" or "No Solicitation" sign posted.
Violations of the code could result in a fine, jail time, and/or loss of your solicitation permit
Includes religious, political, non- profit, public entities such as schools and government, newspapers and magazine subscriptions. Non-commercial solicitors are allowed to go door-to-door if residence does not have a "No Trespassing" or "No Solicitation" sign posted.
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