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.