All solicitors, peddlers and transient merchants are required to register with the city. A license is not required to canvas for contributions or support of any charitable, religious, civic, educational, philanthropic, social service of welfare organizations.
- Peddler: Someone who goes from place-to-place selling goods or services that are immediately delivered. An example would be someone selling books they have with them.
- Solicitor: Someone who goes from place-to-place obtaining orders for goods or services that will be delivered later; a canvasser. An example would be someone selling magazine subscriptions that will be sent in the mail later.
- Transient merchant: Someone who sells products or services in a fixed location temporarily. An example would be a food vendor temporarily set up in a parking lot.
How to apply
- Complete the peddler/transient merchant/solicitor license application. Refer to the application instructions for more details.
Applications are also available at the St. Louis Park Police Department Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- Bring the completed application and your valid government-issued ID to the police department. Peddlers and transient merchants must also bring the $150 per-person application fee. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted.
- The application fee may be waived for nonprofits. To be eligible, you must submit a tax-exempt document from the Secretary of State, stating your organization is registered as a nonprofit 501(c)3, or for businesses not based in Minnesota, the Certificate of Registration (Business Certificate) from the state where the business was registered.
- Allow adequate time if completing the application in-person.
- Completed applications are accepted Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each person applying for a license must appear in person with their application and government-issued ID.
- Issuing permits
- Peddlers and transient merchants — Once approved, the police department will contact you to come in and have your photo taken. After your photo is taken, your license card will be issued.
- Solicitors — The license will be issued when the documentation listed above is presented to the police department.
Note: Your license may be immediately suspended or revoked by the city for good cause. Please refer to the City Code for revoked causes, prohibited activities and the notification process.