Peddler, Solicitor or Transient Merchant License

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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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Frequently asked questions

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  • Can I fax in the organization’s applications and copies of a valid government-issued photo ID?

  • Can I solicit as a peddler or transient merchant in St. Louis Park while I am waiting for my license to be approved?

  • Can I transfer my license to another person?

  • Do I need a license if I want to canvas in St. Louis Park?

  • Do I need a license to hang an advertisement on residents’ doors?

  • Do I need to wear my license?

  • How do I know if my company is a nonprofit organization?

  • How do I renew my license?

  • How long does it take to process the peddler or transient merchant license application?

  • How long is the license valid?

  • How will I know when my peddler or transient merchant license is approved?

  • I am not a US citizen. Can I still apply for a license?

  • I have an application form from a previous year. May I use it to apply or reapply for a license this year?

  • If my peddler or transient merchant license is denied, is the fee refunded?

  • May I solicit when I see a sign the resident posted stating “no solicitors?”

  • What documents do we need to submit other than the application and a valid government-issued ID?

  • What happens if my peddler or transient merchant license is denied?

  • What should I do if I lose my permit and is there a fee?

  • What types of valid government photo IDs are accepted when submitting an application?

  • When can I get my photo taken and pick up my approved peddler or transient merchant license?

  • When do I need to pay the application fee?

  • Who needs to complete a license application?

  • Why do solicitors need a permit in St. Louis Park?