City Clerk Office
The City of Chelsea has a local ordinance outlining the requirements of peddler, solicitors or canvassers within the City limits. This includes both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. The ordinance provides the following definitions:
“Canvasser or solicitor means any person, whether a resident of the City or not, traveling by foot or any type of conveyance, from place to place, from house to house, or from street to street, taking or attempting to take orders for the sale of goods, wares, merchandise, personal property of any nature for future delivery, or for services to be furnished or performed in the future, whether or not such person has, carries or exposes for sale a sample of the subject of such sale or whether he is collecting advance payments on such sales or not.”
“Peddler means any person, whether a resident of the City or not, traveling by foot or any type of conveyance, from place to place, from house to house, or from street to street, carrying or conveying or transporting goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs or provisions, offering and exposing the same for sale, or making sales and delivering articles to purchasers, or who, without traveling from place to place, shall sell or offer the same for sale from any vehicle or conveyance.”
If you meet the criteria above and desire a permit, use the following applications to complete the appropriate permitting process.
For-Profit Solicitor’s Permit Application
Not-for-Profit Solicitor’s Permit Application
Residents can request to see the permit of any person soliciting at their home or business. Contact the Police departments to report persons not carrying a peddler permit. If you want to avoid solicitors frequenting your home or business, purchase a and clearly display “No solicitation” sign. If such a sign is clearly posted but not followed, the Police can be contacted and trespassing charges can be filed.