Peddler, Solicitor, Transient Merchant Permits

Provided below is an outline of the peddler, solicitor, and transient merchant permit process. There are multiple steps to this process, so it is recommended that you apply at least one month before your requested date to begin operation.

Prior to beginning this process, fully review our City Code regarding peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants. Potential peddlers should be aware of the following:

  • Selling must occur on private, not public, property
  • Selling can only occur in commercial zoning districts (CBD, CUC, CC, CPD) 
  • If selling in a parking lot, the business’ off-street parking requirements must not be reduced below the required number of spaces

Step 1: Complete the application online. Once submitted, the application will be reviewed and the applicant will be contacted by the City Clerk to coordinate the next steps in the process, as outlined below.

Step 2: All peddlers, solicitors, or transient merchants must obtain a design permit from the Community Development Committee for the vehicle/structure used to facilitate sales. Those that wish to operate for more than 30 days per calendar year are required to have a Dutch theme on their vehicle/structure. To discuss the design requirements, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 641.628.0043.

Step 3: A background check and fingerprinting is conducted by the Police Department.

Step 4: Upon approval of the above items, the permit is issued through the City Clerk’s office. The cost is as follows:

  • Background check: $25
  • Daily permit: $25
  • Weekly permit: $75
  • Monthly permit: $150
  • Seasonal permit (up to six consecutive months): $300

In addition, transient merchants must provide evidence of filing a bond with the Secretary of State.


Peddler Permit Application

City Code Chapter 122: Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants