Peddler, Solicitor, Transient Merchant Permits

Provided below is an outline of the Peddler Permit process. There are multiple steps to this process, so it is recommended that you start at least one month prior to your requested date to begin operation.

Prior to beginning this process, fully review our City Code regarding Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants.  In addition, potential Peddlers should be aware of the following requirements:

  • 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 could not be reduced below the required number of spaces

Step 1: A design review application needs to be completed with the Planning and Zoning Department. This application will be reviewed by the Community Development Committee. Call 641.628.0043 to discuss the design requirements. In addition, the Planning and Zoning Department will need to confirm that the proposed selling location is within a commercial zoning district.

Step 2: A background check and fingerprinting is conducted and reviewed by the Police Chief. The background check fee of $25 must be paid before the background check is ran.

Step 3: Upon approval of items in both steps 1 and 2, the actual peddler permit is issued through the City Clerk’s office. The cost for the permit is below as well as in City Code.

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

In addition, prior to a permit being issued to a transient merchant, evidence of filing a bond with the Secretary of State must be provided to the City Clerk.


City Code Chapter 122: Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants