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Solicitation Ordinance & Permits

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All persons, businesses, and organizations wishing to solicit in Claremont for any money, funds, or contributions are required to obtain a permit prior to soliciting.  Other legal requirements and regulations contained in the City's solicitation ordinance and Claremont Municipal Code (CMC) 5.40 are summarized in the sections below:

Refer to the complete legal reference:

Municipal Code, Chapter 5.40 Solicitation


Key Elements of CMC 5.40, Solicitation

Element Summary of CMC 5.40


  • 501(c)(3) Organizations - Boy & Girl Scouts, youth athletic clubs, etc.
  • School clubs - public or private school

Commercial Solicitation

  • All solicitation that is not non-commercial, as described below

Non-Commercial Solicitation

  • Purpose of solicitation is political, religious, or charitable


  • Requesting directly or indirectly: Money, credit, funds, contributions, personal property or anything of value
  • Taking or attempting to take orders for the sale of goods, wares, merchandise, or services
  • Providing a description of future delivery or for services to be performed in the future
  • Selling and making immediate delivery any goods, wares, merchandise or services

Solicitation is Not…

  • Communication that is political, religious, or charitable in nature and that does not involve solicitation of money, funds, contributions, or anything of value
  • Delivery of items ordered by resident or business (newspapers, groceries, etc.)

"Do Not Knock" Registry

  • Solicitors are required to obtain an updated list on the 1st of each month (available at City Hall, Finance Department)
  • All solicitors must abide by the Do Not Knock Registry

Non-Permissible Hours of Solicitation

  • From dusk (30 minutes past sunset) to 8 a.m.

Unwanted Solicitations Prohibited

  • At any address listed on the Do Not Knock Registry
  • At any residence or business with a "No Solicitation" or similar sign

Locations—Solicitations Prohibited

  • At certain locations:  bus stop, public transportation vehicles or facilities, public parking lots or parking structures, outdoor dining areas

Abusive Solicitation Prohibited

  • Coming within 3 feet of, or touching, the person being solicited
  • Blocking or impeding the passage of the person being solicited
  • Continuing solicitation after the person being solicited has objected to solicitation
  • Following the person being solicited after the person has objected to solicitation
  • Threatening or using offensive words

              Permit Requirements& Applications

              The permit requirements and process varies for commercial and non-commercial organizations and the type of solicitation that is planned.

              Commercial Permit Requirements

              Non-Commercial Permit Requirements

              • All persons soliciting and employers must obtain a permit
              • City business tax certificate also required
              • Must provide proof of insurance
              • All applicants must undergo Livescan fingerprinting and criminal background check by the Police Department
              • A permit may be denied/revoked for misrepresentation on application, or for convictions of violent crimes, sexual assault, possession of drugs, theft, fraud, or burglary
              • No permit will be issued to an applicant (company) for 1 year following revocation of any solicitor permit issued to the same company
              • Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to proposed solicitation
              • Permit fee of $357, based on a cost recovery formula (as of July 2014)
              • The Police Department issues a solicitor permit ID card with photo, valid for 90 days.
              • Only the organization is required to obtain a permit; not required for individual solicitors
              • Individual solicitors must carry identification and authorization to act on behalf of the organization
              • Children under the age of 12 shall be accompanied by an adult
              • 501(c)(3) organizations must provide a letter of determination approving tax exempt status, updated annually
              • Public or private schools must provide a letter from school administrator verifying school affiliation, updated annually
              • Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to proposed solicitation
              • Permits are valid for 1 year

              Apply at: Claremont Police Department
              Instructions included on the form below:


              Commercial Application [PDF]


              Apply at:  City Hall, Finance Department, as instructed on the form below:


              Non-Commercial Application [PDF]

              Sample Solicitor Permit:



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