Chapter 5.04


5.04.010    Purpose.

5.04.020    Definitions.

5.04.030    Business license required.

5.04.040    Special peddler’s registration and permits required.

5.04.050    Rules of operation.

5.04.060    Violations and penalties.

5.04.010 Purpose.

The City Council finds that the public health, safety and welfare require that the citizens of the City be provided with information relating to persons and organizations who solicit within the City, that such activities be regulated, and that the citizens of the City be protected from deceptive and dishonest practices. (Ord. 610 § 1, 2015)

5.04.020 Definitions.

The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

(1) A “master peddler” is a person or firm which employs or uses agents or employees to act as peddlers, solicitors, or canvassers.

(2) A “peddler, solicitor, or canvasser” is any person who sells, offers for or exposes for sale or who trades, deals or traffics in any services, magazines, periodicals or any other personal property at retail in the City, by going from house to house or by indiscriminately approaching individuals; provided, however, that this subsection shall not be deemed applicable to any salesman or canvasser who solicits trade from wholesale or retail dealers in the City. “Peddle, solicit, or canvass” means to engage in such actions.

(3) “Peddler, solicitor, or canvasser” excludes: (a) members of religious, political, or community organizations engaged in noncommercial door-to-door solicitation activities; (b) any farmer, gardener, or other person selling, delivering, or peddling any fruits, vegetables, berries, eggs, or any farm produce or edibles raised, gathered, produced, or manufactured by such person; (c) newspaper carriers; and (d) any person who, after having been requested by another to do so, calls upon that other person at a prearranged time for the purpose of displaying or delivering goods, literature or giving information about any article, thing, product or service. (Ord. 610 § 1, 2015)

5.04.030 Business license required.

No person, firm, organization, or corporation shall transact, engage in or carry on any peddling, soliciting, or canvassing activity within the City of Woodinville without first having obtained a City business license, as provided in Chapter 5.02 WMC. (Ord. 610 § 1, 2015)

5.04.040 Special peddler’s registration and permits required.

No person, firm, organization, or corporation shall transact, engage in or carry on any peddling, soliciting, or canvassing activity within the City of Woodinville without first having obtained a peddler’s permit. To obtain a peddler’s permit, an applicant shall complete and submit, upon a form designated by the City Manager, an application for peddler’s permit. If approved by the City, each master peddler and peddler, solicitor, or canvasser shall conduct its activities in accordance with the rules specified in WMC 5.04.050.

A peddler’s permit shall be valid for a term of six months and shall not be transferable to another party or individual, except upon approval of the City.

The fee for a peddler’s permit shall be established by resolution approved by the Woodinville City Council. (Ord. 610 § 1, 2015)

5.04.050 Rules of operation.

(1) List of Peddlers. Any business which conducts canvassing, peddling or soliciting activities must provide a listing of all persons who will be canvassing, peddling or soliciting within the City before they begin peddling activities. The listing must include first, middle and last name, date of birth, and a legible copy of government issued photo identification. The listing must be submitted to the City at least seven days before commencement of any peddling activities.

(2) Approval Required. All canvassing, peddling or soliciting activities must be approved by the City before commencement of said activities.

(3) Display of Business License and Identification. Business licenses and peddler’s permits, or copies thereof, shall be carried at all times by each licensee and/or all of the licensee’s employees, agents or representatives for whom issued when peddling, soliciting or canvassing within the City and shall be displayed along with photo identification visibly upon their person.

(4) Hours of Peddling. Canvassing, peddling or soliciting activities are only allowed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

(5) No Soliciting or Trespassing on Posted Properties. All canvassers, peddlers or solicitors must abide by all posted restrictions on private property for said activities. It shall be unlawful for any peddler, solicitor or canvasser to enter upon any private premises posted with visible signs or other notifications stating “No Peddlers” or “No Solicitors” or “No Canvassers” singularly or in combination with one another.

(6) Written Records of Orders. All orders taken by licensed solicitors shall be in writing, in duplicate, stating the name of the solicitor, as it appears on the license, the solicitor’s permit number as issued under this chapter, the address of both the solicitor and his employer, the terms of the order or agreements, and the amount of money or checks paid to the solicitor. One copy of such order or agreement shall be given to the purchaser. (Ord. 610 § 1, 2015)

5.04.060 Violations and penalties.

Any violation of these requirements shall constitute a violation subject to the provisions of Chapter 1.03 WMC, General Penalty. (Ord. 685 § 8, 2019; Ord. 610 § 1, 2015)