Hey Peddlers in Gig Harbor: You've Got A License For That?

With a few exceptions, anyone who goes from place to place or house to house, offering for sale goods, merchandise, or services of any type in Gig Harbor must have a license. The city began accepting applications last week.

The next time someone comes to your door trying to sell some goods or merchandise, you might want to ask to see a license.

Last week, the City of Gig Harbor began accepting applications for a peddler's license, which is required for anyone who travels door to door to sell goods, save for a few exceptions.

If residents or business owners prominently post a "No Peddlers," "No Solicitors" or similar sign, the peddler is prohibited from approaching.

Also, peddlers can't conduct business before 9 a.m., or after 8 p.m., within the city limits.

Under the new restrictions, the person selling is required to wear a photo badge issued by the city after an approval process that includes a background check. Also, peddlers must renew the license every 90 days.

There are a few exceptions to the license requirement:

  • Peddling of local newspapers
  • Peddling of fruits, vegetables, berries, butter, eggs, fish, milk, poultry, meats, or any farm produce or edibles raised, caught, produced or manufactured by the peddler
  • When that person, after having been specifically requested by another to do so, calls upon that other person for the purpose of displaying goods or literature about any article, thing, or product
  • When that person is acting in his or her capacity as a member of a charitable, religious or nonprofit organization or corporation which has received tax-exempt status under 26 USC Section 501(c)(3) or other similar civic, charitable, political, or nonprofit organizations.

I've updated a peddler's license application to the media gallery. To find out more, click here.

DISCUSSION: Has a peddler or salesperson ever bothered you at home? Your business? What do you say to them? Will this new requirement help? Tell us in the comments below.

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Nancy H February 19, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Question: outside the city limits (where I live) does the county require the same thing?
Brent Champaco February 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Let me check it out and I'll get right back to you, Nancy.
Kathryn DiFoxfire Wilson February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM
We have a small "No Solicitors" sign in our neighborhood (outside city limits). And we get people knocking on our door on average once a month trying to sell roofing, cleaning, yard word and other homeowner services. Why is the city requiring a renewal every 90 days? That seems like a lot of extra work for everyone.


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