City website shows who has door-to-door permits

July 1, 2011

By Staff

City staff members recently added information about what businesses and individuals are permitted to sell items door to door in Newcastle.

See who is permitted at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us. Click “Peddlers/Solicitors Licenses Issued in Newcastle” under the “What’s New?” section.

Permits are free and valid for two weeks at a time, but applicants must have a city business license, which costs $45 per year. Applicants are also subject to a background check before receiving permits.

Those selling door to door are required to display their city permit around their necks. Report salesmen without permits to City Hall at 649-4444, or call 911 if you feel threatened.

Permitted salesmen can knock on doors between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., but they are not allowed to knock on a door if the property contains a sign prohibiting soliciting. The city manager or police can generally revoke permits if necessary.

The following organizations are exempt from needing door-to-door permits: charitable organizations, religious organizations, certified nonprofits, political candidates, campaign workers, people campaigning for ballot measures, people distributing political literature and people seeking signatures of registered voters for petitions.

Call City Hall for more information about how to obtain a door-to-door permit.

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