Itinerant Vendor Permits

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Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 16:08

The City of Pullman currently prohibits itinerant vendors from operating within city limits without first obtaining a permit from the Pullman Police Department (PCC 8.95.020).  Pullman City Code defines an itinerant vendor as "All persons, both principals and agents, as well as employers and employees, who shall sell, offer for or expose for sale, or who shall trade, deal or traffic in any goods or services in the City by going from house to house or from place to place or by indiscriminately approaching individuals" (PCC 8.95.010.1).   

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List of Currently Approved Itinerant Vendor Permits

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Applying for a City of Pullman Itinerant Vendor Permit

Applicants registering with the City of Pullman for the purpose of itinerant business shall file with the Chief of Police a sworn application in writing as well as provide sufficient proof of identification such as a current Drivers License, Passport, Military I.D., or State issued I.D. card.  A photograph of each applicant will also be taken and attached to the name record for identification purposes.  Misrepresentation or false statement could result in your application being denied or revoked, and monies collected will not be refunded.

A one time, non-refundable application fee of $35.00 is due at the time of application (Pullman City Council Resolution R-76-13). Click the following link to download a fillable PDF application form:

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Buyer Beware!

Your doorbell rings on a lazy Saturday afternoon. You open your front door and observe a stranger with a smile and a sales pitch.  "Hello, I'm with ABC Company, and I'm here to sell you X,Y,and Z!"

Now, what should you do?

First, ask to see their City Of Pullman Itinerant Vendor Permit. If the person can't show you a currently valid permit for whatever reason (their "supervisor" has it, they left it in the car, etc.), do not do business with them! Shut the door and report them to the Pullman Police Department. Pullman City Code requires that anyone who wants to go door-to-door within City limits must first obtain a current permit and keep it on their person while engaging in their business.  See image of a sample permit at right.

Secondly, if they do have a permit, make sure you know what that actually means. A valid itinerant vendor permit is not an endorsement of the business by the City of Pullman! It only means that the company has completed the City permit process and individuals have passed a limited criminal background investigation. This process does not include a recommendation from the Better Business Bureau. You, as the customer, are still responsible for evaluating the companies that you do business with.

Finally, the Pullman Police Department recommends some general safety tips: 

  1. Never let anyone inside your home that you do not know. 
  2. Don't share personal information with anyone you don't know. 
  3. Be cautious on giving out banking information or credit card information to people you don't know.

As always, the "Buyer" should "Beware!"

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Highlights of Pullman City Code Section 8.95, Itinerant Vendors

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8.95.010 Definition of Itinerant Vendor. Unless otherwise exempt under the provisions of this chapter, an "Itinerant Vendor" is defined as follows:

  1. All persons, both principals and agents, as well as employers and employees, who shall sell, offer for or expose for sale, or who shall trade, deal or traffic in any goods or services in the City by going from house to house or from place to place or by indiscriminately approaching individuals.
  2. Sales by sample or for future delivery, and executory contracts of sale by solicitors or Itinerant Vendors are embraced within the preceding subsection; provided, however, that this chapter is not applicable to any sales person or canvasser who solicits trade from wholesale or retail dealers within the City.
  3. Any person, both principals and agents, as well as employers and employees, who, while selling or offering for sale, any goods, wares, merchandise or anything of value, stands in a doorway or any unenclosed vacant lot, parcel of land or in any other place not used by such person as a permanent place of business. (Ord. No. 08-10 §2, 2008)

8.95.020 Permit Required - Exemptions.

  1. No person, corporation, partnership or other organization shall engage in the business of an Itinerant Vendor within the City limits without first obtaining a permit from the Pullman Police Department. If any individual is acting as an agent for or employed by an individual, corporation, partnership or other organization, both the individual and the employer or principal for whom the individual is acting must obtain a permit as provided in this chapter.
  2. The following persons are exempt from the permit requirements and fee provisions of this chapter:
    • Persons who offer for sale agricultural, horticultural, or farm products which they have personally grown, harvested or produced;
    • Any person who is specifically requested to call upon others for the purpose of displaying goods, literature or giving information about any article, service or product;
    • Charitable, religious or nonprofit organizations or corporations which have received tax exempt status under 26 USC 501(c)(3) or other similar civic, charitable or nonprofit organizations;
    • Newspaper carriers;
    • Itinerant Vendors operating at any City-sponsored or authorized civic event for a time period not to exceed five consecutive days; and
    • Itinerant Vendors operating at a public market or other City-sponsored or approved activity so long as the activity does not occur more than one time per week for more than five months of each calendar year; and provided further, that the name, address and telephone number of each vendor is provided in advance to the Chief of Police. (Ord. No. 08-10 §3, 2008)

8.95.030 Permit – Application.

  1. Applicants for a permit under this chapter must file with the Chief of Police a sworn application in writing on a form to be furnished by the City.
  2. All applications shall provide the following information on the application, with sufficient proof of identification:
    • Name, date of birth and description of the applicant;
    • Current address and telephone number, including local contact information;
    • A brief description of the nature of the business and the goods or services to be sold and the anticipated period of time during which the business will be conducted within the City;
    • If employed or acting as an agent, the name and address of the employer or principal, together with the description of the exact relationship with the principal or employer;
    • If a vehicle is to be used for purposes of the Itinerant Vendor's business, a description of the same, including the license number;
    • A photograph of the applicant, taken within 60 days immediately prior to the date of filing the application, which picture shall be two inches by two inches showing the head and shoulders of the applicant in a clear and distinguishing manner;
    • A statement as to whether or not the applicant has been convicted of any crime within the last 10 years, including misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, or criminal violations of any municipal ordinance, the nature of the offense, and the punishment or penalty assessed therefor; and
    • All Itinerant Vendor stands must be located upon property zoned C1, C2, C3, I1, I2, or IRP and the following must accompany the application:
      • Signature of the property owner authorizing use of parcel;
      • A site plan showing the location of the sales area, the nearest driveway and the nearest fire hydrant.
      • Such other information as may be required by the City.
  3. Any individual, corporation, partnership or other organization which acts as the principal or employer for individual Itinerant Vendors shall obtain a permit as provided herein and shall provide the following information on the application in addition to any information required as set forth above:
    • The applicant's name, address and telephone number and the names and addresses of all individuals who are employed by or acting as an agent for the applicant;
    • If the applicant is not an individual person, the application shall include current contact information for the business entity, inclusive of the name, address, telephone number and registered agent of the entity;
    • Name, address and telephone numbers (business and home) of the individual, if applicable, acting as the manager for the applicants;
    • A list of all other cities, towns and counties where the applicant has obtained an Itinerant Vendor's permit or similar permit within the past five years; and
    • Such other information as may be required by the City.
  4. At the time of filing the application, each applicant shall pay a nonrefundable fee as set forth in the current fee resolution to cover the City's cost of investigation and the issuance of a permit, including each vendor, principal and/or employer. (Ord. No. 08-10 §4, 2008)

8.95.050 Permit – Exhibit. Itinerant Vendors are required to exhibit their permit displayed on their person and vehicle used in the business, which permit shall be fully visible while conducting any Itinerant Vendor activities. (Ord. No. 08-10 §6, 2008)

8.95.060 Permit – Expiration. All permits issued pursuant to this chapter are nontransferable and shall be valid for ninety (90) days. (Ord. No. 08-10 §7, 2008)

8.95.090 Use of Streets. No Itinerant Vendor shall have any exclusive right to any location in the public streets, nor be permitted a stationary location, nor be permitted to operate in any congested area where operations might impede or inconvenience the public. For the purpose of this section, the judgment of a police officer, exercised in good faith, shall be conclusive as to whether the area is congested or the public impeded or inconvenienced. (Ord. No. 08-10 §10, 2008)

8.95.100 Hours and Notice. No person shall engage in the business of an Itinerant Vendor between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. unless permitted by other applicable city ordinance, provided, an Itinerant Vendor selling food items may also operate in non-residential zones between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. (Ord. No. 12-15 §1, 2012; 08-10 §11, 2008)

8.95.120 Violation – Penalty. Violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be a Class 2.5 civil infraction and punishable by the penalty for the same as established by ordinance; provided, second and subsequent violations within a consecutive twelve month period shall be a Class 1 civil infraction and punishable by the penalty for the same as established by ordinance. (Ord. No. 12-15 §2, 2012; 08-10 §13, 2008)

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