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Door to Door

Door to Door Solicitors are required to carry their City of Tacoma License ID card with them at all times while soliciting in the City.  To report unlicensed solicitors in your neighborhood, send an email to licenseinfo@cityoftacoma.org or call the Tacoma Police Department non-emergency number at (253) 287-4455.


“Door-to-Door Soliciting” means the activity of a person going from place to place carrying merchandise or offering for sale goods or services or the making of deals and the delivering of merchandise sold at the same time and place in the City.  


Goods or services may include, but are not limited to, burglar and fire alarm monitoring equipment or monitoring services, subscriptions for books, magazines, periodicals, newspapers or other type of publication to be delivered at a later date, whether or not collecting payment in advance for such goods or services.


A Door-to-Door-Solicitors license is required for any person conducting this activity.  The license application requires review by the Police Department prior to the activity being conducted for the protection of public welfare, health and safety of citizens. 


Approval can be obtained by submitting an Application for Door-to-Door Soliciting and fee to the Tax & License office.  The application will be routed to the appropriate City departments for review. 


Note:  The application includes a requirement to be fingerprinted for a state and federal criminal background check. A picture will be taken when the license is applied for and an ID card issued once the license is approved. 


Application must be received at least ten business days prior to engaging in soliciting activities in the City. 


You can find more information in Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 6B.170 about the Door-to-Door soliciting license requirements.