MARENGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Peddlers, Solicitors, and Transient Merchants
Common Questions & Answers
What is the difference between peddlers, solicitors, and transient merchants?
Does the city treat peddlers, solicitors, and transient merchants differently from one another?
No. The city treats all of these salespeople the same. This means all fall under the same permit and same rules within the city code. The city generally refers to all as peddlers as well.
What is a peddler's permit?
A peddler's permit serves a couple key purposes:
Ultimately, peddlers permits are meant to help keep the citizens of Marengo safe while still allowing these salespeople to conduct their business.
I am a part of a church or a school organization and would like to give out information or sell items door-to-door for a fund raiser. Do I have to get a peddlers permit?
There are certain groups that are exempt under the city code from the peddler permit requirements. Those groups are:
There is a person who knocked on my door and is now trying to sell me something. What can I do?
The first thing you can do is ask what organization they are a member of. If they are not a member of one of the types listed above, they would need to get a permit.