City of Ypsilanti

Posted on: June 8, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE: Peddler and Solicitor Permits

It is unlawful for any person to conduct business in the public right-of-way, or carry on the business of a solicitor, peddler, or transient merchant within the corporate limits of the city without first obtaining a license.  However, there are exemptions from obtaining the license as outlined in Section 22-177 of the Code of Ordinance and as seen below;


Sec. 22-177. - Exemptions from license.

The licensing provisions of this division shall not apply to:

(1) Farmers or others selling their own home grown produce; nonprofit civic and religious associations, clubs or corporations; and established merchants. Such individuals and organizations shall apply for and thereafter be furnished with a permit or badge which must be displayed during hours of operation as evidence to law enforcement officials and citizens that they have been granted permission to so operate.

(2) Persons soliciting at private residences for the purpose of obtaining orders for the sale of goods who are at such residences by prior invitation.

(3) Persons who are selling goods for the purpose of resale: i.e., wholesalers.

(4) Newspaper carriers and magazine subscription solicitors.

(5) Merchants who are under contract with the city to sell at the city farmer’s market while selling on or about the premises of the farmer’s market.


These permits do not allow the following;

Permits and licenses issued under the provisions of this article may be revoked by the city clerk, after notice and hearing, for any of the following causes:

(1) Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement contained in the application for license;

(2) Fraud, misrepresentation or false statement made in the course of carrying on his business as a peddler, solicitor or transient merchant;

(3) Any violation of this article;

(4) Conviction of any crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;

(5) Conducting the business of peddling or soliciting or acting as a transient merchant in an unlawful manner or in such a manner as to constitute a breach of the peace or to constitute a menace to the health, safety or general welfare of the public;

(6) Entering a private residence under pretense other than for soliciting or peddling;

(7) Remaining in a private residence or on the premises thereof after the owner or occupant thereof has requested any such person to leave;

(8) Going in and upon the premises of a private residence by such person to solicit or peddle when the owner or occupant thereof has displayed a "No Soliciting" or "No Peddling" sign on premises;

(9) Soliciting or peddling at a private place or public place, street, sidewalk or highway in a residential area from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m., or on a national holiday.


If any of these are witnessed please notify the Ypsilanti Police.


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