LICENSING AND REGULATION OF SOLICITORS
The Village of North Aurora requires all person or persons interested in commercial solicitation in the Village of North Aurora to obtain a valid, written solicitation permit from the North Aurora Police Department by completing a Solicitation Permit Application. The followin excerpts of the Village Code outline the permit requirement for commercial solicitation, permit exemptions and the permit application process. For further information on the regulation and licensing of solicitors, please click on the link for a copy of the complete Licensing and Regulation of Solicitors Ordinance.
5.34.020 - Solicitation permit required.
It is unlawful for any person to engage in commercial solicitation in the village without having first applied for and obtained a valid, written solicitation permit from the North Aurora chief of police except as provided in Section 5.34.030 of this chapter. Examples of activities for which solicitation permits shall be required include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
A. To sell, offer or attempt to sell, or request or attempt to obtain orders for the purchase or transfer of goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs, consulting services or services of any kind, character or description, for any kind of consideration whatsoever;
B. To sell, offer or attempt to sell, or request or attempt to obtain prospective customers for any application or purchase of insurance of any type, kind or character;
C. To request or obtain or attempt to request or obtain contributions, whether in exchange for consideration or not; or D. To promote, market or advance any commercial purpose. (Ord. 06-04-24-01 § 1 (part))
5.34.030 - Solicitation permit exemption.
A. Persons engaging in the following activities shall be exempt from the solicitation permit requirement: 1. Charitable solicitation, including solicitation for the benefit of local elementary, junior high, or high school or for the benefit of a local community organization, such as scouts and little leagues, and solicitation for the benefit of a local nonprofit organization established for the benefit of the community, community schools, community projects, and for other similar purposes; 2. Political solicitation; 3. Religious solicitation; 4. Solicitation for the purchase of or subscription to books, newspapers, magazines, journals, periodicals, and other publications.
B. The distribution of handbills, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, leaflets, papers, and other literature and written materials, shall be exempt from the permit requirement unless the persons distributing the handbills, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, leaflets, papers, etc., engages the persons being solicited in conversation about the subject matter of the pieces being distributed; and, in that event, such persons shall be subject to the solicitation permit requirements for the solicitation unless the solicitation falls within the exempt categories described in subsection A of this section.
C. All persons who are exempt from the solicitation permit requirement are nevertheless subject to the nuisance and trespass restrictions contained in Section 5.34.060 of this chapter. (Ord. 06-04-24-01 § 1 (part))
5.34.040 - Solicitation permit application.
A. Every person required to obtain a solicitation permit shall make a written application for a solicitation permit, pay the solicitation permit fee and obtain a solicitation permit prior to engaging in solicitation within the village.
B. Application for the solicitation permit shall be made on the form provided by the village and shall be submitted to the village chief of police ten (10) days prior to the date on which the solicitation is to begin and shall be accompanied by the proper documentation necessary to complete the application.
5.34.160 - Penalty and enforcement.
A. Any person violating or aiding or abetting the violation of any provision of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00). Each day that a violation occurs shall be considered a separate violation.