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Application for Commercial Solicitation


  1. 1. Step One
  2. 2. Door-to-Door Solicitation Permit Roster
  • Step One

    1. Application for Commercial Solicitation

      This application is for solicitation on private property only, including door-to-door solicitation and commercial handbill distribution. The Skokie Police Department accepts applications in person on Wednesdays from 9-11:00 a.m. and 1-3:00 p.m. All persons applying must be present. Applicants must provide a valid form of government photo identification (driver’s license or state identification card) along with their company identification and a completed solicitor application. 

      This application is not applicable to charitable groups, for which a separate application is required.  Commercial Solicitation is not permitted on public property and/or the public right-of-way. All regulations with regard to commercial solicitation can be found in the Skokie Village Code, section 78-31 to 78-91. 

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    3. Door-to-Door Solicitation: This typically involves face-to-face interactions between solicitors and residents and is subject to criminal background checks.

      Fee: $20.00 per door-to-door solicitor

    4. Commercial Handbill Distribution: This typically involves no face-to-face interaction and is not subject to criminal background checks.
      Fee: $25.00 for 1 month; $50.00 for 6 months, $75.00 for 1 year
    5. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?*
    6. If "Yes,"
    7. Have you ever been convicted of a violation of a solicitor's ordinance?
    8. Door-to-Door solicitation shall not exceed 30 consecutive days, however the Village of Skokie reserves the right to limit that solicitation period.
    9. The following questions apply only if commercial handbills are to be distributed.
    10. How do you intend to distribute handbills?*
    11. Upon submission of this application, a copy of the handbill must be submitted for approval.

      According to the Skokie Village Code, Sec. 6-43: It shall be unlawful for any person to post, hand out, distribute or transmit any sign, or any commercial or noncommercial handbill: (1) Which may reasonably tend to incite riot or other public disorder, or which advocates disloyalty to or the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by means of any artifice, scheme, or violence, or which urges any unlawful conduct, or encourages or tends to encourage a breach of the public peace or good order of the community; or (2) Which contains obscene, libelous or other language which is made unlawful by any law of the Village, the State, or the United States.

    12. During the permitted period, any new handbills, or changes to current handbills must be approved by the Skokie Police Department or the permit may be revoked.
    13. Does the applicant certify that if a permit is granted, it will not be used or represented in any way as an endorsement by the Village of Skokie or by any department thereof? *
    14. Does the applicant certify that if a permit is granted, no children under the age of 16 years of age will be permitted to solicit money without parent/guardian supervision? *
    15. All of the above statements are true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief. All questions have been answered, and if any change in fact, policy or method occurs subsequent to the date of this application, or the issuance of a permit, the applicant will notify the Village Manager in writing within 24 hours after such a change.
    16. Electronic Signature Agreement
      By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
    17. Please be sure to select that you would like a copy of your application emailed to you. When you are ready to submit your Commercial Solicitation Application, please print a copy and bring it, along with the applicable payment, to the Skokie Police Department, 7300 Niles Center Road.
    18. Review and Issuance of Commercial Solicitation Permits may take 7-10 business days.