Peddler's are required to obtain a license in order to sell or offer to sell any good in the City of Maple Valley.
What is a Peddler?
A "Peddler" is a person who sells goods:
- while traveling from house to house or from place to place by foot or vehicle, or
- stands in a doorway or any unenclosed vacant lot, parcel of land or in any other place not used by the person as a permanent place of business
Exemptions from the license requirement include:
- Farmers who peddle fruit, vegetables, berries, eggs, or any farm produce or edibles raised, gathered, produced or manufactured by such person
- Any person who is specifically requested by a potential buyer to visit or call
- Charitable, religious or nonprofit organizations or corporations which have received tax exempt status under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3)
- Newspaper carriers under 18 years of age
- Peddlers operating at any City sponsored or properly permitted or otherwise authorized civic event
- Peddlers operating at a properly permitted Saturday or “farmers” market
- Sales conducted as "fundraisers" for youth athletic, scouting, or for school programs serving grades K through 12
For more information see Maple Valley Municipal Code Chapter 5.25.
A person must first obtain a license and credentials issued by the City and pass a background investigation conducted by the Police Department before being able to peddle within the City limits. License applications are available at City Hall or may be downloaded below.
Licenses shall be granted for the calendar year and are nontransferable. Licenses are valid to December 31st of the year in which issued and must be renewed annually on January 1st. The license fee is $50.00 per applicant (new and renewal); a new license after July 1 is $25.00. In addition to the licensing fee each applicant shall also pay a nonrefundable fee of $12.00 to cover the City’s cost of the background investigation.
Peddlers are required to exhibit their City-issued credentials on their person and they must be fully visible while conducting any transient sales activities within the City. Peddlers are required to carry on their person a valid license issued by the City and must show the license to any person contacted by the peddler that requests to see it and to any law enforcement officer that requests to see it.
Sample Peddler's Credentials
Peddling is allowed between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
No Peddler shall go upon or enter the property or premises of any person or business displaying or posting one or more signs that states, “No Trespassing,” or “No Peddlers,” or “No Soliciting,” or “No Solicitors.”
No peddler shall have any exclusive right to any location in the public streets, nor be permitted to operate in any congested area where operations might create safety problems or impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Right of way use authorization is required for any proposed use of City right of way and City-owned property pursuant to Ch. 12.15 MVMC. A special event permit may be required for transient sales that are proposed to take place on a parcel of land.