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407 Maple Road
Maple, NC 27956

Phone
252-453-8204
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Address
1123 Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927

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Call Currituck Communications
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This office is generally not manned.
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633 Knotts Island Road
Knotts Island, NC 27950

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Peddler's/Solicitor's Permit

Application Requirements

» Non-Refundable Application Fee of $35.00.
» The Permit fee will include the application fee along with the fingerprint fee. Each permit will be valid from the date issued which shall not exceed sixty (60) consecutive calendar days; provided that the permit may be renewed for sixty-day periods without limitation, upon proper completion of the renewal application.
» You must present 2 forms of ID, one of which must be a government issued photo ID.
» The applicant is responsible to be familiar with related N.C. General Statute 153A-121, 153A-125, along with the Currituck County Ordinances (listed below), specifically Chapter 8, Article V.- Peddlers and Solicitors
» Definition:   
Peddler: A person who attempts to sell items on public streets or open areas open to the public.
Solicitor: A person who attempts to sell business goods or services door to door.
» Such peddling/soliciting shall be permitted only between the hours of 9: 00 a.m. to 6: 00 p.m. during Eastern Day Light Time and 9: 00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m. during Eastern Standard Time.

Application Instructions

Applications for peddler/solicitor permits shall be submitted to the Currituck County Sheriff's Office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and shall include, but not be limited to the following information:

  1. The full name of the applicant
  2. The permanent residence address of the applicant
  3. The applicants temporary address in or in the vicinity of the county, if applicable
  4. The name, address and telephone number of the applicant's employer or the organization with which
    the applicant is associated in connection with the sale activity or solicitation of orders
  5. The type of goods, wares, merchandise, food, periodicals and services to be sold or offered for sale
  6. The period for which the application is sought, which shall not exceed sixty (60) consecutive calendar days; provided that the permit may be renewed for sixty-day periods without limit, upon proper application
  7. A record of any and all crimes of which the applicant has been convicted or has pleaded no contest in the ten (10) years preceding the submittal of the application
  8. The age, height, weight, and any other additional information which the county may reasonably require for identification including a copy of the document(s) used by the applicate to verify personal identification (e.g. driver's license, passport, picture ID) If the applicant is under 18 years of age, a state issued work permit must be included)
  9. A complete listing of an information concerning all other permits or licenses, such as privilege licenses, which were obtained by the applicant
  10. Photograph and fingerprints of the applicant made by the Currituck County Sheriff's Office
  11. Peddlers operating motor vehicles on public streets must attach proof of insurance

If an applicant is filed by an employer, there shall be also filed separate applications for each peddler/solicitor giving the information set forth above for each peddler/solicitor and signed and 

Ordinance - Chapter 8, Article 5 - Peddlers and Solicitors

Sec. 8-111. In general.
  1. Intent. The purpose of selling of goods, wares, merchandise, food, periodicals and services and the solicitation of orders therefore in residential areas of the county, and to thereby promote the public safety and welfare.

  2. Permit required. It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell, offer for sale, or solicit orders for goods, wares, merchandise, food, periodicals or services by going from door-to-door ("peddle" or "solicit") within the county without having first secured a peddler/solicitor's permit from the county as provided for in this section, unless it is done with the prior request or invitation of the residents or occupants of the premises visited. Additionally, it is unlawful to peddle or solicit unless the following requirements are met:
    1. (1) Such peddling/soliciting shall be permitted only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during Eastern Daylight Time and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during Eastern Standard Time.
    2. (2) The peddler/solicitor permit issued for that person shall be carried and displayed at all times while conducting such solicitations in such a manner as to be clearly visible to a reasonable person of adequate vision.
    3. (3) All other permits or licenses required by law shall have been obtained including, but not limited to, a state issued work permit if the peddler/solicitor is under 18 years of age.

  3. Permit applications. Applications for peddler/solicitor permits under this section shall be submitted, with application fee set forth in county's fee schedule, to the Currituck County Sheriff's Department during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on a form provided by the Currituck County Sheriff's Department, under oath, and shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
    1. The full name of the applicant;
    2. The permanent residence address of the applicant;
    3. The applicant's temporary address in or in the vicinity of the county, if applicable;
    4. The name, address and telephone number of the applicant's employer or the organization with which the applicant is associated in connection with the sale activity or solicitation of orders;
    5. The type(s) of goods, wares, merchandise, food, periodicals and services to be sold or offered for sale;
    6. The period for which the application is sought, which shall not exceed 60 consecutive calendar days; provided that the permit may be renewed for 60-day periods without limit, upon proper application therefore;
    7. A record of any and all crimes of which the applicant has been convicted or has pleaded no contest in the ten years preceding the submittal of the application;
    8. The age, height, weight, and any other additional information which the county may reasonably require for identification, including a copy of the document(s) used by the applicant to verify personal identification (e.g. driver's license, passport, picture I.D.);
    9. A complete listing of and information concerning all other permits or licenses, such as privilege licenses, which were obtained by the applicant;
    10. Photograph and fingerprints of the applicant made by the Currituck County Sheriff's Department.

    If an application is filed by an employer, there shall also be filed separate applications for each peddler/solicitor giving the information set forth above for each peddler/solicitor and signed and sworn to by each peddler/solicitor, and a separate permit shall be issued for each applicant.

  4. Procedures for considering applications.

    1. Upon receipt of a complete application, the Currituck County Sheriff or designee (hereafter "sheriff") shall make or cause to be made such investigation as reasonably necessary to verify the information in the application and to assure compliance with the provisions of this section and shall issue a permit unless the applicant:
      1. Has not submitted a completed application;
      2. Is not permitted by law to engage in such activity due to age;
      3. Has been convicted of, or has pleaded no contest to, a felony charge within the ten years preceding the submittal of the application;
      4. Has been, within the previous five years, convicted of, or pleaded no contest to, a misdemeanor charge involving theft, fraud, forging, uttering, or other crimes of like nature or any crime involving moral turpitude;
      5. Does not have valid driving privileges in the state in those cases where the applicant will be operating a vehicle in the course and scope of the peddling/soliciting;
      6. Has not obtained any necessary licenses; or
      7. Has a Better Business Bureau rating lower than "C".
    2. The Currituck County Sheriff's Department will use the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Division of Criminal Information network for background check of the applicant and shall approve or deny an application and issue a permit as soon as possible and, except in the case of extraordinary circumstances, as when a number of applications are submitted within a short period of time, should act within five business days of receipt of the completed application. Such issued permit shall be nontransferable.
    3. Prior to the denial of a permit based on criminal history record information received from the Currituck County Sheriff's Department, the county shall verify the existence of a record by either obtaining a certified public record or by submitting a fingerprint card of the individual to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Criminal Information and Identification Section for verification that the criminal history record information record belongs to the individual.

  5. Permit renewal. A peddler/solicitor permit may be renewed for an unlimited number of 60-day periods, provided payment of a renewal fee set forth in the county's fee schedule is made and an application for renewal permit is made on such form as provided by the Currituck County Sheriff's Department no later than the expiration date on the current valid permit. Applications received after that date shall be processed as new applications. The Currituck County Sheriff's Department shall review each application for renewal to determine that the applicant is in full compliance with the provisions of this section. If the Currituck County Sheriff's Department finds that the application meets the above requirements, the renewal permit shall be issued.

  6. Appeals. The appeal of a refusal to issue a permit or the revocation of a permit shall be made to the county manager by filing a written notice of appeal, specifying with particularity the grounds upon which the appeal is made, no later than ten days from the date of the refusal to issue a permit or the revocation of a permit. The county manager or designee ("county manager") shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of the appeal, shall give due notice to all parties, and shall render a decision within a reasonable time. The order or decision of county manager shall be the final county action for the purpose of judicial review.

  7. Revocation of permit. Permits issued under this section may be revoked in accordance with section 8-112. Additional grounds for revocation of a permit include, where evidence is presented, that the applicant has been arrested for a felony or a misdemeanor involving theft, fraud, forgery, moral turpitude, criminal trespass, or a threat to the public safety during the peddling/solicitation period, or has otherwise violated the provisions of this section. A permit which has been revoked shall be immediately surrendered to the sheriffs' department. Appeals of revocations may be made pursuant to the same process as for denied permits.

  8. Exemptions. This section shall not apply to:
    1. The delivery of goods or services which have been ordered before delivery;
    2. The circulation of petitions for signature or lawful distribution of advertising materials, flyers, or materials expressing views on political, social or religious matters;
    3. The lawful promotion or expression of views concerning political, social, religious and other like matters;
    4. The sale or offering for sale of goods, wares, merchandise, food, periodicals or services by bona fide members or representatives of charitable, religious, civic, or fraternal organizations which are exempt from the payment of privilege licenses, and who receive no compensation of any kind for their services, and such sale or offering by children under the age of 18 years who are students in a public or private school for school activities;
    5. The solicitation of contributions or pledges thereof for bona fide nonprofit organizations;
    6. The sale or delivery of goods to business establishments including, but not limited to, agricultural establishments;
    7. The sale or soliciting of orders for the sale of milk, dairy products, vegetables, poultry, eggs, and other farm and garden produce that are produced by the seller or solicitor so far as the sale of such commodities named herein is now authorized by law.

(Ord. of 6-16-14(1), pt. I)

Sec. 8-112. Licenses or permits; refusal to issue, suspension, revocation; notice, hearing.
  1. The county may refuse to issue a license or permit, or the licenses or permits issued pursuant to this article, unless otherwise provided hereunder, may be suspended or revoked by the county manager or other authorized official, department, board or agency where applicable, after notice and hearing for any of the following causes:
    1. Any fraud, misrepresentations or false statements contained in the application for permit or license;
    2. Any fraud, misrepresentation or false statement made in connection with the selling of goods, wares, merchandise and services;
    3. Any violation of this article and/or any ordinance of the county;
    4. Conviction of the applicant, licensee or permittee of any crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or a violation of any act of this state, or any law of the United States having a reasonable relationship to the purpose and scope of the permit or license;
    5. Conducting the activity under this article and/or any ordinance of the county 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, morals or general welfare of the public.

  2. Notice of hearing for the suspension or revocation of a license or permit shall be in writing given by the clerk to the board of commissioners, setting forth specifically the grounds of the complaint and the time and place of the hearing. Service of such notice shall be made either by personal service or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the applicant, licensee or permittee at the last known address, at least five days prior to the date set for the hearing.

  3. In case of refusal to issue a permit or license or the suspension or revocation of a license or permit as herein provided, no portion of the application, license or permit fee shall be returned to the applicant, licensee or permittee unless otherwise provided in this article and/or any ordinance of the county.

  4. Any suspension or revocation hereunder shall not be considered a recovery or penalty so as to bar any other penalty from being enforced.

  5. The order of the county manager or other authorized official, department, board or agency where applicable, shall be the final county action for the purpose of judicial review.

(Ord. of 6-16-14(1), pt. I)