Commission tightens door-to-door permit requirements

2014-05-06T19:52:00Z Commission tightens door-to-door permit requirementsBy LEANN ECKROTH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

MANDAN, N.D. --The Mandan City Commission tightened permit requirements for door-to-door sales vendors Tuesday. Commissioners gave the first reading approval to require sales people to directly apply for permits from the police department and have a more thorough background check. Door-to-door vendors also will be required to wear a photo identification badge when selling anything, said Mandan Police Chief Dennis Bullinger.

Bullinger said the ordinance will increase the individual permit identification fee from $25 to $40 for each person selling under a specific permit. The selling permit will still cost $200.

He said the new law would speed up the process for vendors, but also help better protect the public. Now, an applicant applies for the door-to-door permit at City Hall. Then the application is forwarded on to the police department for a background checks.

With a direct application to the police department it will streamline the process, according to Bullinger. “It’s a way of having better control and knowing who is in the community," he said. "We have had people going door-to-door and they don’t have a city permit and we starting getting calls.”

With final passage, these sales people will have a color photo identification. “If someone is at your door, you are going to see it is a Mandan permit with a photo of the person. The person should be wearing that,” he said.

“Hopefully, it will make the public feel safer,” Bullinger said. “If they don’t have that permit, call the Mandan Police Department.”

Bullinger said nonprofit groups and school children doing fundraisers are exempt from the new permitting requirements.

The early vote on the ordinance passed 4-0. It still needs a second and final approval to become law.

Commissioner Dot Frank was absent.

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