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Solicitors, peddlers and itinerant merchants

A license is required to do business as an itinerant merchant, solicitor or peddler in the City of Effingham. The only exception to this is a merchant who offers produce which they have grown themselves.  Please refer to Municipal Code of Ordinances / Chapter 18.

Itinerant Merchants

"Itinerant merchant" shall mean:

  • Any merchant engaging in or intending to engage in business as a merchant in the city for a period of time not exceeding one hundred (100) days; provided that, peddlers shall not be considered itinerant merchants


The term "peddler" includes any person who travels from place to place within the city, by foot or other conveyance:

  • Selling for profit or offering for sale:
    • Goods
    • Wares
    • Merchandise
  • Rendering delivery immediately


"Soliciting" shall mean and include any one or more of the following activities:

  • Seeking to obtain orders for the purchase of goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs, services of any kind, character or description whatever, for the kind of consideration whatever
  • Seeking to obtain prospective customers for application or purchase of insurance of any type, kind or character
  • Seeking to obtain subscriptions to books, magazines, periodicals, newspapers and every other type or kind of publication
  • Seeking to obtain gifts or contributions of money, clothing or any other valuable thing for the support or benefit of any charitable or nonprofit association, organization, corporation or project

Get help

Beth Massey
Technical Services Assistant

(217) 347-0774 extension 5315
110 South 3rd Street
Effingham, IL 62401
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
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