Questions About Solicitors?
Stop illegal activities by solicitors. The following is information regarding solicitation guidelines for the City of Escondido.
Solicitors . . .
have the right to conduct business in the City of Escondido when they possess a valid Business License and have that license properly displayed.
do not have the right to interfere with a business by either obstructing or intimidating those attempting to carry on business or their customers.
What does a valid Business License permit from the City of Escondido look like?
The permit will be an original (not a copy). It is valid for 30 days (time frame will be listed on the permit). Name of Solicitor, Name of the Organization and their address, and the name and address of the city the solicitor wishes to do business in must also be listed on the permit.
What if the Solicitor does not have a proper Business License?
All Solicitors must have a valid Business License to conduct business in the City of Escondido, per Escondido Municipal Code (EMC) 16-17.
What if the Solicitor does not display a proper Business License?
All Solicitors must display a proper Business License, per EMC 16-26(4).
What if the Solicitor harasses business owners, employees and/or customers?
Solicitors cannot interfere with a business, including harassment of the owner, employees and/or customers, per Penal Code (PC) 602.1(a).
What if the Solicitor uses offensive words in a public place?
Solicitors, as well as all persons, cannot use offensive words that are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction, per PC 415(3).
What if you observe someone in violation of the above listed criminal sections?
Please call the Escondido Police Department at 760-839-4722 for in-progress activity, or the Crime Suppression Division at 760-839-4955 if you have any questions or concerns.