Middletown Township requires soliciting permits for most vendors: magazine or vacuum cleaner
salespeople; window, siding or paving companies; energy providers, etc., etc. Groups such as
politicians, girl scouts, and delivery men are exempt.
Applicants must apply in person at the Police Department,
pay a fee, and provide a government-issued photo ID.
After a background check, each solicitor is issued his/her
own individual laminated permit, like the one seen here.
They must have the permit with them.
At all times, keep your personal safety in mind.
If solicitors knock, your first option is to not answer the door. If you do speak with them,
your first question should be to ask for their soliciting permit. If they do not have a permit
from the Police Department, stop the conversation and tell them to leave.
CALL 911 if they do not leave, if you feel threatened, or if you see them approaching
a vulnerable neighbor, such as an elderly person or latch-key kids.
Or, call the non-emergency dispatch number (215.949.1000) and ask the dispatcher
to inform the patrol officers that unpermitted solicitors are in your neighborhood.
Give a physical description of the person(s). If possible, give a vehicle description
or license plate.
For additional information, you can read the Soliciting Ordinance. Anyone soliciting
without a permit or not following the requirements of the Ordinance can, if convicted,
be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.
Each applicant must appear in person at the Police Department with a current,
government-issued photo ID and a completed application form.
Applications are accepted weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Applications take 48 weekday hours for processing.
If approved, permit will be available at the office of the Chief of Police,
weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Payment must be made at time of application.
Fee for 30 days: Soliciting for Profit, per person $100.00
Soliciting, Non-Profit, per person 3.00
Payment methods: Check made out to Middletown Township.
or Discover, Master Card, Visa
Soliciting Hours: Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.