What is a special business license?
A special business may require additional forms and a longer review process before a City business license can be issued. Included on this page is information for a Solicitor/Canvasser license and Mobile Food Vendor License(Food Truck) If you are interested in operating a Taxicab business, an Adult-Use business, a pawnshop, or if you have any questions about additional business types, please contact the City. For more information on special business types, see the business license chapters of the Snohomish Municipal Code in Title 5.
Mobile Food Vendor
A mobile food vendor is a business that sells prepared food and non-alcholic beverages to the general public from a licensed motor vehicle that is not affixed permanently to real property. These types of business are regulated under Chapter 5.02 SMC. Required application forms to start a Mobile Food Vendor location and/or vending unit can be found in the Business License Forms Center.
A Solicitor or Canvasser is any individual who travels in any manner from place to place, house to house, or street to street taking or soliciting orders for sales of goods, wares and merchandise, and personal property for present or future delivery or for services to be performed presently or in the future, whether or not a sample of such goods, merchandise, or personal property is carried or exposed to prospective customers, and whether or not advance payments on such proposed sales are collected or not. It shall include any person or party who hires, leases, uses, or occupies any building, tent, or other structure or place within the City of Snohomish for the sole purpose of exhibiting samples and taking orders for present or future delivery of goods or services. Ice cream trucks are subject to the Solicitor/Canvasser business license requirements not Mobile Food Vendor.
What is Required of Solicitors?
EACH individual Solicitor/Canvasser must submit the following:
- $69.25 (City Resident) OR $79.25 (Non-Resident) non-refundable fee.
- Business License Application
- Solicitor/Canvasser Application
- Authorization form to release information and conduct a background check
- A 2-inch by 3-inch color photo of the applicant's head and shoulders taken within the last 60 days
- Fingerprints taken by Snohomish Police Department employees (appointment required; please call 360-568-0888 to schedule)
- $1,000 surety bond or a cash bond conditioned upon the making of final delivery of the goods and merchandise ordered or services to be performed. Bond shall be in effect for 90 days after the expiration of the license. (Multiple solicitors may be covered under one insurance bond in an amount equal to $1,000 per solicitor, i.e. $5,000 for five solicitors).
Just handing out flyers?
If your business would like to distribute flyers without actively engaging Snohomish citizens in an attempt to generate orders for your company, please review Snohomish Municipal Code Chapter 8.20, Uniform Litter Control Code, regarding commercial and non-commercial handbills.