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, which is the most common special license issued by the City. 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.
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.
What is Required?
EACH individual Solicitor/Canvasser must submit the following:
For more details, please review the Solicitor/Canvasser Instructions for Applicants.
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.