Solicitor Information

Instructions for Door-to-Door Solicitation



When Required: A permit shall be required when seeking to sell, offer for sale, deliver, barter, exchange, or obtain a gift, a contribution, a subscription or any other goods or services, whether for a charitable, political, commercial, or noncommercial organization or purpose. If more than one solicitor shall be soliciting on behalf of a business or organization, then the names, addresses and telephone numbers of those individuals will be made available to the person directly in charge of such solicitors and to the Lake Zurich Police Department.

  • Exceptions: Persons under the age of 17 shall not be required to obtain a solicitor’s permit.
  • Application Procedure and Contents: Each applicant for a solicitation permit shall file with the chief of police a properly-completed application therefore on a form provided for such purpose by the village or chief of police. Every such application shall be filed at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the first day for which authorization to solicit is sought. Each applicant shall pay the application fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) and make an appointment to have his/her fingerprints taken.  Solicitation permits are valid for sixty (60) days from the start date.  The start day will be based on the completion of the approval process.  Each applicant shall verify under oath all statements made on or in connection with the application are true by signing and dating the application. 
  • A new application shall be required to solicit after the expiration of any permit issued hereunder.  Each application shall contain, at a minimum, the following information and materials:
  • 1. Two (2) copies of a two-inch by two-inch (2" x 2") color photograph showing the full facial features of the applicant; such photograph shall have been taken within thirty (30) days immediately prior to the date of filing of the application
    2. The applicant's name, date of birth, and current residential address, and the length of time the applicant has resided at such address
    3. The applicant's business address, if different than the applicant's residence address
    4. Each of the applicant's residential addresses in the previous three (3) years, if other than the applicant's current residence address
    5. The applicant's social security number and driver's license number, or, if the applicant has neither, then some other official form of identification from which the applicant's identity can be readily established by the chief of police
    6. The applicant's marital status and, if married, the name and residence address of the applicant's spouse
    7. The applicant's physical description, including height, weight, hair color, and eye color
    8. The name and address of the applicant's current employer, and the length of the applicant's employment with such employer.
    9. The name and address of each of the applicant's employers in the previous three (3) years, if other than the applicant's current employer
    10. The name, address, and telephone number of a principal officer or director of the applicant's business or organization who has authority to act on matters related to the application, and the business's or organization's registered agent for service in Illinois, if any
    11. If more than one solicitor shall be soliciting on behalf of a business or organization, then the name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the person(s) who will be in direct charge of the solicitors on behalf of such business or organization. each applicant must complete the solicitor application, including fingerprinting, per the requirements of this ordinance.
    12. A description of the subject matter and purpose of the applicant's solicitation
    13. The date(s) for which the applicant seeks a solicitation permit
    14. The solicitation methods that the applicant and the applicant's business or organization will employ within the village
    15. Whether the applicant will receive any monetary compensation or commission from the solicitation and, if so, the form that compensation or commission will take
    16. Information regarding the use or revocation, within the previous five (5) years, of any prior solicitation permit issued by the village to the applicant or the business or organization the applicant represents
    17. Information regarding the applicant's violation, currently or at any time in the previous five (5) years, of any of the provisions of this chapter, or of any local, state, or federal solicitation regulation
    18. Information regarding whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony under the laws of the state of Illinois, any other state, or the United States, and the nature of any such conviction
  • Hours: No person shall solicit anywhere in the Village at any time between the hours of 9:00 pm and 9:00 am on any day.
  • Display of Permit: All solicitors shall prominently display the solicitor’s permit on the front and outside of their clothing at all times while soliciting in the Village.
  • No Solicitors Signs: No solicitor shall solicit at any premises which bear a No Solicitors, No Trespass or No Peddling sign or any other notice similar in manner. Solicitors are obligated to look.
  • Expiration: Solicitor permits shall be valid for a period not to exceed 60 days.
  • Issuance: Applications will not be considered complete and will not be processed until the applicant’s fingerprint have been submitted to the Illinois State Police. The chief of police shall issue a solicitation permit to an applicant within ten (10) days after the chief of police receives the application receipt of the completed application if, but only if, the chief of police finds and determines all of the following:
    1. The applicant has properly provided all information required by the chief of police and the application and the material statements made on the application are true.
    2. The applicant has not been convicted of a felony under the laws of the state of Illinois, or any other state, within ten (10) years immediately prior to the date of filing of the application.
    3. The applicant has not had a village solicitation permit revoked or suspended within five (5) years immediately prior to the date of filing of the application.
    4. The applicant has not been convicted of violating any provision of this chapter, or of any provision of any previous village solicitation regulation, within five (5) years immediately prior to the date of filing of the application.
    5. The applicant has not been convicted of any theft, deceptive practice, fraud or sexual offense in the State of Illinois, or any other state.

Instructions for Charitable Solicitation on Public Right-of-Way



Application: Organizations wishing to apply for a Charitable Solicitation on Public Right-of-Way permit shall complete the application for charitable organization solicitation permit available at the Lake Zurich Police Department.

  • No person shall engage in charitable solicitation on any public right-of-way within the Village between the hours of 7:30 pm and 6:30 am.
  • Charitable solicitation on public right-of-way within the Village may only occur at intersections which require traffic to come to a complete stop.
  • No person younger than 16 years of age shall engage in charitable solicitation on public right-of- way within the Village.
  • Every business or organization represented by a solicitor engaged in charitable solicitation on any public right-of-way within the Village shall be registered with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
  • Prior to engaging in charitable solicitation, the solicitor shall provide to the Chief of Police, a Certificate of Insurance issued by an insurance company indicating that the insurance company will insure the solicitor, business or organization against any injury to any person or property during the solicitation. Such insurance shall name the Village of Lake Zurich as an additional insured and shall state that the policy shall not be amended or cancelled during the period of the permitted solicitation. The policy shall reflect at least the following coverage: Personal Injury: Coverage to contain at least $1,000,000.00 per occurrence and $500,000.00 per person.Property Damage: Coverage to contain at least $100,000.00.
  • Charitable solicitation on public right-of-way permits shall be for a period not to exceed 60 days.
Questions concerning permits and regulations, contact the Lake Zurich Police Department at (847) 719-1690

Ordinance 20-12-387