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Alpharetta Establishes Fee for Door-to-Door Sales Permit

Scouts and other charitable organizations are exempt from the permit system, but should check with the city to be sure they meet the requirements.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch

Bothered by those door-to-door sales people interrupting your quiet time at home? Ask them if they've paid their $100 for a permit to operate in Alpharetta.

The City Council passed a door-to-door sales ordinance, with a permit fee to be established later. On Monday night, Alpharetta City Council approved the $100 non-refundable fee for each salesperson.

Councilman Chris Owens asked if this meant Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts needed to get permits.

City Attorney said Scouts are exempt, as are charitable organizations. It is up to city staff to determine who is eligible for the exemption.

"Most charitable organizations are exempt if they meet the proper requirements," Thomas said.

He told Councilman D.C. Aiken, "You certainly have the right to question the validity of what they are doing, and to report that."

The city of Milton already has its door-to-door salesmen ordinance established, confirmed Jason Wright, the city's Communications manager. The permit fee is $195, which includes a charge for a criminal background check Those permits must be carried by the person going door-to-door.

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