All peddlers and solicitors who go door-to-door in residential areas of Urbandale must first obtain a peddler's license, per Municipal Code, Chapter 112. A valid license allows an individual to go door-to-door 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday - Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
A license holder must display the license at all times and business affiliation must be displayed by badge or apparel. A list of current licenses is available here.
Report complaints to the City Clerk's Office regarding peddler activity using our online form.
How to Obtain a License
Obtaining a peddler's license involves submitting an application and undergoing a criminal history check. Obtaining a license can take up to 24 hours. The cost to obtain a license is $25 for a day, $75 for a week or $500 for 90-days. A license is issued to an individual, not an organization, and is non-transferable. Therefore, every individual must have a license.
License Application and Criminal History Check forms can be obtained online or at City Hall (3600 86th Street):
Criminal History Checks
Criminal History Checks are conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Criminal History Checks must be completed at the DCI Office prior to submitting your application to the city:
215 E 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Completed Criminal History Checks and the license application, along with payment (check or cash) should be turned into City Hall (3600 86th Street), Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.