Per the Town's Code of Ordinances, Article IV. Solicitation Activities, individuals are required to obtain a solicitors permit to conduct such activities. Solicitor permits are processed and administered by the Flower Mound Police Department, Records – tel. 972.874.3328. Appointments are only held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A Master Permit must be completed by the business owner/manager and the fee is $75, every 12 months. Individual permits operate under the umbrella of the Master Permit. The fee is $20 for every individual permit issued under a Master Permit. Individual permits expire on the date that the Master Permit expires. All permit fees are non-refundable. Do not apply for a permit unless you are sure you meet all of the qualifications for a permit.
Master Permit Surety Bond
Solicitors that require a contract or the payment of any amount prior to delivery of merchandise or services must post a $5,000 surety bond with the Town of Flower Mound before a permit to solicit is issued. A copy of the surety bond would need to be submitted with the Master Permit application. The type of surety bond is a License & Permit Bond.
The website for the Texas Department of Insurance has a list of agencies licensed to do business in Texas that deal in Surety Bonds at https://www.tdi.texas.gov/commercial/pcbondsurety.html.
Who may not Solicit in Flower MoundPer the Town’s Ordinance, a person may not solicit in the Town of Flower Mound if:
- they have been convicted of a Felony at any time; or,
- they have been convicted of any other crime involving moral turpitude within the last five years.
The following are exempt from obtaining a permit, but still need to abide by the Town's Solicitation Ordinance regulations, and the "Additional Details" section below:
- Public utility companies or others operating under franchises granted by the Town.
- Agents licensed by the state which are subject to financial disclosure under state or federal law. E.g. real estate agents (Texas Real Estate Commission), insurance agents (Texas Department of Insurance), and financial advisors (Texas State Securities Board.)
- Civic, school, political, and religious groups, as well as recognized non-profit organizations (with an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status.)
- Additionally, no permit is required for the delivery of circulars or handbills, as long as no door-to-door soliciting / sales are involved.
If you’re unsure whether you need a solicitors permit, call PD Records at 972.874.3328 to have them advise you.
The Application Process
- First complete an online request for an appointment.
- Both the Master Permit applicant and Individual Permit applicant must read the Town of Flower Mound Solicitation Ordinance.
- Download and complete the required application paperwork** listed below. If you are unable to download the forms from our website, contact PD Records and they can email them to you.
- When all of your paperwork has been completed and submitted via email to email@example.com, the PD Records staff will contact you to schedule your appointment using the information you provided on the online appointment request form. Appointments are only held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Police Records window, inside the Flower Mound Police Department.
- At your appointment, each applicant must bring the following:
- a valid, government-issued photo ID
- payment for the Master Permit Application ($75) and/or Individual Permit Application ($20/per individual). Acceptable forms of payment are cash, credit/debit card, check, or a money order.
- Once the payment has been collected, the PD Records staff will take your photo for the solicitor badge.
- All solicitors must undergo a criminal background check before their permit can be approved. This process begins after the appointment date and may take up to 10 business days (not including holidays) to be reviewed and approved. If the permit is approved, the badge will then be made and you will receive a call to come and pick up the badge from the PD Records counter.
If you choose to use our notary services, please leave your sworn statement blank to be signed during your scheduled appointment.
Additional Details(Note: "Solicitation activities" includes solicitation or fundraising activities by any institution or group organized for a political religious or charitable purpose, canvassing activities, or handbill distribution.)
- Solicitation activities are allowed Monday through Saturday, but not on Sundays, New Year’s Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.
- Solicitation activities are not allowed before 9 a.m. and must end at 9 p.m. or after dark, whichever comes first.
- Solicitation activities are not allowed on public property or from public rights-of-way (roadside sales), or at a residence or any premises with a displayed sign that states "No Solicitor", or "No Soliciting", or "No Trespassing". Also, if a resident verbally states that their solicitation is unwelcome, the solicitor must cease.
- No person may sell merchandise by use of a loud speaking device, bells, whistles, or other noise-making devices
- As proof of identification, a person conducting solicitation activities in the Town of Flower Mound must carry a Government issued picture ID/Driver's license.
- Those solicitors who are required to carry the photo identification badge provided by the Police Department, must wear it at all times while soliciting within Flower Mound’s jurisdiction. The badge must be clearly visible when approaching a home.
Fines / Permit revocation
The fines for soliciting without a permit can reach $500. The normal bond, if you are arrested for soliciting without a permit, is $500. Please carefully study the Town's Code of Ordinances regarding Solicitation Activity before applying for a permit.
The Town may revoke a permit if: (i) it is determined that it was issued in error, or (ii) if incorrect information is supplied, or (iii) when it is determined that an ordinance or regulation has been violated.
For More Information
Please call Police Records (Mon to Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 972.874.3328 if you need further information regarding solicitor permits.
Staying Safe During COVID-19
Per the Mayor's declaration, "to the greatest extent possible, all businesses and residents shall comply with the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC and Governor’s Report to Open Texas dated 4/27/2020 (www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas).”
Solicitors should follow the Open Texas Checklist for Individuals.