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Soliciting on Public Streets

Restrictions and Permits

The City of Clearwater permits the solicitation of donations or money on public streets only by individuals or organizations who meet the criteria as prescribed in the Code of Ordinances 28.041 and who have been issued a permit by the Police Department. The procedure for obtaining that permit is described below.

No solicitation whatsoever is permitted in restricted areas on Clearwater Beach and downtown. See the restricted area maps for details on those locations. No permits will be issued for these restricted locations.

Procedure for Solicitation Application

All organizations wishing to solicit on streets within the jurisdiction of the City of Clearwater must complete the Solicitation Permit application and forward to the Clearwater Police Special Operations Section with any additional information required by Ordinance # 7992 08 (section 28.041 Code of Ordinances). Listed below are requirements of the ordinance needed for approval. Please fax the completed form to CPD Special Operations Section at 727-562-4466. If you require further assistance please call 727-562-4152 or email elaine.lewis@myclearwater.com.

  • No fewer than 14 calendar days prior to the proposed solicitation, the application with the name and address of the person or organization that will perform the solicitation and receive funds from the solicitation must be received in the Special Operations Section of the Clearwater Police Department.

  • A plan for the safety of all persons participating in the solicitation as well as the motoring public at the locations where the solicitation will take place.

  • Specific details of the location or locations of the proposed solicitation and the hours during which the solicitation activities will occur.

  • Proof of commercial general liability insurance against claims for bodily injury and property damage occurring on streets, roads or rights-of-way or arising from the solicitor's activities or use of the streets roads or rights-of-way by the solicitor or the solicitor's agents, contractors, or employees. The insurance shall have a limit of not less than $1 million per occurrence for the general aggregate. The certificate of insurance shall name the City of Clearwater as an additional insured and shall be filed with the Office of the Chief of Police no later than 72 hours before the date of the solicitation.

  • Organizations or persons meeting the requirements may solicit for a period not to exceed 10 cumulative days within one calendar year.

  • All solicitations shall occur during daylight hours only.

  • Solicitation activities shall not interfere with the safe and efficient movement of traffic and shall not cause danger to the participants or the public.

  • No person engaging in solicitation activities shall persist after solicitation has been denied, act in a demanding or harassing manner or use any sound or voice amplifying apparatus or device.

  • All persons participating in the solicitation shall be at least 18 years of age and shall possess picture identification.

  • Signage providing notice of the solicitation shall be posted at least 500 feet before the site of the solicitation.

Revised 12/08

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