Solicitors License


A solicitor or canvasser is a person 18 years or over, whether a resident of Bristol or not, traveling from place to place, house to house, or street to street, taking orders for future delivery or for services to be furnished in the future.

License Requirements

  • A certificate of insurance submitted to and approved by the Comptroller’s Office.
  • Applicant must provide a color photograph (2 inches x 2 inches) taken within the past 60 days of head and shoulders.
  • The applicant must be fingerprinted and chief of police must approve.


  • Farmers and gardeners selling produce from their Bristol farms
  • Items sold by veterans eligible for exemption under C.G.S. Sec. 21-30 and are residents of Connecticut.
  • Non-profit organizations approved by the state
  • One who takes orders or sells for a person having a regular business in the past 12 months
  • Person having a regular place of business within the city the past 12 months
  • Sales to retail or wholesale establishments
  • Tag sales by residents of Bristol

Fee Information

  • A $15 non-refundable investigation fee must accompany each new application
  • $10 per week
  • $40 per month
  • $75 per year ($37.50 after July 1)
  • Annual licenses expire December 31 each year