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Itinerant Merchant and Peddler Permits due by August 1st from City of Roanoke Rapids

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All itinerant merchants and peddlers conducting business within the city limits will be required to obtain a Permit from the City of Roanoke Rapids Tax Department.

This certificate will be valid from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 and must be renewed annually.

The cost to obtain this permit is $20.
A reflective safety vest will be required for any individual peddling goods from place to place.
The individual must supply his/her own safety vest.
North Carolina general statutes allow local governments to adopt ordinances that regulate, restrict or prohibit the activities of businesses that operate within the city limits. This authority helps City officials in their efforts to:
Protect the public from fraud or other crimes by monitoring and regulating transient  business activity within the city limits.
Maintain the health, safety and welfare of the public and protect citizens from undue invasions of privacy, annoyance or harassment.
Ensure that businesses locate and operate in areas that are properly zoned for the particular type of business being conducted.
This permit does not apply to any bona fide charitable, educational, religious, cultural or governmental institution or organization when the proceeds of the sales are used directly for the charitable purpose of said institution or organization.
For more information, please review Roanoke Rapids Code of Ordinances Title XI: Chapter 119: Itinerant Merchants, Peddlers and Vendors on the city website at
Business owners who did not obtain a permit for 2016-17 are urged to download an application from the city website (under Downloads/Tax) or stop by the tax office of City Hall at 1040
Roanoke Avenue. Permits must be obtained by August 1, 2017. In 2018, renewal applications will be mailed to businesses in June and will be due by July 1.
**If you obtained an Itinerant or Peddler Permit for 2016-17 you will receive a renewal
invoice in the mail within the next several days.

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