Charitable Solicitation Class A

Commercial Permitting and Enforcement - ARACPE1040
Contact
Administration & Regulatory Affairs
Commercial Permitting and Enforcement

Physical Address:

1002 Washington Ave., 1st floor
Houston, TX 77002

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251

832.394.8803
8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Not Required
Renewal
Required
Fee
$23.77 per registration
Renewal fee
$23.77 per registration
Valid Period
30 days
Processing Time
1 business day

About

Registration allows an entity to publicly request donation of money, property, other things of value (or pledges for future donations thereof) with the intent of the proceeds used to fund a charitable purpose. The Class A registration allows for solicitation of funds from occupants of vehicles on public streets.

After Approval

Within 120 days of the registration's expiration, the applicant must file with ARA a closing statement that:

  • details the funds collected or pledged 
  • states the purposes and amounts of funds that have been or will be distributed.
Conditions & Exceptions

Failure to file a closing statement will be used as grounds for denial of a subsequent registration.

Applicant must re-apply for each 30-day period of on-street solicitation.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Class A application that describes or identifies:
    • Charitable purpose and use of the funds 
    • Methods, times and dates of solicitation activities 
    • Proposed amount of funds solicited and projected expenditures 
    • Solicitation activity outside of Harris County by the applicant
    • Whether any business partner or corporate officer has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
    • Each location that solicitation will occur and the number of persons involved at each location
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card
Apply in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center. 
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
     
Apply by Mail

Mail the completed application and payment to:

Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department
Commercial Permitting & Enforcement Section
Attn: Charitable Solicitation Registration
PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251-1561

Make checks and money orders payable to City of Houston. 

Apply by Fax

Fax the completed application to 832-395-9631.

Conditions & Exceptions

Within 120 days of the registration's expiration, the applicant must file with ARA a closing statement that:

  • details the funds collected or pledged
  • states the purposes and amounts of funds that have been or will be distributed.

Failure to file a closing statement will be used as grounds for denial of a subsequent registration.

Additional Resources
What You Need
  • Class A application that describes or identifies:
    • Charitable purpose and use of the funds 
    • Methods, times and dates of solicitation activities 
    • Proposed amount of funds solicited and projected expenditures 
    • Solicitation activity outside of Harris County by the applicant
    • Whether any business partner or corporate officer has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude
    • Each location that solicitation will occur and the number of persons involved at each location
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card
Renew in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center. 
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
Renew by Mail

Mail the completed application and payment to:

Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department
Commercial Permitting & Enforcement Section
Attn: Charitable Solicitation Registration
PO Box 1561
Houston, TX 77251-1561

Make checks and money orders payable to City of Houston. 

Conditions & Exceptions

Within 120 days of the registration's expiration, the applicant must file with ARA a closing statement that:

  • details the funds collected or pledged
  • states the purposes and amounts of funds that have been or will be distributed.

Failure to file a closing statement will be used as grounds for denial of a subsequent registration.