Charitable Solicitation Class B

Commercial Permitting and Enforcement - ARACPE1041
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
1 year
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 B registration specifically prohibits on street solicitation.

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 renew the registration each year.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • A Class B 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
  • 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:

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

A renewal notice will be mailed for each applicable registration at least 30 days prior to the account expiration date. If notice has not been received, contact 832-394-8803 and request a fee statement from ARA - Commercial Permitting & Enforcement.

Renew in Person
  1. Bring the renewal notice 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

Return the renewal notice with 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 the funds are to be distributed.

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