Door-to-door sales are back on in Buda

By Megan Wehring 

BUDA — Companies are allowed to apply for solicitation permits in Buda, following a temporary suspension last August. 

Buda City Council unanimously approved repealing an ordinance that suspended the solicitor permit process. Staff said a local pest control company asked the city to reconsider the permit restrictions since the Texas mask mandate was lifted. 

“Since we do have a business coming forward looking to promote their business,” said council member Matt Smith, “and if they are willing to go through the process and actually register, I can support bringing them back online.”

Staff added that this only lifts the solicitation suspension; it is not related to wearing a face mask or not wearing a face mask when going door to door. An additional ordinance would need to be brought forward if city council wanted a face mask requirement for solicitors. 

Companies can request 90-day solicitation permits for $250. It is unlawful for any peddler or solicitor to engage in business within city limits without a permit from the City Clerk.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring is nearing one year at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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