AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE
REGULATING CHARITABLE SOLICITATIONS
The Board of Supervisors of the County of Riverside, State of California, do ordain as follows:
SECTION 1. No corporation, agency or other organization shall conduct any solicitation of the public in the unincorporated area of the County of Riverside to obtain funds for charitable or philanthropic purposes without first obtaining from the County Clerk a permit to do so for each calendar year during which such solicitation will be conducted.
SECTION 2. Application for such permit shall be made in writing to the County Clerk on a form to be provided by him, signed by an officer or other authorized agent of the applicant containing the name and address of the applicant, purpose of the solicitation, estimated amount of funds to be raised, estimated cost of the solicitation, location of place or area where the funds will be used, and such additional information as may be required. The permit shall be issued without fee.
SECTION 3. Within one month after the conclusion of the solicitation, and in any event by January 31 of the succeeding year, the permittee shall file with the County Clerk a written report of actual funds received, including pledges made, and other like data similar to that required in the application.
SECTION 4. This ordinance shall not apply to any church or similar organization where funds are solicited only for religious purposes, to any organization which solicits only its members, or to any solicitation in exchange for which a substantial consideration is given or offered.
SECTION 5. It shall be unlawful for any corporation, agency, or other organization to violate any provision of this ordinance. Any corporation, agency, or other organization violating any provision of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of an infraction or misdemeanor as hereinafter specified. Such corporation, agency, or other organization shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day or portion thereof during which any violation of any of the provisions of this ordinance is committed, continued, or permitted.
Any corporation, agency, or other organization so convicted shall be: (1) guilty of an infraction offense and punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) for a first violation; (2) guilty of an infraction offense and punished by a fine not exceeding to hundred dollars ($200.00) for a second violation. The third and any additional violation shall constitute a misdemeanor offense and shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or six (6) months in jail, or both. Notwithstanding the above, a first offense may be charged and prosecuted as a misdemeanor. Payment of any penalty herein shall not relieve any corporation, agency, or other organization from the responsibility for correcting the violation.
ADOPTED: 542 12/26/72 (Eff.: 01/25/73)
542.1 (Eff.: 05/25/89)
798 10/26/99 (REPEALED - Effective: 11/25/99)