Traveling merchants and mobile street vendors must file a $1,000 Traveling Merchant Bond with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to be permitted to work within the County. The bond is conditioned to provide restitution to customers who are financially damaged or the County for due payments that are incomplete following the merchant or vendor’s violation of their obligations.
Douglas County regulates the traveling merchant permit to ensure that mobile street vendors, traveling merchants, peddlers, solicitors, itinerant merchants, hawkers, and transient vendors will not harm the public through fraudulent or malicious business practices. Jet Insurance Company provides the Traveling Merchant Bond which will reimburse those who have a financial loss as a result of a merchant or vendor acting outside of regulations.
With Jet, your bond costs only $100! If you work within Douglas County every year, it may be beneficial to purchase a multi-year bond term from Jet. The chart below reflects Jet’s pricing options for the Traveling Merchant Bond.
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When you have purchased your Traveling Merchant Bond, you will receive an emailed copy and a receipt right away. The bond will then be mailed to you to sign. The bond must be submitted along with the traveling merchant application in person at the Sheriff’s Office:
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
1038 Buckeye Rd
Minden, NV 89423
This bond is a requirement for the traveling merchant permit; if renewing the permit, you will also need to renew the bond. Nearing the end of your term, Jet will send you a notice via mail and email so you can take care of it in time.
If you no longer need the bond, just send Jet an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will notify the Sheriff’s Office to start the 30-day cancellation period. After this is done, Jet will check the time left on the bond for any eligible refund. Typically, the first year of the bond is fully earned; refunds will apply to bonds that were purchased in multiple years at a time.
Traveling merchants and mobile street vendors must follow the Douglas County Code 5.24 and the provisions of their permit to avoid claims on the bond, as well as any fees that are due during the course of their business. Examples of violations include engaging in fraud, working outside the area that was approved (in such a way that be an obstruction to streets, sidewalks, public right of way, etc.), and a criminal conviction. If the merchant or vendor fails to abide by these regulations, they may receive a claim on the bond as well as disciplinary action.
If you receive a claim, let Jet know right away. After an investigation into whether the claim is true, a verdict that confirms the claim will lead to Jet paying out the claim to the injured party, up to the full $1,000. Since your actions were in violation of the rules, you must pay Jet back in the amount that was paid out.
Disciplinary action can also be taken when a merchant or vendor violates any part of the Code or the permit agreement. The merchant or vendor can be put into jail for up to six months or fined up to $1,000, or both.
A traveling merchant may need to comply with bonding requirements in other cities or counties they pass through.