Legal Resources | | BC 17510.25
Charitable Solicitations; Definitions
(a) A charity, as defined in subdivision (e), may engage in a solicitation for charitable purposes that involves persons standing in a public roadway soliciting contributions from passing motorists, if both of the following requirements are met:
(1) The persons to be engaged in the solicitation are law enforcement personnel, firefighters, or other persons employed to protect the public safety of a local agency, as defined in subdivision (d), and that are soliciting solely in an area that is within the service area of that local agency.
(2) The charity files an application with the city, county, or city and county, as applicable, having jurisdiction over the location or locations where the solicitation is to occur. The application shall be filed not later than 10 business days before the date that the solicitation is to begin and shall include all of the following:
(A) The date or dates and times of day when the solicitation is to occur.
(B) The location or locations where the solicitation is to occur.
(C) The manner and conditions under which the solicitation is to occur.
(D) Proof of a valid liability insurance policy in the amount of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000) insuring the charity, the local agency referenced in paragraph (1), and the city, county, or city and county referenced in this paragraph against bodily injury and property damage arising out of or in connection with the solicitation.
(b) The city, county, or city and county shall approve the application within five business days of the filing date of the application, but may impose reasonable conditions in writing that are consistent with the intent of this section and that are based on articulated public safety concerns.
(c) By acting under this section, a local agency referred to in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) and a city, county, or city and county referred to in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) do not waive or limit any immunity from liability provided by any other provision of law.
(d) For purposes of this section, "local agency" means a city, county, city and county, special district, joint powers authority, or other political subdivision of the state.
(e) For purposes of this section, "charity" means a charity subject to supervision by the Attorney General pursuant to Article 7 (commencing with Section 12580) of Chapter 6 of Part 2 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(f) The Legislature finds and declares that the extraordinary liability insurance requirement contained in this section is necessary in order to protect the public safety due solely to the particular and unique circumstances governed by this section that involve charitable solicitations from passing motorists in a public roadway, where the activity of solicitation may present a recognizable potential safety hazard.
(g) This section is not intended to prevent a local agency from adopting an ordinance regulating the time, place, or manner of charitable solicitations in a public roadway by other persons or charities.
(Added by Stats. 2007, Ch. 446, Sec. 2.)