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PLI: BUSINESS & SALES LICENSE

Business Licenses

The Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections issues the following Business Licenses:

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Junk Dealer
  • Parking Lot
  • Pawnbroker
  • Secondhand Dealer
  • Solicitation (Tag Day)
  • Towing
  • Trade Fair
  • Transient Merchant
  • Vendor (Includes peddler and ticket reselling)

Please note that all business licenses expire a year from the date of issuance. License holders with an expired license will be required to pay a penalty fee in addition a renewal fee to reactive a license, except for General Contractor licenses.

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Please consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Antique or Secondhand Dealer License

Second Hand Dealer License

Anyone who engages in the business of being an antique or second hand dealer must obtain a license from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

How to Get a Second Hand License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • The name of the licensee (your name), proof of identification, and any other name under which your business is to be conducted.
  • The address of the business you are licensing. The space must have a valid Certificate of Occupancy for use as a retail establishment or similar use.
  • Anticipated hours of operation.
  • City Tax ID Number.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
  • The license holder must supply the results of an ePATCH criminal record check with initial application and yearly renewal.
  • If jewelry is to be sold, the license holder must also obtain a Precious Metal License through Allegheny County.

 

Bed and Breakfast License

Anyone who owns or operates a bed and breakfast establishment within the City of Pittsburgh must obtain a license from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

How to Get a Bed and Breakfast License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Additional Requirements

  • The name of the licensee (your name), proof of identification, and any other name under which your business is to be conducted.
  • The address of the business you are licensing.
  • Anticipated hours of operation.
  • Copy of Commercial Occupancy (license will not be issued without this document)
  • City Tax ID Number.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.

Junk Dealer License

Anyone who carries on the business of buying or selling and dealing in junk, rope, scrap, iron, copper, brass, or other materials commonly referred to as junk must obtain a license from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

How to Obtain a Junk Dealer License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Additional Requirements

  • The name of the licensee (your name), proof of identification, and any other name under which your business is to be conducted.
  • The address of the business you are licensing.
  • Anticipated hours of operation.
  • Copy of Commercial Occupancy (license will not be issued without this document)
  • City Tax ID Number.
  • The license holder must supply the results of an ePATCH criminal record check with initial application and yearly renewal.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.

Mobile Vehicle Vendor

Vending and peddling activities within the City of Pittsburgh are regulated by the Code of Ordinances Title 7 - Chapter 719 Vendors and Peddlers. Ticket reselling is regulated by the Code of Ordinances Title 7 - Chapter 726 Ticket Reselling. A vendor or peddler license is required to:

  • Sell or offer for sale goods, wares, merchandise, meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, farm products, or provisions by foot, vehicle or at an approved location.
  • Resell tickets.

A mobile vehicle vendor's license is also required to operate a food truck within the city of Pittsburgh. A Food Truck is defined as a food establishment that is located upon a vehicle, or which is pulled by a vehicle, where food or beverage is cooked, prepared, and served for individual portion service such as a mobile food kitchen.

How to Get a Mobile Vehicle Vendor License

1) Download and complete the License Application. Consult the application checklist or the Additional Requirements section for requirements.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other supplemental information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Two current passport-sized photos of the license holder.
  • Three photos of the vehicle, including front, side, and interior views.
  • A copy of your vehicle registration.
  • A tax ID letter from the Finance Department registering your business for city taxes.
  • A current and up-to-date certificate of insurance listing the City of Pittsburgh as certificate holder. See example. General liability coverage must exceed $100,000. License holders with employees must carry worker's compensation insurance.
  • Proof of current and up-to-date auto insurance for the vending vehicle.
  • A copy of your Allegheny Health Department License (if serving or preparing any consumable product).
  • License plate number.
  • A valid PA Driver's License.
  • If the License Holder is a Partnership or LLC, and not an individual, proof of that legal partnership will be required if multiple owners will be working on the vehicle. The license holder will be the Business itself, and each of the individual partners will receive a license card.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
  • Please consult the maps of prohibited vending locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Vending within the shaded boundaries is not permitted.
  • All vendor employees must also be licensed (see below for requirements).

Vendor Employees

If a Vending License holder wishes to employ other workers, that employee must obtain a Vendor Employee license. That employee license will apply only to one Vending license, regardless of the number of vending locations the employer has.

How to Get a Vendor Employee License

  1. Download and complete the License Application.
  2. Submit the completed application and application materials directly to the Licensing Counter. A signature of the license card will be required prior to issuance.
  3. Consult our Current Fee Schedule. All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Make all checks or money orders payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.
    City of Pittsburgh
    Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
    200 Ross Street Room 320
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Two glossy passport-sized photos of the employee. These photos should be current.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
  • Proof of employer's Worker's Compensation coverage, in the form of a Certificate of Insurance with the City of Pittsburgh as certificate holder.
  • Please consult the maps of prohibited vending locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Vending within the shaded boundaries is not permitted.

Mobile Peddler License

Vending and peddling activities within the City of Pittsburgh are regulated by the Code of Ordinances Title 7 - Chapter 719 Vendors and Peddlers.

Peddling locations and times are limited by Ordinance, and Peddlers must move at least 250 feet every fifteen minutes. Peddlers must carry all of their products for sale on their person.

A Peddler's License is required to:

  • Sell or offer for sale goods, wares, merchandise, meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, farm products, or provisions by foot.

How to Get a Peddler's License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • A tax ID letter from the Finance Department registering your business for city taxes.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
  • Two glossy passport-sized photos of the license holder. These photos should be current.
  • If the license holder is vending as an employee of a company, a letter from the company on company letterhead is required, along with proof of the employer's workers compensation insurance, in the form of a Certificate of Insurance with the City of Pittsburgh as Certificate Holder.
  • If vending anything for human consumption, a copy of an Allegheny County Health Department License will be required.
  • Please consult the maps of prohibited vending locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Peddling is prohibited within the Central Business District, shown on map number 1. Peddling within the shaded boundaries on maps 2-7 is also prohibited.

One-Day Solicitation (Tag Day) License

Solicitation (Tag Day) License

Anyone who solicits charitable funds from the general public in the City by means of personal representatives or collectors must register with the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections

How to Obtain a Solicitation License

Please submit all application materials to PLI at least two weeks prior to the chosen date. Tag Day applications are subject to both PLI and Pittsburgh Police approval, and so require more time for review.

Prior to application, availability of date must be determined. Request for date must be submitted on letterhead of organization handling the solicitation.

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • The name of the licensee (your name), proof of identification, and any other name under which your business is to be conducted.
  • The name of the organization or institution along with its aims and purposes.
  • Local and national addresses and phone numbers for the organization or institution.
  • Names and residence addresses of each officer, along with complete list of names and residence addresses of any board of managers or directors.
  • Names of all persons authorized to solicit and residence addresses and terms of their employment.
  • Application must be notarized.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.

Parking Lot License

Parking Lot License

Anyone who conducts any commercial parking place must obtain a license from the License Officer for each parking place from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

How to Obtain a Parking Lot License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • A Certificate of Occupancy to legally use the property as a parking lot. New certificates can be obtained through the Department of Zoning and Development.
  • The name of the licensee (your name), proof of identification, and any other name under which your business is to be conducted.
  • The address of the business you are licensing.
  • A certificate of insurance showing that you have public liability insurance for the current calendar year which covers the parking place with limits of not less than $100,000 for personal injuries and not less than $25,000 for property damage. The City of Pittsburgh must be certificate holder on this document. See example.
  • For open lots (rather than buildings), a sketch or plot showing every possible detail of the lot.
  • For closed (building) lots, a sketch or plot showing every possible detail of the building, and a written description of the number of uniformed security you will be using.
  • Proof of full payment of the parking tax imposed by Chapter 249 of the Fiscal Title.
  • Check or money order for License Fee made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

Pawnbroker License

Parking Lot License

Anyone who engages in the business of being pawnbroker must obtain a license from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

How to Obtain a Parking Lot License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • The name of the licensee (your name), proof of identification, and any other name under which your business is to be conducted.
  • The address of the business you are licensing.
  • Anticipated hours of operation.
  • City Tax ID Number.
  • The license holder must supply the results of an ePATCH criminal record check with initial application and yearly renewal.
  • If jewelry is to be sold, the license holder must also obtain a Precious Metal License through Allegheny County.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.

Stationary Vehicle Vendor License

Parking Lot License

Stationary Vendors are given license to vend at fixed locations or designated sports/entertainment facilities. Vending and peddling activities within the City of Pittsburgh are regulated by the Code of Ordinances Title 7 - Chapter 719 Vendors and Peddlers.

How to Obtain a Parking Lot License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Two glossy passport-sized photos of the license holder. These photos should be current.
  • A tax ID letter from the Finance Department registering your business for city taxes.
  • If the License Holder is a Partnership or LLC, and not an individual, proof of that legal partnership will be required if more than one owner will be operating the site. The license holder will be the Business itself, and each of the individual partners will receive a license card.
  • If vending anything for human consumption, a copy of an Allegheny County Health Department License will be required.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
  • Vendor employees also require licenses. See below for license requirements.

Vacant Stationary Vendor Locations

The following locations are approved and available for stationary vendor application. Be aware that locations are first-come, first-serve and only fully completed applications with all required documents will be considered for site assignment. No waiting list will be created for any sites. Newly available sites will be posted to our website. If there are multiple applications to one site on the same date a lottery will be held. We will post on our website the sites that will participate on the lottery and when the lottery will be held. No vending should take place on sites that are not assigned by the City of Pittsburgh, and licenses must be maintained to avoid the forfeit of the site. Any current site holder out of compliance will forfeit their site and the site will be reassigned to new applicants.

Potential new vending locations can be nominated for review by the City Designation Committee. See the second page of the Stationary Vendor Application for the nomination form. Completed nomination forms should be submitted to either the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspection (200 Ross St., Rm. 320, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) or to to the attention of Bobbie Abbondanza at the Department of Public Works (611 Second Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219).

Current Vacant Locations

  • FT. DUQUESNE BLVD - CORNERS OF 7TH (BRIDGE SIDE) [NE CORNER]
  • FT. DUQUESNE BLVD - CORNERS OF 7TH (BRIDGE SIDE) [NW CORNER]
  • FT. DUQUESNE BLVD - CORNERS OF 7TH (DT SIDE) [SE CORNER]
  • FT. DUQUESNE BLVD - CORNERS OF 7TH (DT SIDE) [SW CORNER]
  • 1400 PENN AVE (STRIP DISTRICT)
  • NORTH ST CLAIR @ BUNKER HILL (next to City tennis courts)
  • MOORE PARK - SITE 1
  • MOORE PARK - SITE 2 - NEAR PLAYGROUND AND POOL
  • BROOKLINE BLVD & WEST LIBERTY
  • FINEVIEW BASEBALL FIELD PARKING AREA @ JAY STREET
  • SMITHFIELD ST @ FOURTH AVE (adjacent to the bus lane)

Vendor Employees

If a Vending License holder wishes to employ other workers, that employee must obtain a Vendor Employee license. That employee license will apply only to one Vending license, regardless of the number of vending locations the employer has.

How to Obtain a Vendor Employee License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Two glossy passport-sized photos of the employee. These photos should be current.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
  • Proof of employer's Worker's Compensation coverage, in the form of a Certificate of Insurance with the City of Pittsburgh as certificate holder.

Ticket Reselling License

Ticket Reseller's License

Ticket reselling is regulated by the Code of Ordinances Title 7 - Chapter 726 Ticket Reselling.

A Ticket Reseller's license is required to:

  • Resell tickets.

How to Get a Ticket Reseller's License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Two glossy passport-sized photos of the license holder. These photos should be current.
  • A tax ID letter from the Finance Department registering your business for city taxes.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.

Towing License

Ticket Reseller's License

The City of Pittsburgh requires that the operator of a non-residential parking place secure an annual Towing Permit before towing unauthorized vehicles from the location per Code of Ordinances, Title 7, Section 763. This ordinance does not apply to public streets, residential parking areas, abandoned vehicles, or lots that are attended or have physical barriers.

Please note that all business licenses expire a year from the date of issuance. Also, license holders with expired licenses will be required to pay a penalty fee in addition to a renewal fee.

How to Get a Ticket Reseller's License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • Certificate of insurance listing the City of Pittsburgh as Certificate holder showing public liability insurance of not less than $100,000 for personal injuries and not less than $25,000 for property damage. See example.
  • Valid Certificate of Occupancy describing the parking on the premises. New certificates can be obtained through the Department of Zoning and Development.
  • Inspection - Once the completed application is received, an inspector will visit the site to check for compliance with applicable regulations.
  • If there are violations, these will need to be corrected before the license can be issued.
  • After the Inspector signs off, the Towing license will be issued.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.

Trade Fair License

Anyone who conducts a trade fair within the City must obtain a license from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

How to Get a Trade Fair License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • The name of the licensee (your name) and any other name under which your business is to be conducted.
  • The address of the business you are licensing.
  • The names, addresses, and businesses of all persons who are to participate in the trade fair.
  • Proof that you are a city resident (usually a phone or utility bill) who deals in the trade goods, or proof that you are the owner of the premises on which the trade fair will take place.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.

Transient Merchant License

Anyone who engages in any business within the City on a transient basis must obtain a license from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

How to Get a Transient Merchant License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.

3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • The name of the licensee (your name) and any other name under which your business is to be conducted.
  • The address of the business you are licensing.
  • A brief description of the nature of the business and goods to be bought or sold.
  • If employed, the name and address of the employer, along with the credentials establishing the exact relationship.
  • The length of time the right to do business is requested.
  • A description of any vehicle used and its license number.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.