Vendor & Peddler Permits
The City of Lancaster requires permits for a limited number of commercial or business activities conducted in the City. Specifically, the City requires a permit for resellers (antique dealers, salvage dealers, junk or second-hand dealers, pawnbrokers), door-to-door sales, and transient merchants.
Second Hand-Buy & Sell/Pawnbrokers/Antique Dealers/Junk & Salvage Dealers or anyone who purchases items from the public for resale is required to have a permit through the City. Completed and notarized permit applications along with the completed packet and background checks must be submitted to the Bureau of Police with the permit fee. All permits in this classification expire on March 31st of each year, regardless of when the permit was issued.
Vendor Permit Fees
- Second Hand/Buy & Sell – $25
- Antique Dealers – $25
- Junk & Salvage Dealers – $75
- Pawnbrokers – $75
Peddler permits are required by anyone soliciting door-to-door. This permit does NOT allow street vending. A current criminal background check, along with a completed and notarized application must be submitted to the Bureau of Police. The Peddler permit fee is $75, and permits are valid for six months from the date issued. Door-to-door vendor permits are NOT renewable, but applicants can reapply after the expiration date.
Transient Merchant permits are required for any person selling from privately owned property, with the intent of not remaining over 100 consecutive days. A current criminal background check, a completed and notarized application, and a sketch of the property that indicates the location of the sales stand must be submitted to the Bureau of Police. The Transient Merchant permit fee is $75 per month or part thereof, and expires no more than 100 days from the date it is issued.
The Lancaster City Council passed legislation requiring all businesses with locations in the City must complete a Business Registration Form which can be found on the City of Lancaster’s website.
The below forms and links are available to assist you with the vendor and peddler permit application process: