Vendor / Business Permits

Permits and Licenses

Business Licenses

The City of Lancaster requires licensing for a limited number of commercial or business activities conducted in the City. Specifically, the City requires a license for resellers (antique dealers, salvage dealers, junk or second-hand dealers), for door-to-door sales, and for transient merchants. 

Second Hand-Buy & Sell/Antique Dealers/Junk & Salvage Dealers or anyone who purchases items from the public for resale is required to be licensed by the City. Completed and notarized license applications along with completed background check must be submitted to the Bureau of Police with a license fee of $75 for pawnbrokers license fee or Junk dealer/recycling center fee or $25 for antique/secondhand dealers license fee. All licenses in this classification expire on March 31st of each year, regardless of when the license was issued.   

A Vendor/Peddler license is required by anyone soliciting door-to-door. This license does NOT allow street vending. A current criminal background check, along with a completed and notarized application must be submitted to the Bureau Police. The license fee is $75, and licenses are valid for six months from the date issued. Door-to-door vendor licenses are NOT renewable, but applicants can reapply after the expiration date.

A Transient Merchant license is 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 license fee is $75 per month or part thereof, and expires no more than 100 days from the date it is issued. 


Second Hand / Buy & Sell = $25

Antique Dealers = $25

Junk & Salvage Dealers = $75

Pawnbrokers = $75

Vendor / Peddler = $75

Transient Merchant = $75


The below forms are available to assist you with the license application process:
  1. Vendor Permits Checklist
  2. Cover Letter for Criminal History Request 
  3. PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  4. Vendor License Application
  5. PA State Police Criminal Record Check
  6. Fingerprint Cover Letter