If you want to sell products from a stationary, non-permanent stand on the sidewalk, you’ll need a Sidewalk Sales License.
A sidewalk stand is not a newsstand, which is a permanent structure.
The City limits or prohibits vendors from selling in certain areas. For help with the prohibited streets, use the map below or contact the Vending Unit at (215) 686-2414 with questions. To operate in the City’s special vending districts, you need a Special Vending District License.
Prohibited streets and areas and special vending districts
- Special vending districts
- Prohibited streets and areas
Business owners and their agents can apply for this license.
You must provide:
- Proof of your identity and address, such as a state-issued ID or driver’s license.
- Two copies of a photo ID (2 in. x 2 in., color).
Other licenses and registrations
- Business Income and Receipts Tax ID (BIRT)
- Commercial Activity License
- Scales and Scanners License, if you plan to weigh and measure products or use an electronic scanner
If you want to sell food, you’ll also need:
- Approval from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
- Food Establishment, Retail Non-permanent Location License
- If selling in one of the City’s special vending districts, you may need different licenses.
Where and when
Use the eCLIPSE system.
Permit and License Center
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
MSB, Public Service Concourse
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Office closes at noon on the last Wednesday of each month.
A non-refundable application fee of $20 is applied toward the balance of the license fee. The balance of the license fee is due once your application is approved.
Payment methods and details
Accepted payment methods
|Online through the eCLIPSE application||
|In person at the Permit and License Center in the Municipal Services Building||
|In person at the Cashier’s Station in the Municipal Services Building
(Items paid at the Cashier’s Station will be mailed within five business days.)
Checks and money orders
- Make all checks and money orders payable to the “City of Philadelphia.”
- The individual or company listed on the check must be listed on the application.
- Personal checks are accepted.
- Checks and money orders must have issue dates within 12 months of the transaction.
Reasons your check may be rejected
L&I will not accept checks that are missing depository information or are:
- Starter checks without account info
Returned payment policy
If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds:
- You authorize the City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20.
- The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.
You can apply for this license online using eCLIPSE or in person at the Permit and License Center.
Applications are reviewed within five business days.
If the application isn’t approved, you will receive an email stating what is missing or required.
L&I can review most in-person applications while you wait.
This license must be renewed annually. You can renew online through eCLIPSE or in person at the Permit and License Center.
To renew your license, you must:
- Be current on all City of Philadelphia taxes.
- Have a valid email address.