Stationary Vendor 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 Get a Stationary Vendor 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.

Current List of Approved Vacant Vendor Sites

Downtown Locations:

  • 5th Avenue and Grant Street
  • 5th Avenue and Wood Street
  • Smithfield Street and 4th Avenue
  • Wood Street T-Station
  • 1st Avenue and Municipal Drive
  • William Penn Place and Tenth Avenue
  • 2nd Avenue and Grant Street
  • Grant Street and Forbes Avenue
  • Penn Avenue and Stanwix Street
  • Fort Duquesne Blvd and 7th Street (Bridge Side – NE Corner)
  • Fort Duquesne Blvd and 7th Street (Bridge Side – NW Corner)
  • Fort Duquesne Blvd and 7th Street (DT Side – SE Corner)
  • Fort Duquesne Blvd and 7th Street (DT Side – SW Corner)

Oakland Locations:

  • 5th Avenue and De Soto
  • O’Hara Street and De Soto
  • Bigelow Boulevard near Forbes Avenue

Northside Locations:

  • Western Avenue and Allegheny Avenue
  • East Park – North Side – Circle Flower Bed
  • Fineview Baseball Field
  • Cedar Street and Pressley Street

Miscellaneous Locations:

  • Brookline Recreation Center
  • Moore Park Site 1 - Brookline
  • Moore Park Site 2 – Brookline
  • Brookline Blvd and West Liberty Avenue
  • Mellon Park – Playground/Parking Lot - Shadyside
  • N. Saint Clair Street at Bunker Hill (City Tennis Court) – Highland Park

How to Nominate a New Vending Site:

  1. Applicant submits a vending nomination form to the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections (PLI). 
  2. The nominated site will be reviewed by the vending site committee, who meets twice per year.
  3. If approved, the application will be forwarded to City Council for approval.  The Council approval process takes approximately four weeks.
  4. If City Council approves, the site will be immediately advertised in a public publication, such as a newspaper.
  5. Applicants will be taken from any qualified individual wishing to vend at the site after it has been publically advertised.
  6. If more than one qualified application for the site is received, then a lottery will be conducted and a list is created.
  7. Sites will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to any qualified individual meeting the requirements set forth in the application.
  8. If more than one qualified application for the site is received, then a lottery will be conducted and a list will be created.
    • Position #1 on the lottery list gets first right of refusal.
    • If #1 decides they no longer want to vend at the site, then Position #2 gets the next right of refusal and so on until the list has been exhausted.


The phone lines within the City of Pittsburgh's real estate division are not working due to a mechanical malfunction. Please use the email address RealEstateTaxInfo@pittsburghpa.gov if you need to contact the real estate division for any reason. If email is unavailable to you, please call 412-255-2786 and leave a voicemail. The real estate staff will return all calls as quickly as possible. Thank you.