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.
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance: A Certificate of Insurance showing Worker's Compensation coverage for the applicant business and listing the City of Pittsburgh as the certificate holder. If the business does not have any employees, then upload a notarized statement attesting that there are no employees. 
  • A Certificate of Insurance showing general liability coverage for the applicant at the location where licensed activity will take place, and listing the City of Pittsburgh as the certificate holder and additionally insured. The insurance expiration date must be at least 30-days after the date of licensed activity start date. If not, please provide a documentation from your insurer showing intent to extend coverage and list the expiration date as thirty-one (31)days after the licensed activity start date. 
  • 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.
  • Some vendor sites are subject to sales restrictions. PLI reserves the right to deny the sale of food items that are also sold at brick and mortar locations within 100 feet of vendor site.
  • The total number of Vendor Employees is identified and included in the license fee calculation. Consult the fee schedule for the total amount.

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
  • 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)
  • Penn and Stanwix

Oakland Locations:

  • 5th Avenue and De Soto
  • O’Hara Street and De Soto
  • Bigelow Boulevard near Forbes Avenue
  • 2161 Centre Avenue, NE Corner

East Liberty Locations:

  • Penn Avenue and Sheridan Square, NW Corner
  • Penn Avenue and Sheridan Square, SW Corner
  • N. Highland Avenue and Broad Street, NW Corner
  • N. Highland Avenue and Broad Street, NE Corner
  • N. Highland Avenue and Penn Avenue, NW Corner
  • N. Highland Avenue and Penn Avenue, NE Corner

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
  • 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 which 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 a site is received, 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.
  7. If there are no applications during the time set forth, the sites will be added to the vacant vending sites list. The sites will then be subject to the standard application process and awarded on a first come first served basis.