Amusement Licenses

The Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections Issues and Inspects Licenses for individuals or businesses that generate revenue from amusement.

This category includes:

  • Arcades and game shops
  • Pool halls
  • Bars and restaurants that have video poker, video games, pinball games, pool tables, or other video machines in place
  • Any establishment that is charging a fee for entry (including bars and clubs, reception halls, or other gathering places)
  • Parades or carnivals.
    • This license is now administered through the Office of Special Events. The Office of Special Events is the official event and film production permitting office for the City of Pittsburgh. Please visit their website to review application requirements.

Additional Information

  • All licenses expire 365 days from the date of issuance. Business license holders who allow their license to expire will be charged a late fee after the date of expiration, except for event-based and mobile licenses, including transient merchants, Tag Day, Amusement Producers, Non-consensual towing, peddlers, mobile vehilce vendors, and ticket resellers.
  • All applications must be fully completed to be processed. An incomplete application will be returned to the applicant.
  • PLI will accept up to five applications with one check. If PLI receives one check for more than five applications, all of the docuemnts will be sent back to the applicant. Applicants must reissue the appropriate checks according to this rule.

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Please consult the Current Fee Schedule below.

2018 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2018 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.