Secondhand Dealer, Junk Dealer, Pawnborker Licenses

Secondhand Dealer, Junk Dealer, Pawnborker Licenses 

Anyone who engages in the business of being an antique or second hand dealer must obtain a license from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

How to Get a  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

  • The name of the licensee (your name), proof of identification, and any other name under which your business is to be conducted.
  • The address of the business you are licensing.
  • The space must have a valid Certificate of Occupancy for use as a retail establishment or similar use. You can search for your current Certificate of Occupancy here.
  • Anticipated hours of operation.
  • Proof of registration with the City of Pittsburgh’s Finance Department, and letter showing that business is current in taxes. Finance can be reached at 412-255-2543 Opt 1 or 414 Grant St (City County Building) Room 207 Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
  • The license holder must supply the results of an ePATCH criminal record check with initial application and yearly renewal.
  • If jewelry is to be sold, the license holder must also obtain a Precious Metal License through Allegheny County.