BUSINESS & SALES LICENSE

Secondhand Dealer, Junk Dealer, Pawnborker Licenses

The City of Pittsburgh requires anyone who operates within the City as a pawnbroker, junk dealer, antique dealer, or second hand dealer to obtain a license from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections. For more information on how the City defines pawnbroker, junk dealer, antique dealer, and second hand dealer, please see the Rules and Regulations and Chapters 713 through 717 of the City Code. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

1) PREPARE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

2) COMPLETE APPLICATION 

3) SUBMIT DOCUMENTS AND PAYMENT

  • Print out application and mail it along with required information, or bring it in person with all other required information, and Current Fee. 
  • Check the cost of your license application fee here: Current Fee Schedule
    Pay by credit card at the counter or online!
  • Make all checks or money orders payable to TREASURER – CITY OF PITTSBURGH. Please see main License page for credit card and echeck fees

Wondering how much your license costs? 

 All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule  for new applications, renewals, and late fees.  

Late Fees 

A late fee will be charged the day after your license expires. If your license is not renewed within 30 days of expiration, it is considered lapsed and closed. All business licenses expire a year from the date of issuance.

Checklist of Second Hand Dealer requirements

RESOURCES

  • LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL INFO OR CLARIFICATION ON YOUR LICENSE REQUIREMENTS?
  • WHERE CAN I FIND MY CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY?
  • HOW DO I GET A TAX CERFICATION LETTER?   
  • INSURANCE INFO
    • 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. 
    • 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.  
    • Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections Workers' Compensation Exemption Affidavit.