Secondhand Dealer, Junk Dealer, Pawnbroker 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

Main License Requirements

Additional License Requirements

  • If the business provides loans in exchange for merchandise and charges interest, a copy of a Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities license must be provided.
  • If the business buys or sells precious metals, an Allegheny County Precious Metals license must be provided. This is issued by the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office.

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.


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  • Insurance info
    • A non-expired 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. General liability insurance minimums as follows: $1,000,000 each occurrence, $2,000,000 general aggregate.
    • 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.