Street Vending General Merchandise

Complete list of required permits and licenses, as well as applicable penalties.

Vendors selling merchandise in Boston are required to have a number of permits and licenses.

Hawkers and Peddlers License

Any vendor selling merchandise in Boston is required to have a Hawkers and Peddlers License. This license may be obtained from:

Division of Professional Licensure
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Hawker and Peddler License Information »

Stationary Vending License

Vendors intending to sell goods on a public sidewalk or property must obtain a permit from:

Department of Public Works (DPW)
1 City Hall Plaza, Rm. 714
Boston, MA 02201
Stationary Vending License Information »

Use of Premises Permit

Selling goods on private property will require a Use of Premises Permit from:

Inspectional Services Department
1010 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
Inspectional Services Department Permits »

Massachusetts State Sanitary Code

Applicants are also required to obtain a copy of the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code 105CMR590.000. These documents can be found at the:

State Bookstore
State House, Room 116
Boston, MA 02133
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:45am to 5:00pm
Purchase State Sanitary Code Online »


Vendors found in non-compliance of the rules and regulations governing city and state licenses and permits will have their merchandise confiscated and fines will be assessed.

Hours & Directions

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday: 
    8:00am - 4:00pm

    Thursday Evening:
    Building Division Only 
    8:00am - 7:00pm

    Please note that the cashier closes 15 minutes prior to closing.

    Building Division Contacts

  • Location

    ISD offices are located at 1010 Massachusetts Ave.

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