Stationary Vending License
The Public Works Department issues vending licenses for stationary selling at a specific location, we do not issue licenses that allow moving from one location to another. All vending operations that use propane are considered to be stationary for public safety reasons and are therefore required to obtain a license to operate in the public way from the Public Works Department.
When deciding on a location to vend be advised that the Public Works Department requires that all public sidewalks have a clear and accessible path of four feet (4'), devoid of any obstructions, to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements for handicapped access.
Please read the entire application completely before filling in the required information. Return the completed signed application to the Public Works Department, Permit Branch. Room 714, City Hall, Boston for processing.
Issuance of vending licenses is the responsibility of both the Public Works Department and the Boston Police Department, however; should you be requesting placement of a vehicle for vending purposes in the public way, approval by the Transportation department will also be required.
Any person requesting a license for the sale of food must obtain the necessary health license from the lnspectional Services Department located at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, Roxbury and if propane or sterno are used the vendor must obtain a fire permit from Boston Fire Department headquarters located in Southampton Street, Roxbury. Health and fire permits should be obtained after the license has received approval from the Public Works Department and the Boston Police Department.
No license will be issued by the Public Works Department to any vendor unless all necessary permits, licenses and insurance have been obtained in the name of the person to whom the Public Works Department license will be issued, no exceptions will be made.
At the time the license is issued a photo ID, such as a valid Massachusetts drivers license must be shown, no exceptions will be made. City of Boston Public Works Department
Definition of terms contained in the following vendor application:
Sale of, offering to sell, displaying for sale, demonstrating, distributing samples of, solicitation or taking of orders for any goods or services in any public way in the city of Boston.
Owner of the cart/business/corporation who either personally or through their employees or agents engages in the sale of, offering to sell, displaying for sale, demonstrating, distributing samples of, solicitation or taking of orders for any goods or services in any public way in the city of Boston.
Any and all portions of the streets and sidewalks in the city of Boston which are open for use by the public.
This term applies to all residentially zoned areas of the City of Boston as well as any area deemed inappropriate for vending either by the Commissioner of Public Works or by the Commissioner of the Boston Police Department.
Exact address, number and street name and section of the city where a vendor requests permission to set up a vending operation.
Abutting Property Owner:
The individual business/corporation/ trust/etc... that holds title to the land/structure that directly abuts the proposed vending operation. This term does not apply to MBTA stations whose structures are merely a means of exit from their underground property. The vending application must be signed by the property owner or by such person duty authorized by power of attorney to sign for him/her as their legal representative. If such property owner signature is by legal representative a copy of the power of attorney for said signature must accompany the application.
Ground Floor Tenant:
The individual/business/corporation/ trust/etc... who rents the first floor space from the property owner that directly abuts the proposed vending location, as described above, for the purpose of operating a storefront business. Application must be signed by the owner of the business or by such person duly authorized to sign for him/her as their legal representative. If such groundfloor tenant signature is by legal representative, a copy of the power of attorney for said signature must accompany the application.