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Get a Vending License

Get a Vending License
 
 
NAICS Code: 722330
 
NAICS Description: Any person engaged in taking and selling goods and services for immediate delivery upon purchase, which operates exclusively from public space.
 
Endorsement Class: Public Health: Food Establishment Retail / General Sales
 
Legal Authority: DC Official Code: 2-1801 and 47-2851; DC Municipal Regulations: Title 24, Chapter 5.
 
Fee Schedule
 
Fee
Term
Class A License
$476.30
2 years
Class B License
$408.10
2 years
Class C License
$433.00
2 years
  Class D License
$337.70
2 years
  Mobile Site Permit
$600.00
2 years
  Sidewalk Site Permit
$1,200.00
2 years
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VENDOR CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
 
Class A Licenses
A Class A Vending Business License shall authorize a person to vend food, other than food prohibited from public or private space provided, that the vendor holds any food licenses and certificates.
 
Class B Licenses
A Class B Vending Business License shall authorize a person to vend merchandise, other than food and merchandise prohibited from public space. For the purposes of this subsection, the term “merchandise” shall include non-hazardous and non-controlled cut flowers, dried flowers and potted plants.
 
Class C Licenses
A Class C Vending Business License shall authorize a person to manage public markets on public or private space for the sale of agricultural goods and other farm products, or other food as designated by the DOH Director, and other non-food merchandise or services as designated by the DCRA Director.
 
Class D Licenses
A Class D Vending Business License shall authorize a person to vend services from public space. Class D Vending includes street photography.
 
 
Application Requirements
All applicants for a Vending License must comply with the following DC Code requirements:
 
Corporate Registration
If your organization is a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or in some cases, a trust, said organization must be registered and in good standing with the Corporations Division. For more information, including assistance with completing the application process, please contact the Corporations Division at (202) 442-4432 or visit DCRA Corporate Registration Information Center.
 
Trade Name Registration (Use of Fictitious Business Name)
A business operating under a fictitious name or a name other than the legally recognized name must register the trade name with the Corporations Division. For more information, including assistance with completing the trade name application process, please contact the Corporations Division at (202) 442-4432 or visit DCRA Corporate Registration Information Center.
 
Vending Business License Application (Form 2013-10) (New Applicants Only)
All applicants for a Vending License must complete an application, remit the associated payment, and submit the required supporting documentation.
 
Clean Hands Certificate
All applicants must provide proof that the tax identification is in good standing with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue owing no more than $100 to the District of Columbia Government as a result of fees, penalties, interest, or taxes.
 
Notice of Business Tax Registration (New Applicants Only)
All new applicants must provide a registered tax number (i.e., SSN or FEIN) at the time of application. Register by completing and filing a Combined Business Tax Registration Application (Form FR-500) with the Office of Tax and Revenue, 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W270, Washington, DC 20024, (202) 727-4829. Online registration is available at the Business Tax Service Center.
 
Health Inspection Report Approval
All applicants for a Vending License must be inspected by and/or receive approval to operate from the Department of Health, Food Protection Division, (202) 535-2180, 899 North Capitol Street, NE, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.

Certified Food Protection Manager Identification Card
Vendors must have Certified Food Protection Manager(s) present on the premises during the hours the facility is open to the public. The name(s) and certification(s) of the food supervisor employee(s) must be provided to Department of Health inspectors. For more information, please contact the Office of Certification, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration, (202) 535-2180, 899 North Capitol Street, NE, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.
 
Driver’s License / State Identification Card
All applicants must provide a valid driver’s license or government-issued identification card. A resident of the District of Columbia may obtain a Driver’s or Non-Driver’s License from the Department of Motor Vehicles, 95 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024, (202) 734-4404. A non-resident shall obtain this report from the jurisdiction in which he/she resides.
 
Police Criminal History Report (Form PD-70)
All applicants for a Vending License must provide a certified copy of his/her Police Criminal History Report from the jurisdiction of residence within 30 days of the application submission date. A resident of the District of Columbia may obtain a Police Criminal History Report (PD-70) from the DC Metropolitan Police Department, Police Criminal History Report Division, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3055, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 727-4245. A non-resident shall obtain a Police Criminal History Report from both the jurisdiction in which he/she resides and the DC Metropolitan Police Department, Police Criminal History Report Division.
 
NOTE: The Police Criminal History Report and Identification must come from the same jurisdiction in order to meet application requirements.
 
Propane Operation Permit (if applicable)
All applicants for a Vending Business License must provide an approved inspection from the DC Fire Marshall pursuant to DC Municipal Regulations and DC Official Code. Permit must have been issued within the last year. A Fire Marshall Inspection can be obtained from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Department, Fire Prevention Inspection Division, (202) 727-1614, 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024.
 
Vehicle Registration (if applicable)
All applicants must provide a current vehicle registration card for the Vending Vehicle that is obtaining the Vendor Business license.
 
Site Permit
 
Mobile Site Permit – Mobile Vendors ONLY (Class A, B, or D)
All vendors operating a mobile vending vehicle are required to obtain a Mobile Site Permit. Each Mobile Site Permit shall authorize a specific mobile vending vehicle to operate in accordance with DC Municipal Regulations, Title 24, Chapter 5 §513 - 516.7. A valid vehicle registration must be provided for each Mobile Vending Vehicle. The fee for Mobile Site Permit is $600 per vehicle for a 2 year periods. These fees will be pro-rated to be concurrent with the Vending Business License period.
 
Sidewalk Site Permit – Sidewalk Vendors ONLY (Class A, B, or D)
All Vending Business Licenses which operate from sidewalk locations are required to obtain a Sidewalk Site Permit. Each Sidewalk Site permit shall authorize a Vending Business Licensee to vend from one specific sidewalk location. Sidewalk locations must meet requirements of DC Municipal Regulation, Title 24, Chapter 5 §525. The fee for Sidewalk Site Permit is $1,200 per location for a 2-year period.
 
Vendor Employee Badge
All vendors must apply for a Vendor Employee Badge in addition to the Vending License. The first badge is complimentary with the issuance of Vending License. To employ additional employees, the following is required:
  • $55.00 Payment
  • Vendor Employee Badge Application
  • Certified Food Protection Manager Identification Card (Class A or C Vendors Only)
  • Government-Issued Identification Card (i.e., Driver’s or Non- Driver’s License)
  • Police Criminal History Report
NOTE: Owner must be present at time of application for a Vendor Employee Badge.
 
Service Contact: 
Vending Division
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-4321
Contact TTY: 
711
Contact Suite #: 
2nd Floor
Office Hours: 
M, T, W, F from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm and Th from 9:30 am - 4:00 p.m
Service Location: 

1100 4th Street, SW

GIS Address: 
1100 4th Street, SW
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20024