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Annual Peddler/Vendor License




Annual Peddler/Vendor License

Issued by: License Commission

Governed By: Peddler - Massachusetts General Law (MGL) ch. 101, sec. 13-30 &
                     Cambridge Regulations.

                     Vendor - Massachusetts General Law (MGL) ch. 101, sec.1-12A & Cambridge

Process Length: Approximately four to six weeks

Fee: $175 hearing and newspaper advertising fee; $39/year license fee; $10.00 for criminal record check form.

Note: There is a cap on the number of Peddlers allowed in Cambridge. Harvard Square is restricted by city
         ordinance and requires permission of the Police Commissioner.


Step 1:

The applicant obtains and completes the Annual Peddler/Vendor License application. If the applicant is using a truck, a copy of the state Peddler's License for the applicant and all employees on the truck must be submitted. The truck registration must be provided.

Step 2:

If the applicant has a premise, ISD reviews the application for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance. This step is not applicable for mobile trucks.

Step 3:

The applicant must submit all completed forms along with:

  1. a detailed route, including time of stops,
  2. truck registration, and
  3. a copy of the Articles of Organization (if a corporation) or a copy of the Business Certificate obtainable from the City Clerk's Office, if applicable.

The applicant pays a $175 hearing and advertising fee. The License Commission will schedule a hearing on the second or fourth Tuesday of the month. The applicant is required to attend this hearing.

If approved, the License Commission will issue a Peddler/Vendor license upon receipt of inspection approvals and an annual license fee of $39.

Step 4:

If the vehicle uses propane, then the vehicle must be inspected by the Fire Department for compliance with the Department of Transportation & 527 CMR guidelines.

Step 5:

Both the License Commission and the Fire Department will conduct follow-up site visits.

Visiting City Hall

Cambridge City Hall

795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA, 02139
Ph: 617-349-4000
TTY: 617-349-4242

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Richard C. Rossi
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager