Sidewalk Vending

The City of Tacoma allows vendors to sell food, beverages, and arts and crafts that are original creations on city streets. Vendors must be in a commercially zoned district and may not impede the right of way. In addition to the City of Tacoma’s requirements, vendors may be required to contact other regulatory agencies to ensure they are in compliance.

Process for Sidewalk Vending License

Information related to applying and obtaining a sidewalk vending license can be found at the City of Tacoma regulatory license page. Please allow ten days for your vending application to be reviewed.

Guide to Sidewalk Vending Brochure

Licenses and Fees*

City of Tacoma Business License: $90
Initial Vendor Application Fee: $100
Annual Sidewalk Vending Fee: $50
Home Occupation License (may also be required)
* Make sure to check with Tax & License division at 253.591.5252 for the most up-to-date license fees.

 Other Agencies to Contact

In addition to the City of Tacoma’s requirements, vendors may be required to contact other regulatory agencies to ensure they are in compliance.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Apply directly to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Food & Community Safety Section, for permits relating to food sales or food services.
Phone: 253.798.6460
Address: 3629 South D Street, Tacoma WA 98418

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Phone: 360.902.5221
Address: 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501-5414
Website: www.lni.wa.gov/

Washington State Department of Licensing

Phone: 360.664.1400
Address: 3315 South 23rd St., Suite 300, Tacoma, WA 98405
Website: www.dor.wa.gov/