Hawker and Peddler Application

Hawker and Peddler Licenses are required for individuals who sell goods to people passing by in different locations and towns.

Division of Standards

The Details of Hawker and Peddler Application

What you need for Hawker and Peddler Application


Documents required with your online application:

  • Completed online application.
  • Signed Certificate of Character by your local Chief of Police (Please print and have your local Chief of Police sign it, then upload it to your online application).

Other requirements, depending on the type of anticipated goods to be sold: 

Criminal Record Check:
A criminal record check may be required by your local Police in applying for a license. Check with the local Police Department where you live. If you do require a record check, please complete a CORI application online.

Food Sales:
Any food selling requires a Health Certificate obtained from the local Board of Health, where you intend to sell your goods. Also a Sales Tax Registration Number must be obtained from the Department of Revenue located at the Saltonstall Building, 100 Cambridge St., Boston, MA.

Fish or Shellfish Sales:
In addition to the Hawkers and Peddlers License, a Retail Detailers Permit as required by Chapter 130 of Mass General Laws, must be obtained from the Division of Marine Fisheries located at the Saltonstall Building, Room 1901, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA.

Local Rules and Regulations:
All licenses issued are subject to local rules and regulations. Applicants are advised to check with the local Police Departments concerning local rules, regulations and other restrictions prior to filing your application. Fees are non refundable.

Any person under the age of 16 must obtain a work permit from the school district prior to licensing.

The license is valid for 1 year.

RENEWALS: You will need to go through the full application process annually.



Fees for Hawker and Peddler Application


  • $62 per regular application/renewal.
  • All fees are non-refundable 
Name Fee Unit
Hawker and Peddler $62 Per individual application each year.

How to apply Hawker and Peddler Application

Only money orders or checks (personal, business or bank check) are accepted. Make checks payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Cash is not accepted. 

Mail Application and Payment to:

Division of Standards

One Ashburton Place, Room 1115

Boston, MA 02108



Contact for Hawker and Peddler Application

One Ashburton Place, Room 1115, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 727-5705