How do I apply for a Transient Vendor License?

The City of Newburyport issues four (4) transient vendor licenses in the downtown area on Inn Street only. Two (2) of these are for Food Vendors and two (2) for Arts related Vendors. These licenses are valid for the year of the accepted application. The City may issue up to ten (10) transient vendor licenses in total, including areas outside of the downtown district.  At the end of each year Vendors may reapply for another license if they choose with the understanding the Newburyport Licensing Commission will consider their application along with any others being submitted. 

All Applications must be submitted with all the requested documentation (including photographs/diagram with dimensions of cart) and a $50.00 fee between January 1st and two weeks prior to the March Licensing Commission meeting (usually the first Wednesday in March).  Any partial applications submitted will not be considered. All applicants should review the Transient Vendor Ordinance link below the Transient Vendor Application link on the left side of the Licensing Commission webpage.  The Applicant must attend the meeting to introduce themselves and discuss what they will be selling.  If licenses remain available after the March meeting, applications can be submitted two weeks prior to any regularly scheduled Licensing Commission meeting for consideration.

For vendor licenses for weekend festivals please contact the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce at 978-462-6680.

For vendor licenses for Yankee Homecoming, please contact the Yankee Homecoming organizers at their website