Vendor

The Vendor application is for:

For specific application requirements, please review the application details below. 


Temporary Merchants

City Code defines a Temporary Merchant as "any person, whether owner or otherwise, whether a resident of the City or not, who engages in a temporary business of selling and delivering goods, wares, merchandise and services within the City, and who, in furtherance of such purpose, hires, leases, uses or occupies any building, structure or motor vehicle within the City for the exhibition and sale of food, beverages, goods, merchandise or services.

License Prerequisites
Temporary Merchants applying for an annual or semi-annual license must have the following pre-requisites (if applicable) when they apply:

  • Cash or Surety Bond in the amount of $1,000.00 per person or $5,000.00 per company.
  • All out-of-state applicants must provide a copy of their Driver's License or State Identification Card
  • A $125 Clean-up Bond must be submitted with applications for Temporary Merchants operating Christmas Tree Lots, Fruit and Vegetable Stands, Rug Sales, Picture Sales, etc.
  • If selling food items, you must contact the Central District Health Department for a Health Certificate. You must bring your Health Certificate with you and apply for an Food and Beverage License at the same time you apply for your Temporary Merchants License.
  • If you operate a Christmas Tree Lot (11/23-1/1), Fruit and Vegetable Stand or other type of stand on a private lot, you must secure a Seasonal Use Zoning Certificate from Planning and Development Services. Call (208) 608-7100 for information.
  • If you want your operation in the Boise City parks or greenbelt, contact Parks and Recreation Department at (208) 608-7600.
  • If you operate on any public roads, sidewalks or rights-of way, you and your customers may not block pedestrian or vehicular traffic. If you have questions, please contact the Ada County Highway District at (208) 387-6100. 

Step 1: Apply Online

The City of Boise has recently launched a new online licensing system that allows you to apply for your license online. First time users of this system will be required to set up an account.

  1. Login here. If you are a first time user you will need to create an account
  2. After logging in, click "APPLY > LICENSE" in the top menu bar.
    • Review and accept the online disclaimer.
    • Select the Vendor Application from the menu and apply.

Step 2: Background Check Required

You are applying for a license that requires a background check. You must come to Boise City Hall for fingerprinting.

  • Background checks require fingerprinting and must be done at Boise City Hall. (150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702)
  • Fingerprinting must be completed before your license will be processed.
  • For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at (208) 972-8150 or cityclerk@cityofboise.org.

Food Cart Vendors

  • Food trucks and mobile vendor carts also require an Eating and Drinking Mobile License.
  • All sidewalk vendors must use approved vending carts as specified by the City Clerk's Office.
  • Street vending carts within the Downtown Boise core area must be placed over authorized street vending medallions. For information on medallion locations, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (208) 972-8150.
  • City Code defines street vending as "the peddling, vending, selling, displaying, or offering for sale of any item of tangible personal property or other thing of value from a mobile vending trailer or vehicle situated on the public rights-of-ways between the curb lines by a vendor to persons on the sidewalk."

Step 1: Apply Online

The City of Boise has recently launched a new online licensing system that allows you to apply for your license online. First time users of this system will be required to set up an account.

  1. Login here. If you are a first time user you will need to create an account
  2. After logging in, click "APPLY > LICENSE" in the top menu bar.
    • Review and accept the online disclaimer.
    • Select the Vendor Application from the menu and apply.

Step 2: Background Check Required

You are applying for a license that requires a background check. You must come to Boise City Hall for fingerprinting.

  • Background checks require fingerprinting and must be done at Boise City Hall. (150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702)
  • Fingerprinting must be completed before your license will be processed.
  • For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at (208) 972-8150 or cityclerk@cityofboise.org.

Special Event Vendors

License Prerequisites
All event organizers applying for a blanket vendor's license for an event must have the following (if applicable) when they apply: 

  • City Parks and Recreation Department (if city park land will be used as the event site);
  • Written permission from Ada County Highway District , If event will be on public streets;
  • Police Background Check;
  • Certificate of Insurance for $5000.00 naming the City and ACHD as additional insured;
  • Planning & Zoning Permit (If Event Will Use a Carnival);
  • Fire Department Permit (If Event Will Use a Carnival);
  • A list of any and all individual vendors involved in the event;
  • Each vendor serving food must also have a Food and Beverage License.

Step 1: Apply Online

The City of Boise has recently launched a new online licensing system that allows you to apply for your license online. First time users of this system will be required to set up an account.

  1. Login here. If you are a first time user you will need to create an account
  2. After logging in, click "APPLY > LICENSE" in the top menu bar.
    • Review and accept the online disclaimer.
    • Select the Vendor Application from the menu and apply.

Step 2: Background Check Required

You are applying for a license that requires a background check. You must come to Boise City Hall for fingerprinting.

  • Background checks require fingerprinting and must be done at Boise City Hall. (150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702)
  • Fingerprinting must be completed before your license will be processed.
  • For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at (208) 972-8150 or cityclerk@cityofboise.org.

Important Notes

All vendors that are part of the event list do not require separate vendors licenses. Vendors selling food or drink must have a current Food and Beverage permit.

  • A "Special Event" as defined by City Code is: "a preplanned single gathering, event or series of related consecutive daily gatherings or events of an entertainment, cultural, recreational, educational, political, religious or sporting nature, or of any other nature, expected to draw one thousand (1000) or more persons at any session as participants or spectators which is proposed to be held on Boise City Parks and Recreation property or property that is owned, leased, operated, maintained or controlled by Boise City, Ada County Highway District, or the Capital City Development Corporation. Examples of Special Events include, by way of illustration and without limitation, these types of events if conducted in Boise City Parks, on City property, or upon the sidewalks and streets of the City: concerts, dances, assemblages, processions, parades, circuses, fairs, festivals, block parties, community events, mass participation sports (such as, marathons and running events, bicycle races or tours, sports tournaments), other organized activity conducted for a common or collective use. Applicants, sponsors, or promoters of events which would otherwise qualify as a special event but expect less than one thousand (1000) persons shall, at their choice, be entitled to use the City Clerk’s Special Event permit application, related documents, and process to seek appropriate government agency approvals."

Solicitors

City Code defines a solicitor as "an individual, including an employee or agent of a group of individuals, partnership, or corporation, whether a resident of the City or not, who is taking or attempting to take, whether in person or by telephone, orders for sale of food, beverages, goods, merchandise or services to be furnished or performed in the future, whether he is collecting advance payments on such sales or not. Such definitions shall include any person who, for himself, or for another person hires, leases, uses or occupies any building, structure, or motor vehicle within the City for the sole purpose of exhibiting samples and taking orders for future delivery."

License Prerequisites

  • Cash or Surety Bond in the amount of $1,000.00 per person or $5,000.00 per company.
  • All out-of-state applicants must provide a copy of their Driver's License or State Identification Card

Step 1: Apply Online

The City of Boise has recently launched a new online licensing system that allows you to apply for your license online. First time users of this system will be required to set up an account.

  1. Login here. If you are a first time user you will need to create an account
  2. After logging in, click "APPLY > LICENSE" in the top menu bar.
    • Review and accept the online disclaimer.
    • Select the Vendor Application from the menu and apply.

Step 2: Background Check Required

You are applying for a license that requires a background check. You must come to Boise City Hall for fingerprinting.

  • Background checks require fingerprinting and must be done at Boise City Hall. (150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702)
  • Fingerprinting must be completed before your license will be processed.
  • For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at (208) 972-8150 or cityclerk@cityofboise.org.

For questions or additional information on the new system, please visit the Permitting & Licensing FAQ's.