Peddlers License


A peddler is one who goes from place-to-place, house-to-house, street-to-street, or who occupies private property to sell goods, wares, merchandise, meats, fish, fruit, flowers, plants, trees, vegetables, or truck garden or farm products not grown on their own Bristol farm and has the items with them for immediate sale.

License Requirements

  • Application should be filled out and signed in front of a notary at the Town Clerk's Office.
  • Applicant must provide a color photograph (2-by-2 inches) taken within the past 60 days of head and shoulders.
  • The person must have a background check completed through the Police Department, and the chief of police must sign approval sheet.
  • If a peddler is selling food or beverages, the director of health must sign for food handlers. (There is a charge in the Health Department and for food handlers).
  • A certificate of insurance must be submitted and approved by the City of Bristol Comptroller’s Office.
  • A separate license application is required for each sales person.


  • Certain items sold by veterans who are residents of Connecticut (see Sec. 17-21) are eligible for exemption under C.G.S. Sec. 21-30.
  • Farmers and gardeners selling produce from their Bristol farms are exempt.
  • Non-profit organizations approved by the state are exempt.
  • Person having a regular place of business within the city the past 12 months are exempt.
  • Sales to retail or wholesale establishments are exempt.
  • Someone who takes orders or sells for a person having a regular business in the past 12 months is exempt.
  • Tag sales by residents of Bristol are exempt.


The annual license fee is $250 for one year from the date of issuance (no shorter period of time). Renewals must comply with above regulations.