How to Get a Small Business Permit for Selling at Swap Meets

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Every vendor selling at a swap meet must have a seller's permit.
Every vendor selling at a swap meet must have a seller's permit. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Swap meets can provide a family oriented environment for vendors to sell a variety of items. Every vendor selling at a swap meet must have a seller's permit to collect sales taxes on items in applicable jurisdictions. A business must apply for the permit at its state's tax office.

Apply for a seller’s permit with your state. The website Business.gov will let you know where to get a seller's permit where you live. Type your state or ZIP code into the search field on the website and it will direct you to your state's site, where you can find an application.

Mail your application to the address printed on the form. Include a photocopy of your driver’s license or state ID card. You will receive the permit in the mail. As of 2011, the fee for the permit ranges from free to about $30, depending on your state.

Display your seller’s permit at the swap meet at all times. Your swap meet space is your storefront and it is taxed by law.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply for the seller's permit at least three weeks before opening your booth at the swap meet. The address of the swap meet must be on the permit.
  • Acquire a permit for each location if you sell goods at more than one swap meet. You won't need to apply separately for each one. Just list all of the addresses on the application, and your state will issue a permit for each one.

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References

  • "The Small Business Start-up Kit for California"; Peri Pakroo; 2010
  • Business.gov
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