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Friday, March 11, 2005

Do you have the proper permits?

Some of you may remember a story out of Florida approximately 6 months ago about a 6 year old girl that wanted to set up a lemonade stand. Her stand was shut down because she didn't have a permit. Many children in the U.S. set up these stands during the summer so they have something to do and to make a little money. It's a summertime tradition.

Another tradition for little girls is the Girl Scouts of America. Part of being a Girl Scout means that every year you asked to sell cookies to help fund the organization. Now, a father in New York was ticketed for helping his daughter deliver these cookies because he didn't have a license.

I agree that all vendors should obtain the proper licenses and permits in the jurisdiction they are doing business in. But, do we really need to consider the girl in Florida and the father in New York vendors?


Do you know if there is a sales dollor or volume threshold beyond which you are considered a vendor?

By Blogger Larry, at 8:56 AM  


I was unable to find a clear answer on the Division of Revenue's website. But, I did find their requirements for doing business in Delaware.

By Blogger Melissa, at 11:37 AM  

According to Patrick Carter, the Director of the Delaware Division of Revenue, "there is no minimum sales amount that triggers a business license requirement for sales in public or private places." Furthermore, non-profits such as the Girl Scouts of America, are normally exempt from license requirements. Maybe the same is not true in New York or the police officer was unaware. I suggest asking your local jurisdiction.

By Blogger Melissa, at 3:38 PM  

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