Little Girls' Lemonade Stand Shut Texas

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 12:30 PM

It's summer time, which means adorable little kids will be setting up their lemonade stands around the country...until of course they get shut down because they don't have the proper permits. 

Two sisters in Texas, the Green girls, were told they cannot sell lemonade on the side of the street unless they have a permit from the Health Department. That permit can cost up to $100 and requires a somewhat lengthy application process.

How to Obtain a Texas Vendor License

If you are not a stationary business in Texas and you wish to sell your goods on the street or door to door, you must know how to obtain a Texas vendor license to comply with the state laws. You cannot just walk down the street and sell goods without this particular license and registration. Learn what you need to do to sell anything as a vendor in the state of Texas.

How to Get a Vendor's License in Texas to Sell Food on the Streets What Businesses Need a Vendor's License?

Things You'll Need
-Driver's license or photo identification
-Two photos of each applicant
-Background authorization form
-Application for license


1. Fill out the "Vendor Application" with the clerk of courts in the community where you plan to sell your goods. If you will have employees working with you, each person must fill out the "Employee Application."

2. Fill out and sign the authorization form for a background check. Each person who plans to sell goods as a vendor in the community must complete the form. You will need to provide a driver's license with a photo or a photo identification card.

3. Pay the fee associated with the application for the organization requesting a vendor license. Each employee must pay a smaller fee if he or she intends to work under the vendor license.

4. Pay the bond for each person that will sell goods under the vendor license if the application for a vendor license is accepted.

5. Provide two photos for each employee that will work under the license.

The girls were trying to make money for a trip to a water park. They were told by police they could ask for donations, but that they couldn't sell without a permit. Keep in mind the police are simply enforcing city code. 

Government: Promoting taking, not making, one lemonade stand at a time.