The Bureau of Licensing, Taxation, and Central Support is responsible for the collection and administration of Business Privilege and Mercantile Taxes and Licensing, Vendor, Special Event and General Licensing, Parking Taxes and Licensing, Amusement Taxes and Licensing, Landlord Licensing, False Alarm Billing, and City of Harrisburg Dog Licensing.
This office should be the first stop within the City Government Center when an individual or business is interested in obtaining a business license to operate within the Corporate City limits of Harrisburg.
Our business license application packet also includes the appropriate forms for zoning approval (if your business will be based in the City), home occupation agreement and the Health license application. If you are interested in becoming a Vendor, all of the appropriate forms/applications are contained within the Vendor packet including the permission slip.
Our applications may be downloaded from the website and mailed to our office, or you may drop the application off in person. A check or money order is necessary to accompany a newly submitted application.
Additional Information: If you have a question about City or School District Property taxes, please contact the Office of the City Treasurer (717-255-3040). If you have a question about the Earned Income Tax (EIT) or Local Services Tax (LST), please contact Keystone Collection Group (1-888-328-0557 or 724-978-0300; keystonecollects.com).
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start a business in the City of Harrisburg?
Click here to visit our business page to learn more.
As a Non-Profit company am I required to obtain a Business Privilege/Mercantile License?
Yes. However, you may not be required to pay the mercantile tax depending on your Non-Profit status.
How can I apply for a transient license?
You will need to complete a General License Application. Please visit the Mercantile Tax office at the City Government Center room 305-A or download it from our knowledge-base by clicking here.
How can I apply to be a special event vendor?
You will need to complete the Special Event Vendor Application. The packet includes appropriate forms for the Vendor License as well as the Health License. Download it from our knowledge-base by clicking here.