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Vendor Licensing


As of Sept. 6, 2012, there are now two different types of Vendor's Licenses in the state of Ohio. Both of them cost $25.  The following should help you decide which license to purchase for your business:

Regular County Vendor's License - This type of license is required when selling an actual product at a permanent location. Additionally, vendors that provide services should apply for this license if they have a fixed place of business in the county. Delivery vendors should also purchase a county vendor's license. There is a printable application at the bottom of this section which may be filled in and mailed back to our office (with payment enclosed) or filled in and returned to our office in person. Checks should be made out to the Butler County Treasurer's Office.

Transient Vendor's License - This type of license is required for any vendor that does not maintain a fixed business location. This includes vendors that travel throughout the state with a stock of goods or those who sell at festivals and flea markets. This license is good throughout the state of Ohio.  You can purchase this license through the Ohio Department of Taxation 1-888-405-4089 (sales tax), or you can purchase Online through the Ohio Business Gateway (www.obg.ohio.gov).

Note: Delivery vendors should obtain a county license and report tax at the rate in effect at the business location where the vendor receives the order. Service providers (such as landscapers) must charge and collect tax at the rate in effect in the county where the service is performed.  Questions regarding the proper collection and remission of sales tax should be directed to the Ohio Department of Taxation.

There is no renewal fee for any type of vendor's license and vendors who currently are operating under a service or delivery vendor's license will continue to make sales using their current license.


Regular County Vendor License Application (fillable form)

(Complete the form, print and mail to: Butler County Auditor's Office, Vendor License, 130 High St., Hamilton OH 45011. Make checks payable to the Butler County Treasurer.)

License and Filing Requirements (Ohio Department of Taxation)


Frequent Questions About Vendor's Licenses Answered


Cancelling a Vendor License: If a vendor stops making taxable retail sales, a final return must be filed with the Ohio Department of Taxation and all taxes must be paid within 15 days of the final sale. Vendors must complete the space provided on the final return, indicating the last day of business. If you have questions regarding this process, please call the Ohio Department of Taxation at 1-888-405-4089.

Contacting the Auditor's Office: For vendor license questions, call 513-887-3043.




Vendor License Search

You may search our database of vendor licenses issued by the Butler County Auditor's Office by business/owner name or date of license application.

Select from the options below according to the search you wish to perform.

Search by business name



Changing Your Business Location?

If a vendor moves an existing place of business to another location in the county, the vendor may either purchase a new vendor’s license or submit a request to transfer the existing license to the new location. The request form may be obtained from either the Auditor’s Office or the Ohio Department of Taxation. There is no fee to transfer the license.

A new license is required if there is a change in ownership: sole proprietor to partnership, corporation to sole proprietor, partnership to sole proprietor, etc.


Vendor Transfer Form (Change of Address)


Questions About Starting a New Business?

Getting Started in Ohio, Ohio Business Gateway

Opening a New Business, Ohio Secretary of State

Employer ID (Federal Tax ID) Numbers Explained, IRS

Business Filing Forms, Ohio Secretary of State

How to Apply for a Liquor Permit, Ohio Dept. of Commerce

Information on Motor Vehicle Dealer's License Process, Ohio BMV

Pawnbrokers & Precious Metals Dealers, Ohio Dept. of Commerce

Pawnbroker application kit

Temporary Food Service License, County Board of Health

Auctioneer Guide, Ohio Department of Agriculture

County Plumbing Permit

Sales and Use Tax Information

(Butler County Sales Tax Rate is 6.5%)

General Sales Tax Information, Ohio Dept. of Taxation

Business Taxes, How do I ..., Ohio Dept. of Taxation

FAQs - Sales & Use Tax, Ohio Dept. of Taxation

Food Definition, Ohio Dept. of Taxation

Sales Tax Exemption for Ohio Farms, OSU Extension

Sales and Use Tax Forms, Ohio Dept. of Taxation

Construction Contracts & Exemption Certificates

Contact Information for Ohio Dept. of Taxation

6.5% Tax Rate Schedule

County-by-County Sales Tax Rate Map, Ohio Dept. of Taxation

Commercial Activity Tax (Ohio Department of Taxation)


Butler County Administration Building: 130 High Street, 3rd & 4th floors, Hamilton, OH 45011 Phone: 513-887-3154 FAX: 513-887-3149
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