Peddler's solicit door-to-door or set up displays on the street to sell food or merchandise to passersby. They are able to run their business without the expense of a storefront. Peddler's permits are issued by New York county or city offices. Peddlers must abide by the rules, restrictions and regulations as determined by locality in which they want to do business.

Contact your local county government office. Permits are often issued by the Clerk of Courts division. They will be able to inform you of the guidelines established within the county. Individual cities in New York may also issue permits and impose restrictions and guidelines regarding peddlers and solicitors.

Complete the application for a peddler's permit. You will be required to provide your name, address and photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport. You may also be required to state what type of goods you will be selling, the name and addresses of your employees and a passport-sized photo. If you are selling food items, additional permits and inspections may be necessary.

Pay the fee for your permit. Fee amounts vary from locality to locality. According to New York state law, it is unlawful to charge a peddler's permit fee to honorably discharged veterans.