Special Collections


Special Collections - Licenses

​Amusement Center ​License
Dallas City Code SEC 6a-5 - The annual fee for an amusement center license is $48 for each coin-operated amusement device located in the center.  Amusement center licenses expire one year from the date of issuance.  The fee for issuing a replacement license for one that is lost, destroyed, or mutilated is $2.  The fee is payable to the city upon approval of the license by the chief of police. No refund of license fees will be made. To pick up an application and/or license, visit the Special Collections at 1500 Marilla Street, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. or call (214) 670-3438.

Alcoholic  Beverage Local Fee                                                                                                                                                                               A  bi-annual local  fee is charged to businesses engaged in retail beer and/or liquor sales or wholesale beer distribution approved by the state. To remit fees, contact the Special Collections Section of Dallas Water Utilities at 1500 Marilla Street, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. or call (214) 670-3438. To view the current approved fee schedule, see DWU-FRM-093-RB_AlcoholicBeverageFeeSchedule.pdf.                                                                                                                                                            For additional information, please refer to TABC Guide for Tax Assessor-Collectors.

Billiard Hall License
An annual license fee of $75 per regulated billiard table is charged to businesses operated for profit and an additional occupation tax of $15 per table  (whether coin-operated or not ).   For more information, call the Dallas Police Vice Control Division at (214) 671-3230 To pick up an application and/or license, visit the Special License Section of Special Collections at 1500 Marilla Street, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. or call (214) 670-3438.

Coin Operated Machines
An annual license tax of $15.00 is charged for each state-taxed ​coin-operated machine in the City 
of Dallas. To obtain a decal, visit the Special License Section of Special Collections at 
1500 Marilla Street
, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. or call 
(214) 670-3438.

Dance Hall License
An annual license fee is charged to businesses operating a place where dancing is permitted (contingent on approval from Dallas Police Vice Control Division). Call the Dallas Police Vice Control Division at (214) 671-3230 for more information. To pick up an application and/or license, visit Special Collections at 
1500 Marilla Street
, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. or call 
(214) 670-3438.

Precious Metal Vendor
A license is required for vendors of precious metals. An annual fee of $245 is charged per precious metal vending location. To obtain an application for a Precious Metal Vendor License, call the Dallas Police Department (214) 670-8320 located at 1840 Chestnut. To pay for an approved license, visit Special Collections at 1500 Marilla Street, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. or call (214) 670-3438.

Sexually Oriented Business License
An annual license fee of $808 is charged to businesses that are primarily sexually oriented. Applications must be approved by the Dallas Police Vice Control Division. The Special License Section of Special Collections collects fees and issues licenses. Call the Dallas Police Vice Control Division at (214) 671-3230 for more information. To pick up an application and/or license, visit Special Collections at 1500 Marilla Street, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. or call (214) 670-3438.