Special Collections


Special Collections - Licenses

​Amusement Center ​License
An annual fee for an amusement center license is charged for each coin-operated amusement device located in the center. Amusement center licenses expire one year from the date of issuance. A fee is charged for issuing a replacement license for one that is lost, destroyed, or mutilated. 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 a license, visit the Special Collections Section at 1500 Marilla Street, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. or call (214) 670-3438.  For additional information, please refer to Chapter 6A Amusement Centers. To print an application, refer to : Amusement Center Application.pdf

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, refer to:  Alcoholic Beverage Fee Schedule For additional information, please refer to:   Chapter 6 Alcoholic Beverages orTABC Guide for Tax Assessor-Collectors.

Billiard Hall License
An annual license fee of per regulated billiard table is charged to businesses operated for profit and an additional occupation tax  per table  (whether coin-operated or not ).   For more information, contact the Dallas Police Vice Control Division at (214) 671-3230 To pick up a 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.    For additional information, please refer to: Chapter 9A Billiard Halls.  To print an application, please refer to:Billiard Hall Application.PDF

Coin Operated Machines
An annual license tax  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 Section at 
1500 Marilla Street
, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. or call 
(214) 670-3438.  For additional information, please refer to Chapter 44-32 Occupation Tax on Coin-Operated Machines. To print an application, refer to:  Coin Operated Machines Application.PDF

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). For additional information, please refer to Chapter 14 Dance Halls or contact the Dallas Police Vice Control Division at (214) 671-3230. To pick up 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.  To print an application, refer to: Dance Hall Application.PDF

Precious Metal Vendor

A license is required for vendors of precious metals. An annual fee 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 1500 Marilla Street, 2DS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.  or call (214) 670-3438. For additional information, please refer to: Chapter 39B Regulated Property – Purchase and Sale.                         To print an application, refer to: Regulated Property Dealers Application.pdf

Sexually Oriented Business License

An annual license fee is charged to businesses that are primarily sexually oriented. Applications must be approved by the Dallas Police Vice Control Division. Special Collections collects fees and issues licenses. For additional information, please refer to: Chapter 41A Sexually Oriented Business or contact the Dallas Police Vice Control Division at (214) 671-3230. To pick up a 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.                                                  To Print an application, refer to:  Sexually Oriented Business Application.PDF