Vendor Law and Legal Definition

A vendor is a seller of something. The buyer is also referred to as the vendee. The term vendor is most often used to refer to a transaction involving real property, as opposed to personal property. Vendors are mainly subject to state and local laws and regulations, which may require licensing or permits, among other requirements.

Some states have particular vendor laws which apply to vendors of regulated items such as alcohol and tobaccco. Others have laws allowing for confiscation or seizure of any goods that are being sold by an unlicensed vendor. Laws may affect vendors selling any goods, such as food, flowers, and crafts or providing services and it includes mobile food vendors, door-to-door vendors and vendors selling from sidewalks and median strips.