Lemonade Stands Are Illegal in 36 States

June 24, 2020

Photo by AP Photo Jeffrey Collins

Selling lemonade from a front yard stand is often a child's first under-the-table job. But at least once a summer, we hear stories of government inspectors shutting some stands down, and for good reason: The mere existence of lemonade stands are illegal in 36 states unless their operator has a proper permit. According to the website OK Whatever, it took New York until 2019 to make it legal for children under 16 to sell lemonade without a permit, which typically costs $30 a year. The other 13 lemonade-friendly states are: California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.