LA City Council Legalizes Sidewalk Vending, Establishes Permit System

After years of attempts, Los Angeles became on Nov. 28, 2018 the second-largest U.S. City to legalize sidewalk vending by approving a permit system.

Beginning Jan. 1, vendors will have to abide by a series of rules and regulations, including: ensure that they are not impeding the flow of pedestrian traffic or ADA access; be three feet from one another; maintain a clean area around their cart; have all the necessary permits, and much more. Over the next year, the City will work to implement a citywide permit program with the goal to issue permits by January 2020.

In April of 2017, the City of Los Angeles decriminalized sidewalk vending, allowing for only administrative fines to be given for any sidewalk vending violations. However, sidewalk vending remained illegal until most recently.

“This is win for the vending community and a gain for micro-entrepreneurs in pursuit of opportunity and the American Dream. It is justice for tens of thousands of immigrant and low-income Angelenos who work early mornings, late evenings and sacrifice weekends as sidewalk vendors,” said Councilman Curren Price, who introduced a motion to legalize sidewalk vending alongside Councilmember José Huizar. “After years of hearings, compromise and healthy debates, we can finally say, for the first time ever, Los Angeles will have a sensible sidewalk vending policy that is fair, enforceable and inclusive.”

The new rules includes restricted areas where vending is prohibited within 500 feet, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios, as well as Staples Center, LA Memorial Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, and the Hollywood Bowl on event days.

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