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Sidewalk Vending

On February 26, 2024 the City’s Sidewalk Vending Ordinance becomes effective, creating the Sidewalk Vending Program. All sidewalk vendors in Long Beach are required to obtain a Business License, and if selling food, a Health Permit.

A sidewalk vendor is a person who sells food or merchandise from pushcart, stand, display, pedal-driven cart, wagon, showcase, rack or other nonmotorized conveyance (collectively known as the "set-up") or from one's person upon a public sidewalk or pedestrian path.

5 Steps to Successfully Start & Operate Your Sidewalk Vending Business

Find out what kind of licenses and permits you need.

Every business in the city requires a business license, and if serving food, a health permit.  To help offset costs for sidewalk vendors, we have identified resources to reduce costs during your first year.
Learn more about licenses, permits and financial assistance

Plan where and when you will operate your business.

It’s important to keep pedestrians safe, ensure ADA accessibility and protect the landscape.  We’ve created a guide to help you understand where, when and how you can set up or operate your sidewalk vending business.
Get placement details

Make sure that food prepared and sold is safe.

Selling food?  There are different rules depending on the kind of food you are selling.  This helps keep diners safe and keeps you in compliance with California state law.
Food Safety Regulations

Daily practices: What you need to know.

Once you have the licenses, permits, and equipment you need, it’s time to open for business!  Set yourself up for success by learning the rules for traveling to your location, setting up, safely preparing and handling food, and shutting down your business operation for the day.
Get information about daily practices

Inspection and enforcement

To protect everyone’s health and safety, we will conduct routine inspections and will follow up on complaints with an emphasis on education wherever possible.

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