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Overview and Permits

Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit Course

The Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit Course is provided to educate and raise the awareness of sidewalk vendors and other stakeholders, such as business and property owners and consumers, about the city’s Sidewalk and Park Vending Program by meeting the following learning outcomes:

  • Provide information on the rules and regulations for vending in the public right of way and in parks;
  • Provide background on exempted areas due to public safety, public health and/or welfare concerns;
  • Provide information about the process for obtaining the appropriate permits as per the City’s requirements.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Sidewalk Vending

    • The history of Sidewalk Vending in Los Angeles.
    • What is sidewalk vending.
    • The purpose of the Vending Permit.
    • Why you need to get a permit.
    • What you need to start the process to obtain the vending permit.
    • How to get assistance in preparing your application.


    Lesson 2: Acquiring the Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC)

    • What is the Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC)?
    • What do you need to register for a BTRC?
    • What are the ways to register for the Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC)?
    • How to get assistance in preparing your application.


    Lesson 3: Acquiring the California Seller’s Permit

    • What is the California Seller’s Permit?
    • What do you need to register for a California Seller’s Permit?
    • Ways to apply for the California Seller’s Permit.
    • This process can usually be completed in one day.


    Lesson 4: Acquiring the Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit (Merchandise)

    • What are the requirements for the Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit?
    • What is the Sidewalk and Park Vending Merchandise Permit?
    • How do you complete the City of Los Angeles Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit application?
    • How do you schedule an appointment with StreetsLA and submit your permit application in-person?
    • How to get assistance in preparing your application.


    Lesson 5: LA County Public Health Permit - Plan Check

    • What are the requirements for the Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit?
    • What is the LA County Public Health Permit?
    • What is a Mobile Food Facility?
    • Who can get a Public Health permit?
    • What is the Vehicle Inspection Program?
    • What is the Plan Check process?
    • What are the cart Plan Check evaluation requirements?


    Lesson 6: LA County Public Health Permit - Final Inspection

    • What are the requirements for the Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit?
    • What is the Sidewalk and Park Vending Merchandise Permit?
    • How do you complete the City of Los Angeles Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit application?
    • How do you schedule an appointment with StreetsLA and submit your permit application in-person?
    • How to get assistance in preparing your application.


    Lesson 7: Acquiring the Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit (Food)

    • What the requirements are for the Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit (Food)
    • How to complete the City of Los Angeles Sidewalk & Park Vending Permit application.
    • How to schedule an appointment with StreetsLA and submit your permit application in-person.
    • How to get assistance in preparing your application.


    Lesson 8: Location and Safety

    • Where you allowed to sell.
    • How to protect yourself as a street vendor.
    • How to protect yourself and customers from COVID-19.
    • How to get assistance in preparing your application.


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