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LA City Council Reworks Street Vendor Regulations Before State Law Takes Effect

A street vendor licensing system is at the core

Street vendor on 6th and Bonnie Brae in Los Angeles
Street vendor on 6th and Bonnie Brae in Los Angeles
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

There are only 71 days until the Safe Sidewalk Vending Act becomes state law, and the Los Angeles City Council is scrambling to pass its own local guidelines to regulate street vending within Los Angeles.

Senate Bill 946’s recent passage is the driving force behind the rush. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill on September 17, but it says that California cities and municipalities cannot prohibit or regulate vendors without an existing licensing system.

The bill forced the street vending permit issue throughout the state, placing City Council members into three separate meetings last Wednesday. Over 200 street vendors crowded into the hall to learn how the City plans to comply with SB 946. The body hopes to pass an ordinance by mid-November, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Over 200 street vendors fillled city council chambers yesterday to hear how the City of LA plans to comply with SB946....

Posted by The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign on Thursday, October 18, 2018

SB 946 invalidates the City Council and City Attorney’s street vending ordinance written last April. The Council’s new rules are required to address a number of issues, which includes a ban near major venues, health and safety, sidewalk space, fines, and a new permit system. The Council’s next street vending meeting is November 15.