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Posted on: March 22, 2018

New ordinance passed: Outdoor vending regulations

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The City of Brighton City Council recently passed new regulations for vendors who operate within city limits. After seeing increased inquiries from both businesses and citizens about doing more outdoor businesses, city staff decided it was time to review the existing regulations, passed in 2004, to make sure they met the needs of the City and citizens. The new regulations now incorporate mobile vending, such as food trucks, and allows for some form of outdoor vending throughout most of the City, both on City streets and on private property.

All vendors are required to get a $50 license. If a vendor would like to operate on private property, they are also required to get a permit for that property which costs an additional $50.

Residential neighborhoods are the most restrictive and are designed for businesses who are not stationary, such as an ice cream cart. The code also allows for property owners to hire outdoor vendors to sell on their property. A good example of this is getting a food truck for a graduation party. Residential vending is restricted to one day per month and may only operate between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Vendors may also sell in City parks, but permission from the City is required.

While street-side vendors who set up their business downtown, in commercial areas, or industrial areas have the fewest restrictions, there are some regulations to be aware of:
•To vend in the downtown, vendors must be associated with a downtown business, be on the same block as that business, and cannot operate in front of a door.
•All parking regulations must be followed
•Vendors cannot park in one location for longer than five hours unless prior permission has been granted
•Vendors must provide a trash can and remove any trash within 25 feet of their location, whether they are responsible for it or not
•Other than a trash can, vendors cannot have any furniture that is not attached to their vending unit
•Vending units cannot be within 50 feet of an intersection or 20 feet of a marked crosswalk

This ordinance will go into effect March 19, 2018.

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