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Bureau of Development Services Holds Vending Cart Meeting

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Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services, (503) 823-4268

(Portland, Ore.) A well attended informational meeting for Portland vending cart owners was held Wednesday, December 8th, at the Bureau of Development Services Building. The meeting was focused on providing vending cart owners clear and consistent information regarding permit requirements and options to legalize non-permitted structures associated with vending cart operations.

Vending Cart Meeting - 12/08/10 

A question and answer discussion facilitated by Mike Liefeld, BDS Enforcement Manager, addressed building code requirements, processes and the challenges of legalizing unpermitted site-built structures associated with vending carts. Randy Leonard, City Commissioner in charge of BDS, Paul Scarlett, BDS Director, and building and zoning code officials addressed issues and answered questions. Approximately 70 vending cart operators attended the meeting.

"It was great to have so many interested and pro-active vending cart owners attend the meeting" said Paul Scarlett, BDS Director, "We believe vending carts are a vital part of our City and as with all of our customers, we are committed to ensuring they are safe, as well as successful."

Additional meetings may be held to further assist the vending cart community on City Codes that apply to their businesses. If you are interested in attending such meetings, please contact Crystle Cowen at (503) 823-7324.

A summary of regulations that apply to vending carts located on private property can be found on line at:

If you wish to speak with City officials about the regulations that apply to vending cart development, please visit the City's Development Services Center (DSC). The following link outlines DSC hours of operations and service availability:

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jeni smith

December 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Great to hear the meeting was so informative. The summary is great for those who could not attend. Merry Xmas from everyone at and have a safe new year.

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