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Portland Bureau of Transportation

We keep Portland moving

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Vending Carts

City Code states that it is unlawful for any person to sell any goods or services on any public sidewalk within the City of Portland without first obtaining a permit from the City Engineer. The following items and services are approved for sale from sidewalk vending carts:

  • food for immediate consumption
  • fresh cut flowers
  • inflated balloons
  • shoe shines
  • umbrellas
All items or services to be sold must:
  • be vended from a regulation size vending cart
  • not lead to or cause congestion or blocking of pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk
  • involve a short transaction period to complete the sale or render the service
  • not cause undue noise or offensive odors
  • be easily carried by pedestrians
Sidewalk vending is covered in Section 17.26 of City Code. The vending cart dimension and design is subject to review and approval by the Bureau of Development Services.  
An information/application packet is available online or at 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 800. 
(Portland Building) Hours are 8:00 to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

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Phone: 503-823-7002  Option 5
Fax: 503-279-3969

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