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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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I want to operate a vending cart on the public sidewalk

Sidewalk vending carts are permitted by the Bureau of Transportation and are only permitted within certain commercial districts. The permit is issued for the calendar year and is for a set location.

Items and services such as ready-to-eat food, snacks, flower arrangements, jewelry, and shoe-shining can be sold from sidewalk vending carts.

There are regulations concerning cart size and aesthetics. The application process requires a letter of consent from abutting property, proof of insurance and plans showing the construction of the cart.

View information/application packet online or at 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 800 (the Portland Building). Or, Bureau of Transportation's Street Systems Management Division at (503) 823-7002, Option 5.