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Obtaining a Sidewalk Vending Permit
Sidewalk Vendors must possess a Business Tax Certificate, Sidewalk Vending Permit and City issued Photo ID to engage in sidewalk vending activities in the City of San Diego. As part of the registration process, applicants must also provide proof of a California Seller’s Permit and a County Health Permit and Food Handler Card, if applicable.
Additional information, including ordinance requirements and the application process, is provided below.
1 City of San Diego Municipal Code- Sidewalk Vending
File for a Fictitious Business Name with the County Clerk if you are planning on using a business name other than your given name, the name(s) of your partner(s), or the registered name of your LLC or Corporation.
If applicable, apply for and obtain a valid California Department of Tax and Fee Administration seller’s permit that designates a City of San Diego physical address as the location or sublocation.
4 Health Permit and Food Handler Card
5 Business Tax Certificate and Sidewalk Vending Permit
Apply for a City of San Diego Business Tax Certificate and Sidewalk Vending Permit with the Office of the City Treasurer. Sidewalk Vending applications must be processed in-person and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please email TRSPDPermits@sandiego.gov or call 619-615-1500. At your appointment, you will be required to provide a seller’s permit number, government issued ID, and a copy of your County issued Health Permit and Food Handler Card, if selling food.
Department of Environmental Health and Quality
5500 Overland Ave. #170
San Diego, CA 92123
City Treasurer: Business Tax Program
1200 Third Avenue, Suite 100
San Diego CA 92101
Economic Development Department
1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1400
San Diego, CA 92101