Sidewalk Vendors


The purpose of the sidewalk vendor permit is to help promote entrepreneurship, while ensuring the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare.  The requirements of getting your permit are put in place to make sure the traffic from vehicles and pedestrians in the public right-of-way are not affected, vending does not negatively impact the public safety and to make sure that food vendors are following County public health requirements.

To Apply

To apply for a roaming or stationary sidewalk vendor permit, please complete a permit application and supplemental questionnaire. You will also need to provide any required documents for your type of vending business whether you are roaming or stationary or if you are selling food or merchandise. Until you meet these requirements, your application will be considered incomplete.

Please bring your application and required documentation to the City of Modesto Neighborhood Preservation Unit, located at 1010 10th Street, room 3100. Neighborhood Preservation Unit staff will review and process your application with the goal of issuing new permits within two (2) weeks of receiving your application.

Required Documents and Forms

The below listed documents must be provided at the time of application.

Additional Requirements for Vendors Selling Food Items

In addition to the above, vendors proposing to sell food items will need to provide the following:

  • Copy of required approvals and permits issued by Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources.
  • Copy of City of Modesto Fire Department inspection clearance (if using heating element)  

Additional Fees                         

The following fees will be due after the approval of a vendor permit and before your permit will be issued.

Renewing your Permit

A permit may be renewed annually for stationary and roaming sidewalk vendors. Renewal applications will be available after November 1st of each year and must be completed by December 15 of the same calendar year. For your renewal application to be considered complete, you must submit your payment of the annul permit fee of $150.00.

Stationary sidewalk vendor permits may be renewed annually for up to four (4) consecutive years before having to apply for a new permit. Any designated stationary location that we have not received payment for by December 15 will be made available for permitting of any future applicant after January 1 of the following year.