Vending Permits

What We Do

Patrons visiting a food truck.

We encourage street-food vending to increase public use, enjoyment, and safety of our public right of way. With proper design and management, street-food vending can be a great way to encourage walking, add vitality to the street, and promote local economic development. 

Specifically, we provide guidance and facilitate the permitting process for businesses interested in vending food or flowers in public spaces.  



Program Goals

Through the street vending program, we seek to:

  • Increase the vibrancy of our streets, sidewalks, and public spaces
  • Support local business development and entrepreneurs
  • Ensure the safety and mobility of the traveling public

Apply for a Permit

You can apply for a vending permit through the Seattle Services Portal. We've outlined how to get started using the Seattle Services Portal below:

Food Truck Vending - vending from a vehicle at a designated curb space. 

  • Under Create New select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Short Term Use" and "Vending" record type. 
  • Under "Use Code Description" you will need to select between "Curb Space Vending (Paid Parking)" or "Curb Space Vending (Non-paid Parking)"

Stadium, Sidewalk, and Plaza Vending - vending in the designated stadium area, from a sidewalk, or plaza  

Stadium and event center vending includes selling goods, things, services, food, or nonalcoholic beverages of any kind from a temporary display table, tent, vending cart, or food vehicle during event days at a specific site in the authorized Stadium Event Vending area. Only two vending carts on a sidewalk are allowed per block face. Vending of food from a food vehicle is allowed at a specific site on a public plaza.  

  • Under Create New select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Short Term Use" and "Vending" record type.  
  • Under "Use Code Description" you will need to select between "Stadium Vending" or "Sidewalk/Plaza Vending" 

Temporary Vending - vending for an event 

You may vend from a curb space during an event located on private property or an event occurring in the public place. Your permit is valid for the specific days and hours during the event. You may need additional Street Use permits if the adjoining public sidewalk or street will be closed for the special activity.

  • Under Create New select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Short Term Use" and "Temporary Activation" record type. 

Route Vending - mobile vending of food exempt from a King County Health Department Mobile Food Unit permit allowed in a public place on a mobile route 

Examples of acceptable types of food include popcorn, ice cream, cotton candy, slushies, corn on the cob, roasted nuts, ready-to-eat food, and hot beverages.   Most mobile food vending activities in the right of way require permits from the King County Health Department as well as additional permits. However, mobile food vending does not require a King County Health Department Mobile Food Unit permit. Please review this list of health-permit exempt food from the King County Public Health website. 

  • Under Create New select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Short Term Use" and "Vending" record type.  
  • Under "Use Code Description" you will need to select "Route Vending"  

First Amendment Vending - vending of merchandise in which the organization's political, religious, sociological, or ideological message is inextricably intertwined is allowed in a permitted site  

For more information, please see Director's Rule 94-2.

  • Under Create New select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Short Term Use" and "Vending" record type.  
  • Under "Use Code Description" you will need to select "First Amendment Vending"  

Important Notes

  • Vending permit applications require a site plan  (11"x17"preferred).  
  • CAM 2800 lists the required documents for each vending type. Please review the CAM before submitting your application. 
  • Please also review our Vending Fee Schedule to learn about fees associated with our vending permits.  
  • There are also insurance requirements associated with permitting of some vending activities. To learn more about these requirements, please see CAM 2102.   

Looking for information about our permitted vending sites, site permit status, or where to make a public comment?

You can find all this information on our Public Comment page. Use the button on the right to visit that page.

Looking for the Vendor Bulletin?

Vendor Bulletin

Is a Vending Permit all I need to become a vendor?

Vending in public spaces requires more than just a Street Use vending permit. To start your new vending business, you will first need a City of Seattle business license from Seattle’s Finance & Administrative Services Department. Depending on your business type, you may also need a food permit from the King County Health Department or a Seattle Fire Marshal permit (for use of open flame, wood, or charcoal to prepare food).

In Seattle right-of-way, vendors are permitted to sell food and/or cut flowers only. This limitation expands for vending in authorized stadium areas, and for organizations exercising first amendment rights.

A Street Use vending permit allows you to use the specific location you identify; and the vending decal you receive must always be prominently displayed, to avoid fines and penalties. If you intend to vend on property managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation, you will need to obtain a Park Use permit.