A revocable license is required prior to any person engaging in the business of sidewalk vending. The license is subject to review and conditions for every vendor operation and in some situations it may require an approved supplemental vendor book.
Application to vend from a sidewalk or public right of way in the Central Business District shall be made to the Department of Permitting Services on an application for a Vendors License. The application package will require the following additional information:
Carts may not exceed three (3) feet in width by seven (7) feet in length including any hitch, and not exceed a height of five (5) feet excluding canopies or umbrellas, which must be a minimum of seven (7) feet above the sidewalk. Umbrellas and canopies shall not exceed 28 square feet in area.
Carts must be on wheels. They must be of lightweight construction so that one (1) adult person with no auxiliary power can move it from place to place. They must be capable of transporting all vendors’ wares such that the vendor can set up and break down the sidewalk-vending cart without placing any objects on the sidewalk or street beyond two (2) feet of the edge of the cart. Carts can only be made of durable easy to clean materials.
Carts may not be motorized or move on their own power. They can have NO amplified sound and all advertising and other signage is limited to the name of the sidewalk-vending cart or listing of items sold and price in lettering no larger than two (2) inches.
A Zoning Inspector will evaluate your application and site plan to ensure all Location Requirements are met as per Montgomery County Code (See Section 47.02.03.09 ). Sidewalk vendors must not locate in or obstruct the travel lane of a public right-of-way, the pedestrian area of the sidewalk, or bike lanes at any time.
No person may conduct business from a sidewalk-vending cart in any of the following places:
Hours of operation will be limited to the hours of 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. All sidewalk-vending carts must be removed along with all trash from the vending location on a daily basis. Loading and unloading of merchandise must comply with all traffic regulations and cannot exceed fifteen (15) minutes.
|Application||Application for Vendors License|
|Fees and Taxes|
|Fee Schedules||Exceutive Regulations for Fees|
|Credit Card Authorization||Credit Card Authorization Form|
|Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations|
|16-61 Vendor Law pdf.|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Vendor"||http://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311|
|Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections|
|Online Data Search||Search DPS|
|Call for More Information|
|In Montgomery County||311|
|Outside of Montgomery County||240-777-0311|
|Other Agencies to Contact|
|Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact||Allegheny Power|
|Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BG&E)|
|Board of Appeals|
|Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation|
|Maryland Department of the Environment|
|Maryland Division of State Documents|
|MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits|
|MNCPPC: MC Atlas|
|Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)|
|Washington Gas Light Co.|