Who is Considered a Vendor?
Any person, including employee or agent of a group of individuals, partnership, corporation, who sells or offers to take orders or sell food, beverages, goods, or merchandise from a mobile vending cart, vehicle, or trailer is considered a vendor.
Who Needs a Permit?
- Food trucks (Two or more food trucks together need a group site permit)
- Ice cream trucks
- Sidewalk vendors, pushcarts, trailer, or door to door solicitors
- Charitable vendors/solicitors (working on behalf of non-profit/charitable organizations)
This permit is not limited to the list provided.
- Vendors and Solicitors Permit Application (food and ice cream, trucks, sidewalk vendors, pushcarts, trailer, or door to door solicitors)
- Group Site Vendors Permit Application (For 2 or more food trucks together)
- Charitable Vendors & Solicitors Permit Application
- Background check Live Scan form
All applications must be submitted in person at the Revenue Division in the Development Services Center.
Please review the check list from the application and make sure you have all the information required before coming in. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Vendors and Solicitors Permits are valid for one year from the month of issuance, are non-transferable, and must be renewed annually
- Permit renewal applications must be submitted 60 days prior to the expiration date and are subject to the same evaluation criteria as the original application
- All vendors and solicitors must also obtain and renew an annual City of Fremont business tax certificate
- Some vendors may be required to obtain permits from the Alameda County Department of Health
- Charitable Solicitors must have charitable status
- Door to door salesperson regulations must be followed
Fees are applicable to new and renewing permit applications. To recover the cost of administering the Vendors and Solicitors Ordinance, the fees are in effect July 15, 2021.
|Ice Cream Vendors||Vendors & Solicitors||Group Site Vendors||Charitable Solicitors|
|Background Check Fee||$113||$113||$113||$113|
|Vehicle Re/Inspection Fee||$36||_||_||_|
Exceptions for which the ordinance does not apply include:
- Any sales under a court order
- Catering activity
- Traveling salespersons, commercial travelers, or the like who exclusively or primarily sell to, or solicit orders for future delivery, from local retailers, local businesses, local governments, local schools, or local wholesale businesses
- City of Fremont employees conducting City business
- The sale of a newspaper subscription in which the seller is a person engaged in both the delivery and sale of the newspaper
- Educational institutions that are accredited by the California Board of Education
- A civic organization whose headquarters is located in the city
- Any political group seeking funds or membership
- Garage, yard, or similar sales by individuals at their residence or place of business not exceeding two separate sales in one calendar year, not to exceed three days each, which sales shall not include business inventory or items that have been purchased for the purpose of resale at another garage sale
- Any activity conducted pursuant to a Special Events Permit or a permitted farmers’ market
- Organizations that solicit solely within the membership of the organization by the members thereof
- All veterans qualifying under the California Business and Professions Code
The Vendors & Solicitors Ordinance
Effective July 15, 2021, The City is repealing and replacing City of Fremont Municipal Code 5.35 Commercial Solicitors and Vendors with Municipal Code Chapter 5.35, Vendors and Solicitors.
The new Chapter 5.35 Vendors and Solicitors Ordinance provides more comprehensive regulation of mobile vending and commercial/charitable solicitation activities and includes provisions to comply with recently revised State law.
The newly established Vendors and Solicitors Ordinance requires all vendors and solicitors operating in the City to obtain a City-issued Vendors and Solicitors Permit. This permit requirement includes, but is not limited to, food trucks, ice cream trucks, and charitable solicitors. Vendors and solicitors must meet all applicable City, State, and federal law and licensing requirements to be issued and maintain a City of Fremont Vendors and Solicitors Permit.
Informational Video of Presentation
A review of the presentation by City Staff.