The Santa Monica City Council unanimously adopted a vending ordinance and approved a comprehensive vending program that complies with state law, protects public safety and health, and gives opportunities for those who are looking to vend lawfully and safely. The City presented the ordinance at the April 9, 2019 Council meeting. The vending ordinance went into effect immediately.
The Business License Unit is accepting sidewalk vendor and vehicle vendor applications. Both sidewalk and vehicle vendors that sell food must have a Los Angeles County public health permit before the City can issue a vending permit.
How to Apply
The information below provides a general overview of the agencies that you may need to contact before you begin your vending business in Santa Monica:
- Choose a business name. If you will be using a name other than your given name or the name of your LLC or corporation, you must file a Fictitious Business Name with the Los Angeles County Clerk.
- Food vendors only - Contact the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health to apply for your public health permit.
- Contact the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to apply for your seller’s permit.
- Once you complete the steps above, you may apply for a Santa Monica business license and vending permit.
When the Business License Unit deems the application is complete and payment is received, the application will be routed to the appropriate City departments for review. Once the appropriate approvals are received, a business license certificate and a vendor permit will be issued.
|Filing Type||Agency Name||Website||Phone Number|
|Fictitious Business Name||Los Angeles County Clerk||https://www.lavote.net/||(800) 201-8999|
Public Health Permit
(food vendors only)
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
of Tax & Fee Administration