The City of Atlanta offers several opportunities for vendors to do business in the City. The policies and regulations for vending vary based on the type of vending and location as summarized below.The City of Atlanta Code authorizing public vending can be found in Section 30, Article XXIII. For any additional questions, please see the contact list or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Types of Vending
Public Vending – Carts & Kiosks
The City of Atlanta provides vending opportunities in the public right-of-way from 29 designated cart locations on City sidewalks, plazas and parks all within Downtown Atlanta. Carts must be non-motorized, must be removed when not in operation, and must be approved as meeting the City’s Design specifications. See the map for locations and permit status.
Lottery Selection Process
The 2020 lottery scheduled for March 26, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Registration is closed and those that registered will be notified when the lottery is rescheduled. For any questions or to request to be added to the Vendor Notification List to be informed about future lotteries and vending opportunities, please email email@example.com.
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Public Vending – Food Trucks
The Right of Way Food Truck Vending Program is the City of Atlanta-sponsored program to allow food trucks to vend in designated vending zones in the public right of way. Phase I of the program allows vending to take place in Downtown Atlanta in the Government Walk area, which is the area immediately surrounding City Hall, the Fulton County Government Center and the State Capital.
Public Vending – Motor Vehicles (i.e. Ice Cream Trucks, Rolling Stores)
The City allows vendors to sell ice cream or other prepackaged food and/or non-alcoholic prepackaged beverages out of motor vehicles without stopping or standing to do business for more than 30 minutes. These vendors must follow specific operational guidelines regarding location and sound equipment as listed in the application packet. Motor Vehicle Vendors are not restricted to a specific operational area and are not a part of the lottery selection process.
Private Property Vending
The City of Atlanta Police Department, License and Permit Unit regulates vending on private property and flea markets. Depending on the existing zoning of the site, an additional application and fee may be required. If the proposed vending is active less than 90 days, then submit a Special Activity Permit (SAP) application for outdoor events and sales. If the proposed vending activity will occur for longer than 90 days, then a Special Use Permit application is required.
In addition to zoning approval for the private property location, prospective vendors must have the following:
- written permission from the property owner
- letters of reference
- food vendors also need the approval from the County Department of Health and Wellness, Food Services for prepared foods and/or approval from the Georgia Department of Agriculture for prepackaged foods.
A complete application and approval documents should be submitted to APD's License and Permit Unit located at 3493 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.
Special Event Vending
The Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) facilitates the permit process for outdoor events in the City of Atlanta. Permits for these events are granted to the event organizer. Vending at events is arranged through the event organizer. Please visit the MOSE Master Calendar to view all scheduled events and contact information for event organizers. For permitting purposes, there are three types of special events: 1.) Assembly 2.) Outdoor Festival 3.) Large Gathering. Review criteria for the permit types on the MOSE webpage.
Fulton County Health Department – Food Services
Georgia Department of Agriculture – Retail Food
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City of Atlanta Special Events Calendar