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City ordinance 5.32.035 prohibiting mobile vending on the street is being amended to now allow the activity with limitations. Review and adoption by the City Council is anticipated for early 2016. Also, a new ordinance to allow mobile vending on private property is being developed as a component of the New Zoning Ordinance effort. It will be reviewed by the Planning Commission and is expected to be adopted by City Council in the spring of 2017.

Click the links below to view the draft ordinances:

State Law on the Local Regulation of Street Vehicle Vending

Draft Ordinance for mobile vending on the street (SBMC 5.32.035)

Draft Ordinance for mobile vending on private property (excerpt from proposed New Zoning Ordinance) - Updated 6-28-17

Mobile Vending Ordinances Comparison Table - Updated 7-5-17

Draft New Zoning Ordinance (NZO)

A Draft Zoning Ordinance is scheduled to be released in January 2017 for public review in advance of Planning Commission hearings in February 2017. Visit the NZO website for the schedule and more detail.

New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) Module 3: Administration, Parking, and Temporary Uses – Planning Commission Meeting, October 14, 2016

The ordinance being drafted for mobile food vending on private property has been incorporated into a proposed new chapter of the NZO titled, Temporary Uses (see Section 28.26.350.E in Module 3).

A meeting of the Planning Commission was held Friday, October 14, 2016 in the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room, 630 Garden Street, at 1:00 p.m. Temporary Uses, including mobile food vending, is a component of Module 3 and was open for discussion during the hearing. An informal open house was held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the same room for the public to attend and ask questions of planners and the consultant.

The meeting Agenda, staff report and Module 3 is available forreview and download at the NZO Public Meetings webpage.

New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) Module #2: Development Standards – Planning Commission Meeting 

In a meeting held on Friday, March 18, 2016, the Planning Commission reviewed and heard public comment on the New Zoning Ordinance (NZO) Module 2: Development Standards, including mobile vending on private property. Visit the City’s New Zoning Ordinance website and NZO Public Meetings web page for more information.

Community Workshop 

A Community Workshop was held on December 3, 2015 at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA at 2:00 p.m. Staff presented the proposed draft ordinances and accepted public comment.

Project Contact

The City Attorney’s Office and Community Development Department Planning Division are undertaking this project. Project contacts are:

For mobile vending in the street:        For mobile vending on private property:

John Doimas                                       Marck Aguilar
Deputy City Attorney                               Project Planner


Last Updated: Jul 5, 2017