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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 fall 2017. Also, a new ordinance to allow mobile vending on private property has been developed as a component of the New Zoning Ordinance.

Click the links below to view the adopted and draft ordinances:

State Law on the Local Regulation of Street Vehicle Vending

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

Ordinance for mobile vending on private property (excerpt from New Zoning Ordinance Title 30) - Updated 8-2-17

Mobile Vending Ordinances Comparison Table Updated 8-2-17

New Zoning Ordinance (NZO)

New Title 30 Adopted by Council, July 25, 2017
Effective Date: October 1, 2017 (outside of the Coastal Zone)
Existing Title 28 will remain effective in the Coastal Zone. 
Applicability within the Coastal Zone will follow certification by the California Coastal Commission, tentatively expected in late 2018/early 2019.

 Visit the NZO website to view the full ordinance.

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                                       Danny Kato
Deputy City Attorney                               Senior Planner


Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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