Sidewalk Vendors

Sidewalk VendorSenate Bill 946 went into effect in January 2019. This bill weakened the enforcement capabilities of local jurisdictions. Sidewalk vendors (merchandise or food) are still required to obtain a business license from the city they operate in, such as Rialto. Food vendors are still required to have a valid County of San Bernardino Health Permit and Food Handlers card for each staff member. Serving food from a garage, driveway, or home is illegal and is not covered under SB946.

Violations Enforced

If a City of Rialto business license is obtained, other violations are still enforced. This includes: 

  • Health and safety hazards
  • Illegal parking
  • Littering
  • Obstructing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access
  • Setting up signs and accessory structures,

Examples of Unpermitted Activity

  • Sell within the City of Rialto without a business license
  • Sell food without a County Health Permit
  • Sell chopped fruit made to order (prepackaged okay)
  • Block sidewalks and driveways to prevent Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) clearance.
  • Setup signs besides what is on the cart.
  • Setup tables, chairs, displays, and other structures (only the cart is allowed)
  • Operate in a residential neighborhood between 7 pm and 8 am.