Senate Bill 946 went into effect 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.
If a City of Rialto business license is obtained, other violations are still enforced. This includes: littering, obstructing ADA access, illegal parking, setting up signs and accessory structures, and any health & safety hazards.
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 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 7:00 PM and 8:00 AM