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About Vending Licensing

On June 18, 2013, DC City Council passed vending regulations regarding the sell of goods and services exclusively from public space and for the immediate delivery upon purchase (i.e., food trucks, hot dog carts, sidewalk merchandise vendors, ice cream, etc.). Title 24, Chapter 5 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) is effective October 1, 2013.


2017 Nationals Baseball Vending Lottery Information


Vending License Information


Vendor License Categories

Sidewalk - Vending Carts and Vending Stands:
Vendors operating at approved locations on the sidewalks of the District. Sidewalk vendors may only vend from the locations approved by their vending site permit(s). Approved in the Central Vending Zone and Neighborhood Zones.
Mobile Roadway - Vending Vehicles:
Vendors may park at legal parking spaces and pay meter fees in accordance with their Mobile Site Permits. Mobile Vendors may also vend from designated MRV locations assigned to each vendor as part of a monthly lottery. Mobile Roadway vendors operating outside of designated MRV locations may not vend in areas designated in 535, or within 200 feet of a designated MRV location.
Stationary Roadway - Vending Vehicles:
Vendors may only vend from Stationary Roadway locations assigned to them by monthly lottery, around the National Mall.
Ice Cream Vendors - Vending Vehicles:
Vendors allowed to operate throughout the city; can pull over for customers, make sales, and leave.
Class C - Public Market Vendors licenses:
Holders of Class C vendors license serve as the public market manager. The Public Market Managers shall be responsible for all market vendors complying with DC vending requirements. At all times when a public market is in operation, the Public Market Manager or a vendor employee must be on site.


Vending Fee Schedule

Vendor Class Fee Term
Class A License $476.30 2 Years
Class B License $408.10 2 Years
Class C License $433.00 2 Years
Class D License $337.80 2 Years
Vendor Employee Badge $55.00 2 Years


Site Permit (Required for all Class A, B, and D vendors) Fee Term
Sidewalk Vending Site Permit $1,200.00 2 Years
Mobile Roadway Vending Site Permit $600.00 2 Years
Stationary Roadway Vending Site Permit (National Mall) (Lottery) $450.00 Monthly
Nationals Stadium Vending Site (Lottery) $125.00 Monthly
Designated MRV Location Site Permit (Lottery) $150.00 Monthly
MRV Location Lottery Entry Fee $25.00 Monthly


Approved Neighborhood Vending Zones


Lottery Results

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