Code Compliance Services
A Central Business District (CBD) Concession License is required to vend in the Central Business District of Dallas.
A CBD Concession License allows the holder to sell, distribute services or goods, except for potted plants, vegetables, or fruits on public or private property in the Central Business District of Downtown Dallas.
A CBD Concession License does not authorize the licensee to do business on any particular location in the CBD; this is allowed by the Location Permit.
A Location Permit allows a person to occupy a particular location on public property in order to vend; provided they hold a CBD Concession License. A person that holds a CBD Concession License may receive a maximum of five (5) CBD Location Permits in addition to permits issued for Arts and Warehouse Districts. The director may determine the number of 'sites'.
Types Of Permits Required By Vendors Per Property Type Occupied
Buying a Food Cart: Restaurant and Bar Inspections Division Message:
There are two types of pushcarts allowed in the CBD and the following food items are permitted on them:
Applicants must present current Photo Identification, i.e. a Texas driver’s license or a Texas non-drivers ID.
Applicants must present current Tax ID Certificate.
The vendor is liable for all damages and repairs to the streetscape, trees and vegetation, sidewalks, streets or other public amenities that directly relate to the use of the permitted location.
The vendor may be required to remove private materials or accessories temporarily to allow street, sidewalk, or utility access for maintenance operations or during approved special events. Notification will be made to the vendor within ten days of the event, excluding the case of an emergency situation.
Recycling Awareness: Food vendors are encouraged to use recyclable and biodegradable utensils, containers and napkins.
Once a City official notifies the permit holder of a violation(s), the permit holder is responsible for remedying the violation within the time period specified in the notice. Beyond that, fines or subsequent suspension and/or revocation of the permit apply per City Ordinance.
See the City Of Dallas Street Vending Ordinance, Chapter 50, Section 152 (Adobe PDF) for complete information.
Street Vendors May Not
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