CASH FLOW BUSINESS PLAN FOR RETAIL STORE
REQUIREMENTS FOR CART VENDORS
HEALTH DEPT UP TO DATE REGULATIONS
The Parks Department and the Health Department oversees food sales and charge rent in park areas.
Vendors on city streets (as opposed to outside park areas) don't have to pay rent for specific spots; their only real estate expense is the cart permit the city requires them to buy. Theoretically, that'll put you back just $200 a year.
But since the city caps the number of food vendor permits at 3,100, far below demand, there's an extensive black market. Some companies buy up the permits for dozens of carts and then lease them to individual vendors at highly inflated prices. This is illegal.Vendors rack up thousands of dollars in fines every year. They can be fined
anywhere from $250 to $1,000 for being parked on the wrong street, being stationed too far from the curb, setting up illegal cart "extensions" that increase their shelf space, or any number of other violations.