Dear PoP – Is Street Vending Legal?

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

“Dear PoP,

I am in need of making some extra bucks this summer, and I had the idea of selling fresh fruit juices (aguas frescas style) to over-heated patrons. My idea is to set up near a swimming pool in a public park. What is the legality of selling something in a public park or on the sidewalk nearby? Would I be pushed away by the police or could I hawk my product with impunity? Are the rules different for items that are ingested?”

Unfortunately I’m told that if selling on a sidewalk, you will need a vendor’s license and if selling on park land it can’t be done if in federal park (ie Meridian Hill Park.) I assume the same applies for a public pool.

Here is info for a food license and you can find info for a non food license here.

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