Lift the Caps Campaign

Despite attempts at making an honest living, vendors are subject to a litany of unjust regulations which make their work an incredible challenge. Since the early 1980s, an arbitrary cap has been placed on the number of available food permits and general vending licenses. This cap effectively makes street vending illegal for thousands of vendors and has led to the creation of a black market where permits (originally purchased from the City for $200) are now sold upwards of $20,000. Lifting the caps on permits and licenses would not only decriminalize vending for the thousands of hard-working New Yorkers, but also generate a significant increase to New York City’s revenue. As vendors, workers, politicians, business owners, and community-based organizations, we support a bill that would lift the caps and allow members of our communities to work legally and justly.

As street vendors and their advocates, we strive to:

-Eliminate the cap on food vending permits and general vending licences

-Allow Green Carts to Vend in Any borough of NYC

-Allow vending within 3 feet of the curb -Allow vendors to store supplies ON their food carts

-Allow vending 10 feet from building entrances and exits -Allow vendors to be 20 feet from a bus stop sign

-Allow vending 50 feet from hospital entrances

-Allow general vendors to sell from vehicles -Allow vending in metered parking spots

-Create 5 positions for vendors on the Vending Review Panel (if it is reinstated)

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