Policy Summary

This law establishes a licensing scheme for cart vendors in central business districts and cart and truck vendors in neighborhood districts, including licensing process, standards of operation, and cart design standards. Carts in the business districts may sell "food products" or natural products, which are defined to include whole, uncut fresh produce. Neighborhood carts or trucks may only sell natural products.

Background Information

State Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Name Lancaster
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

Refers to compliance with food safety laws, and inspections by the Health Officer.

Environmental linkage?

Economic linkage?

City council sought to "promote and facilitate the continued revitalization of [the city] . . . [and] increase the pleasurable experience of both shoppers and City residents and enhance the success of the existing merchant base . . " (291-1)

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Purpose/intent section states: The Council, desiring to promote and facilitate the continued revitalization of Lancaster City by fostering a program which would positively contribute to the aesthetic appearance, vitality and excitement of the City, increase the pleasurable experience of both shoppers and City residents and enhance the success of the existing merchant base, finds and declares that the establishment of a strictly regulated sidewalk cart vendor and truck vendor program, limited as to number, location and type of vendor so as not to impede or be disruptive to orderly and efficient pedestrian use of the sidewalks or City areas such as parks and streets, nor unduly interfere with established business upon whose success the continued vitality of the City depends, would significantly and substantially contribute to the City's revitalization and be, therefore, in the public interest. (§ 291-1)

Includes definitions?

§ 291-2

Addresses implementation?

See 291-6 and 291-12 (describing application and approval process)

Enforcement provisions?

Suspension or revocation of license (291-7 and 291-13); and/or " a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $600 for each and every offense, …. or [imprisonment] for not more than 90 days, or both" and any other legal remedies available (sec. 291-17)

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 291, Vending; Article 1, Vending Carts and Trucks; amended by Ord. No. 15-2010 (Aug. 24, 2010)


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