Downtown Permits - Street Vendor

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Street vendors help create active and vibrant streets, and enhance the pedestrian atmosphere. The City of Bend is dedicated to encouraging and promoting these activities, while maintaining safe and accessible walkways, with the Street Vendor Permit Program.

Do I need a Street Vendor Permit?

Any person or business who wishes to sell food, beverages or goods from any container in public rights-of-way or publicly owned property administered by the City of Bend or on property owned by the City of Bend must have a Street Vendor Permit. 

The City of Bend manages a process for businesses to successfully participate in the Street Vendor Program. Send us your application today!

 2017 Application   

The 2017 lottery date was held on Friday, January 6. Applications received after the lottery date will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How does the lottery work?

The Street Vendor permits are issued after a lottery in January each year. All complete applications received will be put in the lottery and vendor names will be drawn allocating them their requested location (1st or 2nd choice dependent upon the lottery). In the event two vendors request the same location, the first one drawn will get their number one choice and the second vendor drawn will get their 2nd choice. All applications received after the annual lottery will be placed on a first come, first served basis and will be given their location of choice as long as it has not been already reserved.

A complete Street Vendor Permit Application includes the following components:

  1. A completed application. Please double check that all required applicant initials and signatures are completed.

  2. Certificate of Insurance: The applicant will provide a statement showing that insurance coverage for proposed use may be obtained upon approval, with a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming the City of Bend as Additional Insured in the amount of $2,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate.

    See example.

  3. Diagram: The applicant will submit a drawing or photo of proposed self-contained unit with accurate dimensions included. The total area of use cannot exceed 25 square feet.

  4. City of Bend business license: Applicant will submit a copy of a current business license. Applications for a new business registration or to renew an existing business registration may be completed here.

  5. Other permits, licenses, approvals: Applicant will submit a copy of all necessary paperwork for operation of their business. This may include, but is not limited to:

    • Current license from Deschutes County Environmental Health for food service.

    • Approval from Bend Fire Department for cooking facilities.

  6. Annual Permit Fee: A check in the amount of $365 made payable to the City of Bend to be submitted with application.

  7. Deposit Fee: A one-time payment of by check in the amount of $340 made payable to the City of Bend for refundable deposit. This deposit may be refunded to applicants at the end of the year for keeping their site in the public property clean and unsoiled. If an applicant chooses to apply again for the following year, the unused deposit may be rolled over.

Please be sure to review the above information carefully so that all the proper paperwork is submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

All completed applications should be submitted to Mariah Dodson via email at mdodson@bendoregon.gov or mailed/hand delivered to City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street, 2nd Floor, Attention: Outdoor Café Program.

Other Important Information:

Map of Street Vendor Locations

Special Event Calendar: No street vendor may operate within the area of any permitted special event without permission of the event organizer (for street vendor permits issued for the Riverfront Plaza, this includes Wednesdays from mid-June to mid-October during Farmer’s Market). The City maintains a calendar listing of the date and location of all special event permits on the  Special Event webpage. Please check this listing for possible conflicts in your vending area, and contact the event organizer for permission if you are interested in vending during an event.

 Bend City Code – Chapter 7.20 - Sidewalk Vendors, Cafes and Furnishings

Resources for cleaning up a soiled site: If a vendor’s site is found to be soiled by the vendor’s cart or customers, the vendor will be notified by the City and will have 10 days to remedy the situation. If not remedied to the City’s expectations, the vendor will immediately cease operations, and the City will use the vendors deposit to remedy the situation.

Questions or comments may be addressed to Mariah Dodson, Program Coordinator, via phone 541-388-5510 or email mdodson@bendoregon.gov.