what the legislation will and will not do

Proposed Vending Regulations

The University and other institutions and organizations have asked City Council to adopt a new regulatory framework for vending in University City.

what it will mean for you
who is invloved and what is the process

What would the proposed legislation do?
  • It would refine and build upon an existing City Council legislative framework that already regulates various vending activities at select locations throughout the University City area;
  • It would establish an overall area-wide vending policy for University City, in a manner that is consistent with the regulatory framework already being imposed upon commercial, retail, and other business activities in the area;
  • It would maintain the current number of vending locations throughout the University City area, at various defined positions along the public right-of-ways and on University of Pennsylvania property;
  • It would provide a structure whereby each individual vendor would be guaranteed a set location at which to vend, thereby putting an end to the volatile "turf battles" that have been spawned in the current environ-ment;
  • It would create a Vending Advisory Board on which the vendor community would be represented and, thus, would have direct and continuing input on issues regarding vending within the University City area;
  • It would authorize and empower the City's Department of Licenses and Inspections to improve its work with the local vending community to enforce the health and safety standards that have been previously enacted by the City Council;
  • It would establish a set of vending standards for the University City area that are similar in form and substance to those previously approved by the City Council for Germantown and Center City.
What would the proposed legislation not do?
  • It would not impose any blanket prohibition against vending, whereby all such activity would be banned throughout University City;
  • It would not effectively reduce the overall number of vending locations throughout University City;
  • It would not preclude any existing vendor from vending in the University City area in the future; and
  • It would not relocate all vendors to private food court areas.