Proposed Changes to the Itinerant Vendors, Peddlers and Solicitors Ordinance


Proposed changes to Itinerant Vendors, Peddlers, and Solicitors regulations:

(Updated May 14, 2019)

Itinerant vending is an increasingly popular and diverse part of our local economy, and current regulations regarding such activity are complex and can be confusing.  Louisville Metro Government seeks to work with the industry and community to review and update the law to better serve the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens. 

On March 22, 2018, the Louisville Metro Council repealed Sections 115.360(C), 115.360(D), and 115.369(E) of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances (LMCO) to address a legal challenge regarding the constitutionality of proximity restrictions for Mobile Food Unit Vendors.  Now, the Council is considering an Ordinance to revise LMCO Sections 72.083, 72.085(A), and 115.350–115.369 to address remaining concerns about itinerant vending regulations that are outdated and need improvement.  (LMCO Sections 115.350–115.369 would be repealed and replaced with newly proposed Sections 115.350–115.363.)

Proposed changes include, for example:

  • Clarifying the definitions of different types of itinerant vendors (for example, “mobile vendor” versus “stationary vendor”).
  • Clarifying licensing and permitting requirements.
  • Treating all stationary vendors equal, regardless of the kinds of goods or products they sell.
  • Limiting vending to no more than 25% of parking meters on any block.​
  • Articulating new safety standards for noise, generators, other fuel sources and the public right of way.

To view the current Itinerant Vendors, Peddlers, and Solicitors Ordinance, click here.

The proposal was most recently discussed on May 14, 2019. To view the proposed changes in their entirety, click here.

The Public Works Committee has held two public hearings on the Ordinance.

  • To watch the first public hearing on October 30th, click here! 
  • To watch the second public hearing on November 13th , click here!

To read public comments about the proposed ordinance, click here!

For further reference, click here to view Food Truck Freedom - Institute for Justice.



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