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Monthly workshops about new Hayward sidewalk vending ordinance begin Jan. 31

The Stack Extra

January 19, 2024

The City of Hayward will begin holding monthly informational workshops starting Jan. 31 as part of the implementation of the City’s new Sidewalk Vendor Ordinance and Sidewalk Vending Permit process. 

The time and location of the first workshop is 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Tech Center of the downtown Hayward Public Library at 888 C Street. Computers will be available to begin applying for a Sidewalk Vending Permit. 

The new ordinance, which took effect Nov. 17, brings Hayward into alignment with 2019 state legislation that decriminalized sidewalk vending in California and is intended to provide a pathway for sidewalk vendors to operate lawfully in the City and in a manner compatible with local businesses and that protects public health. 

Under the ordinance, sidewalk vendors are required to apply for and obtain a Hayward Sidewalk Vending Permit prior to any vending on sidewalks. Vendors who propose to sell food will also be required to first obtain a Mobile Food Facility Permit from the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health. 

To learn more about the ordinance and for information on future workshops, go online here on the City of Hayward website, or contact the Planning Division at (510) 583-4216 or by email at