Mobile Vendor Information

Scoops Mobile Truck

The Yuba City Municipal Code section 8-5. Article 53. - Special Provisions for Mobile and Open Air Vending Operations outlines rules and regulations pertaining to mobile vendors operating in Yuba City.

 It is the purpose and intent of the City Council, in enacting this article, to provide those persons who engage in those types of vending operations with clear and concise regulations to prevent safety, traffic, and health hazards, as well as to preserve the peace, safety, and welfare of the community. In Yuba City, the application and operating requirements differ depending on if you are considered a Mobile Vendor or an Open Air Vendor.

"Mobile vendor" shall mean a person conducting commercial activity from either a motorized or nonmotorized vehicle offering goods for sale on a temporary, intermittent or seasonal basis in which customers approach the vehicle to make a purchase. This term includes mobile caterers, lunch wagons, eating cars, ice cream trucks, pushcarts, bicycle carts, motorized food wagon or conveyance.

"Open air vendor" shall mean a person conducting commercial activity from either a motorized or nonmotorized vehicle at a fixed location on private property, offering goods for sale on a temporary, intermittent or seasonal basis in which customers approach the vending operation to make a purchase. Open air vendor operations are not mobile enough to comply with the time requirements identified for mobile vendors and are therefore constrained to setting up operations at an approved fixed location.

  • Mobile Food Vendors are required to obtain a Zoning Clearance Permit to Operate to conduct business in the City of Yuba City. The application process is approximately 1 - 2 weeks for review and processing.
  • Open Air Vendors are required to obtain a Use Permit to Operate to conduct business in the City of Yuba City. Use Permits require discretionary review by the Planning Commission and the application process is approximately 3-6 months for review and processing. 
  • The application should be submitted to the Planning Division.
  • Once approved for a permit, the Mobile Vendor must obtain a Yuba City Business License.

Informational Resources

Mobile Vendor Permit Applications