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  •   Dept Head: Tiana J. Smith
  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
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    Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Outdoor Vendors

Proposed New Outdoor Vendor Requirements

picLocal Food Truck in Fort Collins City staff is proposing to amend the City Code and Land Use Code to update property owner and outdoor vendor requirements. The intent of the original 2012 Code provisions for outdoor vendor operations was to manage a mobile operation and address specific mobile vendor impacts and requirements as a temporary, accessory land use. The proposed changes clarify and distinguish between two primary outdoor vending operations, mobile and stationary, including land use locational requirements for vending on privately-owned lots.

The proposed new requirements have evolved based on feedback from local vendors, property owners, and businesses involved with outdoor vending. The proposed draft Ordinances that incorporate new outdoor vending requirements were approved by City Council on First Reading on July 5, 2016. Second Reading of the Ordinances by City Council is scheduled for November 15, 2016. If adopted by Council, the new changes will go into effect on January 15, 2017.

How do the new rules apply to Outdoor Vendors operating a vehicle (mobile truck, trailer or pushcart)?

Mobile Vending Operation:
  • On-street (parallel parking space) or private lot by permission by owner for no more than 3 days at the same licensed location per week
  • Remaining days at same location – no additional vending, unless property owner obtains a Minor Amendment
  • Maximum number of hours to vend at the same location is 12 hours per day
  • Vehicle not allowed to be left unattended at the same approved vending location for more than short breaks, or overnight
  • Allowed in all non-residential zones, including Downtown
Stationary Vending Operation:
  • On a private lot by permission by owner for more than 3 days at the same licensed location per week
  • Minor Amendment by property owner and approved by Zoning
  • Maximum number of hours to vend at the same location is 12 hours per day
  • Vehicle not allowed to be left unattended at the same approved vending location for more than short breaks, or overnight, unless vehicle owned by lot owner or principal business
  • Allowed in all non-residential zones, including Downtown
How do the new rules apply to property owners interested in having outdoor vendors operate on their private lot?
  • Permission by owner for mobile vending on lot (less than 3 days per week)
  • Owner required to obtain a Minor Amendment, administratively approved by Zoning (one time action $350.00 fee) to allow stationary vending more than 3 days per week at same location
  • Vehicle not allowed to be left unattended at the same approved vending location for more than short breaks, or overnight, unless vehicle owned by lot owner or principal business

Public Process

For more information and to provide feedback on the proposed new requirements, please contact either: