December 7, 2004
PUBLIC CONSULTATION – REQUEST FOR
Community and Protective
Services (CPS) will be recommending the harmonization of regulations
and new license fees related to the following vending activities in
a report to be presented to the Emergency and Protective Services
Committee in early 2005, and is seeking comments from stakeholders.
1. Street Vending on
2. Designated Spaces Programme
(a) Itinerant Sellers (Sales of goods, flowers
or produce from place to place.)
3 (b) Refreshment Vehicles (Carts,
Chip Wagons, Ice Cream, Mobile Canteens, etc.)
3 (c) Exhibitions
(Retail, Festivals, Hobby, Flea Markets, Tent Sales, etc.)
3 (d) Transient Traders
The primary purpose of the
report and related recommendations is to simplify and reduce the
number of regulations currently in place, and to create more
equitable city-wide regulations.
In preparation, a review of the
various regulations currently in effect was completed and
recommendations aimed at harmonizing those regulations have been
drafted. For the most part the proposed regulations reflect the
intent of regulations in effect in some of the former
municipalities. Adoption of regulations in previously unregulated
areas may affect vendors in those areas.
The proposed harmonized license
categories and fees may impact licensees in varying degrees. The
summarized proposals are only preliminary and are meant as a
starting point for discussion.
Please take the time
to review the following proposed options that are being considered
with respect to the various by-laws:
1. Enactment of a
“Street Vendors on Highways By-law” to:
prohibit vending on all highways (e.g. streets, sidewalks,
boulevards) with noted exceptions, (e.g. designated spaces,
authorized Special Events, permitted streets);
regulate vending on street and sidewalks when vending is allowed;
allow for the removal and disposal of property placed on a
highway contrary to the by-law.
Note: A Street
Vendors on Highways By-law (and other regulatory changes) will
likely impact licensing categories that currently permit vending on
streets and sidewalks.
2. Changes to the
“Designated Space Programme By-law” currently in effect
within the boundaries of the former City of Ottawa are proposed to
incorporate the vehicle and equipment standards, and other
conditions already in effect in licensing by-laws.
related to Designated Spaces include:
Creation of a City-wide Designated Space Programme and removal zone.
Maintaining the existing Programme (within the Old City of Ottawa)
and allowing vending on a few selected streets outside the
boundaries of the Old City of Ottawa.
Prohibiting vending from streets and sidewalks except from a few
designated srteets or sidewalks or parts thereof.
Prohibiting vending from all streets and sidewalks.
Note: Adoption of a
new city-wide designated space programme will likely require that
the existing programme be replaced in its entirety and may result in
the elimination of existing designated spaces and grand-fathering
3. Amendments to the “Licensing By-law”
to establish harmonized regulations for the licensing and regulating
of Itinerant Sellers, Refreshment Vehicles and Exhibitions.
Typically the proposed regulations will reflect the intent of
regulations already in place and closely reflects regulations found
in the regulations of former Ottawa’s Licensing By-law L6-2000.
In summary it is proposed that the regulations
require a business license for those who vend from a refreshment
vehicle or cart; sell goods, flowers or produce from place-to-place
and at a particular place; promote or organize an exhibition where
goods or food are sold or displayed for sale;
establish locations where, and times when the vending activity can
regulate equipment and vehicle standards for safety and suitability;
require insurance coverage of $2,000,000 related to vending
activities from vehicles or buildings;
provide for the waiving of license fees for certain charitable,
not-for-profit organizations, and arts and crafts sales while
maintaining the license requirement and processing fee;
require that the licensee maintain the vending area in a safe
and clean condition;
establish harmonized license fees that do not exceed the cost of
administration and enforcement of the licensing category;
establish May 14 as the expiry date for annual license;
exempt specified fairs, festivals and farmers’ markets from
the licensing regulation.
your comments or input before December 31, 2004, in writing to:
110 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
580-2843 or E-mail at
before December 31, 2004, will be considered in the drafting of the
final recommendations. You are encouraged to provide a telephone
number along with your comments so that staff may contact you as
If there is a demand
staff may hold a meeting with stakeholders in January 2005, to
discuss the final proposed recommendations. Please indicate along
with your comments whether or not you would like to attend such a
have provided written comments (with a return address) will be
notified in writing of the time and location of the Emergency and
Protective Services Committee meeting at which the report and
recommendations will be considered. A similar notice will be
published in The Citizen, Le Droit and The Sun at least fourteen
days before the meeting.
The Emergency and
Protective Services Committee meeting affords interested parties a
final opportunity to provide input, objections or support related to
the recommendations. The recommendations may be modified at
Committee without further notification.
Should you have any
questions please contact Jules Bouvier at (613) 580-2424 ext. 25616.
of By-law Services
ISSUED IN 2004 THAT HAVE AN EXPIRY DATE OF DECEMBER 31, 2004, WILL
EXPIRE ON MAY 14, 2005.
IT IS EXPECTED THAT
THE NEW REGULATIONS WILL BE IN PLACE BY MAY 15, 2005, IN TIME FOR
THE UPCOMING RENEWAL PERIOD.
A COURTESY, A ‘ REMINDER ’ WILL BE FORWARDED TO ALL LICENSEES
SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE THE NEW RENEWAL DATE.