Mayor McGinn: Supporting Seattle’s Street Food

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By Mayor Mike McGinn |

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Over the last year, I instructed our City departments to take a serious look at how to bring innovation into Seattle’s street-food scene. I submitted legislation to the City Council last spring and I worked with them to enact Ordinance 123659, which amended several regulations to extend Seattle’s unique street-food vending into parks and into the public right-of-way. Today I am announcing two efforts by the Office of Economic Development to support aspiring and current mobile food owners in the development or continuation of their street-food business that follow Race and Social Justice principles.

The first is a ramp up of Seattle’s business portal Street-food owners can visit our new portal to learn more about new rules and regulations on street-food vending. Users can access requirements for vending on public and private property, as well as follow a five-step process to ensuring all required permits are obtained.

I am also announcing a new street-food vending training in partnership with Washington Cash that will not only cover the new regulations, but also provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities so that new owners can learn how current mobile-food operators are successful. These trainings will be scheduled over the next three months and will be available for non-English speakers. For more information contact Andres Mantilla at or 206-233-3868.