In March 2022 the Oakland City Council adopted a permanent Flex Streets Program, which includes a free permitting program for both mobile food and mobile retail vendors through July 2023.


The City of Oakland is requesting proposals from professional event organizers to provide technical assistance to support the management of the vendor marketplace program by Lake Merritt through the end of November 2022. The technical assistance provider will support the City’s mission of creating a sustainable marketplace for local home-based vendors. A successful candidate will train and support existing vendors on how to manage a weekly marketplace along El Embarcadero. The technical assistance provider will explore opportunities and constraints, assess needs and resources, and help vendor coordinators develop standard operating procedures and a website that includes an online vendor application and database management system. The program may be extended beyond this period depending on available funding and approvals from the City Council and Park and Recreation Advisory Commission, as applicable.

Application Submittal:

Applications are due by Friday, August 12th at 5:00pm and will be reviewed as they are submitted. Interested applicants should submit a detailed proposal on how they will accomplish the tasks outlined above to:

Jim MacIlvaine, Special Events Coordinator, Special Activity Permits Division, Feel free to call with any questions: (510) 238-2933

Informational Materials

Before applying for a Mobile Vending Permit please be sure to review the informational materials.

For food vending information click here for English, Spanish, or Chinese.

For merchandise vending information click here for English, Spanish, or Chinese.

For insurance information click here for English

Apply for a Permit

Mobile Vending Applications are now available! To vend food or merchandise from the public right of way, private property, or city-owned property you must obtain a Special Activity Mobile Vending Permit.

Mobile Vending Application

Additional Resources

Map of Allowable Vending Areas

2022 Resource Guide for Mobile Vendors

Guía de Recursos 2022 Para Proveedores Móviles

Need Information on obtaining an Alameda County Health Permit? Click here for more information

Need information on obtaining a City of Oakland Business Tax Certificate? Click here for more information.

Need to schedule a fire inspection with the Fire Prevention Bureau? Please complete the In-Take Form and email to:

Interested in vending on City-Owned Property? Click here for more information.

For vending opportunities click here.


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