Arlington County Board Extends On-Street Vending Time

  • Allows vendors up to two hours vending time
  • Provides consistent enforcement rules
  • Better meets needs of customers, clarity to all businesses

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Board today approved changes to street vending regulations that will allow on-street vendors up to two hours vending time, and provide consistent enforcement rules.

“Street vending has become a growing part of the retail scene in Arlington,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “These changes, by giving vendors flexibility and ensuring consistent enforcement, provide balance and clarity for all of Arlington's businesses that serve customers.”

The Board voted 5 to 0 to amend Chapter 30 of the Arlington County Code.

The changes to Chapter 30 (Peddlers, Vendors and Canvassers) of the Arlington County Code refine the language to extend the permitted time for on-street vending from the existing sixty (60) minutes to up to two hours, depending on time allocated by parking meter zones in vending areas. After the allotted time, an on-street vendor must cease vending or move to an alternate location, defined as at least 25 feet, or the length of one parking space from the existing location.

The extension of the vending time better reflects typical lunch hours and more closely aligns with the metered parking zones in Arlington. More than 90 percent of metered parking spaces within Arlington's metro station areas are regulated for two or more hours.

To read the staff report, visit the County website; scroll down to Item No. 19 on the Agenda for the April 23 County Board Meeting.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.