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Old 02-25-2012, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Chitown burbs :|
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Hi everyone I currently live in Chicago and I will be moving in the summer June-July to California. I am starting a hot dog cart business but it seems the hardest part is actually all the rules, permits, licenses, and legal stuff. I can't find this info does anyone know where I can find this? Or point me in the right direction? Anyone have any experience with this? Not living there makes it harder, I know rules vary from city to city and I've heard LA has the toughest health code regulations for mobile food vendors in the country, great lol. I was actually thinking of moving to Socal: Manhattan beach, Redondo beach, Hermosa beach or Torrance beach. Does anyone know if hot dog vendors are allowed to sell on the beach? I would settle for the city of LA though. Or what is the best county for hot dog cart vending in California? Please help out I have a lot of $ saved up so i'm not concerned about that or where to live, that will be for another thread lol. I need to sort all this out so I can know what cart to buy once I move there. I will be visiting LA area in spring break next month so I will be visiting the health department while i'm down there and want to show them the cart i'm buying and go from there. Thanks any help is greatly appreciated!!!!!
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:41 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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The cart has to have hot water on tap in CA.
They may require you to have a public restroon in todays times.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:20 AM
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Location: Beautiful Spokane!
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Permits............haha, I see the illegals pushing around the little hot dog and ice pop carts.....no permits needed.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Chitown burbs :|
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The cart has to have hot water on tap in CA.
They may require you to have a public restroon in todays times.
The hot water I knew about, but the bathroom seems ridiculous, i'm guessing within certain feet of a public bathroom wow. I wonder if a Porta-Potty counts lol
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Chitown burbs :|
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Permits............haha, I see the illegals pushing around the little hot dog and ice pop carts.....no permits needed.
Well I can assure you i'm not an illegal but if I knew I could do the same and not get in trouble I would totally do it lol. It's not worth the risk I don't think, I do want this to be my business Anybody with knowledge of this matter?
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:39 PM
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Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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Anybody with knowledge of this matter?
I think you'll find it's pretty city specific. Figure out where you want to land and go to the agency responsible for regulating mobile food selling.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Concur.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Chitown burbs :|
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I think you'll find it's pretty city specific. Figure out where you want to land and go to the agency responsible for regulating mobile food selling.
Thanks yes that makes sense it's just harder for me since I live in Chicago currently, but like I said I will be down there next month. Does anyone know if vendors are allowed to sell hot dogs on the beaches of Socal? Has anyone seen them? I wish I knew all the fees to know if its worth doing it in LA county or if I should consider a different county...
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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The cart has to have hot water on tap in CA.
They may require you to have a public restroon in todays times.
And, don't forget about valet parking and security. Fire Dept. has certain exiting requirements and fire sprinklers in case of weeny fires.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Does anyone know if vendors are allowed to sell hot dogs on the beaches of Socal? Has anyone seen them? ...
There are brick and mortar stores on the beaches selling hot dogs. As well as soda and burgers.
You may be over estimating the lure of a dog in CA. Not as common as they used to be. I had a sausage with chili at Pinks a couple of years ago. Probably the last dog I ate.
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