SB 972, California Health and Safety Code, Chaptered into Law - Sidewalk Food Vending Update

On September 23, 2022, Governor Newsom signed SB 972, a bill that modifies the California Health and Safety Code and allows some sidewalk food vendors to obtain public health permits. The new law established a new retail food facility, among other changes, and is effective on January 1, 2023.

The new type of food facility is called a Compact Mobile Food Operation (CMFO), and is defined as a non-motorized push-cart, stand, rack, or display with or without wheels, pedal-driven cart, wagon, or showcase that must report to a commissary for daily cleaning and storage.

You can read SB 972 as approved.

As we develop the program, we will post more information on the implementation of the new law on our Compact Mobile Food Operation Page. Please Subscribe to our alerts to receive the latest information about sidewalk food vending. You can also call our Industry Engagement Program at (626) 430-5156, Monday through Thursday from 8 am - 5 pm, or email us at

Last Updated: 2022-10-04

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