The updated vendor ordinance requires that vendors working anywhere in the city must be licensed.

They are required to pay $50 when they apply for a license and another $250 if their license is approved. The revised ordinance also establishes a committee to consider appeals if a vendor’s license is revoked.

The purpose of the changes is to ensure proper oversight and a level playing field for mobile vendors all over the city, according to Allentown officials. They report existing ordinances are fragmented and only focus on limited areas of regulation and enforcement.

The city anticipates increased interest in mobile vending operations when the hockey arena is completed. Fees for mobile vending operations have been increased to create “greater equity” with brick-and-mortar operations.