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ALBERTA STREET IS ONLY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON LAST THURSDAYS IN JUNE, JULY & AUGUST. 

Street vending is sparse in the fall, winter and spring on Alberta Street due to weather. Please read and note all vendor information and guidelines below. 

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Last Thursday Vending Guidelines

 

Last Thursday is for small businesses, artists and other creatives.

This is not an event for wholesale, mass produced products, corporations or corporate giveaways.

 

The following Last Thursday vending guidelines were written over 13 years ago as a community owned and developed effort, including local businesses, community organizations, community members and the City of Portland. The community and Alberta Art Works, in partnership with the City of Portland, and the Portland Department of Transportation. These guidelines help all involved, bring people together for a positive and safe Last Thursday every month of the year. 

 

No registration is needed for vending your work. Vending is free for all creatives.


STREET VENDING GUIDELINES

Last Thursday takes place every month but only the months of June, July and August is the street closed to vehicle traffic from NE 15th to NE 30th Ave. Please set up on the sidewalks when the street is not closed leaving a 4' walk through space large enough to accommodate a wheelchair. 

SET UP:

There are no assigned spaces so please self-manage in partnership with the community, businesses and other vendors.

 

Please set up on the sidewalk, when the street is closed you may move into the parking strip at 6:00. Last Thursday ends at 9 PM. 

Please do not block the sidewalk. Keep a 4' path for wheelchair access. This will allow for clear, safe and accessible walking paths in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

You are responsible for your own electricity source, if needed.

ASK FIRST:

Before setting up in front of a business or residence, please receive their permission and address and respect any needs & concerns they have.

CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF:

After packing up at night, take a look around and pack out all trash. Please bring your own trash bags and recycling containers.

KEEP CLEAR:

Doors and pathways to Alberta businesses and homes must remain clear and open.

 

All side streets and intersections up and down Alberta and nearby streets must be clear of booths to allow emergency vehicles to pass through.

Maintain clearance within a 3 ft radius of fire hydrants.

Keep a clear 18 ft path through the center of Alberta Street for people and emergency vehicle access.

Please avoid blocking all private driveways, including allowing several feet of access near those driveways for visibility and safety.


MUSICIANS AND PERFORMERS:
Last Thursday complies with city sound ordinances. City code requires that street musicians should not be audible farther than 100 feet away (about 1/2 block). This way everyone can play and be heard. If you flow over the specified decibel level, you may be at risk for a noise citation (Please be aware that noise violations from the City are $500 for each musician), or you may be asked to leave the event. You are responsible for your own electricity source.


FOOD VENDORS

GOT A PERMIT? All food vendors are required to hold a temporary restaurant license or have a licensed domestic kitchen. 

There are no fees or designated spots. Please refrain from vending in the street before 6:00, keep customers on the sidewalk. Get more information and applications HERE.

WHAT IS A DOMESTIC KITCHEN?

 

Domestic Kitchens are home kitchens that may be used to cook/prepare food that will be sold. They are approved and licensed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture – Food Safety Division. The license runs for 1 year and is much lower than a temporary restaurant permit.

 

Some of the foods included in this license include: Brownies- Pastries- Muffins- Pies Cakes- Cupcakes

                     - Breads- Jams/Jellies

A Domestic Kitchen license allows you to wholesale your goods or sell-direct at venues like Last Thursday or Farmer’s Markets. If you are interested in licensing your kitchen or learning more, please contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Division @ 503-986-4720; www.oregon.gov/oda/fsd

 

BUT WAIT! There are some foods that are exempt from licensure:-cookies, confections, cotton candy, popcorn, nuts, and candied apples-commercially packaged items: ice-cream, frozen desserts, potato chips, pretzels and crackers-commercially processed pickles and jerky-coffee (not espresso) and tea (no powdered creamers) and canned or bottled pop-food samples

STREET CLOSURE PERMITS We do not address or handle street closure permits, needs and issues. Please contact the City of Portland for more information.                                                                       


 

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