Detroit City Code of Ordinances Chapter 41: Peddlers, Solicitors and Vendors Article 2 Division 1

Community Food Security, Economic Development, Food Retailers
Policy type

Detroit’s ordinance establishes location-based restrictions and time limitations for mobile food service establishments that sell within the city. The ordinance prohibits vendors from selling items within 200 feet of any school property within the City of Detroit. Additionally, vendors cannot make any sales within 100 feet of any established business that sells the same goods without obtaining consent from the business itself.

Relationship to food access, food insecurity, or local food economies

Some mobile vending policies can promote greater access to healthy foods (PHLP & NPLAN 2009), while others may discourage the sale of unhealthier foods in public areas such as parks or schools (American Heart Association 2012). Detroit’s ordinance follows the latter approach by prohibiting vendors that may carry unhealthier food options from selling near schools.

Scale of Governance
Michigan Good Food Charter Priority

Priority 6 – Use policy & planning to increase food access


American Heart Association (June 2012). “Mobile Vending Near Schools Policy Statement.” Retrieved from: LINK.

PHLP & NPLAN (Public Health Law & Policy and The National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity). (2009). Healthy mobile vending policies: A win-win for vendors and childhood obesity prevention advocates. Retrieved from: LINK.