Some Valentine's Day street vendors aren't operating legally

Some Valentine's Day street vendors aren't operating legally »Play Video

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — You can find them on what seems like every other corner when the holidays or those special days come around: street vendors, selling flowers and gifts.

The problem is, a number of these stands are operating illegally.

The city of Bakersfield requires the vendors to have a business license and a transient outdoor permit. The transient outdoor permit takes 30 days to process and is good for 90 days. Both it and the business license can be obtained for a fee.

Vendors must also have written permission from the property owner for where they will be selling their goods.

Wanda Neal, code enforcement supervisor with the city of Bakersfield, said Wednesday that many illegitimate vendors will operate on grass or dirt. In order to be in compliance with the law, you need to operate on a paved surface.

Anita Shaw, who is co-owner of her stand on 24th and F streets in downtown Bakersfield, said that she makes sure she has all the proper licenses every year.

“I think it’s unfair for me as a business owner and I’m out here and I’m doing the right thing, and they’re allowed to do the same thing I’m doing without paying taxes or without contributing to the city,” said Shaw.

Failure to comply with the law requiring vendor permits can result in a misdemeanor citation.