National Street Vending Initiative

The Institute for Justice’s Fight to Legalize Street Vending

Through its National Street Vending Initiative, the Institute for Justice challenges anti-competitive laws that harm street vendors and food trucks by unconstitutionally restricting their right to earn an honest living. The initiative helps vendors defeat such restrictions by bringing lawsuits in state and federal courts, equipping vendors to fight these restrictions through activism, and educating the public about the social and economic importance of street vending. IJ has filed over a dozen street vending or food truck cases around the nation, winning the majority of them.

The initiative’s latest case was filed in December, 2022, and challenges Jacksonville, North Carolina’s anticompetitive restrictions that violate the North Carolina Constitution’s protections for property rights, economic liberty, and free speech.

STREET VENDORS: Does your city have laws that seem designed to keep you from competing with other businesses? Do these laws make it difficult—or even impossible—for you to run your business? If so, we can help. Please e-mail us at [email protected].

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