Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How do I determine if I’m eligible to participate in Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market?
If you can satisfy all the requirements for one of the vendor types below, please refer to the “How do I apply?” section.

Member
A Downtown Association member is a business within the legally recognized and formally delineated Downtown Association boundaries that pays an assessment fee.

Once approved, members will be required to submit:

  • City of San Luis Obispo business tax certificate
  • Liability insurance (1 million dollar general aggregate)
       The Downtown Association and the City of San Luis Obispo are to be named “Additional Insured”  (Click here to see sample)
  • Workers Comp. Insurance (if other than owners staff booth)
  • Sellers Permit
  • If selling food, must supply a copy of Health Department permit (contact number 781-5552)

Non-Member
A non-member is a business that is not located within the DA boundaries but has a permanent business address and operates regularly established business hours on a year-round basis. Minimum hours of operation are five consecutive days for five consecutive hours per day. An example of this could be Monday – Friday 10 AM – 3 PM. Business must be open to the public during the established hours.

Once approved, non-members will be required to submit:

  • City of San Luis Obispo business tax certificate
  • Liability insurance (1 million dollar general aggregate)
      The Downtown Association and the City of San Luis Obispo are to be named “Additional Insured”    (Click here to see sample)
  • Workers Comp. Insurance (if other than owners staff booth)
  • Sellers Permit
  • If selling food, must supply a copy of Health Department permit (contact number 781-5552)

Not for Profit
This includes Political, Religious, Educational, Informational and Cal Poly Entities.  Not for profit vendors can participate weekly by providing information.  Can only fundraise one date per quarter. This date must be approved by the TNP committee in advance of the fundraising activity. Fundraising includes: sale of goods or services excluding any alcohol or tobacco products.

Once approved, non-profit vendors will be required to submit:                                                                        

  • Liability insurance (1 million dollar general aggregate)
    –  The Downtown Association and the City of San Luis Obispo are to be named “Additional Insured”    (Click here to see sample)
  • Must supply a copy of proof of non profit status from the IRS
  • Fundraising:
       Sellers Permit
       If selling food, must supply a copy of Health Department permit (contact number 781-5552)

Entertainment
The Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market Committee shall select the type of entertainment best suited to promote the goals of the weekly event. Auditions, demo tapes or CDs are required. Entertainers will perform the type and style of entertainment exhibited. Entertainers may actively solicit money. Entertainers must keep sound levels within the following guidelines: 75 decibels at Garden Street and 80 decibels at all other Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market venues.

2.  How do I apply?

  • Click here for General Application instructions.
  • Cal Poly Applicants have a different process for applying to the market than our general applicants.      The Cal Poly application page outlines the application process for each type of campus organization.

3.  How much does it cost to participate in Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market?
All approved vendors will be charged an annual application fee of $15 along with their weekly fees as listed below.

  • Members -$40.00
  • Non-members – $80.00
  • Entertainment- October-March $20, April-September $40
  • BBQ Vendors – $ .50 per square foot
  • Not for Profit – $30.00
  • STEAM Alley – $30.00

4.  What does my annual application fee go towards?
The annual application fee allows the Downtown Association to better promote Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market and each of its vendors.

Benefits for vendors:

  • Promote your business/organization with an online profile, photo, etc.
  • Manage your Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market account and pay online (optional)
  • Manage your licenses and market attendance from your dashboard
  • Makes it easy to promote your presence at the market

As an approved vendor, your vendor profile will be promoted on each of the following features of the SLO Downtown Association website:

  • Vendor List – A list of all approved market vendors with links to their
    business/organization profile
  • Market Map – Allows customers to see who will be attending the market and
    where they’ll be located on a week-by-week basis
  • Product Search Tool – Helps customers find the products they’re looking for,
    learn about the vendors who sell them, what dates they will be attending the
    market and where they’ll be located.

5.  How frequently does a vendor need to apply?
Vendors must apply once per year.  The 2015-2016 application calendar year will run
from March 5, 2015-June 30, 2016.  In the future, the application calendar year will
run from July 1st-June 30th.

6.  If I’m already approved do I need to apply again?
Vendors must reapply each year.  If an applicant has been approved in past years, they
will very likely be approved again if they apply to do the same previously approved
activities.

7.   What happens with my application?
Applications must be reviewed by the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market Committee that meets on the second
Wednesday of each month.  Please submit your application as early as possible if you
have specific dates you are interested in as processing can take up to three weeks.

8.   How will I know the status of my application?

General Applicants:
To check your application status, please visit the “My Markets” tab after logging in to your ManageMyMarket.com account. If approved, you will receive an email.

Cal Poly Applicants:
If approved, you will receive an email detailing your next steps.

9.   What do I need to submit with my application?
When you submit your application, you will be advised if there are any other
documents that you need to submit.  Typically, additional documentation is required
after an approval is granted.

10.  If I am approved, what do I do?
Once advised of approval, you will be informed of the next steps including providing
additional documentation if necessary, fees and payment information, obtaining a
space assignment for the dates granted.

11.  If I am not approved, what can I do?
You may appeal a denial by following the appeal process outlined in Section 5 of the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market Rules and Regulations.

Great American Main Street Award Winner

San Luis Obispo, California was awarded The Great American Main Street Award in 1999 by the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Since 1995, this esteemed award has been presented to five US Cities each year, recognizing them for their successful preservation-based downtown revivals.

San Luis Obispo Downtown Association

1108 Garden Street, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 541-0286
Fax: (805) 781-2647
SLODA@DowntownSLO.com

DOWNTOWN AMBASSADORS
(805) 458-5153

Old SLO Trolley

Trolley service is provided from both of the parking structures and at convenient locations within the Downtown core approximately every 15 minutes. The fare is 50 cents. Hours of operation are:

  • Thursdays - 5 PM to 9 PM - Year Round
  • Fridays - 5 PM to 9 PM - June-Labor Day
  • Saturday - 5 PM to 9 PM - April - October

Click here for the Trolley and City bus schedule.