The following definitions refer to commonly used terms throughout the Rules and Regulations and serve to clarify the meaning of key terms.
Commercial Business – A business that occupies an approved commercial space. Commercial businesses must operate during regularly established business hours as defined below on a year-round basis. The business must hold all required City of San Luis Obispo, County of San Luis Obispo and State of California permits. Vending machines, newspaper/magazine racks, P.O. boxes, snack boxes and other similar businesses that primarily involve machines or do not encompass personal contact are excluded from this definition.
Business Hours – Established hours of operation for consecutive days during a business week. Minimum hours of operation are five consecutive days for five consecutive hours per day. An example of this could be Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and business must be open to the public during the established hours.
Good Standing – A participant is in good standing when they have all the necessary permits to operate within the City of San Luis Obispo, required documentation for The Market, paid the appropriate fees, no violations and is actively using their assigned space at The Market.
Market Representative – Downtown SLO staff/interns/volunteers, Downtown SLO Board of Directors, The Committee and City of San Luis Obispo Police or Fire Departments can be designated by the event manager as a Market Representative for enforcing the rules and regulations of The Market.
Fire Lane– 20’ wide unimpeded path for use by fire, police and medical vehicles, the location of which is determined by the Fire Department and the Farmers’ Market Manager. The fire lane in the 700 block of Higuera Street will be designated by the parking markers on the street for both sides of the block. The center lane striping will designate the fire lane in all other blocks of Higuera Street.
Fundraising – The sale or offering of merchandise or services to solicit funds for charitable organizations or political campaigns.
Credit – This refers to a credit that will be given on participants’ ManageMyMarket account that can be utilized to pay for future participation in The Market or deducted from future invoices. Credits for the purposes of this document do not imply a refund to a credit card.
Roll over Bye– For Barbecue vendors only, a roll over bye is offered when a barbecue has not used a bye in a given quarter. Roll over byes can be used in the subsequent quarter, but cannot be banked for use thereafter.
Downtown SLO Member – A business within the legally recognized and formally delineated Downtown SLO boundaries that pays an assessment fee; OR a business within the boundaries that is exempt by state or federal mandate from paying an assessment fee, which makes a voluntary contribution to the organization (voluntary member). A map of Downtown SLO boundaries is posted on the Downtown SLO website.
Non-Member – Non-member vendor is a business that is not located within the Downtown SLO boundaries, but meets all criteria listed above in the definition of a commercial business.
Brewery – A local brewery with a Type 01 or Type 23 license that also meet the criteria of a commercial business in the above definition.
Winegrower – Licensed winegrowers who sell wine that is produced entirely from grapes or other agricultural products grown and bottled by the winegrower (estate wines). These applicants must apply through the FMA to be a part of the Certified Farmers’ Market section.
Not-for-Profit– Organization that does not earn a profit for its members and all money generated is utilized to maintain the objectives.
Entertainment– Entertainment includes performers such as musicians, dancers and marching bands.
Media-Media includes organizations such as radio, television, newsprint and internet/social media organizations.
Barbecues– This vendor type is assigned to specific food vendors utilizing an open flame for food preparation on site and is based on information indicated in the application. If you have questions about whether you are considered a barbecue vendor please contact our office. Within the current boundaries of The Market (Higuera Street between Nipomo and Osos streets), there shall be no more than nine barbecues, each with a reserved space assigned.
Novelty-Novelty may include other forms of entertainment such as face painting, balloon artists, caricature artists or other acts that charge a set price for a product or participation.
Political Organizations– Organizations that are involved in the political process such as political advocacy groups, institutions, parties and interest groups.