The Park at City Center in Woodstock

The Woodstock City Council has given initial approval to a ban on vendors on public property without a city permit.

Vendors in Woodstock will not be able to sell goods and services on city property without a license or at city-sanctioned programs, when Woodstock officials formally adopt changes to the city code.

The Woodstock City Council voted unanimously to initially approve the change last week. The council will hold a final vote when they meet April 12.

“No person shall vend, sell, peddle or offer for sale any service, commodity or article on any city property or public land within any park, except at city sanctioned programs, fairs and events,” the proposed code section reads.

Exemptions would include religious, charitable, educational or non-profit organizations that have a location in Cherokee County.

“It doesn’t mean that a group from out of the county can’t solicit that’s a non-profit or charitable or part of this group, it just means that they would have to go through the licensing requirements as any other solicitor would have to do,” said Brantley Day, the city’s director of community development.

An update to this law that specifically addresses food trucks is still being formulated and will be ready for the council to approve at a later date, Day said.

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