National Street vendor policy, 2009 and Street Vendors Act 2014
Street Vendor Policy 2009 and Street vendors Act 2014
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National Street vendor policy, 2009 and Street Vendors Act 2014
National Policy on
This Policy recognizes that street vendors constitute an
integral and legitimate part of the urban retail trade and
distribution system for daily necessities of the public.
As the street vendors assist the Government in combating
unemployment and poverty, it is the duty of the State to
protect the right of these micro-entrepreneurs to earn an
The Policy aims to ensure that this important occupational
group of the urban population finds due recognition at
national, state and local levels for its contribution to the
It aims at giving street vendors a legal status. Each street vendor will be
registered under the supervision of a TVC and will be given an identity
card with a code number and category.
The National Policy introduces three Zonal Categories:
Zones No-Vending Zones
• The National Policy declares that one of the pivotal functions of theTVCs will
be to come up with city-specific zoning laws on the basis of consensus among
These are central to many other key elements of the policy such as the
pivotal function of theTVCs, the process of registration and record-
making, and the modalities of eviction.
The National Policy has proposed three measures to manage and organize
Promulgate zoning laws for stationary street vendors.
Institute participatory TVCs.
Promise some form of social security measures for the street vendors.
• Other initiatives of the Policy include:
• Provide and promote the supportive enviornment to
• Ensure no overcrowding and unsanitary conditions
• Legal Status
• Civic Facilities
• Transparent Regulations
• Organization ofVendors
• Participative Processes
• Self Regulations
• Promotional Measures
The National Policy does not provide a guideline for the states to handle
surplus labour force in the sector.
If compared with the draft policy of 2004, the revised document of 2009
makes a significant omission with regard to the protection of street vendors
from the existing repressive Municipal laws.
The current draft of the National Policy is more spatial than social.
While most of the states agreed to bring the street vendors in the fold of
some sort of social security mechanism, they differed in defining the non-
vending zones and in determining the composition of theTVCs.
The Policy calls for
StreetVendors Act, 2014 is an Indian legislation aimed to regulate
street vendors in public areas and protect their rights.
Lok Sabha- Union
minister of Housing
and Urban Poverty
Bill passed in the
Lok Sabha -
and the Rajya
Sabha - February
The bill received
the assent of the
President of India
on 4 March 2014.
TVC has to conduct survey
for all vendors under its
jurisdiction every 5 years
and a certificate has to be
issued to them.
All street vendors will be
accommodated in a
designated vending zone.
All street vendors above
eighteen years of age will
be granted a certificate of
certificate is not allowed.
No vendor will be allowed
to carry out vending
activities in no-vending
The certificate may be
cancelled if the vendor
breaches the conditions of
In case of declaration of a
specified area as a no-
vending zone, the vendors
will be relocated to
The local authority may
physically remove the vendor
and make seizure of goods of
such vendors who have not
relocated to the vending zones.
There will be aTownVending
Committee in each zone or
ward of the local authority.
There shall be a dispute
resolution body consisting of a
Chairperson who has been a
civil judge or a judicial
magistrate and two other
professionals as prescribed by
the appropriate government.
A vendor without a certificate
will be penalized and will have
to give a payment that may
extend up to 2000.
The Number of street vendors accommodated in each vending
zone would be 2.5% of the population of the ward, zone, town
or city. In case the number of applications exceeds the holding
capacity of a vending zone, the TVC would call for a draw of
lots for issue of certificates. Remaining applicants could be
accommodated in an adjoining vending zone.
Street vendors will comprise at least 40% of the members
elected from among themselves. The Act states that the
number of other members, as may be prescribed, would be
nominated by the government representing the medical
officer of the local authority, the local authority, the planning
authority, traffic police, association of street vendors, market
associations, traders associations, non-governmental
organisations, community-based organisations, resident
welfare associations, banks and such other interests as it
“National policy on urban street vendors”,2009, ministry of housing and
urban poverty alleviation.
Street vendors (protection of livelihood and regulation of street
vending) act, 2014