There might be some businesses like yours...but there are more than 20,000 customers at the Street Fair for all of you to share! We do not place limits on types of booths, but we do try not to put two similar vendors next to each other. Occasionally, two vendors will request to be next to one another, and we can accommodate that.
No. We assign booth spaces, and we try to keep various types of vendors mixed together. It's part of what makes the Simi Valley Street Fair unique. We accommodate lots of types of requests, however, such as: north- or south-facing, same booth as last Fair (if available), near the stage/not near the stage, etc....
Once the fees are paid to the county, you can't. Those fees cover the process of approving your permit, and this includes the salaries of those doing all the legwork. If you cancel before we send off our Organizer Permit Application with all the TFF applications and fees, then we'd be delighted to refund you. But after that, it's between you and Ventura County DEH.
There is a 25% nonrefundable fee up until a certain date. Up until that point, you can get 75% of your fee back if you cancel. The 25% covers the work someone has to do to issue you a refund, plus the work someone did putting you in our database, finding a place for you on a map, etc.
Two weeks before the event, we stop issuing refunds. This is because by that time, we have spent extensive time and effort organizing, advertising, and promoting on your behalf. We need to pay our staff for their hard work. Thanks for your understanding.
These policies are outlined in the release you sign when you rent a booth space.
We recommend having several people staff a booth, but it is up to you. We will have upwards of 20,000 people attending the fair, and it will be hot. You will want help answering all the questions, keeping up with sales, and taking breaks to eat, drink water, and use the restroom. You might also like to take a walk through the Fair yourself!
The top of each application explains who needs that application.
From the City of Simi Valley website:
What is a Business Tax Certificate?
The City's Municipal code requires that you obtain a business tax certificate when you conduct business activity within the City of Simi Valley, even if your business is located OUTSIDE the city limits or you have a business tax certificate or license from another city.
Who is required to have a City of Simi Valley Business Tax Certificate?
Any person who by the use of signs, circulars, cards, telephone books, newspapers, email solicitations, or other means of communication, advertises, holds out or represents that he/she is engaged in business in the City of Simi Valley, the transaction of which a tax is levied, shall be evidence of the liability of such party to pay such tax on business conducted within the City. Conducting business in Simi Valley without a business tax certificate can result in penalties, violation notices, citations and court action.
More FAQ about Business Tax Certificates:
City of Simi Valley municipal code regarding Business tax certificates:
There are hereby imposed upon the businesses, professions, trades, vocations, enterprises, establishments, occupations, and callings set forth in this chapter business taxes in the amounts set forth in Article 2 of this chapter. It shall be unlawful for any person to transact and carry on any business, trade, vocation, enterprise, establishment, occupation, or calling in the City without first having procured a business tax certificate from the City so to do or without complying with all of the applicable provisions of this chapter.
3-1.101 - Definitions.
For the purposes of this chapter, unless otherwise apparent from the context, certain words and phrases used in this chapter are defined as follows:
(a) "Business" shall mean and include professions, trades, vocations, enterprises, establishments, and occupations and all and every kind of calling, any of which is conducted to carry out for the purpose of earning in whole, or in part, a profit or livelihood, whether or not a profit or a livelihood actually is earned thereby, whether paid in money, goods, labor, or otherwise, and whether or not the business has a fixed place of business in the City.
No. The Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit business-supporting entity separate from the City of Simi Valley. We secure permits from the City to host the Street Fair on City property, and part of our permit process includes providing Business Tax Certificates numbers for all our vendors. We do not make the tax laws or enforce them. Refer to the City's website here: https://simivalley.hdlgov.com/.
No. We require vendors to keep their merchandise, marketing, and sound inside their booth, which is the space paid for with registration. Please do not do any business outside this space.
No. We require vendors to each register their own space. This is part of the legal agreement of the Street Fair application, and it keeps everyone accountable.
Before the event, promote your booth in your social media, email lists, and in your physical store location, if you have one. We provide resources to help you on the Vendor Resources page of this site. You can even use the logo provided in the resources to indicate that you will be participating.
On the day of the event, visitors receive a program with an alphabetical listing of all the booths and their locations/number. Make sure you have registered with the name you want printed in the program, so people can find you.
Yes! We offer Concierge Service (formerly called vendor assistance or Gator service). To take advantage of this service, purchase Concierge Service ($15) on our registration website, and we will send you Concierge Service passes to use. You may also call and pay for Concierge Service on the phone at 805-526-3900.
On the day of the event, place your pass in your car's front window, go to the Orange parking lot, and lots of excited local football players will assist you.
If you decide on the day that you wish you had purchased Concierge Service, it will be available first-come/first-served for $25 cash.
Yes. We will post marked-up aerial photos of the site in Vendor Resources.
Vendor Orientation is how we communicate with all our vendors before the event. It is a 30-minute meeting, via Zoom or in person at our office. We will go over what you can expect from the day, how to navigate the event site, booth setup and teardown, rules to keep things running smoothly, and helpful resources for you. You will have a chance to ask questions and meet other vendors, many of whom will have helpful advice. After you attend orientation, your booth number is secured so you can advertise it prior to the event...so attend early! You can sign up for Vendor orientation here: https://form.jotform.com/62645962044156.
Your booth is a 10'x10' space (or larger) on the street. The back of your booth is the curb, the front of your booth is the white dotted line on the street, and the sides of your booth will be marked with chalk. Your booth number will be written in chalk on the curb. You will need to provide anything else you want, such as a canopy, table, chairs, shelves, displays, or signage. We will provide you with a booth number sign.
Yes. This a great way to get people's interest. At vendor orientation, ask an experienced fellow vendor how many giveaways you need.
If you plan to give out food or water, here are some guidelines: