SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, July 9, 2018 – Street stalls in Seoul will be given legal status starting from next year. According to the announcement of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, it plans to offer an adequate license to them if they apply for it.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has been committed to drawing up management measures for street stalls to guarantee their right to live, while improving the walking environment of citizens.
In an effort to effectively deal with street vendors, the city government formed the “Policy Advisory Committee for Street Vendors” in December 2013, and invited Professor Jeong Seok of the University of Seoul as the Chairman of the Committee, and city planners, design experts, civic groups, shop merchants, and groups of street vendors to draw up guidelines about the street businesses.
The guidelines are agreed by all members of the Committee on June 28, 2018, and are scheduled to take effect in January 2019.
Some of the highlights of the guidelines are – 1) the license system is introduced to occupy streets; 2) standards of street facility installation shall be followed; 3) resale or sublease is not allowed; 4) operators should be trained; and 5) street occupation fee should be calculated and levied.
In order to ensure the smooth enforcement of the guidelines, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will work with the capital’s 25 autonomous district offices to make regulations and guidelines for each district.