A pair of training sessions have been scheduled to help vendors who sell food from carts on Salt Lake City sidewalks understand and comply with new regulations.

On Sept. 4, the Salt Lake City Council unanimously passed amendments to city code, addressing complaints about smells, messes and locations of vending carts that negatively affect area businesses.

The amendments include requirements for a criminal background check; securing signed restroom agreements; providing written notice of intent to surrounding businesses and property owners before issuing a business license to a vending cart; and changes designed to bring city code in line with state law and Salt Lake Valley Health Department regulations.

In addition, all operators of sidewalk vending carts are required to renew their permits in January 2008, regardless of when they obtained previous permits.

City officials have planned training sessions on the new rules and regulations for 8 a.m. Nov. 27 and 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Pete Suazo Business Center, 960 W. 1700 South. Classes will be offered in both English and Spanish.

For more information about the vending-cart amendments or the training sessions, contact Josie Valdez in the mayor's office of diversity at 535-773.