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Los Alamitos : Ordinance to Govern Sale of Holiday Items

Selling Halloween pumpkins and Christmas trees will be allowed only on certain dates under an ordinance tentatively approved by the City Council this week.

The ordinance also provides that vendors must obtain, in addition to a business license, a $75 permit to sell the seasonal items. Pumpkins may be sold from Saturday to Oct. 31 and Christmas trees from the day after Thanksgiving to Dec. 25.

Nonprofit groups are exempt from paying for the permit, officials said.

Community development director Elizabeth Binsack said the ordinance will enable the Planning Department to process permit applications on time and apply consistent standards.

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The $75 fee, the same amount currently charged, allows the permit holder to sell both pumpkins and Christmas trees in the same year.


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