1. Management of Unlicensed Hawkers
Apparently, illegal hawkers exist in all cities, particularly in developing cities and regions. In Macao, it is foreseeable that illegal hawkers shall keep on with their vending while their number fluctuates in line with the performance of the economy. In this respect, the Division of Hawkers Affairs, as always, employs a mixed strategy in its management of unlicensed hawkers, marked by impromptu inspections, pinpoint patrol and inspection plus stationing of staff at major areas to limit the scope of illegal vending by unlicensed hawkers.

2. Regular Ballots for Vacant Hawker Stalls
Every year, the Hawker Affairs Division holds “four ballots” for vacant hawker stalls for those local citizens who intend to engage in hawker business. The application period for participating in the ballots falls on January, April, July and October. The rules of application, information on the quantity of vacant stalls and their location floor plan are posted on the notice board of the Department of Food and Animal Inspection and Control, Public Services Cerntre of IAM and all the municipal markets across Macao. Citizens may also visit the homepage of IAM or the City Guide for respective information while the location floor plan (with effective application period specified) of the vacant stalls is updated during each ballot session.

3. Short-Termed Temporary Vendor Stalls Set Up during Traditional Festival Holidays
Annually, temporary vendor stalls and bazaars (e.g. Taipa Flea Market) are set up during the traditional festival holidays of the Lunar New Year period. The Division promotes these featured activities via different channels and media to heighten the festive ambience.

4. Management of Licensed Hawkers
Despite being limited by manpower, the inspection staff of the Division of Hawker Affairs, together with sanitary inspectors, conducts unscheduled on-site sanitary inspections, zonal patrol and inspections as well as large-scale impromptu inspection and subsequent prosecutions to maintain adequate hawker control and deter hawkers from committing any offense. The Division works closely at all time with other relevant departments to improve the business environment of hawker areas (e.g. regular cleaning of hawker areas and the floor, canopies, grease interceptors and supporting facilities of the cooked food centres).

Scope of Services available to the Public

  1. Hawker licensing(FormalitiesE-forms)
    • Any person who intends to engage in the hawker business must apply to IAM for a license. He or she could only operate as a hawker upon licensing.
  2. Applications filed by Licensed Hawkers(FormalitiesE-forms)
    • Licensed hawkers must file an application to the IAM for leave, alteration or addition of sales items, change of retail location, installation of extra facilities and reissue of hawker licence or declaration.
  3. Application for temporary vendor permits for sales of goods in traditional festivals and bazaars held by IAM must be filed in accordance to the application procedures specified by IAM. Permits are categorized as follows: (E-forms)
    • Temporary vendor permit for bazaars, temporary markets and other events organized by the IAM;
    • Temporary vendor permit for sales of snacks in firecracker zones;
    • Temporary vendor permit for sales of firecrackers, rockets and fireworks;
    • Temporary vendor permit for celebrative activities, performances and other events held in public space;
    • Temporary vendor permit for Lunar New Year Fair/Market;
    • Special temporary vendor permit for traditional festivals;

Location of Hawker Areas and Cooked Food Centres across Macao
Hawker Areas & Hawkers’ Building
2nd Street of Iao Hon Ruins of St. Paul’s
Iao Hon Municipal Market Rua de Cinco de Outubro
Apparel Area in Iao Hawkers' Building Periphery of Horta e Mitra Market
Tamagnini Barbosa Municipal Market Periphery of St. Domingos Municipal Market
Fai Chi Kei District Rua da Praia do Manduco
Almirante Lacerda Market (Red Market) Penha Hill
Rua da Emenda Periphery of Taipa Market
Rua Fernao Mendes Pinto Four-faced Buddha, Taipa
Travessa da Corda  Hac-Sa Beach, Coloane
Cooked Food Centres
Cooked Food Centre of St. Domingos Municipal Market Cooked Food Centre of Iao Hon Municipal Market
Cooked Food Centre in Praia do Manduco Municipal Market