Code of Ethics
The California Swap Meet Association has established the Code of Ethics to ensure that all members of this association operate their respective business with honesty, integrity, and a commitment to the betterment of the industry. Members who do not maintain full compliance with the Code of Ethics may face removal from the CSMA if deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.
As a member of the California Swap Meet Association, I agree to...
- Assist and support the CSMA in promoting the general welfare of all Swap Meet / Flea Market operators within the State of California.
- Assist and support the CSMA in providing a medium to enhance the common interest of its members.
- Assist and support the CSMA in promoting amicable relations between its members and any other group.
- Pay all dues in a timely fashion.
- Attend at least 1 General Membership meeting per year.
- Establish and enforce internal policies within my Company to deal with non-compliant vendors (3 strike rule, etc...)
- Be a positive entity within the local community.
- Maintain a standard of behavior that is consistent with this Code of Ethics.
- Work with the various public and private regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with all applicable City, County, State, and Federal laws governing Swap Meets/Flea Markets.
- Operate in full compliance of the Business and Professions Code sections 21660 through 21669.1 pertaining to Swap Meets.
- Ensure that any animals being sold, displayed, or stored at the member market are cared for in full accordance with all local regulations.
- Ensure that all persons selling edible items at a member market are licensed/permitted and in compliance with all State and local food laws.
- Cooperate with local law enforcement for the prevention, detection, and reporting of illegal merchandise sales at a member market.
- Cooperate with Trademark holders and their representatives for the prevention, detection, and reporting of counterfeit or trademark infringing merchandise sales.
- Cooperate with the State Board of Equalization to ensure that all required vendors possess a resale license.
Required Membership Qualifications:
- Applicant must be a business entity engaged in the ownership and operation of a Swap Meet, Flea Market, or Open Air Market located in the State of California, as defined in the California Business and Professions Code Section 21661
- The Market must be in business at least 2 years and operate at least 12 times per year in a fixed location
- The Market must possess all applicable City, County, State, and Federal permits and licenses as required by law
- The Market must possess insurance for Property Damage and Public Liability