The Portland City Council on Monday updated an ordinance to make it easier for the farmers market to change locations and hours of operation.

Prior to the change, the Portland Farmers’ Market Association had to seek approval from the council to host the market in a different venue, but now it can be located anywhere in the light industrial zone in East Bayside and any zone where retail is permitted.

Until 2013, the winter farmers market was held at the Irish American Center on State Street, but a lack of parking forced organizers to move the market to the Urban Farm Fermentory.

Now organizers are looking to set up shop on Cove Street, since the UFF isn’t large enough to accommodate the growing number of vendors.

Prior to the change, the markets were limited to four locations: Monument Square, Deering Oaks, community halls in the R-6 zone, and makers’ markets in the IL-b zone.

Markets will still need to be licensed by the city.