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New Food Truck Regulations Help Cut Red Tape

Thursday October 20, 2011

Increased popularity in food trucks drives changes

Mobile Food Truck Unit LouisvilleWith the increased popularity of food trucks and recognizing the vibrant street life they bring with them, Mayor Fischer and the Metro Council have revised several regulatory rules, making it easier for the small businesses to operate.

A new section was added to the existing Vendors, Peddlers, and Solicitors ordinance, to address mobile food units (i.e., food trucks), which was sponsored by Councilwoman Madonna Flood. Mobile food units are just one of four different street vendors regulated by Louisville Metro. The changes went into effect October 14.

“Food trucks add a new element of energy on the street and we needed to relax the regulations to encourage more of them,” said Fischer. “This is a win-win for the community and for these budding entrepreneurs.”

Prior to the ordinance addition, food truck owners found it very difficult, and sometimes cost prohibitive, to navigate and satisfy state and local regulations through the Departments of Health and Inspections, Permits and Licenses, as well as find locations that met the letter of the law.

With the changes in place, food trucks can now legally exist, owners need secure only one permit per vehicle, rather than one permit per location, and buffer zones were reduced by half – to 200 feet from residentially zoned properties, and to 150 feet from bricks and mortar establishments with similar products.

Councilwoman Flood added that “these changes will preserve public safety concerns and also allow these food trucks to conduct business in a less costly and more efficient manner.”

A new service for the mobile food unit owners has been added to the Louisville website, which is a one-stop shop for all changes, regulatory standards and requirements, and fee information.

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