‘Boro Council Adopts Food Truck Ordinance

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The Murfreesboro City Council Thursday unanimously adopted a proposed Food Ordinance on Second and Final Reading that amends City Code and adds new regulations on food trucks operating within the City limits. The City will begin accepting Permit Applications Monday, November 28, 2016, in the Building and Codes Department.

Final approval of the revised ordinance follows a First Reading approval October 13 and public meetings on August 15 and September 21 in which truck operators and restaurant owners provided input on the revised regulations.

The ordinance is available for review and downloadable from the City of Murfreesboro website http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4410 or look for “Proposed Food Truck Ordinance” under the “Doing Business” tab on the City’s homepage at www.murfreesborotn.gov.

City administrators sought to balance the flexibility of allowing food trucks within the City limits with regulations necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens. The ordinance includes seven major sections: 1) Purpose, 2) Definitions, 3) Generally 4) Locations and Hours of Operation, 5) Operating Requirements 6) Mobile Food Service Permits, and 7) Food Truck Rallies.

A “City of Murfreesboro—Food Truck Ordinance” Facebook page facilitates public awareness and public input on the proposed ordinance and future administration. Visit the page at
https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Murfreesboro-Food-Truck-Ordinance.

The proposed ordinance includes some of the following important regulations:

“City Parks” is included to the public property where Food Trucks may operate. Operators must obtain written permission from the Park Department and comply with all of the Rules and Regulations of the Department.
Private Property on which Food Trucks may operate is defined to “within commercial, office, educational, and industrial zoning districts.”
Food Trucks may not operate on Unimproved Properties “unless that parcel is paved, has paved ingress and egress, and has on the parcel a principal structure with an operating restroom.”
Frequency Food Trucks may operate is “no more than four days per calendar week at a location.”
Right-of-Way restriction requires that “No Mobile Food Service Vehicle may remain in the right-of-way designated as a permitted Food Truck location non-operational and not open to the public for more than two hours.”
Food Truck Rallies, defined as 4 or more trucks in a single location on public or private property, require a Special Event Permit.

The annual fee for Mobile Food Service application permit is $50. A violator found operating without a permit, and an operator whose permit has been “suspended” or “revoked” will incur additional fees to reinstate their permits.

All related documents, including a memo to the City Council and Maps, regarding the proposed Food Truck Ordinance and Regulations are available on the City webpage, at Food Truck Permits webpage http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/index.aspx?NID=928.