Litchfield Park City Council approves mobile food vendors ordinance, fees

Ordinance, fees go into effect Saturday, June 20

By Kelly O'Sullivan, Independent Newsmedia
Posted 5/26/20

Beginning in June, state-licensed food trucks doing business in Litchfield Park commercial and industrial zoning districts may park wherever it’s legal to do so, regardless of their proximity …

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Litchfield Park City Council approves mobile food vendors ordinance, fees

Ordinance, fees go into effect Saturday, June 20

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Beginning in June, state-licensed food trucks doing business in Litchfield Park commercial and industrial zoning districts may park wherever it’s legal to do so, regardless of their proximity to brick and mortar restaurants, but owners must pay an annual city licensing fee and adhere to rules regarding insurance, noise, trash, sanitation, inspections and time limits under an updated mobile food vendors ordinance.

The City Council unanimously approved the updated ordinance during regular session May 20, and it will go into effect Saturday, June 20.

The update brings Litchfield Park’s ordinance, which previously banned food trucks from parking near restaurants and in residential neighborhoods, into compliance with state regulations. The ordinance does not apply to food trucks participating in festivals and other public events; they are covered by organizers’ permits.

Under the updated ordinance, mobile food vendors with valid state licenses must purchase a one-year city license for $200 before they can begin serving. Annual renewals will be $150. Both fees include a city business license, Assistant City Manager Matthew Williams said.

A food truck may park in any legal parking space in commercial and industrial districts for a maximum of six hours in a 24-hour period, as long as they do not exceed parking capacity, or impede vehicle or pedestrian traffic. The vendor must keep the area clean of litter and debris, provide a 15-gallon trash receptacle within 15 feet of the truck, and provide adequate lighting to ensure customer safety.

Food trucks will be subject to inspection by the Goodyear Fire Department, and the vendor’s insurance policy must name the city as an additional insured, the ordinance states.

Residential regulations

The ordinance also allows vendors to park one food truck on private property in a residential neighborhood for up six hours in a 24-hour period when contracted by the property owner to provide food for private events like birthday parties. The food truck cannot offer food for sale to the public or to attendees during the private event; cost of the food served must be covered by the property owner, the ordinance states.

For more information on the ordinance, visit the city’s website, litchfield-park.org, and view the May 20 agenda packet.

Kelly O’Sullivan can be reached at kosullivan@newszap.com or 760-963-1697.

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