Section 24-151 Mobile food vending allowed with certain restrictions; times and areas.

    (a)    All mobile food vending operations shall be subject to the following:

(1)    Operations, including customer queues, shall not impede or hinder vehicular and pedestrian traffic; and

(2)    If directed by a police officer, or any other authorized public personnel, operations may be suspended and a mobile food vendor may be ordered to move, even if located in a mobile food vending zone, to avoid congestion or impeding traffic; and

(3)    Soliciting occupants of vehicles or advertising in any way that impedes traffic is prohibited; and

(4)    Mobile food vending shall only occur to the side facing the sidewalk and away from the street when in the public right-of-way; and

(5)    A mobile vending food truck may not be left unattended in a public right-of-way, nor parked overnight in a public right-of-way; and

(6)    No mobile food vendor shall have any exclusive or perpetual right to any location upon the streets, alleys or public lands of the city; and

(7)    The size of a mobile food vending vehicle will in no way interfere with the city’s or public’s use of any public right-of-way; and

(8)    The use of outdoor sound amplifying equipment, lights, or any other illuminated or noisemaking devices is prohibited, except for the lighting of a menu attached to the side of the mobile food vending truck providing only enough light for customers directly in front of or nearby the menu to read.

(9)    The use of any equipment (chairs, tables, signs, etc.) outside of the truck, except for one refuse container, is prohibited; and

(10)    A refuse container must be available for use by customers when mobile food vending occurs and the container shall be placed close to the truck and not impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic; and

(11)    A mobile food vendor shall contain all refuse generated from vendor’s operation within the truck and the refuse container and the vendor shall dispose of grease and trash at sites selected by the city and at a cost following the category assignment of restaurants under section 22-172 of this Code; and

(12)    Any power required for the mobile food vending truck located in public right-of-way shall be self-contained and will not draw its power from the public right-of-way.  No power cable or equipment shall be extended at grade or overhead across any public street, alley or sidewalk; and

(13)    Mobile food vendors must comply with all parking restrictions in chapter 14 of this code.

    (b)    Times of mobile food vending operations in designated vending zones shall be limited to:

(1)    In metered mobile food vending zones – between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. ; and

(2)    Mobile food vending at the Wabash Station – between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.; and

(3)    Mobile food vending in any other permitted area – between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.  

    (c)    Mobile food vending prohibited except as follows:

(1)    On properly zoned property as permitted by law; and

(2)    As set forth in this article.

    (d)    In the Central Business District, mobile food vending is prohibited except as follows:

(1)    In metered mobile food vending zones as lawfully permitted in this Code – between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.; and

(2)    As permitted by the director of public works at the Wabash Station – between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.  There is no fee for mobile food vending at the Wabash Station between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. The director may establish rules and regulations for the use of the Wabash Station or prohibit use for m obile food vending at any time.

    (e)    Outside of the Central Business District, and when not prohibited by this Code, mobile food vending is permitted on legal parking areas directly adjacent to and on the same side of the street of property zoned C-1, C-2, C-3, C-P, M-1, M-C, M-P and M-R that allow restaurants, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

(Ord. No. 22045, § 2, 4-21-14)


(Ord. 22045, Added, 04/21/2014)