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City of Cascade looking to regulate food trucks

The City of Cascade is introducing an ordinance that would add regulations to mobile food truck operations. 

The code would establish vendor requirements and the application process. The city wants to establish this code to unify both existing and new vendors to ensure they are following the same regulations. 

“To reasonably regulate Mobile Food Concessionaires as necessary to ensure that any stand, food truck, or structure design and construction is safe, orderly, and harmonious with the appearance and character of the neighborhood and the City, and provides for safe and adequate pedestrian and vehicular traffic,“ the ordinance said.

The ordinance includes forbidding food trucks from operating and advertising in the public right of way.

“It is unlawful for any person to distribute to the public or place on any vehicle in the public way or place any cards, circulars, handbills, samples of merchandise or any advertising matter whatsoever on any public way within the City, or to employ any Person to do the same in, on, over or upon any public way within the City,” the ordinance said.

In order for a person to conduct business from a food truck, they must submit an application to the city to get a Mobile Food Truck Concessionaire Permit. The applicant must provide proof of a business license from the city clerk, a Central District Health Certification, complete a Southern Idaho Fire Departments Mobile Food Preparation Inspection, complete a City Building Department sign inspection, and obtain a city local-option non-property tax permit. More information about the application and permitting is available in the ordinance draft. 

There are three listed Mobile Food Concessionaire permits; a short-term permit that allows operations for up to two weeks, a summer seasonal permit that is valid from May 1 to October 31, and a winter seasonal permit valid from November 1 to April 30. 

When a food truck is not open and operating, it would need to be removed from its permit site and parked or stored.

The City of Cascade is holding a public hearing for the food truck ordinance draft on January 23 at 6 p.m. Public testimony can be given in person or emailed to [email protected]

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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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