Mobile Food Vendor Freedom Ordinance

Municipal legislation to remove unnecessary roadblocks for food truck entrepreneurs

Starting a food truck has helped many entrepreneurs realize the American dream. These mobile kitchens create jobs and provide a serious economic boost to the communities they serve.

Unfortunately, many counties and cities have made it near impossible for food trucks to operate. Some have even banned food trucks altogether—often at the bequest of brick-and-mortar businesses that use the legislative process to prevent competition.

IJ’s Model Mobile Food Vendor Freedom Ordinance helps local governments remove unnecessary obstacles for food truck entrepreneurs. The model creates a simple process for applying for a food truck license. It also provides clear standards regarding where and how food trucks can operate, permitting food trucks to operate across the city, including in residential areas, as long as certain conditions are met.

Additionally, the model streamlines inspections. Some counties and cities inspect food trucks on a routine basis and often more than restaurants, causing significant disruption to food trucks’ businesses. The model prevents excessive inspections and makes sure that the city’s inspection regime is rationally tied protecting public health and safety. It further protects public health and safety by making sure the county or city has the ability to investigate complaints of foodborne illness.

In counties and cities across America, food truck businesses have created economic opportunity and countless jobs. By enacting IJ’s Model Mobile Food Vendor Freedom Ordinance, local governments have the opportunity to encourage and support these small businesses and reap the benefits they sow.

Model Legislation


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