On Monday, August 10, 2021 the City Council passed Ordinance #21-009 Mobile Food Vending AKA Food Trucks. The new Ordinance clarifies the difference between a food truck and an ice cream vendor who drives down the street.
With the passing of this ordinance, the Council will permit food trucks to come to Garden City. The Ordinance encourages the sponsoring of food truck events by non-profit organizations. This could be a way to generate extra funds for such community-based clubs. Once the event is approved, the hosting organization would seek out vendors to come together and have the event.
The hosting organization would have to apply for a Special Event Permit, or seek a City Council Resolution, Rental Agreement, or be affiliated with the City such as the DDA, GC Kiwanis, GC Rotary, GC Lions, GCBA, etc…
The Ordinance includes requirements that make food trucks a positive addition to the community. Some requirements in the ordinance are:
- The truck is licensed and follow all food safe requirements of the State and County.
- They cannot block driveways or sidewalks and must be placed in a safe manner on the lot and not in the street to block traffic.
- Food trucks are not permitted in residentials areas, only business and industrial areas.
- Food trucks must provide trash receptacles.
- Food trucks can’t have loud music or cause a disruption to the neighbors.
- The hours of operation are limited from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. or the regular business hours of the hosting business.
- Food trucks can have one sign to draw attention to the truck.
- The truck must have written permission to use the owner’s property.
- Food trucks must be 200 lineal feet from a brick and mortar restaurant business.
- Residents can still have a food truck cater their event at their home such as a wedding, shower, or graduation, but cannot charge the public.