By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter
The City of Mesa is looking at some changes related to mobile food trucks.
That includes new rules related to mobile food units in residential areas and would allow for licensed food trucks to operate at some city events without having to pay new licensing fees.
“Currently, mobile food vendors may operate within 25 feet of a lot or parcel with a residence on it. Staff is proposing to increase the minimum distance to 250 feet, which would more closely mirror the state statute,” according to a summary of potential actions before the Mesa City Council.
The food truck changes are on the council’s Dec. 1 agenda.
“Staff is also recommending a modification to the code that would allow a mobile food vendor to participate in a licensed special event or a parks approved event without acquiring a license provided the mobile food vendor has a valid fire inspection or successfully passes a fire inspection prior to the event taking place. If approved, the mobile food vendor could attend no more than four events per calendar year without acquiring a mobile food vendor license,” the council summary reads.
Food trucks have been popular at community and cultural events. City governments across the region have also been figuring out best paths for licensing those businesses while also helping them during the pandemic.