AUSTIN, TX – Food truck owners will face some new rules in Austin on Jan. 1.
As the Austin American-Statesman reports, new regulations take effect for food truck operators at the start of the new year. Broadly speaking, the biggest change in the requirements is the requirement that central preparation facilities – the brick and mortar kitchen where food truck cuisine is prepared – register with the city.
These facilities, which are required by food trucks, are typically stand-alone restaurants or commercial kitchen spaces. They provide food trucks with water, dispose of wastewater and food preparation.
The registration fee costs $50 per prep facility. The changes also come as new statewide rules for food preparation already took effect in October. The new state rules require one person from every business that serves food to undergo eight hours of food management training. Further, all restaurant employees are required to pass a food handler training course.