CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte City Council on Monday passed revised rules for food trucks that are meant to make it easier for them to do business in the city.

The new ordinance, passed unanimously, will allow food trucks to stay open later, operate closer to homes and reduce the red tape around permitting. Food trucks have grown rapidly in popularity over the past decade, with rallies of a dozen or more food trucks becoming staples in some neighborhoods. Food trucks are also gathering outside offices and rolling up to sell food next to the wave of new breweries that have sprung up throughout the city.

Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles said the new regulations offer the chance to foster “a vibrant food truck industry and yet make our neighborhoods feel as if they’ve got a safe environment in which to operate.”

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