CHARLOTTE, NC – As the mobile food vendors have proliferated, Charlotte has long been among the cities more amenable to them. Now the city government is working on a new set of rules to regulate them. But before you freak out: These rules are going to make things better, industry insiders tell me.

Here are some of the main changes being considered:

  • Extend permits that each food truck needs from 30 days to 365 days. This cuts down on permitting costs.
  • Make it easier to hold food truck rallies by eliminating the legal requirement that mobile food vendors be 400 feet apart from one another.
  • Eliminate the limit on hours. Right now food trucks can only operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new rule would let them run 24/7.
  • Allow food trucks closer to residential areas. Right now they have to be 400 feet away. The new rule would be 100 feet.
  • Requires parking spaces for large food truck rallies.

At the same time, the plan would give the city a bit more control to take a look at site plans for food truck rallies and make sure the parking wouldn’t block streets.

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