ELKHART, IN – Food truck vendors are facing new rules in Elkhart.
The Elkhart Truth reports food trucks will be prohibited from operating in residential neighborhoods and parking in perpendicular or angled spots. They also must obey parking time restrictions.
- Food trucks, as always, will need to hold a solicitor’s license with the city, a food service license with the Elkhart County Health Department and a properly registered vehicle
- Food trucks cannot conduct any business within a residential zoning district
- Food trucks are allowed to occupy two on-street parallel parking spaces on any city street unless it is closed for a special event
- Food trucks are only allowed to operate on a closed street during a special event with the permission of the event organizer
- Food trucks are not allowed to park in any handicap-designated, perpendicular or angled on-street parkings space
- Food trucks are not permitted on Main Street, from Beardsley Avenue to Middlebury Street except during an event, with the permission of the event organizer
- Food trucks are subject to any time restrictions on the parking spaces they inhabit
But trucks will be allowed to take up two full parallel parking spaces and can operate on closed streets during special events.
In addition to the new rules, all food trucks are required to have a solicitor’s license, a food service license with the Elkhart County health department and a properly registered vehicle.
Elkhart Board of Public Works President Mike Machland says the licensing process for food trucks in the city is one of the most welcoming in the region.