ROSWELL, GA – Riding the wave of a national trend, Roswell city council members on Monday gave the green light to staff to start the process of amending city code to allow mobile food vendors to operate in the city.


Criteria for legal operation would include obtaining a license from the city and carrying a $1 million liability insurance policy.

The food truck operator would have to comply with all county health department laws and maintain any necessary state licenses. Trucks could not sell between sunset and 6:30 a.m.

The trucks could set up for business only on private property in commercial zoning districts with the written consent of the owner and would have to be further than 200 feet away from the nearest restaurant or food service business unless that business is agreeable to the truck’s closer proximity.

One proposed qualification for licensing was knocked out in council discussion when the mayor and Councilman Jerry Orlans questioned a condition for fingerprinting food truck owners and employees. That is not something the city requires of restaurants, said Mayor Jere Wood.

“If you can operate a restaurant without having to be fingerprinted, why if a food truck more suspicious than a restaurant?” he said. “I’m not sure what would happen if we fingerprinted at all the fast food restaurants in our city. It would be an interesting exercise.”

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