INDIO, CA – Now that the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has given food trucks the green light, the city of Indio is following suit with an ordinance of its own.

The Indio City Council is poised to approve Wednesday an ordinance that modifies regulations for pushcart and mobile food vendors operating within city limits.

Joe Lim, director of development services, said the proposed ordinance would allow vendors to be in one spot for a longer period of time. It would also update regulations addressing environmental and safety concerns, such as littering and trash pick-up.

Some of the details include:

  • Food truck or pushcart vendors cannot operate on public streets within 300 feet of any school between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m on school days. The school principal can override this with his/her written permission.
  • Vendors can only stay in a designated area for one hour and can’t return to that same spot within a four-hour period. To change this, the vendor must receive a permit from the city.
  • Food trucks or pushcarts can’t operate on public streets within 100 feet of an intersection, crosswalk, traffic light or stop sign.

“These changes will compliment and be consistent with the recent changes to the way in which Riverside County inspects and licenses vending vehicles, be consistent with recent court rulings and expand the places in which the mobile food vendors are allowed to conduct business in the city of Indio,” a staff report read.

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