TACOMA, WA – An ordinance relating to food truck vendor regulations added a new chapter (6B.175), to create a standard process for food trucks to operate on public rights-of-way, passed on August 2nd. There were five-approved food truck locations; three downtown and two in the Dome district, and are pending the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department sales site agreement acquisition (restroom agreements) and the establishment of operating hours. (See below for the 5-approved locations.)
As worded in the new city ordinance: the City shall establish locations “suitable” for food truck vending … And, When reviewing locations the City shall consider the following non-exclusive criteria before approving the location for food truck vending: be compatible with the public and local business interest in use of the public ways as public rights-of-way. Locations shall be identified by the City with a sign that will include the approved hour food truck vendors are allowed to operate. If an approved location is not identified with a permanent City sign, an A-Board sign that is approved or designed by the City must be posted by the food truck vendor prior to the location being used, and such posting shall reserve the location for that food truck vendor for the operating hours indicated on the sign.
Are food trucks and restaurants being held to the same sign standards?