MURFREESBORO, TN — Food trucks have been all but banned in Murfreesboro for years, but the growing popularity of mobile food has caused the city to reassess its regulations.

The new regulations attempt to balance the desires of citizens, concerns of brick-and-mortar businesses and opportunities for food truck operators, Assistant City Manager Jennifer Moody said.

“The revised ordinance intends to balance the desire for loosening restrictions on food trucks in the city limits of Murfreesboro with minimizing any real or perceived detrimental impacts of food trucks on the health, safety, and welfare of the public,” Moody said in a memo to City Council.

Currently, food trucks are governed by the Board of Zoning Appeals and are considered temporary vendors, which are required to apply for special-use permits and limited by a host of regulations.

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