WAYNESBORO, VA – After many food truck owners spoke out on the exorbitant cost to have their mobile businesses in Waynesboro, city council heard staff recommendations on the fee during its Monday night meeting.

Many area food trucks have started to steer clear of Waynesboro due to its high annual peddler’s fee of $500. Food truck owners are required by Virginia Code to pay a peddler’s fee, which is a different type of business license for a more mobile venture. Food trucks are also required to charge for meals tax.

Waynesboro is by-far the most expensive in terms of peddler’s fee in the surrounding area. Staunton has set its yearly fee at $50, Augusta County at $37.50, Charlottesville at $125 and in Harrisonburg it ranges between $25 to $50 for city residents and up to $500 for non-city residents. There are a few different conditions in Harrisonburg to allow for lower nonresidential fees — like signing with the city that a food truck will stay in one spot in the city and not move could allow for a lower fee.

Council decided Monday night to lower the fee to $150 for a year-long trial period and will advertise the change.

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