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Raleigh ordinance creates red tape for food trucks

Posted October 20, 2011

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— Five food trucks have obtained permits to operate in Raleigh under regulations that went into effect this month, but operators say the new rules have created some obstacles for them.

City officials debated for months allowing food trucks to operate in Raleigh before the City Council approved an ordinance last month that calls for owners to obtain permits, set hours of operation and keeps them at least 100 feet from restaurants and 50 feet from food-vending carts.

Food truck Permitting process complicated for Raleigh food trucks

Old North State Barbecue, Klausie's Pizza, Hibachi Express, Valentino's and Don Beto El Poblano are the first trucks to obtain the $150 annual permits. Operators also must pay another $100 for a city business license and health permit.

The ordinance also prevents the trucks from setting up on any street or city parking lot. Instead, they must find a spot on private property and ask the property owner to apply to the city for another $75 permit.

To date, only two property owners have done that: Big Boss Brewery on Wicker Drive and an industrial building on Hodges Street.

"Setting up on properties, you have to go through bunch of different things with zoning and the city, but everything is in the works right now," said Steven Valentino, owner of the Valentino's truck. "It's been a learning curve for everybody, but we're just happy to be part of that learning curve."

Owners say it's unlikely they will ever set up on Fayetteville Street downtown or the Glenwood South district because there aren't enough locations that would conform to the city regulations.

City officials said they plan to review how the ordinance is working next spring.

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  • fishon Oct 21, 2011

    How would like to have spent maybe a million bucks setting up a restaurant, pay taxes etc and someone parks a ratty old food truck outside your door and takes half your business?

    If you spend a million setting up a restaurant and a ratty old food truck can take half your business you might be in the wrong business.

  • haggis basher Oct 21, 2011

    "I wonder who got paid off, and how much, to have that little bit of anti-competitive nonsense written into law."

    How would like to have spent maybe a million bucks setting up a restaurant, pay taxes etc and someone parks a ratty old food truck outside your door and takes half your business?

  • shadow315 Oct 21, 2011

    More red tape! Did you really expect anything else?

  • henrymiller Oct 21, 2011

    "...and keeps them at least 100 feet from restaurants and 50 feet from food-vending carts."

    I wonder who got paid off, and how much, to have that little bit of anti-competitive nonsense written into law.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 20, 2011

    I see their plan to run them out didn't work out all the way.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 20, 2011

    City council getting their money worth I see.

  • Vietnam Vet Oct 20, 2011

    City government creating "red tape". Now there's a surprise!