New food truck ordinance

Mobile Food Establishments (MFEs)

On August 27, 2015 the City Council approved a new ordinance establishing terms for the location of mobile food establishments (MFEs). The new ordinance establishes conditions for a business to host one or more MFEs on their property as an accessory use supporting the following primary uses:

  • A restaurant or bar on a lot zoned MU-1, or zoned PUD that is adjacent to lots zoned MU-1 or MU-2
  • A pedestrian promenade in a multi-tenant center that is not visible from the public right-of-way
  • An event center
  • A small-scale alcohol production facility
  • A higher education facility, office campus, or business/industrial park
  • A municipal park and recreation facility

The following conditions apply:

  • If the site is a public facility, the applicant must document permission to host an MFE from the department operating the facility
  • No new electric meters, water or wastewater connections may be added to serve the MFE(s)
  • MFEs visible from public rights-of-way may not park a vehicle overnight except on weekends and Sunday and Thursday nights that coincide with a federal holiday on the following day
  • The ordinance contains site location criteria for where MFEs can locate on a site
  • The facility hosting the MFE is responsible for any code violations and resulting penalties that may occur
  • MFEs must be in compliance with Williamson County and Cities Health District regulations and applicable City fire department regulations.

Permits are issued to the site hosting the MFE (or if operating on city property, to the MFE operator). Applications to host MFEs should be completed and returned to the Planning & Development Services office. Permits are $150 and are valid for one calendar year.  Permits issued in 2015 will be valid through December 31, 2016.

For additional information, contact Senior Planners Joelle Jordan at 512-218-5422 or Bradley Dushkin at 512-671-2728.

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