Proposed ordinances would allow food trucks to cook on site

June 25, 2012

By Matt Connolly

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The owners of the "Samich Box" food truck, which does business on the University of Chicago campus.

Consumer Protection is currently meeting to decide on proposals that would allow full-kitchen food trucks to operate in the city.

One proposal was drafted by the mayor's office, while the other is a revision of an ordinance introduced two years ago by Ald. Scott Waguesapck (32nd) and former Ald. Vi Daley (43rd).

That original proposal has been stuck in committee limbo since 2010. One of the committee leaders who held it up, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), worked with Waguespack on the aldermen's new proposal. Current rules prohibit food trucks from cooking onboard and parking within 200 feet of a restaurant.

While both new proposals allow vendors to cook onboard, they also limit the number of food truck licenses and the areas in which the trucks can park.

Under the mayor's proposal, vendors who prepare food on-site will have to pay a $1,000 licensing fee. The aldermen's proposal includes the same fee as well as a $2,500 one to operate in specific zones. The latter proposal will cap regular licenses at 200 and supplemental licenses at 90.

Pending the meeting's results, a new ordinance could be voted on by the full city council on Wednesday. Approval there could put the new rules in effect within 10 days.
 

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