Columbus, OH: New Rules Coming for Food Trucks

By Ben Garbarek  |  My Fox 28 Columbus

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COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) — Columbus City Council approved new regulations for food trucks that some are saying could boost the growing industry.

The new regulations set up areas in which the trucks can set up, including in public right-of-ways.  Before Monday’s ordinance, that was not allowed.

The ordinance also sets up an online reservation system for those approved spots which city leaders said the food truck operators had asked for.  Several health and safety licenses will also be required for operators.

“This is a good piece of legislation,” said Councilwoman Michelle Mills.  “It strikes a balance with business and also make sure we maintain public health and safety.”

Some food truck operators claim this could help make Columbus more friendly to start-up food businesses.

“We’d like to see a vibrant street culture like you see in other major cities,” said Laura Lee of Ajumama, a Korean street food truck.

“This food truck culture in Columbus is only going to grow,” said Levi Taylor of Mikey’s Late Night Slice.  “We’re not going anywhere.”

The ordinance also creates an advisory board that will make recommendations to City Council for any future improvements of the ordinance.